Originally created 08/17/97

Business briefs: Video production business opens



The following is information about honors, awards, openings and other news pertaining to businesses and organizations in or of interest to the Augusta area:

Mustard Seed Video Productions, owned and operated by producer/director R. Lester Lowry, has opened up a new office in downtown Augusta at 217 Ninth St. (James Brown Blvd.), 724-0114. Mustard Seed is a 2-year-old video production company specializing in commercial production.

Signs Now Corp. is pleased to announce that Whitesigns has the joined Signs Now family of franchised sign stores. Robert and Debbie White are the owners of the store, at 735 West Sixth St., Waynesboro.

Beginning this month, the Salvation Army will accept American Express cards for charitable donations in Georgia. It is the first credit/charge card to be accepted nationwide by the Salvation Army.

Network Aiken is having its annual membership drive through the end of September, seeking career orientated women in the CSRA. To gain information, interested people are encouraged to attend the monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Newberry Hall in downtown Aiken, 117 Newberry St. S.W. across from the Mark Cinemas. For information, call Chris Slaughter at (803) 648-0177.

Georgia-Pacific Corp.'s packaging group has recognized employees of its Augusta container plant, J&J Mid-South, for their outstanding safety performance in 1996. The Augusta facility received the Fibre Box Association's Safety Excellence Award certificate for completing 1996 with no lost-time injuries.

The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame announces that it will team with Southern Living magazine to enhance the garden component of the $32 million Golf and Garden attraction scheduled to open in downtown Augusta in late 1998.

Wachovia announced that it will market its proprietary family of mutual funds, the Biltmore Funds, under a new name: the Wachovia Funds. The name change was reflected in mutual funds listings that appear in most major newspapers and financial magazines beginning Aug. 1. Fund ticker symbols will not change.

The Wachovia Funds are advised by Wachovia Bank, N.A. The Wachovia family of funds includes 15 equity, fixed income and money market funds with assets exceeding $4 billion. Wachovia Asset Management, the investing group of Wachovia Bank, N.A., manages more than $23 billion in assets for individuals and institutions.

Information about the Wachovia Funds, including a prospectus, is available by calling (800) 944-4414.

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