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Oct. 8 - Infinity, Inc. Recognized as Cybersecurity Champion for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

October 8, 2019 - For 15 years, October has been known as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance. Managed IT services provider Infinity, Inc. recently announced its commitment to NCSAM by once again participating as a Champion and joining the growing global effort to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy. 

NCSAM is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals committed to this year’s NCSAM theme of ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’ which encourages everyone to #BeCyberSmart through cybersecurity best practices.

Now in its 16th year, NCSAM continues to build momentum and impact with the ultimate goal of providing all Americans with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. This far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Security of our networks and data has become the overriding concern of every technology service provider today and nearly every business owner,” says Infinity, Inc. CEO Chuck Brown. “The threats are constant, they’re everywhere, and protection is critical for clients to be able to trust companies with their business. Infinity is proud to promote better education and practices not only this month but all year long.”

For more information about NCSAM 2019 and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You can also follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media throughout the month. 

 

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Oct. 4 - Final major module for Georgia Power’s Vogtle 3 & 4 project arrives onsite

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

October 4, 2019 - The final major module for construction of the Vogtle 3 & 4 units has arrived onsite, meaning all 1,485 major modules required to complete construction have now been manufactured and safely delivered. The arrival of the final major module marks the completion of sourcing construction modules from 25 suppliers and vendors from around the globe. These modules help streamline the construction process, since they are made in advance of arriving to the project site and ready to be assembled into larger components that make up the nuclear units.

Since 2011, major modules have been delivered to the site by rail and truck and include a range of plant components such as floor and wall sections and supporting structures that surround the containment buildings and reactor vessels. Some of these modules have become what are now the containment structures and a 20-room building housing critical components for the units, amongst other sections of the units.

In addition, several milestones for Unit 4 have recently been achieved including the second of four concrete placements for the operating deck inside the containment vessel. The placement of 58 cubic yards of concrete forms a 2-foot-thick floor in support of the loading and staging of equipment inside containment in preparation for the third containment ring and top head placements. To date, more than 667,000 cubic yards of concrete have been placed for units 3 & 4, enough to build a sidewalk from Miami to Seattle.

Workers recently set the Integrated Head Package (IHP) on its stand on the operating deck inside the Unit 4 containment vessel. Weighing 475,000 pounds, standing 48 feet tall, and containing more than three miles of electrical cables, the IHP will sit atop the reactor vessel during normal operations and is the integral piece used in monitoring and controlling the nuclear reaction that will occur.

The project workforce remains at an all-time high with approximately 8,000 workers on site. With more than 800 permanent jobs available once the units begin operating, Vogtle 3 & 4 is currently the largest jobs-producing construction project in the state of Georgia.

Follow the progress being made at the site with the Plant Vogtle 3 & 4 Online Photo Gallery.

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Sept. 25 - Savannah's top interior designers launch online lifestyle brand TABBY Home

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 25, 2019 - Design House Interiors Group, one of the Lowcountry’s most notable Interior Design studios, recently announced the launch of its highly-curated online shop www.tabbyhome.com 

Shop for gracious lifestyle offerings as curated by interior designers Leah G. Bailey, Linn Gresham, Elizabeth McDonald, Lily Brown and Debbie Basnett. These five visionary business women bring their favorite decorative object and Lowcountry lifestyle experiences via e-commerce and immersive social media. Declaring their expertise in gracious living and simple luxuries, Savannah’s tastemakers are showing consumers how to capture the essence of Coastal Southern style with a designer’s eye.

"We have already begun with stunning content on @tabby_home Instagram and the website officially launched on Aug. 9, 2019,” Brown said. 

"We're thrilled to have a platform to show our perspective on all things design as well as to share the sumptuous Lowcountry lifestyle with the world," says designer and co-founder Linn Gresham. “Our fans have been asking for content, more eye-candy and ways to shop for our favorite things for a while now."  The TABBY team has already tackled social media by showing their design work as well as tips on entertaining and living graciously. “TABBY is more than an online shop; the content we deliver is highly interactive for our followers as it offers guidance with an authoritative interior design voice,” McDonald said.  

