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Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

Women-owned firms growing quickest in Georgia

Since 1997, the number of businesses helmed by women in the Peach State has skyrockted by 118 percent, almost double the national increase of 68 percent, according to a report.
By Jenna Martin

Friday, Aug 22, 2014

Jell-O's revitalization a big flop

NEW YORK - Despite its enduring place in pop culture, Jell-O sales have tumbled 19 percent in the past four years, with alternatives such as Greek yogurt surging in popularity.
By Candice Choi

Chinese stocks grow amid economic slowdown

NEW YORK - Surprise: One of the summer's hottest investments was also one of the most anxiety-inducing a few months earlier.
By Stan Choe

Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste

In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, a company is dismantling some of the estimated 50 million metric tons of hazardous electronic-waste the world generated last year.
By Corinne Chin

Yellen says job market still shows need for Fed support

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — If anyone thought Janet Yel­len might clarify her view of the U.S. job market in her speech Friday, the Federal Reserve chairwoman had a message: The picture is ...
By Martin Crutsinger

Biz Bits

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

Outlet mall plans canceled

Ben Carter Enterprises has decided not to pursue a fashion outlet mall at the Village at Riverwatch development.
By Jenna Martin

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

United Airlines improving first class meal offerings

United Airlines is upgrading its first class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.
By Scott Mayerowitz

Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few

WASHINGTON - Bank of America's record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds - $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief - offers a glint of hope for desperate ...
By Josh Boak

Business news

Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators.

Small business forum focuses on startups, growth

About 100 people attended a small business forum Thursday at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, where they heard how to start and expand businesses.
By Jenna Martin

Existing home sales rise for fourth consecutive month

WASHINGTON - A fourth consecutive monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Ruben given last shot on downtown buildings

Richmond County Magistrate Judge H. Scott Allen approved an agreement reached this week to obtain a boarding permit in the next 30 days to "mothball" two buildings Bonnie Ruben owns on Broad Street.
By Wesley Brown

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fall

WASHINGTON - Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.
By Paul Wiseman

Augusta jobless rate worsens

Metro Augusta's unemployment rate increased to 8 percent in July, the Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday.
By Tim Rausch

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Gas prices fall in Georgia and South Carolina

Richmond and Aiken County residents are paying the lowest prices in months for fueling up their vehicles, a trend that could continue over the course of the year according to industry analysts.
By Sean Gruber

Columbia County approves $700,000 in incentives for development

Project could bring as many as 500 jobs to the area outside of Grovetown near Interstate 20.
By Steve Crawford

Some Fed officials want to slow economic help soon

Some Fed officials argue that economy is improving fast enough to signal lower support.
By Martin Crutsinger

Target cuts outlook as breach fallout lingers

NEW YORK - Target Corp. slashed its annual profit outlook for the second time in three months as the retailer reels from a massive customer-data breach, a botched Canadian expansion and sluggish ...
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Domestic oil production prompts business to expand

Carolina CoverTech broke ground Wednesday on its $1 million expansion.
By Tim Rausch

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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