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Danish drugmaker reaches settlement with U.S.

Associated Press

McDonald’s to bring bottled McCafe drinks to store shelves


Ramsey: Service is about taking HEAT

Have you ever noticed that no matter how hard you try to please and provide good customer service, there are people who seem determined to be difficult? These people get downright cranky or out-and-out angry. Trying to soothe an irate customer is challenging, especially when so many people feel entitled to act as rude as they possibly can.

Get Started: Construction firms struggle to find workers

By Joyce M. Rosenberg

Immigrants are sought for labor shortage in Harvey recovery

By Elliot Spagat

Alain Cisneros, a community organizer for the Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle, an advocacy group known by its Spanish acronym FIEL, speaks with Adabella Fonseca, a Mexican woman whose parents brought her to the U.S. illegally when she was a year old, with her 10-month-old daughter, as he counsels Harvey evacuees who are in the country illegally at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. (AP Photo by Elliot Spagat)

Hurricane, threat drive gas prices higher

Average retail gasoline prices in Savannah have risen 34.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.59 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 262 gas outlets in Savannah. This compares with the national average that has increased 23.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.64, according to gasoline price website

Minimum wage issues have competing demands

Recently an avid reader of business publications asked me if I thought we (the federal government) should raise the minimum wage. To answer morally, yes! We have about 2.5 million workers who earn only $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum. In most parts of or country, these workers would live in poverty if single and clearly could not support a family.

Union workers and minimum wage activists gather for a Labor Day rally in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

NEWSMAKERS: Bouhan Falligant attorneys named Best Lawyers

Bouhan Falligant attorneys named Best Lawyers

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BiS in brief: SCAD names dean, SCORE sets workshop, new event rentals, EnMarket raises funds

SCORE sponsors business launchpad

City Talk: Nonprofit funding criteria reflect new strategic plan

As many of you remember, a 2016 decision by Savannah city leaders to cut funding to outside social service and arts agencies generated considerable controversy.

Why hiring remote workers might (or might not) pay off

By Steve Nicastro

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 25, 2017, file photo, Vilem Prochazka, an employee of Boston-based software company KangoGift, poses for a photo while sitting at his computer at his home in Kolin, Czech Republic. For small businesses that don’t need employees onsite, high-speed internet, communication apps and video conferencing make it easier to hire people located virtually anywhere. But forming relationships with remote workers may be more challenging. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

Junior Achievement brings real-life learning to classrooms

Most everyone remembers the sticker shock that comes with that first adult grocery trip without mom and dad to foot the bill or receiving a first paycheck only to be surprised by the amount deducted for taxes. But for the last three decades, Junior Achievement has been working with schools to better prepare students for taxes, careers and families.

Students from Rice Creek School in Port Wentworth stand with Marshall Tuck, right, corporate small business officer at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., who serves as a Junior Achievement community volunteer. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Owens: Celebrate 5th anniversary of Savannah Food & Wine Festival

If you’re like me, you have a five-year plan. And, there’s nothing more exhilarating that seeing that plan come to reality.

Broughton to get new biscuit shop

Jacksonville-based Maple Street Biscuit Company will open at 220 Broughton St. this winter.

A dish from Maple Street Biscuit Company, which will open a location on Broughton Street later this year. (Photo courtesy of Maple Street Biscuit Company)

Film industry programs, work keep grads in Savannah

Thanks to state tax incentives for Hollywood filmmakers, the film industry is burgeoning in Savannah, and local students are discovering they don’t need to move to Los Angeles or New York City to find work and shape their careers.

Kareem McMichael, Jeff Williams, and Josiah Whitfield attend the recent Savannah Area Film Office networking event. (Photo by Eva Fedderly)

In this Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, photo, Kathy Tringali, right, a recruiter for retailer Big 5 Sporting Goods, talks to job seekers during a job fair in San Jose, Calif. On Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, the U.S. government issues the August jobs report. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

One Hundred donates $350,000 to children’s hospital

The One Hundred on Thursday presented a $350,000 check for the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah, fulfilling a pledge to raise enough money over five years to secure the naming rights to the pediatric emergency department wing on the campus of Memorial University Medical Center.

Shown here at the ceremonial check presentation are, from left, Ann Walker, vice president and next year’s president of the One Hundred; David Dorminey, executive director at Memorial whose duties include the Memorial Health Foundation; Heather Newsome, executive director of the Willett Children’s Hospital; Nadine Bothwell, president of the One Hundred; Carolyn Brown, past president of the One Hundred; and Sandy Ljungdahl, past gala chair. Not pictured is Joan Pierce, past president. (Courtesy Memorial Health)

City welcomes largest container ship ever to call on East Coast

It’s a scenario we have yet to tire of — even when the weather is less than ideal.

Walter and Mary Logan of Savannah brought lawn chairs as they waited for the arrival of the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt container ship to the Savannah port. The largest ship ever to call on the East Coast, the 1,200-foot-long Roosevelt will depart Sunday for Charleston and later to the Port of New York/New Jersey. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Hotel industry expert predicts slight increase in Savannah occupancy rates

Savannah’s hospitality industry continued growing last year with hotel occupancy rates finishing about five percent above the national average. The outlook for 2017 and beyond continues to put the local occupancy rates on the upward trend, according to a presentation Thursday to a group of industry professionals.