Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:59:20 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In the middle of this deep recession you might not think it's a good time to start a business, but some south Georgia entrepreneurs are determined to defy the odds.
The Treasurer Division issues occupational tax certificates for Albany and Dougherty County business owners. Manager Debra Kinson says she's seeing plenty of new business owners coming through, a sign that the slow economy isn't slowing people's dreams.
"I have not noticed a change. I'm a little discouraged to see businesses close but we do tend to see a lot of small businesses coming in at this time but so far there has not been a big change that we see," said Kinson.
Kinson is seeing more home, internet and small retailers coming in as opposed to large companies. Last month, 35 new occupational tax certificates were issued. Already this month, 22 have been issued.
There's more disheartening news when it comes to local spending at existing businesses. It's way down according to the the latest available sales tax revenue report.
Sales tax revenue comes from your shopping habits whether it's at the grocery store or mall. As of November, figures were down 25-percent compared to the previous November and overall there's a decrease of more than half a million dollars.
"It's not a surprise. We've been watching it very carefully. We were not going down as quickly as some other parts of the country were so we were holding our breath. But now it looks like the recession has arrived to the Southeast as well," said Albany Finance Director Kris Newton.
Newton says the budget process is nearing. If the trend continues, city and county leaders will have to find ways to make up for the shortfall.
She encourages everyone to buy local instead of shopping in other parts of the state.