The mood of local real estate professionals ranged from optimistic to concerned at this year's Statesboro Board of Realtors annual dinner and awards banquet. With a somber mood hanging over the country's economy driven by the continued crisis in the mortgage and real estate markets nationwide, Bulloch County realtors readily acknowledged that the residential real estate boom of the last several years appears to have stalled.
Larry Allen of Statesboro was recently awarded the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to volunteering in the community. With this award comes a $500 grant from The Allstate Foundation for the Joseph's Home For Boys, where Allen volunteers and serves on the board of directors.
Smith Barney has announced that Barbara Bart has joined the firm as a financial advisor. Dr. Bart will be located in the Savannah office reporting to Samuel Hershberger, branch office manager.
Long before obesity became what some are calling a national epidemic, Mimi Gibbons was helping local residents shed unwanted pounds. Owner of the Healthy Weigh Diet Center on Zetterower Avenue, Gibbons remembers when she initially opened in downtown Statesboro near the courthouse.
This past October, three employees of the Statesboro Popeyes Chicken restaurant brought home a "world" title. The threesome beat three teams in the Popeyes Bowl final to claim the franchise wide championship.
Kathleen Kosmoski has joined Ogeechee Technical College as the director of Resource Development and will work with the Ogeechee Tech Foundation, Inc. in support of scholarships and other programs at the College. A native of Chicago, Kosmoski most recently worked as the executive director of the American Red Cross Chapter in Augusta, but is widely known in the Bulloch County area for her seven years of work as the chapter manager at the local Red Cross Chapter.
Because of the nationwide housing slump and the squeeze on credit, many auto industry analysts are predicting a drop in U.S. auto sales by 500,000 or more vehicles in 2008, the worst performance since 1998. This prediction comes on the heels of a significant decrease in 2007 in which analysts expect sales of around 16 million vehicles down 2.6 percent from 2006's 16.5 million
Elliott Marsh of Statesboro has been selected as a participant in the Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum's Leadership Development Program for 2008. Marsh, coordinator and instructor of agribusiness courses, is employed with Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro. Jimmy Hill, executive manager of the Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum Foundation, said, "Elliott was chosen to participate in the year-long leadership program because of his involvement in and commitment to Georgia agriculture."
A number of you have contacted me about the "old Westside" School on Westside Road in Bulloch County. You have noticed the recent work that has been done on the structure and grounds, and have asked me to find out what is going on. Here's the "skinny."
Three marketing students at Georgia Southern University have been instrumental in the re-branding of an established Georgia company, changing its name, its look, and its Web site to reflect the company's growing list of clients and offerings.
With modules of harvested cotton lining the fields throughout Bulloch and surrounding counties, it would appear that this year's cotton crop is a big one when in reality, it is much smaller than previous years. Local cotton gin owners said that a combination of weather and higher prices being paid for other crops has lead to a significant decrease in local cotton production.
On the back of Shoney's executive business cards is the mantra of new management: restoring the Southern buffet and restaurant chain to its ''glory days.'' It is the latest attempt to revive the once-dominant comfort food chain, long known for its inexpensive buffets.
Last week, 10 students from the Bulloch County Performance Learning Center (BCPLC) took the stage to participate in the first-ever Dress for Success Fashion Show held in the William James Educational Complex cafeteria. With cameras flashing amid "oohs" and "aahs "from the audience, the students looked the part of high school graduates interviewing for their first job.
Sending Christmas cards has become a top priority during the holiday season for many. This boon in Christmas card demand has translated into record sales for some local businesses that produce customized Christmas cards, particularly those with pictures included in them.
Ogeechee Technical College presented a Program Showcase to hundreds of Statesboro High School students recently. Students were allowed to visit instructors from a variety of programs, including Turf Grass, Wildlife & Plantation Management, Culinary Arts, Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management, Accounting, Medical Assisting and many others.
The City of Statesboro recently honored Peggy Chapman for her outstanding contributions to the city and to the Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Whitfield Signs, which helps other businesses and organizations gain exposure and brand-recognition, is gaining an enviable level of exposure because of one major client, Georgia Southern University Athletics.
Recently, my pastor Scott Moore spoke to us on the blessings of wealth. In that sermon, he explained that if you have a car, you're inside the top 10 percent of the world's wealthiest people and if you have Internet at home you're inside the top 3 percent.
The Georgia Southern Business Innovation Group (BIG) will participate in "Global Entrepreneurship Week," Nov. 17-22. Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), a Kauffman Foundation initiative, is a worldwide celebration of the innovators and job creators that bring ideas to life.
In 2006, Bethany Assisted Living Inc. was the recipient of a major gift from the Gesmon Neville Family. Coupled with a partial purchase, Bethany was able to acquire the single largest undeveloped tract of real property within the city limits of Statesboro, known as the Neville Family Farm.
Wall Orthodontics relocated to its new office this week at 1512 Brampton Ave., beside the new Parker's. It is beautifully designed, and I believe it will enhance their clients' experiences along with increasing efficiency.
When the Fab Lab, devoted to developing ideas for new products and businesses, opens in the building next to Georgia Southern University's existing City Campus in downtown Statesboro, the alley between the two will be transformed into an open-ended "outdoor room" with a glass roof.
For nearly 30 years, my wife, Lori, and I have operated Lori Grice Photography on East Main Street in downtown Statesboro. We have seen the ebb and flow of businesses in the core of downtown. We understand the struggle of operating a small business, especially on Main Street. There are both challenges and rewards in doing so. Each of us who chooses to operate a businesses in the core of downtown has made a special commitment to our community to invest in, and continue to work toward, maintaining a thriving downtown.
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