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Aug. 30 - Barge Design Solutions Announces Great Place to Work® Recertification

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 30, 2019 - Barge Design Solutions, Inc., has been recertified as a great workplace for 2019-2020 by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. Barge earned this credential for the third year in a row.

According to the anonymous survey, 93% of employees believe that Barge is a great place to work, which is a 4% increase from the 2018-2019 results. Ninety-six percent of the firm’s employees participated in the survey this year. A summary of the firm’s review can be found at http://www.greatplacetowork.com/certified-company/1328528.

Research shows that companies who achieve this ranking outperform others by up to three times. Barge has seen an increase in the participation of employees and in the percentage of employees who agree that the firm is a great place to work each of the four years they have completed this process. The firm’s financial performance has followed the same trend.

“We are able to continue to attract and retain great talent in a tight labor market, and our turnover rate is significantly below industry benchmarks,” shares Michele Herlein, Chief Human Resources Officer. Over the past two years Barge has experienced nearly 38% growth, hiring 186 new employees and opening two new offices. 

Barge Design Solutions is committed to asking for feedback from employees and continually improving their organization’s culture. Barge’s Executive Team uses the feedback from the survey to create and empower action teams comprised of employees at every level. These action teams are assigned to research a theme from the survey feedback and present recommendations for improvement to the firm’s leaders. This unique opportunity generates creative solutions developed by the people who are closest to the work and helps the Executive Team get more insight on the data. To date several recommendations have been implemented, such as adding a floating holiday, implementing a flex-time policy, ramping up company wide communication efforts, and increasing the 401K match.

Barge Design Solutions, Inc., combines skill and dedication to impact local communities for everyday life. The multidiscipline team includes engineers, architects, landscape architects, planners, biologists, geologists, scientists, and surveyors. Barge Design Solutions has offices in five states and is ranked No. 165 on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) 2019 Top 500 Design Firms list. Learn more at bargedesign.com, and stay connected with them on FacebookTwitter,LinkedIn, and Instagram.

[EDITED 09-30-2019. This article has been corrected to acknowledge that Barge Design Solutions has earned the credential for three years in a row, not four.]

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Sept. 24 - Yippee! Cone Cake Co. Launches New Cone Cake Bakery Service in Savannah

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 24, 2019 - Would you like to serve colorful, delicious cone cakes at your next birthday party, Halloween celebration or Savannah soiree? Now you can, thanks to Yippee! Cone Cake Co.’s new home-based bakery in Savannah, Ga.

Leilani Lowry, founder of Yippee! Cone Cake Co., has been baking cone cakes, which are cupcakes baked inside ice cream cones, all her life. She launched her Savannah-based company in January 2018 and sold a line of cone cake holders and decorating kits online and at trade shows across the country. Her original goal was to market specialty items to make it easier for her customers to bake cone cakes in their own kitchens.

“Interestingly, I’ve gotten a lot of requests from people to bake cone cakes for them, so I decided to expand my services to meet customer demand,” Lowry explains. “I’m excited to now offer cone cakes to my Savannah-area customers who are looking for a fun alternative to conventional cupcakes for parties and special events.” 

Customers can choose from a tasty Fall line-up, which includes festive Halloween designs and delicious flavors such as Pumpkin Spice Latte, Snickerdoodle and Chocolate Hazelnut. 

“Vanilla is the most popular flavor,” Lowry explains. “Everyone loves them!”

 Full-sized and mini-cone cakes can be ordered online through the Yippee! Cone Cake Co. website. All cone cakes are available by the dozen and require one-week notice. Free delivery is available throughout the Savannah area.

Custom orders are a specialty. Lowry enjoys coming up with creative ideas to match the theme of each customer’s party.

Lowry received her cottage food license from the Georgia Department of Agriculture (DOA), and her home kitchen has been inspected and approved by the DOA. She also successfully completed the StateFoodSafety Food Protection Manager Certification exam before expanding her company to include cone cake baking services.

To place a cone cake order, visit www.yippeeconecakes.com and click on the Bakery tab.

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