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Dec 12 – Savannah Area Business Buzzzzzzzz

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Dec 12 – Savannah Area Business Buzzzzzzzz

Hospice Savannah, Inc. has enhanced its marketing strategies with the introduction of a mascot Henry, the Hospice Savannah Hound, at its quarterly staff meeting last week. “The loveable mascot is the brain child of volunteer Suzy Willis who has experience as a costume character at  Orlando’s SeaWorld. An anonymous donor generously funded the purchase,”  according to Hospice Savannah’s President and CEO, Debra Anthony Larson.  

Henry’s full name is Henry J. Hounddog, II. His debut was greeted with laughter and applause from the board at its meeting last week, reports Larson.  “Henry’s mission will be to share Hospice Savannah’s message of helping and caring through hugs, love, and laughter as he visits children at Grief Camp, represents the not for profit in community parades and health fairs, or  visits with patients in local nursing homes or in Hospice House, Larson adds.  Henry is available to appear at civic or church events. Contact Sarah Copeland, Community Outreach Coordinator. at 912.629.1045.

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The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce is assisting Hecklers Unique Sports Grille with a Ribbon Cutting celebration set for next Monday, Dec. 19 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Hecklers is located at 2121 Boundary Street, Suite 100 in the Beaufort Town Center.  The event will showcase the best of Hecklers including wings, hors d'oeuvres, and free beer!  The event slides right into Hecklers daily happy hour.  Hecklers features exciting events all week long, and is the premier location in Beaufort to catch every sporting event, all year round.

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Foundation Financial Group, headquartered in Jacksonville, with a Savannah office, reports that the company grew its insurance business at a record pace in November, resulting in $30 million in new property, auto and life insurance policies in 30 days - a company record, according to CEO Mark W. Boyer. The company launched its insurance services in January 2011, offering property, casualty and life insurance to its customers. Since that time, the company has added tax and retirement services to its established mortgage services. This fall, Foundation Financial Group opened new branch financial services locations in Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Paul, Minn.; and Toledo, Ohio. The company also made the 2011 Inc. 500|5000 list.

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Savannah Daily News reported last week that while Georgia Tech plans to continue to operate its campus in Savannah, but acknowledge that it is a campus in transition.  The future of Tech’s satellite campus here has been the subject of conjecture by both students and faculty awaiting information on the plans of the Georgia Board of Regents about their future.  “We continue to work with individual students to make sure that their academic needs are being met. In fact, 33 students from the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus will be degree candidates for fall commencement that will be held next week,” according to Lisa Grovenstein, spokesperson for Georgia Tech in Atlanta, a small number by anyone’s measure.  The Board of Regents are currently conducting market research, she said, to determine the campus’ future, but one decision appears to have been made – to keep the campus open.

“As the focus of Georgia Tech-Savannah transitions from an undergraduate degree program to one that will eventually focus on a variety of programs ranging from professional and executive education to programs for the military, research is underway to determine the specific market needs. This is an ongoing process, and there are no results to share at this time,” Tech states.

“As we define the "Path Forward," Georgia Tech-Savannah will remain a campus. While its mission and programs are being further evaluated and defined, it will continue to be one of Georgia Tech's "global" campuses serving a vital part of the Savannah community.

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The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced last week that they were cutting the regulatory groups operating budget by 15.4 percent due to a projected reduction in bank failures next year.  Good news, for sure. "It appears that the peak of the recent banking failures may have passed and the FDIC is now positioned to begin reducing budget and staffing levels while continuing to fulfill our mission and maintain readiness to handle remaining bank failure and supervisory challenges," said FDIC Acting Chairman Martin Gruenberg.  Over one-third of the FDIC's total staffing authorized for 2012 will be temporary hires to assist with bank closings; perform follow-on work related to the management and sale of failed bank assets; and support supervision of a continued high number of problem banks. There were 157 bank failures in 2010 and 90 to date this year.

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As reported last week by The Savannah Business Journal, remember that applications are still being accepted to nominate a Bryan County company as ‘Business of the Year’ by the Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce. Applications are due at the RHBC Chamber office no later than Friday, December 23, 2011.  Applications are available online at www.rhbcchamber.org. The presentation of the award will take place during the RHBC Chamber’s Annual Meeting & Banquet on Thursday, January 12 at the Richmond Hill City Center.

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