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Oct 3 - Savannah Area Business Buzzzzzzzz

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Southside Alderman Tony Thomas has opened up an office at 12411A White Bluff Rd. for his company Renaissance Marketing, Inc. which had been located in his home at 18 Vernonburg Road since he founded the company back in 2003. The office will also function as an constituent office for Southside residents who “are welcomed to drop in anytime,” he states.

According to Thomas, he now has an employee, and therefore his home-based business in his neighborhood is not allowed according to zoning regulations. The balance of Thomas’ workforce independent contractors, hired when a new ad campaign begins. Thomas handles all ad sales himself.

Thomas’s company has the bus advertising contracts for Chatham County and the Cities of Athens, Augusta and Columbus. His website is www.

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In our region Florida is No. 5 on the list of U.S. states that have lost the most jobs to China, according to a report last week by The U.S. Economic Policy Institute. Between 2001 and 2010, Florida lost 134,500 jobs — and nearly 115,000 of those, mostly in manufacturing, were to China. Georgia has lost 87,000 jobs to China. The U.S. has lost a total of 2.8 million jobs to China in that time period, according to EPI report. The Atlantic magazine is currently running a story on the 10 states with the biggest losses. California, Texas, New York and Illinois were numbers one through four, losing more jobs to China than Florida.

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Visit Savannah will be premiering its YouTube social media campaign on Weds, Oct. 5 from noon to 1 p.m at the The Historic Savannah Theater at 222 Bay St., Savannah. You can join the Visit Savannah team for a sneak preview of their new YouTube social media campaign “Come to Life in Savannah” at a private screening for those who participated in the shoot and local media before Visit Savannah launches the campaign later that day. Call Erica Backus for details if you were part of the project. We can’t wait to see it! Go VS!

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Lewis Color, one of the region’s leading commercial sheet-fed printers, located in Statesboro has launched an all new website at The site allows customers to order printing, from a few brochures to extensive printing jobs, on their own. Hats off to Tommy Lewis, long-time owner of the company.

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Sign of the economic times and increased consumer demand for both no-annual contract wireless plans and faster data speeds, Walmart and T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced Monday that T-Mobile will launch a $30 unlimited web and text monthly 4G prepaid service plan — providing customers a no-annual contract 4G data offering. The plan will be sold exclusively in-store at more than 2,200 Walmart stores and online at and and is expected to launch Oct. 16.

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WJCL-TV has moved into its new offices and studio, renting space in the Savannah Morning News building on Chatham Parkway, and abandoning the television station’s location for more than 50 years on Abercorn Street. The station has a new News Director, Julie Eisenman, named in July, who has spent most of her broadcast career in Erie, PA. She replaced Michael Sullivan.

Scott McBride is the president and general manager of WJCL-WTGS. The company that owns the stations emerged from bankruptcy last year.

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