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Nov 21 – Savannah Area Business Buzzzzzzzz

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Nov 21 – Savannah Area Business Buzzzzzzzz

For the fifth straight year, Mercer University has reached a record fall enrollment. The University-wide student population is up 1.2 percent to 8,336 students. This also marks the third year in a row the University’s enrollment has been more than 8,000 students. This year’s enrollment increase is driven in part by a continuing expansion of degree programs, including doctoral programs, new programs in the health sciences, and the continued expansion of the Medical School campus in Savannah. Among the 11 colleges and schools those with the highest growth rates were the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics and the School of Medicine.

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Kroger’s Atlanta division, which includes Georgia, South Carolina, Northern Alabama and Eastern Tennessee, raised more than $626,000 during the month of October from its customers and employees in support of breast cancer awareness, treatment and research.  “We are grateful to have such generous customers and employees support this important cause,” said Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “We hope these donations will help bring us closer to finding a cure for the 230,000 American women diagnosed with breast cancer each year.” As of today, Susan G. Komen has invested $450 million in 1,736 research projects.

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Lender Processing Services, which has previously disclosed that since 2010 the company has conducted reviews of the processes used in the signing and notarization of documents used in foreclosure proceedings, including in Georgia. The company announced last week that they recently learned of an inquiry from the Nevada Attorney General into its document execution practices and expressed its willingness to fully cooperate with the investigation. The Nevada Attorney General has elected to charge two Lender Processing Services (NYSE:LPS) employees for document execution and notarization practices related to notices of default and deeds of trust filed in Clark County, Nevada from 2005 to 2008.  Based on the company's reviews, LPS acknowledges the signing procedures on some of these documents were flawed; however, the company also believes these documents were properly authorized and their recording did not result in a wrongful foreclosure. "I am deeply committed to ensuring that LPS meets rigorous standards of professional conduct and operating excellence," said newly appointed LPS President and CEO Hugh Harris. "I have full confidence in the ability of our leadership team and more than 8,000 dedicated employees to deliver on that commitment."

 

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Word is the Savannah Chamber of Commerce is still looking for speakers for its Small Business Council SMART Lunch Series for next year.  Contact the Chamber immediately to pitch your company.  Applications are open to all companies.  Business owners and employees attend the luncheon to network and gain information that is pertinent to the operation of their livelihood.                                                            

 

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The Coastal Bank’s 2011 USO Operation Phone Home Campaign is off to a great start, according to the company.  The bank will hold an Appreciation Day this Wednesday, Nov.  23 from 11:30 – 1 pm at our Johnson Square branch. For each $5 donation made you will receive a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich and a bottle of water while our brave troops will receive a few minutes of phone time with their loved ones.

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Several Savannah restaurants will featured on “Drinking Made Easy” on Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. on HDNet.  “Drinking Made Easy,” hosted by Zane Lamprey, is a national television show that travels around the country featuring specialty cocktail drinks unique to each city and airs at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights on the HDNet television network. The upcoming episode will feature several Savannah restaurants and establishments including The Crab Shack, Lady & Sons, The Rail Pub, The River House and Rocks on the Roof among others. The show will highlight various signature drinks made famous in the Hostess City.

 

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The Pooler Lions Club Christmas Tree Sale begins this Friday, November 25 at NEARLY NEW 112, West Highway 80, Pooler, across the street from the Pooler Police Department. The Sale dates and times are Friday, November 25, 9AM-8PM, Saturday, November 26, 9AM-8PM and Sunday November 27, 12 -8PM. All proceeds help pay for the Pooler Children’s Vision Program.

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