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With many social media options, small businesses need focus

When Snapchat went public this year, it was a reminder to many small business owners that they need to be part of the social media evolution. But which network? Snapchat? Facebook? Instagram? All of the above?

PortSide: ‘Liberty ship’ flash drives support work of Savannah’s Port Welfare Committee

Retired English seafarer Nick Farley, who now makes Savannah his home, has been working tirelessly to get the new Savannah Ports Welfare Committee up and running since the group was formed last summer.

Specially made 16G flash drives in the form of a Liberty Ship are now available for a minimum $20 donation to the PWC. (Savannah Morning News)

Online sales for Wal-Mart surge in strategy shift

Wal-Mart saw online sales surge as it changed up its shipping offers, and drew more shoppers to its stores as well in the most recent quarter even as retail overall is more competitive.

FILE - In this Thursday, June 4, 2015, file photo, a sign is displayed at a Wal-Mart pickup grocery location in Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reports earnings, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Georgia’s top malpractice insurer seeks to change company structure

Georgia’s largest medical malpractice insurer aims to convert from a “mutual’’ company to a stock company, according to filings with the state insurance department.

Ellis: Old firm creates newest startup

New ideas don’t always come out of garages. Often times, established businesses realize a better way to operate by creating their own tools or processes. When this happens, a new startup can emerge within a larger company. That’s exactly what just happened at a seventy year old engineering and consulting company here in Savannah.

‘Balancing old world and new’ at Cup to Cup Café

During its first year, Cup to Cup Café at 140 Abercorn St. has been serving up something a little different.

James Spano

Savannah airport live drill simulates plane crash

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, along with various emergency agencies in the area, completed a full-scale airport emergency plan exercise on Tuesday morning.

A live emergency drill at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Tuesday morning simulated the “crash” of an Airbus A319 into a field southeast of runway 19. The FAA requires full-scale live drills every three years. (Photo courtesy Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport)

BIS in brief: Hospice thrift opens, Memorial gets award, hotel renovates

The Garden City City Council this week adopted an ordinance that creates a new enterprise zone in the Town Center area of the city.

RAMSEY: Networking requires more than your contact list

All business people are networkers whether they realize it or not. If they’re not, they need to be or they will soon be out of business. Some people are more effective networkers than others. They work at it with purpose while others wander aimlessly through the process.When and where can you find opportunities to network? The answer is simple: anytime, anywhere.

Delta tops in on-time flights, Spirit worst for complaints

Delta Air Lines scored the best for on-time flights in the latest government rankings, and United and American weren’t far behind.

FILE - In this July 28, 2014 file photo, a Delta Air Lines jet takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va. Most restrictions on flights between the U.S. and Mexico will lift on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, a change expected to bring more options and possibly lower prices for travelers. American, Delta and Southwest have already announced that they will offer new flights across the border later this year. United is watching the demand for flights and will respond accordingly, a spokesman said. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Futuristic-looking, Savannah-made JCB machines star in ‘Alien: Covenant’

When the cult feature film “Alien: Covenant” premieres Friday in theaters around the nation, it will showcase some surprising stars from right here in Savannah.

Savannah-built JCB skid-steer loaders get a futuristic look for the movie, “Alien: Covenant,” opening Friday in theaters around the country. (Photo courtesy 20th Century Fox)

Local breweries celebrate state’s new alcohol-selling bill

Local breweries are raising a glass after Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 85 into law last weekMay 8 allowing breweries and distilleries to sell directly to consumers. 
Members of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild board of directors, Nancy Palmer, Chris Heron, Joel Iverson, Carly Wiggins and Bob Sandage celebrate after the signing of Senate Bill 85 at the state capital earlier this month. The bill will update the regulations surrounding Georgia breweries and distilleries, putting them on par with other states across the country. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

CITY TALK: Winners, losers in parking overhaul

At the most recent Savannah City Council meeting, the mayor and aldermen approved many parts of a downtown parking overhaul, but they limited the changes to areas north of Liberty Street. The results are a mixed bag.

Bill Dawers

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Brenda Pearson

China, US reach agreement on beef, poultry, natural gas

Beijing will open its borders to U.S. beef, while cooked Chinese poultry is closer to landing on American supermarket shelves under a U.S.-China trade agreement.

CITY TALK: Developments east, south of downtown worth attention

Regular readers of this newspaper are probably familiar with the major hotel developments in the works at the west end of River Street. If you haven’t walked down there in a while, you should take a look at the current state of the project.

BIS in brief: Manufacturing training, purse donations, BankSouth

Manufacturing training to be offered

Memorial’s medical school affiliation an attractive perk for HCA

As Hospital Corporation of America settles in to its 60-day due diligence period before formalizing the purchase of Memorial University Medical Center and all its assets, it’s clear what the $710 million deal brings to the Savannah-based hospital that serves a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina.

Parker’s donates $20,000 to public schools through fueling community program

Parker’s donated $20,000 to Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools as part of the company’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative Thursday. Godley Station School Principal John K. King accepted the donation on behalf of Board of Education at a ceremony at the 48th Parker’s location, which recently opened on Benton Boulevard.

Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker, right, recently presented a $20,000 Fueling the Community check to Godley Station School Principal John K. King, who accepted the donation on behalf of the Board of Education. The check donation ceremony took place at the new Parker’s location on Benton Boulevard in Savannah and featured Godley Station School students and Chewy, the official Parker’s mascot. (Submitted Photo)

OWENS: Tourism brings gains for individuals, teams, communities

Tourism is sometimes seen as a monolith. As someone who has been in hospitality and tourism my whole life, I can assure you it’s not. It’s made up of people, small business owners, entrepreneurs and a host of other characters.