Charleston Business News

Look Back At ‘17 To See What’s Ahead for Black Businesses This Year

By Barney Blakeney 2018 won’t produce positive results for Black businesses if the Black business community continues doing as it has in the past – fail to groom and develop entrepreneurs, map out a collective strategic plan and educate its leaders. That’s what three local business leaders said about the upcoming year in Black business.…

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Charleston County Parks’ Executive Director honored as Professional of the Year by the South Carolina Recreation and Park Association

On December 13, the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission’s (CCPRC) executive director was honored with a statewide award. At their annual conference, the South Carolina Recreation and Park Association (SCRPA) presented their Professional of the Year award to David Bennett. The SCRPA Professional of the Year nominee must be in the parks and recreation…

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Charleston Native Eric D. Bailey: One of the Nation’s Top Financial Planners

Charleston native Eric D. Bailey is doing quite well for himself since he embarked from Charleston on his way to  running a nation-leading financial company in Maryland. A Rivers High School and Hampton University graduate, Bailey, CFP®, CMFC, is founder of Bailey Wealth Advisors. A Certified Financial Planner™ professional with 30 years of experience, Eric…

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Letter Writer Backs Kimpson’s Push For A Black Business At Charleston’s Airport

By Barney Blakeney A recent letter critical of efforts to include Black owned businesses as part of the Charleston International Airport’s routine business activities cites Charleston Sen. Marlon Kimpson saying, “Kimpson’s biggest gripe is the fact that in the middle of North Charleston, where the African American population is somewhere in the neighborhood of 55…

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Human Rights Campaign Scores South Carolina Companies’ LGBTQ-Inclusive Workplace Policies in New Corporate Equality Index

This week, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced a record number of the nation’s major companies and law firms are advancing vital policies and practices to protect LGBTQ workers around the world, according to the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI),…

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From The City Of Angels To The Lowcountry: Boeing’s Joan Robinson-Berry Embraces Core Principles

By Barney Blakeney As she’s progressed throughout her career at Boeing, Joan Robinson-Berry holds tight to three things from her humble beginnings: family first, faith forever and education matters. Those basic principles elevated her from one of the poorest neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles, CA, to places she had only dreamed of – international…

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Charleston County offers a Free Business Workshop for Small Business Owners

Charleston County Government’s Contracts and Procurement Department announces a free workshop for small business owners. The workshop will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, in the County’s Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building located at 4045 Bridge View Drive in North Charleston, SC, 2nd Floor in Room A214.The workshop is being hosted…

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The Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau to Host Upper Peninsula Job Fair

On Tuesday, October 3 from 10 a.m. to noon, the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) will hold their first area-specific job fair for residents of the Upper Peninsula neighborhoods. With support from Latonya Gamble, president of the Eastside Community Development Corporation, UP Job Fair will be held at Ebenezer AME Church at 44 Nassau Street,…

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Metanoia and Lowcountry Local First Collaborate For Reynolds Avenue Community Storefront Project Opportunity

By Natalie Prioleau The sun sets, casting shadows on boarded, empty and abandoned buildings in the North area of Charleston. Passersby can witness large vacant spaces throughout the intersections of Rivers Avenue and McMillan Avenue and Rivers and Reynolds Avenue. The scene is all that’s left of a previously thriving commercial shopping center and strip…

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Working on the Port Access Road – Meet Adrian Mack, Utility Laborer

Omar Muhammad, the President of Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC) is determined to connect local residents with job opportunities in the LAMC neighborhoods.  When Muhammad shared information about a pre-employment program for the Port Access Road project, Germaine Jenkins, the CEO, Farm & Market Director of Fresh Future Farm in the Chicora Cherokee neighborhood, immediately…

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