Using an eclectic mix of inventory to lure customers into his clothing store, Leon Shelkoff is a master of retail parlaying his unique sense of style into a successful business. For the last 25 years, Shelkoff has operated Leon's Menswear, a clothing mainstay in the Statesboro Mall.
From a marketing perspective, we are never going back. Relying on simple advertising in a couple of key venues may no longer get the job done. Today, businesses must have an online presence. It just isn't an option.
The economy of neighboring Waynesboro (Burke County) is getting a much needed "shot in the arm" from a huge construction project that is headed our way. Elba Express, a subsidiary of the El Paso Corporation is in the process of constructing its new 190-mile Elba Express interstate natural gas pipeline which is going to run through Chatham, Effingham, Screven, Jenkins, Burke, Jefferson, Glascock, Warren, McDuffie, Wilkes, Elbert, and Hart Counties, Georgia, joining the Transco Pipeline in Anderson County, South Carolina.
Regionally known for its fine facilities and water park attraction, the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department (SBCPRD) is an important part of our local economy when Georgia Southern is not in "full swing."
This past Thursday, the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau held its annual meeting highlighting a better than expected year for tourism in Bulloch County in 2008.
Several times over the last five years, I have had the pleasure of interviewing Robbie Franklin, owner of the Franklin Automotive Group in Statesboro which consists of Franklin Chevrolet and Franklin Toyota.
Georgia Southern University president Bruce Grube recently named Gary Means, Ph.D. interim provost and vice president of academic affairs. Means will serve in this position from July 1, 2009 until June 30, 2010.
I haven't written much about downtown lately, because things have been kind of quiet. Like every other segment/area of our local economy, it has seen somewhat of a slowdown - most visibly, the restaurant closings of Hugo's and Blue Moon.
Commercial real estate development across the country is at a virtual standstill as financial institutions and real estate developers sort through the last several months of a trying national economy and plummeting real estate values.
Bulloch County Commissioner Jan Tankersley was recently named the 2009-10 president of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) by Secretary of State Karen Handel. Tankersley, in her third term as commissioner, was sworn in during the group's annual meeting awards breakfast April 28 at the Savannah Civic Center.
Every year for the last several years, it seems as if there has been a seismic shift in student housing at Georgia Southern. Either a new apartment complex or two came on line for Fall semester or new dorms were opened.
A Georgia Southern University faculty member who specializes in training teachers how to educate children about economics has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to take those same lessons to school teachers in Mexico.
This year's Parade of Homes and Home Show sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Statesboro is set for this weekend with 11 homes on display and over 30 vendors scheduled for the home show.
I have been to the mecca of marketing and it wasn't in New York, Chicago, or Atlanta. It was this past weekend in Talladega, Alabama.
Toyota Motor Sales has awarded the Toyota President's Award for 2008 to Franklin Toyota in Statesboro for the third consecutive year. Franklin is the only dealer in the Savannah-Statesboro area to receive the award for 2006, 2007 and 2008.