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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)

City Talk: Trends to watch in Savannah in 2018

In last Sunday’s column, I wrote about some of the major developments of 2017. So today let’s consider a few trends worth watching in 2018.

Bill Dawers

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.

Eat It and Like It: A peek inside Husk Savannah before opening

A lot of us who know and are familiar with downtown Savannah remember the night of the fire back in 2008.

Husk is set to open in Savannah on Jan. 3 by reservation only. (Jesse Blanco photo)

Port Wentworth hires water management firm

Port Wentworth council members voted to hire an outside operator for their water system at Thursday’s regular meeting.

DeAnn Komanecky/Savannah Morning News Port Wentworth’s outgoing mayor, Glenn Jones, shakes hands at the end of his last council meeting as mayor of the city. Jones served three terms as mayor.

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)

Pull out your iPad, TSA rolling out new flight rules for electronic devices

Travelers taking to the skies in 2018 can expect a few new Transportation Security Administration regulations as they pass through standard security checkpoints at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and other airports across the country.

Transportation Security Administration officer Helen Hartmetz shows how to properly place electronics into screening bins. Beginning in 2018 travelers will be required to place any electronic device bigger than a cell phone into a separate bin at standard security checkpoints. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Ask SCORE: Know key elements of your business insurance portfolio

No matter what type of business you own, you operate under some degree of risk. Sadly, no business is completely immune to lawsuits or unanticipated events. Fortunately, a variety of insurance products exist to help protect small businesses now and ensure their continuity later even if you are unable to actively manage the business.

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)

PortSide: Port ends year on high note, sees more growth ahead

With a record-shattering 2017 almost in the books, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch recently recapped the year and looked to 2018 and how the port is preparing for the growth ahead.

Mary Mayle

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Orsini: You received a tax notice – now what?

With an increase in automation and electronic processing, the IRS sends millions of letters and notices to taxpayers each year. The letters range from delinquency notices and audit notifications to basic verification of account changes or to confirm information has been received. Although sometimes just keeping the document on record is sufficient, in most cases - action is needed on the part of the tax payer. Either way, the perception of receiving correspondence from the Internal Revenue Service can be intimidating and potentially overwhelming.

Johnson: 5 questions to ask your accountant about cybersecurity

Your Social Security number, address, and birthdate might go for a few bucks on the black market. Sadly, when sold in bundles, $2 per record is enough to bring in a legitimate cash prize for hackers — giving them ample motivation to hack into your accountant’s network.

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)

2017 winners and losers: Amazon, Boeing soared; GE plunged

NEW YORK — It was a strong year for the stock market, but 2017 was a great year if you made airplanes (think Boeing), were an online juggernaut (Amazon) or built homes (KB Homes). It was a year to forget if you were an energy company (Chesapeake) made Barbie dolls (Mattel) or if you were a storied industrial conglomerate about to go on a radical slim-down program (General Electric).

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, specialist Gregg Maloney works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The stock market had a banner year overall, but there were plenty of big winners, and big losers, among individual U.S. companies in 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Blake Ellis: Making innovation accessible sets Savannah apart

A couple of weeks ago Coco Papy, community manager at The Creative Coast, published an article recounting some of 2017’s local highlights.

Blake Ellis

Risk for middle class: That GOP tax cuts could fade away

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a Christmas gift the middle class might want to give back in a few years.

House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, right, confers with Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., the top Democrat, as the panel meets early Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, to approve some procedural corrections in the final version of the Republican tax bill, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

What to expect for your personal finances in 2018

No one wants to be caught off-guard when it comes to their finances. So The Associated Press asked several experts to share their opinion on what will happen with some key issues in 2018 that will directly impact your personal financial well-being. Here’s a look at their forecasts:

California gets ready to ignite cannabis culinary-arts scene

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The sauvignon blanc boasts brassy, citrus notes, but with one whiff, it’s apparent this is no normal Sonoma County wine. It’s infused with THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that provides the high.

This Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, photo shows a bottle of Rebel Coast Winery’s cannabis-infused wine in Los Angeles. As the world’s largest legal recreational marijuana market takes off in California, the trendsetting state is set to ignite the cannabis-culinary scene. Rebel Coast Winery’s THC-infused sauvignon blanc is made from Sonoma County grapes, but the alcohol is removed in compliance with regulations that prohibit mixing pot with alcohol. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

City Talk: Key development along Montgomery, Jefferson moves ahead

The city block bounded by West Anderson, Jefferson, West 31st and Montgomery streets is currently home to an auto garage, a large blighted lot, another large vacant lot and four historic residential buildings with a total of nine dwelling units.