• Augusta Financial Advisor Will Rogers: How Will You Pay Yourself in Retirement?

    March 23, 2017

    With all the attention on saving for retirement, it’s easy to overlook another important activity: creating a plan to pay yourself in retirement. More than ever, pre-retirees—especially those who don’t have a pension—will have to rely on a combination of income sources to pay for their essential and lifestyle expenses in retirement. Whether you retire in the Augusta area, or elsewhere here are some tips to consider as you design your plan.

  • 5 Reasons to Attend The 9th Annual Georgia Logistics Summit

    March 20, 2017

    It’s Summit season again, and this is going to be the best one yet. Yes, we say that every year, but it just keeps getting better! This year will see the return of Summit staples like an address from Governor Deal, an update on the state of transportation in Georgia, and many other great presentations and discussions on industry best practices.

  • Downtown Augusta Businesses and Community Partners Name “ParTee on the Green” an Annual Augusta Golf Week Tradition

    March 15, 2017

    The City of Augusta’s Parks, Recreation, and Facilities, along with friends of Downtown Augusta will host “ParTee on the Green” on Wednesday, April 5th, at the Augusta Common. This is one of many exciting activities taking place downtown during Masters Week and Spring Break.

  • Georgia Recognizes Four Companies as Small Business Rock Stars

    March 14, 2017

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development, along with the Georgia Economic Developers Association recognized Georgia’s 2017 “Small Business Rock Stars.” GDEcD and GEDA hosted a luncheon where four Georgia companies were honored for being an outstanding, unique and impactful small business.

  • Mary Ellen McClanahan: Small Business is Big Business in Augusta

    March 13, 2017

    Small businesses are a critical component of – and a major contributor to – the strength of local economies. Augusta is definitely a top spot for small business to thrive in our state.

  • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony a Huge Success

    March 10, 2017

    On Feb. 25th, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame honored eight highly accomplished athletes during their annual induction ceremony held at the historic Macon City Auditorium. The group included football player Keith Brooking, golfer Laura Coble, tennis coach Manuel Diaz, football and track athlete Willie Gault, basketball player Matt Harpring, football player Garrison Hearst, athletic leader/golf coach Liz Murphey and football player Jeff Saturday.

  • Registration Open for Georgia Small Business ROCK STARS Awards Luncheon on March 13th

    March 09, 2017

    Georgia holds the title as the number one state in the nation in which to do business—a title it has held for four years in a row. And when 98 percent of Georgia companies (employing under 100) are considered small businesses, it makes sense the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) would want to salute these business owners with Georgia Small Business Week taking place March 13-17.

  • Azalea House Uses Local Talent, Charm to Create Unique Southern Experience at Masters

    March 08, 2017

    The Masters Tournament returns to Augusta on April 3-9, and if you are looking to enjoy the week of golf amid true Southern hospitality, you’ll want to check out The Azalea House. According to General Manager, Chris DeMain, this premier hospitality facility, located on Azalea Drive in the National Hills neighborhood just across the street from the course, is fully focused on hospitality and understanding client entertainment.

  • Textron Completes Arctic Cat Acquisition

    March 08, 2017

    Textron Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Arctic Cat Inc. by means of a short-form merger under Minnesota law. As a result, Arctic Cat has become an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron.

  • UGA SBDC to Present at March Third Thursday Business Builder

    March 06, 2017

    The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, along with State Bank & Trust Company, will host the Third Thursday Business Builder at the Chamber office on Thursday, March 16th. The event begins at 11:30 am and lunch is provided.

  • Augusta Metro Chamber Announces Lester S. Moody Award of Excellence Recipient

    February 24, 2017

    The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce announced the Lester S. Moody Award of Excellence recipient at the 109th Annual Meeting. This year’s award was presented to Don Grantham, President & CEO of Forest Sales Corporation.

  • Georgia Touts Another Year as a Leader in International Trade

    February 22, 2017

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development released Georgia’s 2016 trade numbers, which reinforce the states position as a front-runner in the global economy and as a leader in international trade.

  • ‘Why Normal Isn’t Healthy’ is Focus of February Women in Business Luncheon February 21st

    February 14, 2017

    The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, along with Hull College of Business, Augusta University, is pleased to host the February Women in Business Luncheon on Tuesday, February 21st at the Legends Club. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 am and focus on “Why Normal Isn’t Healthy: Living a Balanced Life.”

