Vacuum repair business is largest of its kind

America's Remanufacturing Company, Mark Branum's company, is on target this year to remanufacture or recycle nearly 450,000 vacuum cleaners and other small appliances returned at big box stores such as Target and e-tailers such as Amazon.
By Damon Cline

Investors should stay calm, carry on, advisers say

Along with many other people in the world, you might be wondering "What does the Brexit mean for my money?" If you are worried about your 401(k), take heart.
By Sarah Skidmore Sell and Alex Veiga

'Brexit' uncertainty won't end fast

Investors now enter a period of deep uncertainty, expected to last not weeks but years, affecting the EU, the world's largest collective economy with 500 million people.
By Ken Sweet and Bernard Condon

Make yourself brighter with information on new light-bulb terminology, LEDs

Anyone who has stood in confusion in the light-bulb aisle (and that's most of us) knows that technology and the push to save energy are continuing to flip the script on home lighting options.
By Michelle Locke

Scuttlebiz: What stores, restaurants do we need?

What brick-and-mortar stores does Augusta still need so we can click our bootheels on their floors? Let us know.
By Damon Cline

Leadership Augusta names 2017 participants

Leadership Augusta, an affiliate of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, has selected 36 area businesspeople to be in the 2017 adult class.

Errors delay fliers in trusted traveler programs

NEW YORK - Thousands of fliers enrolled in trusted traveler programs such as PreCheck aren't getting the expedited screening they paid for because of clerical errors with their reservations.
By Scott Mayerowitz

Senator renews scrutiny of pharma ties on federal panel

WASHINGTON - A high-ranking Senate Democrat is pushing for more answers on why doctors and patient advocates with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry came to serve on a panel that advises the federal government on pain issues. Sen.
By Matthew Perrone

Health insurer's limiting of choices worries patients

Stephanie Rodenberg-Lewis wasn't happy with her insulin pump and finally switched two years ago to another brand. Now her health insurer is pushing her to go back. UnitedHealth Group Inc.
By Tom Murphy

Green Dunkin' Donuts operates in Martinez

The new restaurant at 315 S. Belair Road, Suite 1 - the metro area's 10th Dunkin' Donuts franchise - was designed and built with special requirements to address energy efficiency, water reduction and it's overall "environmental footprint."
By Damon Cline

Articles from the Business section archive

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Good Deeds

The Technology Association of Georgia, its magazine and its local affiliate have announced a partnership program to challenge local technology companies to participate in a statewide food and fund ...

Chamber Corner

Ribbon-cuttings from the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce

Chamber honors Southeast Restoration Group

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday announced Southeast Restoration Group as the inaugural recipient of its Small Business Champion award.

Cargo delivery a team effort

When a massive piece of equipment moved up the Savannah River to Augusta from Georgia Ports Authority’s Ocean Terminal recently, it marked the first time since the Carter Administration that cargo ...
By Mary Carr Mayle

Columbia County at economic crossroad

Planners meet to figure out what Augusta's bedroom community must do to stay viable.
By Damon Cline

Friday, June 17, 2016

Construction of new homes drops slightly

Housing starts ticked down 0.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million units, with builders pulling back in the Northeast and Midwest, the Commerce Department said Friday.
By Josh Boak

Feds drop FedEx trafficking case

SAN FRANCISCO - A criminal trial nearly two years in the making alleging that FedEx knowingly delivered illegal prescription drugs to dealers and addicts ended suddenly Friday when prosecutors ...
By Sudhin Thanawala

Texting, chatting simplify business

NEW YORK - More and more, people who want to get in touch with small businesses are using texts or online chats rather than emails or phone calls.
By Joyce M. Rosenberg

Georgia Bank & Trust parent to be acquired

A quarter-century tradition in Au­gusta banking will come to an end early next year when the corporate parent of Georgia Bank & Trust Co., Southeastern Bank Financial Corp., gets folded ...
By Damon Cline

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Philadelphia rings in soda tax

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia became the first major American city with a soda tax on Thursday despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it. The city council gave ...
By Natalie Pompilio

Redstone wants CEO, 4 more off Viacom board

LOS ANGELES — Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman might not have much time left at the entertainment conglomerate.
By Ryan Nakashima

Ga. jobless rate best in 8 years

ATLANTA -- State labor officials say Georgia's jobless rate has fallen to 5.3 percent - its lowest mark in the past eight years.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Consultant offers advice on Columbia County's economic weaknesses

Not having fully developed industrial parks and office properties takes Columbia County "out of the game on certain types of projects," said Jay Garner, a national site-selection consultant.
By Damon Cline

Advisers to Congress urge big changes to Medicare program

WASHINGTON - Calling the rising cost of drugs "unsustainable," congressional advisers on Wednesday recommended major changes to Medi­care's popular outpatient prescription program, now 10 ...
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

MasterCard, Visa sued by Home Depot over security

ATLANTA - Visa and Master­Card are using security measures prone to fraud, putting retailers and customers at risk of thieves, The Home Depot says in a new federal lawsuit.
By Jeff Martin

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Some nuclear plants shut down as Vogtle expands

ATLANTA - While Georgia Pow­er is building the nation's first commercial nuclear reactors in three decades outside Augusta, other utilities are shutting down their nuclear plants, creating ...
By Walter C. Jones

Appeals court upholds 'net neutrality' rules

By Sam Hananel and Tali Arbel

Business news

US shoppers boost retail sales in May WASHINGTON -Despite a hiring slump, American consumers remain confident about spending - a reassuring sign for the U.S economy. That was the message sent ...

Monday, June 13, 2016

Microsoft says it is buying networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

NEW YORK - In a surprise move, Microsoft said Monday that it is buying LinkedIn for about $26.2 billion, a deal that could bring subtle but significant changes for the professional network's more ...
By Barbara Ortutay
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