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Sewell: HIPAA can be minefield for lawyers, providers

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act — more commonly known as HIPAA — celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. HIPAA was passed to protect patient health information and set national standards for the confidentiality, security and communication of personal health information. HIPAA applies to health care providers, among others, as “covered entities”; and, violations of HIPAA can result in damage to a health care practice’s reputation, in addition to criminal and civil fines ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 per violation.

Odom: Analyze your coverage before storm season arrives

Savannah has been very fortunate to avoid the direct impact of several major storms, but this past fall, Hurricane Matthew made it abundantly clear that we are in fact quite vulnerable to Mother Nature’s wrath. After reflecting on the events, damages and recovery, the following items may be helpful in improving your businesses’ ability to manage the next storm.

Butler: Three reasons why you should buy your first business

When most “first time entrepreneurs” think about having their own business – they quickly default to the position that they have to start a new business from scratch. They feel that they must create a completely new entity, of their own design, in order to satisfy their dream of business ownership. However, the truth is that the vast majority of first time entrepreneurs would be far better served by acquiring an existing business and then making that business their own.

City planners OK height for new Pooler hospital

Developers preparing for a new “micro hospital” on the south side of Pooler Parkway requested variances this week to let them exceed the city’s height limits on buildings and signs.

University presidents visit Rotary South

Jaimie Hebert of GSU and Linda M. Bleicken of ASU

MPC approves Savannah River Landing request, sends it to council

The Savannah River Landing development inched closer to reality on Tuesday after the Metropolitan Planning Commission voted to approve the rezoning of the 56-acre site.

A new Savannah River Landing site plan includes 60-to-180-foot building heights, mixed-use zoning for residential and commercial uses and the existing street pattern, while increasing lot and block sizes compared to the previous plan. (Graphic courtesy of Thomas & Hutton)

Ramsey: 10 tips to make good impression

Can you close a sale in seven seconds? You can if you make the right first impression. Seven seconds is the average length of time you have to make a positive impression. If you blow it on your first encounter, you may not get a second chance.

Gulfstream to deliver G550 to Beijing Red Cross

Gulfstream Aerospace on Monday announced a new partnership with the Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center to deliver a Gulfstream G550 aircraft for medical evacuation services in Beijing.

Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace - Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Aerospace (R) shakes hands with Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center director Li Libing on Monday. Gulfstream will deliver a G550 medevac aircraft to the organization to be used for disaster relief and air rescue services. Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace - Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Aerospace (R) shakes hands with Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center director Li Libing on Monday. Gulfstream will deliver a G550 medevac aircraft to the organization to be used for disaster relief and air rescue services.

CITY TALK: Savannah Stopover capitalizes on history, diversity, proximity

The seventh annual Savannah Stopover Music Festival took place last weekend with about 85 artists performing in venues in the northern portion of the Landmark Historic District. There are certainly other cities with tightly clustered entertainment districts, but few if any cities would suit a festival like Stopover better than Savannah does.

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CITY TALK: Proposed Savannah River Landing master plan raises hard questions

On March 14, the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission will consider new plans and possibilities for the Savannah River Landing site at the east end of River Street. According to reporting by Eric Curl last week, Savannah River Landing Land JV, LLC, plans to purchase the 56-acre property if the prospective buyers can get approval for a new master plan for residential, retail, hotel and office development.

BiS in brief: Marina plan, franchise advice, TEDx speakers

The latest offering in Savannah SCORE’s popular “Taking Care of Business” lecture series focuses on helping aspiring business owners decide if they should consider investing in a franchise rather than building a business from scratch.

Ask Brianna: Finding a job with a liberal arts degree

“Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college.

Big thaw? Looks like small businesses ending hiring freeze

The hiring freeze at small businesses looks like it’s finally thawing. Recruiting is picking up after being dormant at many companies even years after the recession.

New welcome center helps visitors get in Savannah spirit

Oak trees with Spanish moss, a replica of the St. Simons Island Lighthouse and Forrest Gump are just a few of the unique displays that greet travelers at Georgia’s newest Welcome Center on Interstate 95 south, which officially opened its doors on Friday morning.

Georgia Power set to implode boilers at Plant Kraft Saturday morning

Georgia Power will remove the boilers for retired units 1-4 at Plant Kraft by controlled demolition between 8 and 10 a.m. today, weather and safety conditions permitting.

Savannah-based Citi Trends reports 4Q, full-year results

Savannah-based Citi Trends Inc. on Friday reported fiscal fourth-quarter sales of $185.5 million, an increase of 5.4 percent over the same quarter last year.

Some brides say yes to selling their wedding dress online

Dalia Rhodes’ wedding dress went down the aisle twice: Once at her wedding in 2015, and again a year later after she sold her gown to a stranger online.

The perks of going local with your bank account

Sarah Gillis switched from a national bank to a local one in New Jersey as a matter of principle. “I feel like my voice matters more in a smaller bank,” says Gillis, who closed her account at a national bank because she disagreed, she says, with some of its corporate investments. She opened an account at Peapack-Gladstone Bank by her home in Warren, New Jersey, about a year ago.

What the CIA WikiLeaks dump tells us: Encryption works

If the tech industry is drawing one lesson from the latest WikiLeaks disclosures, it’s that data-scrambling encryption works, and the industry should use more of it.