One of the things I’ve learned writing about business over the years is that the owners of successful companies tend to fall into a few general categories.
Here’s a handful of them.
- The Hobby Entrepreneur: Spouse of a wealthy professional (doctor, lawyer, etc.) in need of a tax writeoff and something to do.
- The Inheritor: Runs parents’ or grandparents’ business; last name often followed by a Roman numeral.
Here’s an ethics question: Would you rather A) make a bad decision in order to look cool to a small group of friends, or B) make a wise decision and look cool to everyone but your small group of friends?
If you chose option A, congratulations! You might have a future on the Augusta Commission.
Whenever I show visitors around downtown Augusta, there is almost always a question about why there are "so many vacant buildings."
To avoid giving a long, drawn-out answer that attempts to explain the last 30 years of downtown history, I usually just say something like “Well it’s a lot better than it was several years ago.”
I had to chuckle this week when driving down Bobby Jones Expressway.
No, I didn’t see one of those $750 Oldsmobuicks with the gigantic $3,000 rims . I just happened to glance at the Village Plaza shopping center.
Cocaine’s one hell of a drug.
– Rick James
Where have you gone, Calvin Green? A hungry city turns its lonely eyes you. Woo, woo, woo.
The Augusta restaurateur’s wildly popular Hot Foods by Calvin restaurant remains closed three weeks after Mr. Green was sentenced to six years of probation for cocaine possession.
Hot Foods’ phone number has been disconnected, and its old Web site, www.hotfoodsbycalvin.com is, well … let’s just say it’s no longer a restaurant site.
Anybody out there need an engineer? I hear there are some at Kimberly-Clark who might be in the job market soon.
The Dallas-based company, which operates the massive tissue paper and diaper production plant in Beech Island, has notified its engineering staff that it will be outsourcing those duties to a foreign contractor, possibly a company with operations in India.
It’s easy for area residents to forget just how huge an impact Fort Gordon has on the regional economy. That’s mainly because the Army post, which employs about one in five local residents, is in the defense business, not the self-promotion business.
One thing the past week taught me is that the “word on the street” – which we all know contains a smidgen of truth – is sometimes right on the money.
On Day 1, we hear that Clay Boardman is planning to purchase the old Sibley Mill property. On Day 2, we make contact, and he says the equivalent of, “Well, I can’t talk about that right now.” On Day 3, he puts out a news release through Historic Augusta that says (drum roll, please) he is planning to purchase the old Sibley Mill.
It was about seven years ago when I first met Steve Fishman, the subject of this week's cover story. I was at his gun shop, aka Sidney's Department Store, to interview him for a "firearms in the workplace" type of story.
The subject of carrying concealed weapons came up during the course of our talk. I made a comment to the effect that it would not be illegal to "walk down the street with a rifle" so long as it was not concealed.
Last week I, got a voice mail from a reader who was curious about why the “vitamin plant” in Augusta has never opened.
What the caller was referring to is the 400,000-square-foot production facility that New York vitamin company NBTY Inc. said it would open near Augusta Regional Airport.
Two years after the announcement, the building off Tobacco Road that the company paid nearly $11 million for still sits unused.
Local economic development officials in contact with the company said late last year that the facility could be open by this spring.