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Urban Savannah Chamber honors Johnson at annual meeting

Former Mayor Otis Johnson received the Lifetime Achievement Award last week at the Urban Savannah Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet.

TLC compiles yearbook of personnel success stories

When it comes to setting and achieving goals Guillermo Montes is becoming an expert. “I told my fiancé I was going to be the youngest general manager in the company and here I am,” Montes, 24, said with a grin last week at the Comfort Suites Historic District where he serves as general manager.

Tracy Boles, general manager of the Fairfield Inn and Suites Savannah Airport is known as Bubbles, due to her upbeat and energetic personality. She’s been in the tourism industry for nearly 10 years. (Photos courtesy of the Tourism Leadership Council)

New CCDS chief no stranger to agency that serves disabled

The board of the Coastal Center for Developmental Services didn’t have to look far when executive director Kathy Thomson announced she was retiring after 40 years.

Glover: Technology allows small businesses to avoid tax pain

Within the past decade, technology has revolutionized the accounting industry. Firms can work more efficiently using cloud-based technology, transforming the way the accounting and many other industries approach business. This technology eliminates the pain points companies feel such as the lack of real-time financial data, dropping off cumbersome zip drives to their CPA firm and faxing in payroll hours.

It’s OK to spend money on yourself – really

People who spend too much outnumber, by far, those who spend too little. But the methods that therapists and financial planners use to help “underspenders” can guide the rest of us about when it’s OK to splurge and when we should resist.

Trump hoping rally speeches overcome troubles

Shifting attention from his troubled White House, President Donald Trump hit the road Friday for a campaign-style rally, resurrecting the buoyant jobs promises that powered his election victory and pledging to “unleash the power of the American spirit.”

Trump’s contempt for trade deals spurs anxiety

Not even a month into his presidency, Donald Trump is moving to dismantle seven decades of American policy built on trade deals and multinational alliances that help fuel the U.S. and global economies. And no one is sure what will replace them.
In this Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump signs an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact agreed to under the Obama administration, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump is already dismantling seven decades of American policy by pulling back from established trade agreements, such as the TPP, and questioning longstanding global alliances. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

BIS in brief: Morrisons honored, Allegiant starts Cleveland flight, job fair

Allegiant launched its new, nonstop service Thursday to Savannah from Cleveland, Ohio. To celebrate, the company, known for its exceptional travel deals, is offering one-way fares on the new routes for as low as $48.

PortSide: Georgia Ports, IKEA to preview electric trucks

The Georgia Ports Authority was going green long before it was cool — or required. So it only makes sense that the GPA — winner of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2016 Clean Air Excellence award for its innovative programs converting diesel cranes to electric power — would welcome the opportunity to preview electric trucks for on-terminal use.

Starting next week, Los Angeles-based BYD America will bring its all-electric terminal tractor to Savannah for GPA and IKEA to test out. (Photo courtesy BYD)

Business of Love: Finding right match for your work

Savannah has long been a mecca for weddings, both local and destination. The impact that the weddings have on small businesses, such as event planners, rental companies, caterers, photographers, and musicians, is significant. It is also these small vendors and the variety of styles they provide that can make all the difference couples who plan ahead.

BiS profile: Savannah Wine Cellar, Bridget Michalski

We teach people about wine through tastings. It’s all about the beauty and love of wine. When you come in, you’re buying an experience, whether you enjoy the wine at home—share the right glass of wine with your spouse—or whether it’s a special occasion.

BiS Profile: Mike Jones, Jones Red & White

I grew up in the business. I was bagging groceries at 10 years old. My dad owned a grocery store in Pooler – an IGA store. We opened here (on Habersham Street) in August 1980. It was just a little community market with concentration on fresh meats and produce.

Kenneth Zapp: Let’s find solution to Chatham County housing crisis

We have a crisis in our community: People with limited financial resources cannot find affordable housing.

Dekle: Going out of business sales entail complicated regulations

The recent announcement of nationwide store closings by well-known retailers Sears, Kmart, and the Limited (including some of their locations in Savannah) provides occasion to discuss the surprisingly complex legal issues associated with going-out-of-business, moving, and other inventory reduction sales.

Ramsey: Where you sit can affect your career

Attending meetings is a lot like going to class. Where you sit in class can affect your grade. Where you sit in a meeting can affect your career.

Burkoff: Make your legal checklist for business success in 2017

Now is a good time to review your business structure, relationships, and agreements, to prepare and plan for success. Here is a short legal checklist for a strong start to 2017.

Pearson: Learn how to become vendor to growing film industry

If you’ve ever lingered at the close of a movie to watch the credits, you may have noticed a Georgia peach embedded at the end. The presence of that logo has grown to represent over $7 billion of economic impact in Georgia for the fiscal year 2016 alone.

Lidl speeds up plans for new stores

German grocer, Lidl announced Wednesday that its first wave of U.S. stores, which includes locations planned for Pooler and Bluffton, S.C., are moving ahead of schedule with some of the stores opening this summer instead of 2018 as previously announced, according to an Associated Press report.

This is an artist’s rendering of the 36,000-square-foot Lidl store to be built in North Augusta.

Savannah Coffee Roasters opening southside cafe

Savannah’s southside will be getting a caffeine boost next week when Savannah Coffee Roasters opens the doors to their newest Savannah Coffee café at 714 Mall Blvd., inside The Design Center shops on Monday.

CEO/President of Savannah Coffee Roasters, Lori Collins. The company will be opening a second cafe location at 714 Mall Blvd., next week. (Photo by Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)