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Georgians Signing up for 2018 ACA Coverage

35 minutes ago

Almost 120,000 Georgians have signed up for 2018 coverage in the state insurance exchange.

The announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave the first state-by-state breakdown of sign-ups over three weeks of enrollment in the 39 states that use the federal healthcare.gov exchanges.

The 119,968 enrolling here placed Georgia as fourth-highest among the states listed, behind Florida, Texas and North Carolina.

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Athens-Clarke County Commissioners have unanimously voted to enter into a partnership with the developers of Hotel Indigo to build a creative development campus downtown. District 6 Commissioner Jerry NeSmith says the real estate deal has been under negotiation for months.

“This was actually an unsolicited proposal we got from the developers of the Indigo Hotel, the same group of folks, mostly local,” Ne Smith said. “This is at 250 Strong Street right in front of Indigo Hotel, it’s currently a surface parking lot that the county owns.”

Over one in four Georgians say they will spend more on gifts in 2017, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse survey. The boost in spending comes from a strong labor market, which is generating higher incomes and boosting consumer confidence. Overall, AAA has seen a 40% increase in shoppers who say they will spend more money on gifts this holiday season.

Best Black Friday Deals for 2017

22 hours ago

The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Black Friday is traditionally associated with the best bargains of the season, but a recent holiday shopping survey by the personal finance website WalletHub shows 53 percent of consumers think they can beat those deals. Analysts have come up with a list of 2017's Best Things to buy on Black Friday.  Jill Gonzalez says there are some offers that are worth the hassle of hitting the stores.

SBDC State Director on Small Business Saturday

Nov 21, 2017

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday has become another tradition of the Thanksgiving weekend. Launched in 2010, Small Business Saturday generated an estimated 112 million shoppers and $15.4 million is sales in 2016. As this year’s event approaches on November 25th, the University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center is encouraging business owners to take advantage of the opportunity.

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