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Summerell: Manage employee workspace for maximum productivity

Aesthetic good taste can be a slippery slope in workplace policy. We have all seen environments that are visually sterile, devoid of variations or the inclusion of personal affects. Others can be so cluttered that there is no uniform or branded identity.

Wal-Mart buys outdoor clothes and gear seller Moosejaw

Wal-Mart has acquired the outdoor clothing and gear seller Moosejaw for $51 million as it expands its online offerings.

Robertson: Learning from championship advertisers

A lot of folks are still talking about Super Bowl LI, from the final score to memorable advertising and marketing moments. As a small business owner, you may think none of this football buzz applies to you.

Construction begins on stores, second Pooler Publix

Pooler elected officials, Publix representatives and The Village at Savannah Quarters held a unique Valentine’s Day ceremony as they broke ground on a new Publix grocery store. Construction is officially underway on Pooler Parkway near Blue Moon Crossing.

Publix and area officials broke ground Tuesday on a second Publix for Pooler. Left to right are: Rebecca Benton, Pooler Mayor Pro Tem; Jay Wilcox, Publix; Gerrit Albert, President, Coastal South-LStar Communities; Mike Lamb, Mayor of Pooler; Richard Phillips; Steve Walker, Regional Director, Publix; Pam Southard, Executive Director, Pooler Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau; and Scott Martens.

Owens Corning plant records 1 million safe work hours

The Savannah Owens Corning plant has a million reasons to celebrate.

World Trade Center Savannah celebrates regional effort in 2016

Licensed just a little more than 5 years ago, World Trade Center Savannah has already distinguished itself among the 300-plus WTC associations across the globe for its world-class services in helping area companies expand internationally as well as selling the region to foreign companies looking to invest.

Pooler planning board nixes Chevy dealer's request for sign, flagpole

Representatives of an auto dealership under construction in Pooler are asking the city for leeway to put up a sign and flagpole that exceed the heights allowed for in the city’s code of ordinances.

But the Pooler Planning & Zoning Commission on Monday recommended that the City Council deny most aspects of the variances sought by Vaden Chevrolet of Pooler, which is being built on an outparcel of the Tanger Outlets, adjacent to Interstate 95.

A rendering of how the flag would look along Interstate 95. (Special to the Savannah Morning News)

Savannah gets first distillery since Prohibition

Ghost Coast Distillery, Savannah’s first distillery since before Prohibition will officially open for tours today.

Savannah assistant city attorney recognized for community service

Savannah Assistant City Attorney Denise Cooper was recently recognized with the 18th annual Robert Benham Award for Community Service because of her community contributions beyond the law.

Savannah Assistant City Attorney Denise Cooper

CITY TALK: Poverty data shows need for bold action

Eric Curl’s article on Sunday about the persistence of high poverty rates in Savannah caught my attention, and I hope it caught your attention, too. As Eric noted, Savannah had a 26.5 percent poverty rate in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. It’s been over a year since the last time City Talk looked closely at the numbers, so this seems like a good time to consider some of the data beyond the headline rate.

Savannah business using power of the sun to cool beer, wine

Atop a west Savannah warehouse, the sun has been put to work chilling craft beers and fine wines.

The recently completed solar array on the rooftop of Savannah Distributing on West Gwinnett near I-516 is the second largest solar installation in Chatham County. Photo courtesy Hannah Solar.

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Georgia Power exec moves, leaves community legacy

After nearly nine years at the helm of Georgia Power’s Coastal Region, Cathy Hill has taken on new responsibilities in Atlanta as vice president of the company’s statewide Land Department.

BiS in brief: transportation comment, volunteer nominations, trade seminar

United Way HandsOn Savannah accepts nominations

Consumers have a powerful tool in credit card chargebacks

Credit card users who feel helpless when dealing with merchants that provide shoddy goods and services should know they have a powerful tool available to them: chargebacks.

CITY TALK: Transportation tax vote could bring complicated decision

State lawmakers are considering major pieces of legislation that could have significant impacts for Savannah. As regular readers of this newspaper know, legislators might vote to allow some sort of casino gambling in the state. In recent years, Savannah has been discussed as a possible casino location, so we need to follow the various proposals closely.

Urban Savannah Chamber of Commerce celebrates first year

Hundreds of Savannah business owners and entrepreneurs donned their finest garb for the Urban Savannah Chamber of Commerce’s first meeting and awards banquet Friday evening.

Officials: Merger will bring more options to area

State Bank Financial Corp., the holding company for State Bank and Trust Co., has announced that it has completed its mergers with NBG Bancorp Inc. and S Bankshares Inc.

Mangee: Dodd-Frank tough to dismantle

The stringencies of financial regulation put into law following the global financial crisis, commonly known as the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, are being explicitly targeted for repeal by the new administration.

How Trump & Co. have moved to quash tighter financial rules

Just three weeks into his administration, President Donald Trump and his allies are moving quickly to dismantle the web of regulations the government passed after the 2008 financial crisis to tighten oversight of banks and protect consumers and taxpayers.