  • 29th Annual Georgia Quail Hunt Highlights Southwest Georgia

    February 09, 2017

    Just weeks after two tornados tore through Southwest Georgia, the region played host to the 29th Annual Georgia Quail Hunt, one of the premier economic development events in the nation and the largest for that corner of the state.

  • Latest Survey Results for The Georgia Climate Index Suggest Major Shift in Outlook for Future Business Conditions

    February 07, 2017

    The results of the fourth quarter Georgia CEO survey suggests that Georgia business leaders feel more optimistic about the current business conditions in Georgia compared to the previous surveys. The purpose of the surveys is to better understand how general business conditions are impacting Georgia CEO subscribers on a quarterly basis. Georgia CEO partners with the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development (BBRED), a member of the College of Business at Georgia Southern University, to prepare, distribute and analyze the survey.

  • Sherman & Hemstreet, Turner Realty Group Announce Merger

    February 02, 2017

    Sherman & Hemstreet, one of Augusta’s oldest and largest real estate brokerages, and Turner Realty Group, a residential real estate firm in Lincolnton, GA announce their merger. This strategic business partnership marks the second such alliance for Sherman & Hemstreet in the last year.

  • Hull Barrett Attorney on the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

    January 30, 2017

    All businesses have intellectual property and trade secrets. A company is in business because it is offering something of “value” which can be a number of things from product to process to promotion. The loss or misappropriation of such can be devastating to the success and profitability of a company. In a measure to further protect businesses, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016 was signed into law on May 11, 2016 after being unanimously passed in the Senate and ratified in the House. It creates a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation.

  • Gov. Deal, Lt. Gov. Cagle Visit Fort Gordon, Cybersecurity Training Facility

    January 25, 2017

    Gov. Nathan Deal, along with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, visited the Cyber Center of Excellence, a training facility for cyberspace operations at Fort Gordon, and attended a mission briefing. The briefing was designed to provide state leaders with a greater understanding of the various cyber entities housed at Fort Gordon, how they work together and the tactical missions.

  • Leadership Georgia Announces 2017 Class & Programs

    January 19, 2017

    The Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees recently announced the 2017 Class of Leadership Georgia. Sixty-three participants were selected from a pool of several hundred candidates. With a principal focus on “Georgia A State of Mind,” the 2017 Class of Leadership Georgia will travel to Brasstown Valley, Jesup, Jekyll Island, Perry and Brasselton.

  • Georgia Chamber Eggs and Issues: Government Leaders Optimistically Address Initiatives, State’s Future

    January 11, 2017

    Georgia’s top elected officials addressed their priorities and proposals to nearly 2,000 attendees at the Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues Breakfast,” on Tuesday. The meeting coincided with the 2017 state legislative session opening this week.

  • Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau Purchases 1010 Broad Street

    December 09, 2016

    The Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau has purchased a building at 1010 Broad Street. The Augusta CVB and Augusta Sports Council will be relocating their offices from Enterprise Mill to 1010 Broad Street; the Augusta Visitor Center will also be relocating from 560 Reynolds Street to the main floor of the new building.

  • Augusta Metro Chamber Announces 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year

    December 07, 2016

    The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce announced its 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year today at the December Member Economic Luncheon. The award was presented to the Ellefson Family, accepted by Brian and Nyles Ellefson, with Ellefson Transportation Group.

  • How to Train Temporary Workers During the Busy Holiday Season

    December 01, 2016

    Many businesses hire additional workers during the holiday season to help with increased demand. This year, retailers are expected to employ between 640,000 and 690,000 temporary workers, according to the National Retail Federation. Improperly trained temporary hires can present workplace safety risks. A 2014 study conducted by Travelers Insurance found that 28% of injuries happen within the first year of employment.

  • Augusta Financial Advisor Will Rogers Discusses Keeping Your Current Lifestyle in Retirement When Retiring in or near Augusta

    November 30, 2016

    With Augusta, GA at the top of many retirees “Top Places,” it’s a question that many pre-retirees find themselves asking – How much money will I need to keep my current lifestyle in retirement? What’s more, will I have enough to live the retirement I’ve been dreaming about?

  • 2016 Business Awards & Columbia County Economic Development Strategic Plan Unveiled at Development Authority Business Appreciation Breakfast

    November 17, 2016

    The Development Authority of Columbia County hosted its Business Appreciation Breakfast in which it strives to recognize our corporate citizens for their investment in our community through job creation, capital investment, and community involvement. This year, the Development Authority of Columbia County recognized three companies for their commitment to our community.