Hashtags, Likes and Tweets: Savannah small businesses grapple with social media

What’s a hashtag? When should you use one? If you tweet, will anyone read it?

Spanish tall ship visits Savannah riverfront

If you enjoyed Tybee's Pirate Fest earlier this month but still haven't gotten your fill of the swashbuckling life, you're in luck. El Galeón Andalucía is in town.

Metro Savannah unemployment rate falls to 7 percent

ATLANTA - Metro Savannah's unemployment rate for September was 7.0 percent, down eight-tenths of a percentage point from 7.8 percent in August, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday. The rate in September 2013 was 7.2 percent.

BiS in brief: Savannah's foreclosure rate declines

Savannah's foreclosure rate declines Foreclosure rates in Savannah decreased for the month of August over the same period last year, according to newly released data from CoreLogic, a property information reporting firm.

United Community reports 3Q earnings of $17.6 million

BLAIRSVILLE - United Community Banks Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) Thursday reported net income of $17.6 million, or 29 cents per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2014, a 38 percent increase over the same period a year earlier.

General Dynamics earnings, revenue up

The parent company of Gulfstream Aerospace on Wednesday reported higher than anticipated earnings and revenue for the third- quarter and increased its fourth-quarter guidance, due in large part to a strong performance by its Savannah-based business jet company....

Critz Auto Group president talks succession, community legacy

Only 13 percent of family-owned businesses make it to the third generation, but if Critz Auto Group president Dale Critz Jr. has anything to say about it, there will be a fourth.

BiS in brief: Rivers & Glen Trading Co. to hold grand opening

Rivers & Glen Trading Co. will hold a grand opening Friday for its new store at 24 Drayton St. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place in front of the store at 5:15 p.m.

STEPHEN LOWRY: Protect your children from defective products

It's every parent's worst nightmare: a child getting injured - or even killed - by a defective car seat, stroller, crib, article of clothing or something as seemingly harmless as a toy.

Ameris Bancorp reports $12 million net income for third quarter

MOULTRIE - Ameris Bancorp (NASDAQ-GS: ABCB) on Wednesday reported operating net income of $12.0 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to $6.6 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the quarter ended Sept.

S.C. hopes Georgia will chip in for twin bridge

South Carolina's $15 million estimate to build a twin bridge over the Back River is a figure nearly equal to the reconstructed Back River Bridge that will go up first.

Savannah Tech creates Center for Traditional Craft

Savannah Technical College officials Tuesday announced the establishment of the Center for Traditional Craft, a new initiative for the college's historic preservation department.

BiS in brief: J.T. Turner Construction to renovate Tybee theater

Mercer School of Medicine receives $150,000 gift G. Holmes Bell IV, chairman and CEO of Hussey Gay Bell & DeYoung, has committed to a $150,000 gift to the Mercer University School of medicine, university President William D. Underwood has announced.

BEA WRAY: Bring manufacturing back to the U.S.

I grew up in manufacturing as my dad worked for Ford Motor Company for 33 years.

CVS tacks tobacco payment to prescription network

First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that sell smokes.

CITY TALK: Funding mechanism for Savannah Serves will hurt businesses, consumers

The proposed ambassadorial program Savannah Serves, which would put three teams of trained employees on downtown streets, was greeted enthusiastically by many last week, but we have a lot of questions here at City Talk.

Not so fast cordcutters - cable's not going anywhere

Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years.

BiS in brief: Savannah picked as nation's third spookiest city

Savannah picked as nation’s third spookiest city According to a new survey by travel dating site,, frequent tourists deem Savannah the third top spookiest city in America. To find out where chill seekers should head this season, asked 34,702 members w...

Effingtham won't hire consultant to vet Moon River

The Effingham County Industrial Development Authority has decided against hiring an outside consultant to vet the capability of Moon River Studios to deliver what it promises. At a workshop on Oct.

Survey: Pay raises rarer despite strong U.S. hiring

WASHINGTON - U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.

CITY TALK: Priorities for new Savannah-Chatham police chief

Joseph "Jack" Lumpkin will take over as chief of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department on Nov. 9.

SEDA to promote Savannah to film industry

With consistent efforts to address infrastructure and labor issues, the film, television and commercial production industry represents one of Savannah’s greatest opportunities to further diversify and expand its economy, according to a study conducted three years ago for the Savannah Economic Deve...

New film services director talks about 'Magic Mike' effect, goals

In an inauspicious beige building tucked away in Daffin Park, the Savannah Film Office gives few outward clues of its function as the primary point of contact for major Hollywood television and film productions looking to use Savannah as a backdrop.


CINDY HALSEY New job title: Vice president, completion planning and design

BiS in brief: Oaks Senior Living assisted living center planned for Pooler

Assisted living center planned for Pooler Oaks Senior Living, based in Cumming, and Savannah-based Development Associates Inc. have announced plans to develop an assisted living and Alzheimer's care community in Pooler.

Stocks end week with rally

NEW YORK - The stock market capped a turbulent week with a big gain Friday, a sign of renewed investor confidence after days of gloomy economic news.

Apartments pushed up U.S. homebuilding in Sept.

WASHINGTON - Construction firms broke ground on more apartment complexes in September, pushing up the pace of U.S. homebuilding. Housing starts rose 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.

MICHAEL OWENS: Making the case for downtown Savannah program

We have the largest, and arguably the best, historic downtown: beautiful architecture, delicious restaurants, historic squares, walkable paths, festivals, nightlife, museums, shopping and a million other reasons we all love to come downtown and see the heart of Savannah.

BiS in brief: SCORE's October Business lecture on branding set for next week

Business lecture on branding set for next week SCORE's October business lecture titled "Your Brand is Your Company's Most Valuable Asset" will be in the SCORE conference room, 111 E. Liberty St, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.

Step Up Savannah challenged to make collaboration work

The head of a St. Louis-based workforce training center on Friday told a group of local poverty fighters that a collaborative approach to workforce development can be crafted from virtually nothing.

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