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Auto shop reinforces service with social media

A visit to the auto repair shop can cost a lot of money and, often, a lot of frustration. The team at Savannah’s Integrity Auto Repair hopes to change that by pairing old-fashioned customer service with the modern twist of social media to remodel the industry.

Integrity Auto Repair’s new location is at 12125 Apache Ave. The company plans to expand to Pooler, hoping to grow its business through social media. (Photo courtesy of Integrity Auto Repair)

BiS in brief: HOS in Brunswick, Andaz and Food Lion fundraisers, Armstrong gets acclaim

Veterans magazine praises Armstrong

Ramsey: Flip-flops crowd search for proper office attire

It’s summer time and they’re back! Flip-flops.

U.S. current account deficit expands to $116.8 billion

By Paul Wiseman

Feds point fingers as ‘debt relief’ companies prey on students

U.S. enforcement agencies — the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission — in recent years have closed only seven companies that lured consumers with rosy promises to reduce or forgive student loan debt.

USDA Secretary Perdue hosts Canadian, Mexican counterparts in Savannah

On a day the Commerce Department announced the U.S. trade deficit rose to its highest level in a year during the first quarter, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue set the table for NAFTA renegotiations, hosting the agricultural ministers of Canada and Mexico in Savannah for their first trilateral talks on the issue.

Sonny Perdue

Producer, writer bring subject of film work to Savannah

As The Rotary Club of Savannah opened their weekly meeting Monday, singing “God Bless America,” 84-year-old Tsui Chi Hsii placed his hand over his heart and sang every word.

Photo by Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News - Tsui Chi Hsii, also known as Charlie “Two Shoes” Tsui and Stratton Leopold. Tsui was the guest speaker at Monday's Savannah Rotary Club meeting.

City Talk: Challenges, opportunities for the local restaurant scene

So far in 2017, 18 restaurants in downtown Charleston have closed.

Savannah airport sets new record for passenger numbers

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport welcomed 236,923 passengers in May, breaking last month’s record for April of 223,402 and setting an all-time record as the busiest month in SAV history.

BiS in brief: Infinity’s new office, SCORE workshop, fishing gear donation, Richmond Hill restaurants

State guide recognizes 3 Richmond Hill restaurants

Savannah Trade Center business challenges records

With just a month left in fiscal 2017, Savannah’s International Trade & Convention Center is performing at its highest level ever, with hotel-room nights in the city’s convention district approaching the record set in 2004 when the G-8 Summit was in town.

City Talk: Savannah officials setting poverty reduction goals

Last Sunday, this column looked closely at poverty statistics for the city of Savannah.

Papy: Bull Street Labs becomes home to magical mix

Maybe you’ve heard this one before: A web startup, a marketing consultant and a social entrepreneur walk into a bar. Oh, wait … maybe it was a game-makers group, a mural policy workshop, and a self-driving car coalition walk into a bar. No, that wasn’t it. Anyway, all these different people walk into the bar and wonderful things happen. That’s essentially what’s happening in Bull Street Labs.

Acheson says he’s learned a lot, not done with Savannah

Ahead of The Florence’s scheduled June 25 closing, owner and celebrity chef Hugh Acheson said the financials behind the Victory Drive restaurant were ultimately what led him to close the doors.

The Florence owner Hugh Acheson poses in his restaurant in Savannah in 2015. (SMN file photo)

Ag Sec. Perdue to host Mexican, Canadian counterparts here

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will host Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada Rovirosa in Savannah on Tuesday a trilateral meeting as well as other joint events.

Survey: Many say they can’t afford to take a vacation


In this Wednesday, June 14, 2017, photograph, Danny Aguilar poses from his office in his home in Lakewood, Colo. Aguilar, like nearly half of Americans surveyed in a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center Public Affairs Research, said they will not be taking a vacation this summer because they can not afford it or can not get time away from the job. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Portside: How one simple box revolutionized global shipping

Although they’ve only been around for 60 years or so — a mere blip on the vast timeline of global shipping — it’s hard to imagine the highways and byways of our busy port community without intermodal shipping containers.

This graphic was made for “America on the Move” to illustrate how containers are used interchangably among all surface modes of transport - water, roads, and rail. It is a greatly simplified rendering of a complex system. (From the Smithsonian Collection on loan to the National Museum of American History)

Hugh Acheson to close The Florence

Restaurateur and celebrity chef Hugh Acheson has announced that his Savannah restaurant, The Florence, will close on June 25.

The Florence owner Hugh Acheson poses in his restaurant in Savannah in 2015. Acheson announced on his Facebook page Wednesday that the restaurant, which opened in 2014, will close on June 25. (Savannah Morning News file photo) The Florence owner Hugh Acheson poses in his restaurant in Savannah in 2015. Acheson announced on his Facebook page Wednesday that the restaurant, which opened in 2014, will close on June 25. (Savannah Morning News file photo)

Robertson: Telling your company’s story is good for business

Whether you’re an established business or just starting out, it’s important to have a story to tell. With social media explosions, 24-hour news cycles, live streaming, various apps, and more, your company’s unique story can help you stand out.

TSA reports rise in firearms seizures at Savannah airport

Transportation Security officers at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport have reported an increase of firearms in carry-on baggage this year.

Transportation Security Officer Joanne Hackett shows off prohibited items recently surrendered at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. TSA officials were at the airport to remind passengers to double check their luggage for prohibited items. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)