Business & Finance

SC Works Trident Deploys Rapid Response Effort for 626 Unemployed After Largest Regional Layoff in Recent History

SC Works Trident in recent weeks has deployed a broad rapid response effort to counter the region’s largest layoff in recent history, enrolling hundreds in a dislocated workers program after a major North Charleston call center closed on Nov. 2 and left 626 people without jobs. SC Works Trident partnered with key workforce development organizations…

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Charleston 2019 Budget Should Include $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage, Workers Insist

By Barney Blakeney Charleston City Council’s regularly scheduled December 4 meeting appeared almost a feeding frenzy as Mayor John Tecklenburg and councilmembers discussed the city’s 2019 annual budget. The mayor is proposing a nearly $223 million operating budget and several entities seeking municipal funding are in line for a share. They include a group that…

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Family Doctor Launches First Virtual Institute to Help Physicians Launch Successful Businesses

Physicians who want to start their own business without having to get an MBA will find the coaching they need through the first-ever physician entrepreneur’s institute. The Next Level Physician Entrepreneur’s Institute is an e-school that provides coaching, curriculum and support to physicians who want to become entrepreneurs. Launched by Maiysha Clairborne, M.D., integrative family…

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‘i style u’ – A Dream Come True

By Patrice Smith A new men and boys wear store has recently opened up in North Charleston. ‘i style u’ is a dream come true for owner Natalie Seel Ahadi. “It was always a dream of mine to have my own store. When I found out that Bluestein’s Mens Wear was closing at the end…

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$100,000 Available to Tri-County Employers Seeking to Train Current Employees

Federal Incumbent Worker Training Assistance (IWT) funds totaling $100,000 are available through the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to assist tri-county employers in training current employees. Private-sector employers in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties are eligible to receive funds, which must be used to train incumbent workers. The program is meant to assist with…

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GM Will Close Five North American Plants Next Year

By Frederick H. Lowe Special to from NorthStarNewsToday.com (TriceEdneyWire.com) – General Motors has announced that it is closing a total of eight plants, five in North America and three elsewhere, eliminating 14,400 hourly and salaried jobs to prepare for the driverless and electric cars of the future. The manufacturer employs 202,000 workers worldwide. It is…

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Minority-Owned Tech Startup Mixtroz Raises Over $1M for Networking Software

Mixtroz, a minority and woman-owned tech startup specializing in connecting people at live events in real time, has reached the historic fundraising mark of $1 million. Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons, the founding mother-daughter team behind Mixtroz, have joined the exclusive circle of only 40 black females to close $1 million in seed funding. “Achieving…

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Civil Rights Groups Protest Discrimination At Charleston Radio Stations

By Barney Blakeney Several local civil rights organizations November 27 began picketing at Cumulus Radio Station Group’s North Charleston studios to address allegations of racial discrimination in employment. Led by S.C. National Action Network, The Coalition (People United To Take Back Our Community) and the North Charleston Branch NAACP, enjoined about 30 picketers protesting at…

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