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Skaggs: Investors may be driving record prices for cotton, making market volatile

Cotton farmers have gotten what they wanted: The price for their commodity has skyrocketed. But there's a catch. Nobody will buy their crop at such a high price, says a University of Georgia agricultural economist.

March 23, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Business is blooming

An increase in rainfall and a slight relaxation of outdoor watering restrictions has given a ray of hope to those in the plant and landscape business.

March 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Business

Kitchen Inspections

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Feb. 15-22 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 19, 2008 | Bianca Bruno | Business

Newsmakers in business

Mullis joins The Longstreet Clinic's surgery department

March 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Business

Smith: Surround yourself with competent colleagues

For many years, I have believed that history is an excellent teacher to anyone who is involved in business.

March 18, 2008 | J.C. Smith | Business

Glazer: Some quick tips to make computer life a little easier

Have you ever noticed that tiny little hole on your CD/DVD drive tray?

March 18, 2008 | | Business

Metro Gainesville jobless rate tops 4 percent

ATLANTA - The nation's economic woes are trickling down to North Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday that the unemployment rate in the metro Gainesville area rose to 4.2 percent in January, up six-tenths of one percent from 3.6 percent the previous month.

March 17, 2008 | From staff reports | Business

Skaggs: Landscape professionals to learn cost estimating and job bidding

In recent months, the landscape industry has been at the center of many news stories - primarily as it relates to the drought and its effect on business. However, with recent rains and the loosening of some water restrictions, many in the Green Industry are hopefully optimistic about their futures.

March 16, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Business

Computer care: The right GPS will help you find your way

This column usually deals with computing tips, but allow me to deviate somewhat from that course for the moment. And that is exactly what I want to discuss: deviating from the course, or trying not to with the aid of GPS or Global Positioning System devices.

March 15, 2008 | By Arthur Glazer | Business

Kitchen Inspections, week of Nov. 1-8

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Nov. 1-8 by the Hall County Health Department. The department scores on a 100-percentile scale, with 85 and above considered passing.

March 13, 2008 | | Business

Getting impatient to start those impatiens?

Question: When should I start my impatiens and petunias?

March 12, 2008 | | Business

Feeling short-winded about business closures?

In your quest for fitness, you wake up early, put on your exercise wear and head off to your local gym.

March 12, 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 12, 2008 | From staff reports | Business

Smith: Take a clue from the railroad industry — keep your business relevant

Recently while visiting a friend's home, I admired a 4-by-8 feet model train layout that occupied space on the den floor. An HO scale model train configuration sits in my basement. The fascination of trains, their aura and history offers valuable lessons to business owners.

March 11, 2008 | J.C. Smith | Business

Smith: When spending money on advertising, speak the customer’s language

There seems to be no end to it. It seems to multiply faster than past copies of National Geographic. At every turn, we all see and hear it. Though we may try to tune it out, it stills makes its presence known subliminally.

March 11, 2008 | J.C. Smith | Business

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