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Faith Friday: Sending gifts from Augusta businesses with help from above

Randall and Janice Williams truly believe the part of scripture in James 1:17 that says, “Every good and perfect gift comes from above….” They prove it daily through their shared labor of love, Augusta Gift Baskets, a home-based e-commerce business founded in January 2021. He’s a former restaurateur. She’s a retired nurse. They not only blended…

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Grovetown seasonal business offers something for everyone

While Covid destroyed many businesses, that certainly wasn’t the case for Jim Steed’s seasonal business in Columbia County. Steed owns Steed’s Dairy, 4634 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown, which he said offers something for everyone, including a five-acre corn maze, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, zip lines, and hayrides. He opened the business in 2010. “We saw a lot of…

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Best friends build charcuterie board business in Aiken

Unlike most businesses during the height of Covid, especially restaurants that struggled to keep their doors open, grocery stores, albeit by curbside pickup or delivery, flourished. Families were staying home and cooking, but that wears thin after prepping, cooking, and cleaning day in and day out for months on end. Enter the charcuterie board. Best friends, Ashley…

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Local startup owners pitch businesses to local community

Joanne Williams has lived in Augusta for years, but she’s never been able to find a restaurant in this area that serves New York deli sandwiches. So the Helms College graduate decided to start one. Williams, the owner of AKUA, New York Deli Style Sandwiches, recently graduated from Make Startup, which is a three-month entrepreneurial training…

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