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Beaufort, Jasper jobless rates drop

BiS in brief: Children’s Hospital receives $43,940 grant

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded a one-year $43,940 grant to The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center.

Smarter grant making benefits nonprofits

A study released yesterday by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) contained some good news for nonprofits. Funders are increasing the amounts they allot to unrestricted grants, doing more multi-year funding and seeking more dialogue with nonprofits about their needs.

‘Left Behind Kids’ to begin filming this weekend

Production will begin this weekend on a feature film offshoot of the “Left Behind” franchise, a series of best-selling fictional novels about the biblical apocalypse.

Man’s aquaponic hobby leads to new partnership

A few years ago Claude Galipeault watched a YouTube video about food security that spurred him to action.
Galipeault, an electrical instrumentation technician for the city during the day, began researching and building what would become his life’s mission: a biodynamic system to promote sustainable agriculture and help feed the world.

Rising costs of occupational injuries, illnesses

It’s no secret health care reform and skyrocketing medical costs have been hot button issues in recent years. However, it’s the eye-watering annual $250 billion price tag on occupational injuries and illnesses in the U.S. that have been a silent drain on businesses and our economy.

Achieving process excellence with lean

The term lean, as it applies to manufacturing and production principles, was first coined in the late ’80s in reference to the Toyota Production System. While lean principles are certainly not new, non-manufacturing industries have begun applying them to great effect.

Oral contracts worth paper they’re written on

“But he promised.”

As soon as I hear those words, I know immediately that I am dealing with one of the trickiest areas of the law: enforcement of an oral contract

Corporate governance in a family-owned business

Family-owned businesses have been around probably for as long as there have been businesses. From the produce stand down the road to larger corporations that got their start as a family-owned business such as Wal-Mart, they are abundant.

Cracking the millenials’ code

It is actually a quite simple question — do you enjoy going to work? Are you in an environment where you not only feel that you’re thriving but you’re engaged and fulfilled? And, if you are the employer in this equation, then the question to ask yourself is: “Am I providing this type of atmosphere for our team?”

Creating the best downtowns in America

HunterMaclean held its annual speaker series, the Critical Issues Forum, on Oct. 8 at Savannah Technical College.

The firm has presented the forum in Savannah each year since 2004 and in Brunswick since 2012, bringing together leaders from industry, government, education and nonprofit organizations for a breakfast gathering to hear speakers on important issues.

Helping the homeless: Provide housing or support first?

Housing ready or housing first?

This is the key debate among people who serve the homeless or work to eliminate homelessness.

To gift or not to gift: A sometimes confusing question

Working with clients, I realize the gift tax is one of the most misunderstood tax concepts. Some of the confusion stems from the fact there are “exclusions” and “exemptions” that apply to federal gift taxes.

BiS profile: Nick Shreves

BiS profile for Captain Nick Shreves.

BiS profile: Angela C. Canfield

BiS profile for Angela C. Canfield, owner of Sandfly Family Dental.

Park Place Outreach celebrates 30th anniversary

Park Place Outreach Emergency Shelter, located on 514 E Henry St., has just celebrated 30 years of lending support to the homeless, abused and runways youths – serving teens from the ages 11- 17.

BiS in brief: Kroger offers fundraising push for food bank

Kroger customers from now through Dec. 24 can buy $1, $3 or $5 icons to help provide food for area families in need. All donations collected at the 11 stores in the Savannah area will benefit America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.

Georgia unemployment rate drops to 7.7 percent in October

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 7.7 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.9 percent in September, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday. The rate in October of last year was 7.8 percent.

Effingham's EFACEC plant gets new owner

Group EFACEC, the Portuguese company that built a power transformer manufacturing plant north of Rincon, has sold the plant and its assets to a company that says it will keep the 250 Effingham County employees and form a strategic alliance with Virginia Transformer Corp.