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With passage of tax bill, Savannah Yacht Center to become reality

Rob Demere believes Georgia is poised to become a significant force in the yacht repair and refit business currently dominated by Southeast Florida, where the marine services industry generates an annual economic impact of approximately $1.6 billion.

CITY TALK: Bay Street redesign removes some parking spaces, widens sidewalks

During the current economic expansion, we are getting glimpses of Savannah’s future. Hotel projects are already transforming the west end of River Street, and we’re likely to see more investment in the area north of Bay Street and west of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

A Squad Bake Shop owner brings her own flair

Natasha Gaskill left Lulu’s Chocolate Bar in 2013 to launch a wedding cake business, and now her A Squad Bake Shop is a unique operation known for its pastries, donuts and cakes at some of Savannah’s best dining establishments.

Natasha Gaskill, owner of A-Squad Bake Shop, stands inside her 10-by-16 foot baking cottage in her backyard. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Tech honors community ‘stars’

A crowd of nearly 250 gathered in the Eckburg Auditorium on the campus of Savannah Technical College today to celebrate the 2017 Tribute to Community Stars luncheon, the 11th annual event recognizing people for their service and dedication in the community or at work.

Hiring slows, but unemployment at 10-year low

U.S. employers cut back sharply on hiring in March, yet Friday’s jobs report still had much to be encouraged about, including a drop in the unemployment rate to 4.5 percent, the lowest in a decade.

Google expands its fact checking in news searches

Google will expand the use of “fact check” tags in its search results – the tech industry’s latest effort to combat false and misleading news stories.

Shaky start for stocks on Syria strike and weak jobs gains

U.S. stocks are wobbling Friday morning as the combination of a weak jobs report and U.S. missile strikes against Syria have investors on edge.

River Oaks Studios holds open house to showcase new sound stage

Rodney Dickey didn’t move to Savannah to open a film studio. In fact, the successful businessman will be the first to tell you he knew nothing about the industry.

Rodney Dickey, president of River Oaks Film Studios, spoke about plans for his new venture at an open house Thursday night at the facility on Gulfstream Rd.(Robert Cooper/for the Savannah Morning News)

Cable giant Comcast offers cellular plans on Verizon network

The cable giant Comcast will start selling cellphone plans called Xfinity Mobile in the coming months, using a network it’s leasing from Verizon.

CRG building speculative distribution center near port

As container volumes at the Port of Savannah continue to expand, so does the demand for warehouse and distribution space around the country’s fourth-largest and fastest-growing port.

Savannah harbor deepening price tag rises

The project to deepen the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah is expected to cost taxpayers some $267 million more than previously estimated.

YouTube TV has nifty features, drawbacks

YouTube TV, Google’s new streaming package of about 40 television channels, is the tech industry’s latest bid to get cable-shunning millennials to pay for live TV over the internet. It offers intriguing advantages over rivals, but it remains hobbled by a limited channel selection.

BiS in brief: SCORE seminar, lean leadership, new PT practice

Savannah SCORE will present “Unlocking the Power of Pricing” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at the SCORE Conference Room, 111 E. Liberty St.

Ellis: Gathering spots create tech, innovation hub for Savannah

I attended the Georgia Innovation Summit in Atlanta a few weeks ago and spent a lot of time talking to leaders from Macon, Augusta, Athens and Rome about stimulating entrepreneurship outside of Atlanta. One thing everyone agreed on is that innovation bubbles up from an active and engaged community, and there’s no better way to foster a community than to give people places to gather and collaborate.

Does IRS owe you for 2013? Better check now

If you worked in 2013, but didn’t make enough to require that you file a federal tax return, it’s likely that the IRS has some money waiting for you.

Richard Fox-Marrs replaces Arjun Mirdha as President, CEO of JCB North America

In an apparent shake-up at the world’s third-largest privately owned construction equipment manufacturer, Arjun Mirdha is out and Richard Fox-Marrs has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Savannah-based JCB North America, effective immediately.

Savannah shop named the best in the South by Southern Living

If you stop into this Broughton Street establishment, you’re stopping in the best shop in the South, according to Southern Living.

The Paris Market (Photo: Eric Curl/Savannah Morning News)

Local gaming studio kickstarting ‘Starfighter Inc.’

“Mankind’s final frontier is dominated by ruthless corporate interests and the powerful mercenary forces that they employ. In space, this is the one reality: those who can, take. Those who have, protect. Violence is inevitable, and for ambitious pilots with flexible ethics there are always opportunities to cash in.”

A concept piece from the video game Starfighter Inc. designed by Impeller Studios, a gaming studio based out of Savannah, GA (Contributed Photo/Savannah Morning News)

CITY TALK: Don’t expect progress on calming Whitaker, Drayton

As many of you know from reading previous coverage in this newspaper, Kevin Klinkenberg of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority gave a presentation about traffic calming on Drayton and Whitaker streets at the most recent workshop session of Savannah City Council.

U.S. stocks start lower as car makers slide on sales reports

U.S. stocks are mostly lower in early trading Monday, the first day of trading in the second quarter.