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JCB adds two track loaders to their line-up

JCB debuted its new compact track loaders on Thursday at a trade show in Louisville, KY.

JCB has introduced two new compact track loaders, models 210T and 215T. Company officials said the loaders provide the performance of large-platform compact track loaders in small-platform. (Photo courtesy of JCB North America/Guy Dixon)

Business owners plan ahead for holiday celebrations

As one of the most celebratory times of the year approaches, Savannah business owners prepare now to celebrate the holidays, whether that means giving back to their employees, the community, or throwing a blowout fete. No matter which way business owners and employees are choosing to rejoice, there are myriad elements to consider when hosting a holiday celebration.

Jack Thacher, son of Jane Vaden Thacher and Peter Thacher, addresses the entire Vaden extended family. Photo by Nichole Barrali.

Executive Profile: Ann Canney


Ann Canney, owner of Sanders Gifts and Home Accents. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Gladys Wise, owner of Skippers of Savannah Florist & Gifts. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Zapp: Single-payer health system might be economic solution

An open letter to our congressmen, who continue to consider health care funding models:

Wright: Capture trending hashtags for business social media accounts

Leveraging the power of social media is a key component for a business trying to strengthen brand messaging.

Page: Logistics providers can position themselves to provide value

Many importers and exporters have discovered the value of hiring a third-party company to organize their shipments.

Tilton: Commercial construction needs workers as projects rise

There’s been a lot of talk recently about how automation may soon replace people in the workforce in areas from transportation to financial sectors and others. Some academic counselors are even advising students not to pursue certain fields of study once thought to be sure bets for good future employment because a job may not be waiting for them when they get out of school.

Moore: Concentrate energy on being client-centric

Is your business client-centric enough in today’s world? Currently, there is less and less person-to-person contact in our digital age along with rising regulations. Many have struggled to adapt their business to clients’ ever-changing needs and expectations. client-centric organizations strive to consistently provide a positive client experience.

Overstreet: 5 resources for veterans transitioning from service to entrepreneurship

Soldiers who are transitioning out of the military face many decisions. For many veterans, the next career choice is entrepreneurship.

Brannen: Make sure your insurance covers hurricane needs

After years of avoiding hurricanes, Savannah was pummeled by Hurricane Matthew last year and swamped by Hurricane Irma this year. The hurricanes have taught us that we cannot just buy the cheapest insurance policy and hope for the best. If you want to be protected, you have to ask the right questions.

Irma causes rise in Georgia unemployment claims

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said this week that Hurricane Irma caused Georgia’s job numbers to fall and unemployment claims to rise in September.


Papy: We the people create the solutions

Grassroots movements have always shifted and changed power. But they have also provided solutions.

Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl

A new study inspired by Boston’s early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl.

Nielsen says it will report on who’s watching streamed shows


Treylor Park restaurant to open Jacksonville-area location

Treylor Park, the Savannah-based restaurant that offers unique menu items such as PB&J Chicken Wings and Chicken and Pancake Tacos, is opening a location in Nocatee, Fla., this spring. Nocatee is just outside Jacksonville.

Treylor Park restaurant, based in Savannah, will open a location at Nocatee. (Courtesy of Treylor Park)

McKenzie, Pope: Boards of directors need to learn cybersecurity basics

As cybersecurity has become a buzzword in the headlines, boards of directors are finding it imperative to formulate policies and provide oversight processes that address these issues. A recent study by Gartner estimates that by 2020, 100 percent of large enterprises will be asked to report to their board on cybersecurity risks at least annually. Today, only 40 percent do.

Airport traffic stays on pace for record year

Despite the effects of Hurricane Irma, a record number of passengers have traveled through Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport this year, putting the airport on track for another record year.

As of September, 1.85 million passengers have passed through Savannah/Hilton Head International so far this year, which puts the airport on track to see a record number of travelers in 2017. (Photo courtesy Savannah Airport Commission)

BiS in brief: Nail salon opens, kids learn construction, Hussey Gay Bell buys Nashville firm

Hussey Gay Bell acquires Nashville engineering firm

U.S. tech giants may find their future shaped by Europe

By Danica Kirka

FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Silicon Valley is a uniquely American creation, the product of an entrepreneurial spirit and no-holds-barred capitalism that now drives many aspects of modern life. But the likes of Facebook, Google and Apple are increasingly facing an uncomfortable truth: it is Europe’s culture of tougher oversight of companies, not America’s laissez-faire attitude, which could soon rule their industry as governments seek to combat fake news and prevent extremists from using the internet to fan the flames of hatred. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)