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November 7, 2011 – Savannah Area Business Buzzzzzzzz

The Savannah Technical College Foundation will honor Howard Morrison at its annual Opportunity Award Gala on Fri., Dec. 2  in the Eckburg Auditorium on the college’s Savannah Campus, 5717 White Bluff Road.  This signature event helps the college’s Foundation raise the private support necessary to fund student scholarships and other important projects, according to STC President Dr. Kathy Love. Morrison spent many years as CFO of the NYSE listed Citizens and Southern Realty Investors (Southmark Properties) and in helping to develop the C&S Bank’s (now Bank of America’s) High Technology Banking Group and Atlanta’s high technology business community. Locally, he founded the Coastal Business, Education & Technology Alliance (CBETA) [now the Creative Coast Alliance] (TCCa) and initiating and developing the Georgia Tech Savannah Campus. Howard has also served on two occasions as board chair of the Skidaway Marine Science Foundation and on two occasions on the board of the University of Georgia Research Foundation.

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The Georgia Ports Authority has hired Ed Fulford as Manager of Communications. He is the former editorial page writer for the Savannah Morning News from Sept 2006 until being laid off last spring, penning many of the newspaper’s editorials.

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The Effingham Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for Honey Ridge Estates in Guyton, developed by Mike Stewart. The event will offer Chamber members networking opportunity, lunch and a tour of the two completed homes at the 67 lot project. Lots range from .5 acres to 1.78 acres.  The ribbon cutting begins at 10:30 a.m. with lunch served at 11:00 a.m.

The City of Guyton invested $ 500,000 to supply water and install fire hydrants along GA 119 to the area for what was originally envisioned as a 175-lot subdivision about two miles outside the Guyton City limits.  Stewart guaranteed the City $1,500 per home tap-in-fee for at least 35 lots per year, or at least $52,500 per year in income from water sales.

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The City of Savannah’s 3rd Annual ‘Identity Safe Data Destruction Day’ will take place this Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.n. to 2 p.m. at the Chatham County Resource Conservation and Education Center, 1321 Eisenhower Drive. WSAV, Shredex and Chatham County are again partnering to help protect residents from identity theft by providing on-site shredders for sensitive documents. All paper shredded will be recycled. They will also be collecting old electronics during this event. It’s a great opportunity for local businesses to do fall cleaning.

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Planning on a big retail day for your local store over the Thanksgiving weekend? Belk has announced that it will open all its stores at 3 a.m. on ‘Black Friday,’ the day after Thanksgiving which is the official kickoff of the holiday shopping periods.  And to attract customers, the store will offer more than 285 ‘EarlyBird’ specials for sale at deep discounts up to 1 p.m. According to Kathryn Bufano, Belk, Inc. president and chief merchandising officer,   "Customers are looking for the best possible deals for their holiday gift-giving, and they can find them at Belk.”

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ThincSavannah, Savannah’s first co-working and collaborative office environment, is expanding, offering an additional 2,500 square feet of office space on the third floor of the existing building at 35 Barnard Street in downtown Savannah. The company will add five new ThincOffices to its existing inventory of 10 offices by the end of 2011 as well as a series of ThincStations, which serve as private workstations. After the expansion, the coworking environment will offer a total of 8,100 square feet of office space. Ashley Bowersox is the founding partner at ThincSavannah.

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Cora Bett Thomas, president and founder of Cora Bett Thomas Realty, remains in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, after contracting West Nile disease last summer.  She’s doing well, according to Patricia Bishop, the company’s lead agent who is overseeing operations while Thomas is recovering. 

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