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CPA Buice participates in leadership program

April 02, 2008 | From staff reports | Business

Storing onions correctly ensures better quality

Question: What should I look for when buying Vidalia onions?

April 02, 2008 | | Business

Glazer: Windows XP is this computer tech’s operating system of choice

Finally, I found an operating system that I like. It's dependable, doesn't crash and is easy enough to use that even my 13-year-old finds no problems in it.

April 01, 2008 | Arthur Glazer | Business

Home business


April 01, 2008 | From staff reports | Business

Smith: What should you do with inconsiderate, negative customers? Fire them

On more than one occasion I have written in this column: The customer is always right. Certainly that is the conventional wisdom.

March 31, 2008 | J.C. Smith | Business

Skaggs: Soil testing is an effective tool for farmers and home gardeners

Regular soil testing helps develop and maintain more productive soils for farming, gardening and landscaping. Soil tests indicate whether plant nutrients are deficient and, if so, what amounts are needed for optimum growth. Soil testing is also a useful diagnostic tool to identify problems related to excessive levels of nutrients and salts, low pH, low organic matter and poor drainage.

March 30, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Hall County rolls out welcome mat for small businesses

On Tuesday, Hall County joined nine other Northeast Georgia counties and 84 across the state as an "Entrepreneur Friendly" community.

March 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Business

Skaggs: UGA clinic in business of diagnosing sick plants

Whether you've got flower problems or diseases eating away at your small grains, the University of Georgia Integrated Pest Management Plant Disease Clinic can help. If you have plant problems that your local county extension agent cannot diagnose, those samples are sent to the clinic.

March 27, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Kitchen Inspections

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Feb. 25-28 by the Hall County Environmental Health Department. New rules and regulations for food service began on Dec. 1, 2007. Food service establishments will now be given a letter grade that coincides with a percentile: "A" (90-100), "B" (80-89), "C" (70-79), "U" 69 and below. Inspections (frequency of) a food service establishment will be conducted based on risk categorization. The risk type shall be determined by the menu items served, the food preparation processed performed, and the previous food safety history in the food service establishment.

March 27, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Business

Memorial Park Funeral Home planning expansion

Hall County's largest funeral service company has begun renovations on what will be their third location.

Memorial Park Funeral Home purchased the former Providence Church building at 989 Riverside Drive in September. The church remained in the building until earlier this year.

March 27, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Business

Newsmakers in business

The Times wants to know about promotions, new management hires and other personnel news in your business. We'll publish the information each Sunday on the Business page. Send information, including a photograph and contact information, to Harris Blackwood at You also may use regular mail at Newsmakers, The Times, P.O. Box 838, Gainesville, GA 30503.

March 27, 2008 | From staff reports | Business

Hometown Business

Century 21 purchases

March 26, 2008 | From staff reports | Business

In their own words: Ron Quinn, president of Peach State Bank & Trust, talks to The Times

Q: How do community banks differ from larger regional banks?

March 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Business

Smith: Take control of service in your business

Global warming, the greenhouse effect, Mother Nature. No matter what you care to blame it on, during the past year or so, the weather has been interesting. Look at any lake in North Georgia and the evidence of the drought is clear.

March 25, 2008 | J.C. Smith | Business

Smith: Small-business people are unique; here’s how to tell if you are one

For some number of years comedian Jeff Foxworthy has entertained audiences with his brand of redneck humor. Lines such as "You know you're a redneck if your momma served SPAM shaped like a possum at your after rehearsal dinner" conjure up vivid images.

March 25, 2008 | J.C. Smith | Business

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