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Turner: Strategies businesses can implement themselves

If you are a small business owner, you know the importance of building and maintaining a good relationship with the public. However, it may not be fiscally possible for you to hire a firm to handle public relations . Still, if you are willing to put in the time, creating your own PR program may be possible.

BiS in brief: SCORE hiring seminar, city opportunity meetings, Kole buys units, Wayne opens Savannah office

Savannah hosts Small Business Opportunity sessions

U.S.-China trade rifts resurface even after friendly summit

By Paul Wiseman and Josh Boak

Companies seize technology to help us sleep

NEW YORK — Pillows that track your snoozing patterns? A bed that adjusts based on how much you twist and turn? Companies are adding more technology to their products, hoping to lure customers craving a better night’s sleep.

This photo provided by REM-Fit shows the Zeeq pillow, which monitors snoring and can gently vibrate to nudge someone into a different sleep position. The pillow can also play your favorite music, audio books and more without disturbing anyone next to you. A number of companies are adding more technology into their products, hoping to lure customers craving a better night’s sleep. (Jo Henderson/REM-Fit via AP)

Longtime Savannah company Guerry Lumber purchases HomeSouth Architectural

Longtime Savannah building materials company Guerry Lumber is expanding its offerings for homeowners, builders and contractors with the acquisition of HomeSouth Architectural, a Savannah window and door company formerly owned by North Atlantic Corporation of Somerset, Mass.

The Guerry Lumber executive team, from left: Lynda Beam, owner; Steve Chick, president; Lindy Wheat, vice president. (Photo courtesy Guerry Lumber Co.)

Ramsey: Hot weather shouldn’t stop professional look

It’s summertime, and while the living is supposed to be easy, deciding what to wear to work is not. Our more casual world makes it difficult to know, on any given day, how to dress for the office; but summer poses even more challenges. Just because the temperature is soaring, you can’t throw the dress codes, if you have any, out the window and wear whatever feels good.

City Talk: Taking development lessons from Athens

If you drive into Athens on Highway 78, you’ll be greeted by The Mark, a massive new apartment development in the final phases of construction at the intersection of East Broad and Oconee streets.

No Trump slump in tourism but there could be a Trump bump

NEW YORK — Last winter, the U.S. tourism industry fretted that Trump administration policies might lead to a “Trump slump” in travel.

In this July 11, 2017, photo, visitors to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum pick up maps and guides in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

BiS in brief: Jaycees get new roof, Pooler OKs restaurant, tech group talks drones

Pooler board signs off on plans for new Culver’s Restaurant

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Zapp: A guide to small business assistance in Savannah

Having volunteered at Savannah SCORE for six years, I have often wondered whether we and other organizations dedicated to help small business owners duplicate our efforts?

Ken Zapp

Savannah area businesses among 412 statewide hit with health care fraud allegations

Businesses in Savannah, Lyons, Vidalia, Statesboro and Augusta are among 412 charged defendants across 41 federal districts, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving approximately $1.3 billion in false billings.

City Talk: Take closer look at Savannah’s historic pavement

“We’re so used to streets dominated by asphalt and concrete that we’ve become blind to the earlier historic pavements that survive in cities across the country,” Robin Williams said near the beginning of his recent TEDxSavannah talk, “and we’ve utterly forgotten the critical role they played in helping modernize and make our cities livable.”

Robertson: Take lessons from bumper sticker

“Life is Good” bumper stickers appear to be everywhere and for good reason. These bumper stickers do more than reflect a positive mantra. They are signs of a successful business that began with humble beginnings and a commitment to be good.

Winter is coming: Teachable moments ahead of hit’s 7th season

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, PAUL WISEMAN and JOSH BOAK

FILE - In this file image released by HBO, Emilia Clarke appears in a scene from “Game of Thrones,” as the menacing, white-haired Daenerys Targaryen, aka Khaleesi, aka “Mother of Dragons.” Even in a world with magic, dragons and deadly supernatural White Walkers, HBO’s popular show has plenty of economic lessons to teach. (HBO via AP, File)

Retail sales fall again as consumers pull back

By JOSH BOAK

This Tuesday, May 16, 2017, photo shows a price tag on a pair of shoes for sale at a Marshalls store, in Methuen, Mass. On Friday, July 14, 2017, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for June. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

JPMorgan CEO shifts topic to politics from financial results

By KEN SWEET

FILE - In this June 13, 2012, file photo, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. During calls with reporters and Wall Street analysts on Friday, July 14, 2017, Dimon vented his irritation with politicians and the news media, arguing that the nation is spending too much time bickering instead of solving real issues. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Payment for Social Security to increase

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER

FILE - In this May 5, 2014, file photo, the Capitol building is seen through the columns on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington. Republicans in Washington have been clamoring for years to address the long-term financial problems of Social Security and Medicare. On July 13, the trustees who oversee the programs are scheduled to issue their annual warning about the finances of the federal government’s two largest benefit programs.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Average mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 4.03 percent

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Savannah Spirits finds history, challenges in pursuit of new distillery

Savannah has long been known for its spirits of both the haunting and distilled variety, and they’ll soon be a few more of the latter calling downtown home.

This rendering shows the future site of Savannah Spirits craft distillery at the corner of Whitaker and State streets. Renovations on the 12,000-square-foot establishment, which will also include a chophouse, have been ongoing since March 2016. (Rendering courtesy of Savannah Spirits)