Wed, February 21, 2024

B2B Stories

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Another hurdle cleared and one step closer to JBA reality

The second step required to collect funds for the new James Brown Arena construction has been completed. Augusta Commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Augusta Richmond County Coliseum Authority. The agreement sets in motion the financial process of collecting and dispersing the money from the half-penny Construction Special Project, Local Option Sales Tax (C-SPLOST). It also clears the way to begin collecting money through the $250 million bond issue approved by voters last November. The process began in late January when members of the Authority approved the intergovernmental

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New auto business to open in crowded field

The Driven brands of automotive companies is getting ready to add its first car wash facility in the CSRA, after building six oil change shops in a short period of time. Jordan Trotter represented the landowner in a transaction that will allow Driven to build a Take Five Car Wash on a large tract of land on the Gordon Highway. “We operate the world’s largest local car wash conglomerate, washing more than 35 million cars a year through a network of more than 900 locations in 14 countries across Europe,

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B2B Podcasting

RIP to a trailblazer

He was a veteran, a former Georgia Senator, and later served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Ed Tarver will be remembered and missed by many. Mike Petchenik has more in today’s Biz Bits.

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Annual Performance Reviews: How to Maximize Their Effectiveness

I have been taking part in annual performance reviews for approximately forty years, beginning with Officer Performance Reports (OPRs) as a lieutenant in the United States Air Force, to earlier this week as a faculty member at Augusta University (AU). I have sat at “both sides of the table” for such reviews, having been evaluated for each of those forty years, while also being the “evaluator” for at least seventeen of those years as an administrator at Kennesaw State University (KSU) and here at AU. During one year at KSU

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$42 million to boost physician shortage challenges

The good news is that Georgia is growing. The bad news is the state has a huge shortage of doctors. Dr. David Hess, Dean of the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) made that point clear in his annual State of the College address. He said Georgia currently ranks 40th in the country in the number of primary care physicians. “All these counties, which are blue, or yellow are short, so there’s hardly any place that has enough physicians,” he said, using a slide to demonstrate the shortages. “And even worse,

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Simon Says: SC’s LMI shines!

Last week, I reported data on Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) labor markets in Georgia. However, the Augusta MSA includes two counties (Aiken and Edgefield) in South Carolina, so how does Augusta compare to South Carolina MSA’s over the last year? Overall, South Carolina’s MSAs all performed better than Augusta, and South Carolina did better than Georgia. The South Carolina Labor Market Index (LMI) increased by 2.7% compared to 1.1% in Georgia. The fastest growing MSA in South Carolina was Charleston at 4.1% and the slowest was Spartanburg at 1.7%, still

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B2B Podcasting

Breathing new life into empty buildings

In a breath of fresh air for the Augusta cityscape, buildings that have been empty are taking on new meaning for nonprofits and for-profit businesses. Mike Petchenik has the lineup in today’s Biz Bits.

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Awards

Astronaut accepts award for dad who passed

Publishers Note: It was in the early 1990’s that I first met Dr. Joseph Still and his daughter, Susan in Augusta. I was a reporter at News 12 and I especially remember Susan being honored at Augusta’s new Amphitheater at the Riverwalk and addressing school children on the importance of dreaming. She was dressed in her astronaut suit, after having flown on the Space Shuttle. She was humble, like her Daddy. Last Thursday night, Susan delivered another keynote address, this time, honoring the life and legacy of her iconic father.

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A Steller run comes to an end

Running a business is tough. Running a restaurant is tougher. Running one, while facing serious personal issues makes it almost impossible to succeed. Mike Petchenik has the story of a CSRA business owner who tried to beat the odds.

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New eatery provides a business bite to go

Two years ago, Eric Emedoh moved to North Augusta from the Bronx, where bodegas line every street corner. If everything goes as planned, there will be many of the small restaurants across the CSRA as well. Bodega means a storehouse for wine. In New York, bodegas are like small convenience stores selling products including milk, eggs, and meats. Le Bodega at 1696 Knox Avenue in North Augusta doesn’t have wine and the ingredients they offer are cooked up in some delicious handheld sandwiches. Perfect for a busy businessperson to stop

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