Black Friday crowds lighter at many local stores

Black Friday crowds were lighter at many local stores, as shoppers headed out on Thanksgiving to take advantage of holiday sales.
By Jenna Martin

Uncertainty making year-end tax planning difficult

Like in previous years, uncertainty swirling in Congress is making end-of-the-year tax planning more difficult.
By Jenna Martin

Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

DES MOINES, Iowa — Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it’s about time.

Gourmet-breakfast restaurants could open in Augusta

I occassionally get calls (or e-mails) from people who've got franchise concepts and want to put a few locations in Augusta, although they don't have a franchisee yet. The latest one is out of suburban Charlotte, N.C. - a gourmet-breakfast concept called Toast Café.
By Tim Rausch

Falling oil prices affect global economy

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump.

Snowflake decor unique talent for disabled adults

The meticulous snowflake-making process has become a sudden success for workers at the Augusta Training Shop, a nonprofit agency that employs adults with disabilities.
By Meg Mirshak

Hackers force message on Web sites via US company

Gigya CEO Patrick Salyer said hackers had rerouted Internet traffic from the company's Web site to an outside computer server. 
By Alex Veiga

Diplomats make trade deal to cut red tape, poverty

GENEVA - After years of talking, the World Trade Organization pulled off a major deal that the body said could boost global commerce by $1 trillion annually.
By John Heilprin

OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

VIENNA - Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that likely will spiral even lower.
By George Jahn

Business news

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Department for the city of Augusta will hold its annual business expo Dec. 10.
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Electrolux donates appliances to SafeHomes

Electrolux, a major employer in the Augusta area, has committed to donating all major appliances needed to fully outfit SafeHomes of Augusta's new 36-bed domestic violence emergency shelter, which broke ground Nov. 20.

Chamber Corner

Ribbon cutting from the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Corner

Ribbon cuttings from the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Biz Bits

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

On The Move

On The Move recognizes new hires and promotions.

On The Move

On The Move recognizes new hires and promotions.

Biz Bits

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

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Local merchants welcome Small Business Saturday

With having to compete with e-commerce and national retailers during the holiday season, local merchants welcome the spotlight that comes with Small Business Saturday.
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