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Pull out your iPad, TSA rolling out new flight rules for electronic devices

Travelers taking to the skies in 2018 can expect a few new Transportation Security Administration regulations as they pass through standard security checkpoints at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and other airports across the country.

Transportation Security Administration officer Helen Hartmetz shows how to properly place electronics into screening bins. Beginning in 2018 travelers will be required to place any electronic device bigger than a cell phone into a separate bin at standard security checkpoints. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Ask SCORE: Know key elements of your business insurance portfolio

No matter what type of business you own, you operate under some degree of risk. Sadly, no business is completely immune to lawsuits or unanticipated events. Fortunately, a variety of insurance products exist to help protect small businesses now and ensure their continuity later even if you are unable to actively manage the business.

Business with Promise: Codebase

Founded by Nathan Hosselton and Max and Aleshia Howell, Codebase launched in February and provides businesses with a local source when looking to develop an app along with apprenticeships and job opportunities for local developers.

Max and Aleshia Howell and Nathan Hosselton, left, with Codebase. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

PortSide: Port ends year on high note, sees more growth ahead

With a record-shattering 2017 almost in the books, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch recently recapped the year and looked to 2018 and how the port is preparing for the growth ahead.

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Orsini: You received a tax notice – now what?

With an increase in automation and electronic processing, the IRS sends millions of letters and notices to taxpayers each year. The letters range from delinquency notices and audit notifications to basic verification of account changes or to confirm information has been received. Although sometimes just keeping the document on record is sufficient, in most cases - action is needed on the part of the tax payer. Either way, the perception of receiving correspondence from the Internal Revenue Service can be intimidating and potentially overwhelming.

Johnson: 5 questions to ask your accountant about cybersecurity

Your Social Security number, address, and birthdate might go for a few bucks on the black market. Sadly, when sold in bundles, $2 per record is enough to bring in a legitimate cash prize for hackers — giving them ample motivation to hack into your accountant’s network.

Business with Promise: Ghost Coast Distillery

Owners Rob Ingersoll and Chris Sywassink opened Ghost Coast Distillery, Savannah’s first distillery since Prohibition, in February 2017. This family business honor’s Savannah’s history with alcohol and allows visitors to learn the city’s story during a tour that also follows production from grain to the barrel. They also have a cocktail room with more than 17 liquors and cordials that are made on site.

Rob Ingersoll, left, and Chris Sywassink are the owners of Ghost Coast Distillery. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

2017 winners and losers: Amazon, Boeing soared; GE plunged

NEW YORK — It was a strong year for the stock market, but 2017 was a great year if you made airplanes (think Boeing), were an online juggernaut (Amazon) or built homes (KB Homes). It was a year to forget if you were an energy company (Chesapeake) made Barbie dolls (Mattel) or if you were a storied industrial conglomerate about to go on a radical slim-down program (General Electric).

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, specialist Gregg Maloney works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The stock market had a banner year overall, but there were plenty of big winners, and big losers, among individual U.S. companies in 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Blake Ellis: Making innovation accessible sets Savannah apart

A couple of weeks ago Coco Papy, community manager at The Creative Coast, published an article recounting some of 2017’s local highlights.

Blake Ellis

Risk for middle class: That GOP tax cuts could fade away

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a Christmas gift the middle class might want to give back in a few years.

House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, right, confers with Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., the top Democrat, as the panel meets early Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, to approve some procedural corrections in the final version of the Republican tax bill, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

What to expect for your personal finances in 2018

No one wants to be caught off-guard when it comes to their finances. So The Associated Press asked several experts to share their opinion on what will happen with some key issues in 2018 that will directly impact your personal financial well-being. Here’s a look at their forecasts:

California gets ready to ignite cannabis culinary-arts scene

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The sauvignon blanc boasts brassy, citrus notes, but with one whiff, it’s apparent this is no normal Sonoma County wine. It’s infused with THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that provides the high.

This Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, photo shows a bottle of Rebel Coast Winery’s cannabis-infused wine in Los Angeles. As the world’s largest legal recreational marijuana market takes off in California, the trendsetting state is set to ignite the cannabis-culinary scene. Rebel Coast Winery’s THC-infused sauvignon blanc is made from Sonoma County grapes, but the alcohol is removed in compliance with regulations that prohibit mixing pot with alcohol. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

City Talk: Key development along Montgomery, Jefferson moves ahead

The city block bounded by West Anderson, Jefferson, West 31st and Montgomery streets is currently home to an auto garage, a large blighted lot, another large vacant lot and four historic residential buildings with a total of nine dwelling units.

Business with Promise: Film Biz Recycling & Prop Shop

Film Biz Recycling & Prop Shop has had a footprint since 2008, but the prop house is brand new to Savannah, having opened its doors in April. Current president and Georgia native Samita Wolfe relocated the 501(c)3 non-profit from Brooklyn, New York to the Hostess City after high rent prices forced founder Eva Radke to close down.

Samita Wolfe sits with her dog “Herry Smith” at Film Biz Recycling & Pro Shop. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Despite age and doubters, bull market looks to keep running

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is forecasting another year of gains for stocks in 2018, even as worries rise that the end may be nearing for one of the market’s greatest runs in history.

In this Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street is forecasting another year of gains in 2018, even as warning signals flash that the end may be nearing for one of the stock market’s greatest runs in history. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Media face challenges in rush to sexual misconduct reckoning

NEW YORK (AP) — Talk-show host Tavis Smiley isn’t just angry at PBS for firing him on sexual misconduct charges. He’s angry about his depiction in the media.

In this April 27, 2016 file photo, Tavis Smiley appears at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles. Smiley said that he isn’t just angry at PBS for firing him on sexual misconduct charges. He’s angry about his depiction in the media. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

US industries can start counting their benefits from tax law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Craft breweries are raising a glass to the Republicans’ new tax overhaul: It cuts the excise tax on beer. Retailers, long saddled with heavy tax bills, will get relief. So will some high-profile names in corporate finance, led by Wells Fargo.

This Dec. 11, 2013, file photo, shows a beer at a microbrewery in Birmingham, Ala. Craft breweries are raising a glass to the Republicans’ new tax overhaul: It cuts the excise tax on beer. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Report: Coastal Empire economy remains strong despite Irma

The Savannah economy maintained strong economic growth through the end of the third quarter, despite disruptions from Hurricane Irma in September. The information comes from the Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, published by Armstrong State University, set for release on Monday.

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt passes City Hall in September. Hurricane Irma caused activity at the Georgia Ports Authority to dip about one percent in September, but overall activity is about 10 percent ahead of last year, according to Armstrong State University’s Coastal Empire Economic Monitor. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News file photo)