BiS: - Business news for the creative coast.
In Case You Missed It


Papy: #MadeinSAV showcases Savannah’s ferocious spirit

Raise your hand if you have been in this conversation before:

Board OKs hotel projects for Drayton, River streets

The design of a hotel that spurred confusion and conversation over zoning districts received the green light from the Historic Review Board on Wednesday.

An artist’s rendering shows the proposed West Elm Hotel at 607 Drayton St. The Historic Review Board voted to approve the design plans for the four-story building Wednesday. (Renderings provided by Gunn Meyerhoff Shay)

Ex-Memorial CEO named chief executive at Novant Health UVA

Maggie Gill, former president-CEO at Memorial Health, has been named chief executive officer at Novant Heath UVA Health System in Manassas, Va.

Maggie Gill

Lunch group hears how good habits build fitness at work

Replace your candy bowl with fruit. Take the stairs. Drink water.

Paula Kreissler, director of healthy living and community development for Healthy Savannah, talks about simple tips for a healthier lifestyle during the Savannah Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Power Hour lunch on Tuesday. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

EnviroVac gets new owner, looks to grow

Investment group Audax Private Equity along with founder and CEO of Savannah-based EnviroVac have acquired EnviroVac from RLJ Equity, according to a press release distributed on Monday.

Job openings slipped in May, but hiring increased


Takata adds 2.7M vehicles to its air bag inflator recall

Associated Press

This Sunday, June 25, 2017, photo, shows TK Holdings Inc. in Auburn Hills, Mich. Takata is adding 2.7 million vehicles from Ford, Nissan and Mazda to the long list of those recalled to replace potentially dangerous air bag inflators. The inflators are a new type that previously was thought to be safe. Vehicles affected are from the 2005 through 2012 model years. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Microsoft touts expansion of broadband to rural America


Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith pauses in front of a monitor displaying the U.S. as he speaks in Washington, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, about Microsoft’s project to bring broadband internet access to rural parts of the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dry needling an alternative for pain sufferers

Troy Tribble, 41, turned to “dry needling’’ to ease his back pain and spasms.

Clara Valoze, a physical therapist at Chatham Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy for 17 years, performs a dry needling technique with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion in her patients. (Katherine Silvia/Savannah Morning News)

City Talk: Changing our city requires much more than cops

Like so many others in the community, I was proud to have Scott Waldrup as a friend.

City Talk: Nonprofit events shine spotlight on neighborhood vitality

Several hundred engaged citizens showed up at East Broad Street Elementary School on a recent Saturday afternoon for spoken word performances by 41 young authors from Deep Center’s Block by Block program.

Wilmington Island shop creates custom pieces of furniture

Bart Haigh moved from Connecticut to Savannah two years ago where he launched a custom furniture design shop, Haigh Wood Shop, out of his garage on Wilmington Island.

Bart Haigh, owner of Haigh Wood Shop, builds custom furniture at his shop on Wilmington Island. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)



Elizabeth Hesley Hesley

BiS in brief

Islands businesses earn beautification awards

Behind the Wheel: Why some car buyers opt to lease instead

Car shoppers are becoming more eager to lease than to buy cars, according to recent data. More than a third of all new-car owners leased rather than bought in 2016.

Film roles mean big bucks for Savannah business

In movie plots, small entreprenuers often realize big dreams through hard work and timing. It’s a true story for many local businesses as the film industry discovers Savannah.

U.S. employers add strong 222K jobs; jobless rate at 4.4 pct.

U.S. employers added a robust 222,000 jobs in June, the most in four months, a reassuring sign that businesses may be confident enough to keep hiring despite a slow-growing economy.

In this Monday, May 22, 2017, photo, a “Now Hiring” sign welcomes a customer entering a Best Buy store in Hialeah, Fla. U.S. employers added a robust 222,000 jobs in June, the most in four months, a reassuring sign that businesses may be confident enough to keep hiring despite a slow-growing economy. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Owens: In customer service, L.A.S.T. comes first

If you’re thinking about a business that you’d like to start someday, the first thing you think about is not usually your customer service culture.

Michael Owens

Portside: Although SHEP funds disappoint, maintenance dredging funds adequate

While there has been much ado about the inadequacy of federal funds to keep the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project on track, a “good news” dredging story has been all but forgotten.

Begin teaching kids money management skills early

A part-time summer job can teach teens the value of earning a paycheck, but not necessarily how to manage their money .