Augusta Business Daily

Thu, September 28, 2023

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The “H” word is back at the James Brown Arena

Hockey was on the agenda of the September 26 meeting of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority. Members of the authority heard a report on the feasibility of bringing hockey back to the Garden City, prepared by David Stone of Stone Planning, LLC. Stone said since a local team would likely be affiliated with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), his team looked at the 29 teams currently in that league. Eight of the teams were eliminated because they are in large cities that have other professional sports teams such as

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And the unemployment hits just keep on coming

There is a reason for the up-and-down numbers in the labor market in the CSRA. Not that it helps digest the employment news even on a part time basis. Mike Petchenik has more in today’s edition of Biz Bits.

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As restaurants close…. another expands

Today is “Tie Dye Rosie’s” last day in the Old Evans Plaza, but it’s a new beginning for her neighbors, Jason and Amber Parrish, of Mosh Pit Eats. Both businesses have maintained 5-star Google reviews for years. An ABD reporter remembers when Rosie Mendez started in the mid-90’s at the former Shopper’s World, an indoor mini-mall on Bobby Jones Expressway. It was once a Duffer’s indoor golf, Electrolux’s North American Headquarters, and currently the Central Campus of New Life Church. She moved to Old Evans Plaza 25 years ago. She

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The death of compromise: UAW strike and government shutdown

Anyone who has been paying any attention to our federal government in recent years has probably noticed that if the art of compromise is not dead, it is surely either on life support or terminally ill. While it has been about forty years since I took a course in negotiation during my MBA program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business from the great Dr. Roy Lewicki, a number of the lessons from that course, and other lessons I have learned from negotiations in the years since, continue to stick

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Getting lit for your business or home

Getting lit takes on a whole different meaning, whether you are lighting up the outside of your home for a holiday or installing lights on your business which can tie into a marketing campaign. What started as a landscaping company in Texas in 1986, has evolved into franchises across the U.S. and Canada for a leading holiday decorating brand. That includes their location in Augusta at 1048 Franke Industrial Drive. “Our customers wanted holiday decorations, so what began as an offshoot from the landscaping side eventually grew into a business

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How to lay a solid foundation for your business

The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce brought an expert to its Third Thursday Business Builder on September 21. Rebecca Mixson, program coordination for the University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center (UGA SBDC) in Augusta, focused on strategic planning for businesses. “Rebecca works with both established businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs,” explained Angie Martin, executive vice president of the chamber. “She helps them assess their businesses, their goals, and create those strategic plans. She has a background in retail, and in agribusiness.” Mixon said the Augusta office and the others spread

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Statewide conference in Augusta promotes workforce development

About 150 University System of Georgia educators from the Peach State will be staying over tonight and spending tourism dollars in the Garden City. The annual USG staff council is held at Augusta University’s campus this year. The theme for this professional development conference is, THE VISION – Setting a Course for the Future. “This conference will feature speakers and information sessions designed to build key staff skills to support the strategic plan of the USG: student success, responsible stewardship, economic competitiveness, and community impact,” said Angel Lovett, Chair, Augusta University

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Sign of support for one of CSRA’s largest employers?

Saluting Fort Gordon, soon to be Fort Eisenhower might be just the ticket for the major name change. Some are jumping on the bandwagon for a sign of support for the largest employer. Mike Petchenik has the details in today’s Biz Bits.

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Job openings take big hit

As expected, and I wrote about it last week, the Augusta Leading Economic Index (LEI) turned negative for the first time in six months. The LEI fell 0.4 percent in July from June. All the component indicators fell, except the Dow Jones Industrial Average which increased by 3 percent on the last day of July compared to the last day of June. Unfortunately, the Dow gave those gains back in August. The data release for the final component of the LEI was for job openings. In Georgia, there were 311,000

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