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Bastian, Bowers honored as Trustees

The Georgia Historical Society honored Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, and Paul Bowers, chairman, president, and CEO of Georgia Power, as the newest Georgia Trustees at its annual Trustees Gala on Saturday night.

Carver State Bank receives new markets tax credit award for $30 million

Savannah-based Carver State Bank, along with partner Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, has been awarded $30 million in New Markets Tax Credits from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund through Carver Financial Corporation, Carver State Bank’s holding company and affiliated Community Development Entity.

The Kennickell Group turns the Harbour Town Lighthouse plaid

The Harbour Town Lighthouse in Hilton Head Island is sporting a brand new look ahead of the RBC Heritage Golf Classic.

South University is off probation; sale approved

South University is off probation and has been approved as a nonprofit institution.

South University is now a nonprofit college. (Photo courtesy of South University)

Perry Lane Hotel to open in spring

Savannah visitors and locals will soon have a new destination for luxury accommodations and local fare at the Perry Lane Hotel on Drayton Street, which has announced a spring opening.

GenerationNEXT awards recognize young leaders at reception

Winners of the 2018 Generation NEXT awards, which recognize Savannah’s rising stars of business, were honored Thursday evening during a celebration reception at Cohen’s Retreat on Skidaway Road.

Brad Harmon, Jim Shipley and Hilary Shipley enjoy an animated conversation at the 2018 Generation Next Awards. (Shelly Mobley/For the Savannah Morning News)

Savannah area added 3,200 jobs in 2017

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that 2017 was a banner year for job creation, employment and labor force gains in metro Savannah.

3 announce plans to run for Savannah-Chatham school board

Alfreda Goldwire has announced she will run for the District 6 Savannah-Chatham County school board seat.

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Gulfstream retires the G450

One of Gulfstream’s best-selling jets has retired.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced on Friday that it had delivered its final G450. Its “replacement” is the G500. Five G500 aircraft are undergoing flight testing, with type certification anticipated in early 2018. (Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.)

Hinchey named regional chair for Georgia Chamber

St. Joseph’s/Candler President and CEO Paul P. Hinchey has been elected Region 12 Chair for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the organization announced Tuesday.

Jobs down as metro Savannah continues to recover from Irma

Unemployment claims and the number of jobs in metro Savannah fell in November of 2017, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

JCB skid steer wins six awards

JCB’s Savannah-built Teleskid skid steer and compact loader recently won six industry awards for quality and innovation.

The Savannah-built JCB Teleskid is the world’s first and only skid steer and compact track loader with a telescopic boom. JCB officials said. Teleskid is now recognized as the most awarded skid steer in history. (Photo courtesy of Damien Mills/JCB)

Business with Promise: Grand Garages

Founded by Regan Drake, Grand Garages was named the 2015 Emerging Small Business of the Year by the Small Business Chamber of Savannah. Started three years ago, the company is growing fast and is booked months in advance for some projects. The company does everything from garage cleanouts to high-end renovations that convert a regular garage to a room in the house. The company is the only one in Savannah that specializes in garage renovations.

Photo courtesy of Grand Garages Regan Drake stands in one of his “Grand Garages.” Grand Garages offers full service garage makeovers. These services range from one day cleaning and organization sessions to high end custom makeovers.

Business with Promise: Micro C Imaging

A complicated late night surgery to reattach a severed hand lead orthopedic surgeon Greg Kolovich to invent a more efficient way to take the X-rays and photographs that help guide him through surgery.

Dr. Greg Kolovich uses Micro C machine to take an X-ray during a procedure. Kolovich, an orthopedic surgeon, invented Micro C, which is the world’s first handheld X-ray device for orthopedic surgery. (Photo courtesy of Micro C Imaging)

Business with Promise: Codebase

Founded by Nathan Hosselton and Max and Aleshia Howell, Codebase launched in February and provides businesses with a local source when looking to develop an app along with apprenticeships and job opportunities for local developers.

Max and Aleshia Howell and Nathan Hosselton, left, with Codebase. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Business with Promise: Ghost Coast Distillery

Owners Rob Ingersoll and Chris Sywassink opened Ghost Coast Distillery, Savannah’s first distillery since Prohibition, in February 2017. This family business honor’s Savannah’s history with alcohol and allows visitors to learn the city’s story during a tour that also follows production from grain to the barrel. They also have a cocktail room with more than 17 liquors and cordials that are made on site.

Rob Ingersoll, left, and Chris Sywassink are the owners of Ghost Coast Distillery. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Business with Promise: Film Biz Recycling & Prop Shop

Film Biz Recycling & Prop Shop has had a footprint since 2008, but the prop house is brand new to Savannah, having opened its doors in April. Current president and Georgia native Samita Wolfe relocated the 501(c)3 non-profit from Brooklyn, New York to the Hostess City after high rent prices forced founder Eva Radke to close down.

Samita Wolfe sits with her dog “Herry Smith” at Film Biz Recycling & Pro Shop. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Business news: Low Country Dermatology donates to ‘holiday store’

Low Country Dermatology donates to ‘holiday store’

DNR extends food shrimp season

Shrimpers have a little more time to fill their nets this winter.

Lower announces run for school board president

Larry Lower has announced his candidacy for the Savannah-Chatham School Board president. He is currently the District 6 representative to the board, having served two terms.