Charleston Business News

SEWE Came And Went – And With Flew Another Economic Opportunity For Black Business

By Barney Blakeney Which came first – the chicken or the egg? For many concerned about the economic impact of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in the local Black community, that’s a pertinent question. Celebrating its 37th annual appearance in Charleston February 17-19, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition attracts an estimated 40,000 attendees to more than 500…

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SC Works Awards Local Businesses $100,000 for Incumbent Worker Training

SC Works Trident and its Trident Workforce Development Board has awarded $100,000 to eight local businesses connected to Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) programs. The funds, made possible by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), will support training as each business advances technology, expands and offers new services as part of a layoff aversion strategy.   …

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Lowcountry Local First to Launch New “Good Enterprises” Initiative in Fall 2019

Lowcountry Local First (LLF) has announced a new initiative aimed towards the nonprofit organization’s mission to cultivate an economy anchored in local ownership, Good Enterprises, joining the established Good Business and Good Farming initiatives. Good Enterprises will be a catalyst for reshaping the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to one that provides equitable opportunity for business ownership, in order to transform lives and…

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Coastal Community Foundation grants to help Lowcountry workers still facing hardship due to government shutdown

Coastal Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization serving coastal South Carolina, has awarded $40,000 to two organizations providing critical support to Lowcountry residents who are still facing personal financial burdens due to the recent partial government shutdown. With seed money from an anonymous donor, the Foundation set up The Care Fund in January to support individuals…

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Upcoming Origin SC’s Workshops in March 2019

Begin believing in achieving your goals today! Origin SC offers workshops around the tri-county area of Charleston, SC. They also offer one-on-one appointments with certified credit advisors. Take a look at their offerings below to find the next workshop nearest you. Or, if you’d rather meet with them by phone or online, you can do that, too! Making…

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Proponents Believe Santee Cooper Sale The Only Real Solution

By Barney Blakeney Proponents for the sale of Santee-Cooper electric cooperative say the abandonment of the VC Summers nuclear plant in 2017 sealed the fate of the state-owned hydroelectric power generator. South Carolina’s only state-owned electric and water utilities agency cannot survive as a sustainable business unless it becomes privately owned, they contend. Founded in…

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College of Charleston to Host Forum on Inclusivity in the Tourism Industry

The College of Charleston will host “Bridging the Divide: Placemaking for Communities of Color in the SC Lowcountry” February 5, 2019. The event will take place in Alumni Hall starting at 6:00 p.m. The panel of business and tourism officials will discuss better ways to improve the inclusivity of Charleston’s tourism industry. Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, the…

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Lowcountry Local First to host “Creating Social Impact Through Business” workshop February 6

Over half of workers say “a job where I can make an impact” is important to their happiness. Meanwhile, 66 percent of global consumers say they’re willing to pay more for sustainable brands— up 55 percent from 2014. Lowcountry Local First invites the local business community to its first quarterly Good Business Workshop of 2019, “Creating Social Impact…

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