Business & Finance

Hotel Industry Releases Top 5 Requirements to Travel Safely

 The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today released the “Safe Stay Guest Checklist” for guests on how to travel safely while also creating a standardized safety experience nationwide. This checklist is part of AHLA’s Safe Stay guidelines, an industry-wide, enhanced set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for all…

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South Carolina Interstate System’s Rate of Fatalities, Bridge Deterioration, Travel Increase and Congestion Among Highest in U.S.

As the U.S. Interstate Highway System reaches 64 years old, it faces increasing congestion, unprecedented levels of travel – particularly by large trucks – and insufficient funding to make needed repairs and improvements. America’s most critical transportation link will need to be rebuilt and expanded to meet the nation’s growing transportation needs, according to a…

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Lowe’s More Than Doubles Small Business Grant Program to $55 Million, Expands Minority Grant Offering and Extends Reach to Rural Communities

  In response to the overwhelming need to help support small businesses across the country, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is announcing it is increasing its minority small business grants from $25 million to $30 million while donating an additional $25 million to its small business grant program with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), doubling the amount already committed. The additional funds will focus…

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Fresh Future Farm Land Sale: You Reap What You Sow

By Barney Blakeney In its effort to purchase the land it’s using to grow fruits and vegetables Fresh Future Farm of North Charleston may be sowing seeds of animosity that however still may produce the crop it desires. Since 2014, Fresh Future Farm has produced 16 tons of groceries sold or distributed between 2016 and…

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Thousands View NNPA’s First Virtual Convention

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The first virtual convention in the 80-year history of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) earned a thumbs-up from partners and sponsors. The successful event’s website, vitualnnpa2020.com, generated more than 55,000 pageviews to conference attendees in only two days. Several hundred thousand additional impressions were generated…

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Walker’s Legacy Introduces “Ask a Boss” Masterclass Series with the CEO of The Honey Pot, Bea Dixon

In partnership with the Minority Business Development Agency, Walker’s Legacy presents  “Ask a Boss”, a digital masterclass series featuring women of influence who have achieved success in business and beyond. The digital conversation will be held this Friday, July 17th at noon. The digital series moderated by Natalie Madeira Cofield, Walker’s Legacy Founder & CEO, provides attendees with the…

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SBA Celebrates the Launch of New South Carolina Women’s Business Centers

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced June 30 the launch of two South Carolina Women’s Business Centers hosted by HBCU Benedict College in Columbia, SC and Community Works Women’s Business Center in Greenville, SC.  These new opportunity centers will carry out the mission of helping women-owned small businesses start, grow, expand and recover their businesses as America works to restart the economy.  The commitment…

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Despite The Rhetoric Joseph Floyd Manor Residents Ultimately May Be Displaced

By Barney Blakeney Though he’s only lived in the building a few years, Michael Waldron has gained a keen sense of the characteristics shaping the controversy about residency at Joseph Floyd Manor Apartments – systemic neglect, finger pointing, grandstanding and apathy. Ultimately it all will end up displacing current residents, he believes. Joseph Floyd Manor,…

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2020 Spring Community Business Academy Graduates: 19 local entrepreneurs to know

Lowcountry Local First (LLF), a nonprofit focused on economic development centered around local-ownership, has graduated its second class of entrepreneurs from its 12-week Community Business Academy (CBA). Nineteen graduates completed the Spring Academy, including a local pet store, tour company, artist, catering business and more. The CBA is the first phase of the organization’s Good Enterprises Initiative that launched in…

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