Originally created 11/30/97

Business briefs



  • Brett's Augusta Transfer and Storage Co. of Augusta, an agent of United Van Lines Inc., was recognized for special professional achievement during United's annual convention. Brett's received the "President Club" award, signifying achievement of at least $1 million in sales for the United system during the past year. Brett was recognized at the $1 million level.
  • ADSI Moving Systems of Augusta has been appointed an agent for United Van Lines. The agency's 56,000 square foot office/warehouse is located at 3016 Payton Road in Augusta. Brian D. Ellefson is president of the firm; Nyles L. Ellefson is vice president.
  • Regency Mall will participate in a mall program in Georgia in connection with the launch of the video release of Annabelle's Wish, a new animated holiday film.
  • NOVUS Services, a business unit of Morgan Stanley, Dean Witter, Discover and Co., kicked off is the presenting sponsor of the Annabelle's Wish mall program and its funding of $1 million to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This funding will make 100 wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses across America.
  • The mall program that kicks off the day after Thanksgiving and continues through Christmas Eve is based on Annabelle's Wish and surrounds the center-court Santa Claus exhibit at more than 140 malls across the United States. The participating malls, including Regency Mall in Augusta, will incorporate the Annabelle's Wish theme into all of the local advertising/holiday promotional plans.
  • Ireland Electric Supply Co., a supplier of wholesale electrical apparatus, has moved its operation to 3222 Mike Padgett Highway.
  • Western Staff Services, Inc. announces the opening of a CSRA office in North Augusta at Suite 206, Business Technology Center, 802 E. Martintown Road. The new Western office, which specializes in clerical and light industrial, is operated by local personnel.
  • George Cook is owner of the new branch.

    For more information about Western in general, or the new office, call (803) 278-2855.

  • The Internal Revenue Service and the American Assciation of Retired Persons' Tax-Aide/Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program are looking for volunteers.
  • Volunteers are trained by the IRS to prepare basic tax returns free of charge. Generally, volunteers help taxpayers who are age 60 years or older in banks, libraries, malls, senior centers and other public areas. The program also educates volunteers on federal tax law.

    For information, call the IRS taxpayer education office at (404) 331-3808.

  • Richmond County has been chosen to receive $88,296 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
  • A local board will determine how the funds awarded Richmond County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

    Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be nonprofit, 2) have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

    Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting: 724-6269 and asking for the FEMA coordinator. Deadline for applications is noon Friday.

    The Biz Briefs column is a free public service listing of The Augusta Chronicle. Information, typewritten, about businesses and organizations should be received no later than noon Tuesday. Please send items to The Augusta Chronicle, Biz Briefs, Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta GA 30903; bring them by the News Building at 725 Broad St. in Augusta; or send a fax to (706) 722-7403. Include a contact name and telephone number.