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Sept 19 – Savannah Area Business Buzzzzzzzz

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SEPT 19 – Savannah Area Business Buzzzzzzzz

Don't forget the 'State of the Ports' annual luncheon, this Thurs. Sept 22 at the Trade Center.  Call the Georgia Ports Authority immediately to see if they can still squeeze you into one the region's best networking events.  Information on the luncheon is also on their website.  It's always a good luncheon...and at least there is GOOD news coming out of our ports.

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To cut their staggering operational losses, the United Stated Postal Service is looking at closing their Pooler SCF center where Savannah’s mail is sorted and redistributed. There are 200 employees at the center. USPS announced last week that they were conducting a “feasibility study.” The closest SCF centers are in Charleston, Macon and Jacksonville. The impact on potential delays of mail within the Savannah area, and inbound and outbound delivery will be hard to predict without an SCF center in the area. Stay tuned for more on this important topic for area businesses. And, speak up NOW if you have concerns. Savannah is one of the 100 largest markets in the U.S. Is the USPS planning to run fewer than 100 SCF centers? Macon is only an hour from Atlanta. We can’t help but wonder if their closure is also being studied.

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Georgia Southern is expanding its Continuing Education courses beginning next week in downtown Savannah, with a total of 17 courses set for the Fall. The Artist’s Way, Introduction to Computers, and Organic Gardening are being added by GSU’s Division of Continuing Education, in keeping with its mission of meeting the lifelong learning needs of the region’s residents. Fourteen other new courses are also open for registration, with ten others in the planning stages for late 2011 and early 2012. The classes are meeting at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. Many of us have employees who need to improve their computer skills. The course is just a one-session course, offered this Weds., Sept. 21, and will provide fundamental knowledge for those with minimal or no computer experience. The course goal is to have participants understand hardware, software, and the operating system, and achieve basic proficiency using the mouse, Internet Explorer, and the Word and Excel programs of Microsoft Office. The course will be taught from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, also at the Coastal Georgia Center.

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The First Presbyterian Church and Mission Resources Group of Bluffton is are teaming up to relaunch the FPC Business Network, which will begin this week on Sept. 22, in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church at 7:45 am and will continue on the 4th Thursday of each month. The forum has four components: It begins with a networking opportunity while enjoying complimentary coffee and Danish. Then, each participant will have the opportunity to give a one minute description of their business. Third, one previously selected business will deliver a ten minute presentation about their business. Finally, each meeting will feature an educational talk on a topic of interest to business leaders. Participants can remain after the 9:30 conclusion for more networking. The topic for the September meeting is “Business Killers”, presented by J. Mason Heidt of Financial Design Associates. Mr. Heidt will discuss “Avoiding the 6 Mistakes that can Destroy your Business and Your Future.” Info is available at 843-6816170.

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The Ronald McDonald House honored local Savannah restaurants The Pirates' House & The Pirates' House & Pearl's Saltwater Grille Pearl's Saltwater Grille which contributed to its Chefs' Challenge / summer-long fundraising campaign. "Our Chefs and restaurant teams are committed to helping the families that use The Ronald McDonald House,” announced Cathy Colasanto, Director of Operations for the two local Savannah restaurants. In addition to the cash donation, the restaurants also donated a brand new freezer to the Savannah Ronald McDonald House. The freezer will be especially helpful during holiday season, when the House receives large donations of turkeys and hams. The donation was valued at $ 6,600.

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