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Gainesville's unemployment rate rises to 5.4 percent

ATLANTA -- The unemployment rate in Gainesville rose two-tenths of a percent in July to a rate of 5.4 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor reported today.

August 25, 2008 | By Staff Reports | Business

Computer Care: If your computer crashes, you may have to rebuild it

As I turned my computer on recently, I was greeted by that omnipresent Microsoft logo. Half a minute later I was still staring at it. Nothing else happened and I realized that was all I was going to see.

August 23, 2008 | Arthur Glazer | Business

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce to hold seminar on immigration law

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce will hold a small-business seminar from 8-9 a.m. Tuesday at the chamber. Madeline Wirt, an attorney with Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard and Walker in Gainesville, will present "Immigration Law." The program will focus on the new I-9 form required for all employees and the status of the Social Security no-match regulation.

August 22, 2008 | From staff reports | Business

Local business refinishes 80,000 seats at Georgia Dome

If you're sitting in one of the 80,000 seats at the refurbished Georgia Dome, you're sitting on the work of a Gainesville company.

August 21, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Business

Wrigley will remake its iconic advertising jingles

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., which operates its largest chewing gum factory in Flowery Branch, has announced it will team up with pop sensation Chris Brown, rising country star and reality show champion Julianne Hough and hip-hop artist Ne-Yo to re-record three of the Wrigley's brands well-known jingles: the unforgettable Doublemint "Double Your Pleasure" (1960); the famous Juicy Fruit "Taste is Gonna Move Ya" (1983); and the Big Red "Kiss a Little Longer" (1979).

August 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Business

Small-business center offers classes

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will offer marketing and QuickBooks classes in August.

August 15, 2008 | From staff reports | Business

New Oakwood lab helps keep poultry flocks healthy

A new biosecure necropsy building opened last week at the Georgia Poultry Laboratory in Oakwood. The $100,000 facility allows post-mortem examination of chickens without the possibility of introducing disease into the main laboratory building.

August 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Business

Newsmakers in business

Wilheit joins Georgia Cancer Coalition Board

August 13, 2008 | From staff reports | Business

Hamilton State Bancshares plans to acquire Jefferson State Bank

Hamilton State Bancshares, a Braselton-based bank holding company, announced Monday that it will acquire Jefferson State Bank of Cumming.

The acquisition has been approved by both bank boards and now requires regulatory approval and the approval of Jefferson State Bank shareholders. The acquisition is expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter of 2008.

August 12, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Business

North Georgia Freight acquires Dahlonega Transport

North Georgia Freight has acquired the assets and operations of Dahlonega Transport, a nationwide truckload carrier of general commodities.

August 12, 2008 | By Staff Reports | Business

Skaggs: Fewer than 10 queens led fire ant invasion of United States

Invasive fire ants plague most of the Southeast, rooting out native species and delivering blistering bites to whatever gets in their way. Amazingly, they all likely came from fewer than a dozen stowaways that landed in Mobile, Ala., in the mid-1930s, says a University of Georgia researcher.

August 11, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Soy concerns have Tyson recalling chicken

Tyson Foods Inc. voluntarily has recalled 51,360 pounds of frozen raw chicken breast tenderloins because of concerns it may contain soy.

August 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Business

Public Service Commission sets more hearings about Atmos' rate hike request

Tuesday in Atlanta, the Georgia Public Service Commission will hold the second round of public hearings on a request from Atmos Energy Corp. for a rate increase.

August 11, 2008 | From staff reports | Business

Area housing may be on the rebound

It isn't the best of times, but there are signs that the worst of times in the Hall County real estate market may be nearing an end.

August 10, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Business

Newsmakers, Aug. 3

Attorney Walker honored by State Bar of Georgia

August 10, 2008 | | Business

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