September tourist spending expected to near $9 million

The combination of cyber network discussions, triathletes competing and a downtown international festival will generate $8.97 million in direct visitor spending.
By Tim Rausch

Startups offer banking for smartphone users

NEW YORK - The latest banks are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Startups, such as Moven and Simple, offer banking that's designed for smartphones.
By Joseph Pisani

Efforts to recruit women to construction grow

NEW YORK - Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. Now, at 36, she's back in the classroom - in safety glasses and a T-shirt - learning how to be a carpenter.

North Carolina offered $100M for Toyota HQ, twice Texas bid

North Carolina offered $100M to lure Toyota headquarters but lost to Texas bid half that size.
By Emery P. Dalesio

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with Dragon Quest

Sony eager to woo Japanese with Dragon Quest, other software for PlayStation 4 home console.
By Yuri Kageyama

Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

Too much austerity? Europe confronts impact of its policies as economic recovery fades.
By David McHugh

Action steps to keep your money in event of a business's bankruptcy

When a retailer closes their doors, customers are often left confused and wondering what will happen to purchases they've paid for but haven't received. The same applies in situations where warranties or unused gift cards are involved.
By Kelvin Collins

Technology making some jobs less needed

As continual advances in technology usher in new waves of labor opportunity and efficiency, some in the workforce will inevitably get caught in the tide.
By Jenna Martin

Mimicking airlines, hotel fees go sky-high

NEW YORK - Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.
By Scott Mayerowitz

Labor Day holiday geared toward shopping

Retailers offering sales and promotions are turning Labor Day weekend into a major shopping event.
By Jenna Martin

Commercial rezoning sought for land next to Mullins Crossing

The process to prepare property next to the Mullins Crossing shopping center in Evans for commercial development is underway.
By Jenna Martin

Biz Bits

PATRICK WARD Award/honor: Certified as a preferred provider in the CSRA Home Connections Local Alliance Co-op Marketing Program. Details: He is owner of Big Country Surveying.

Construction roundup

COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITS • R.B. Wright Construction; Eli Lilly, 1788 Lovers Lane, Augusta; renovations, $30,000 • Halifax Construction Co.

Restaurant inspections

Search databases of the latest restaurant inspection reports for Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties.

Biz Bits

Biz Bits honors people and businesses that get awards, earn certifications or become appointed to civic boards.

Day planner

THIS WEEK THURSDAY: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Member Economic Luncheon, speaker is Carol Johnson, CEO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; 11:30 a.m.; Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, 2 10th St.

On The Move

Dr. Jared Mitchell is a new general surgeon at University Hospital McDuffie.

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