Charleston Business News

Campbell Urges Support For Economic Stimulus Package Before County Council

By Barney Blakeney Economic development characterizes the metropolitan Charleston community and companies locating to the area are funding initiatives that train and prepare workers. Black communities must engage them more. Towards that end, business consultants JC & Associates have proposed to Charleston County Council a 10-year, $41 million economic stimulus package principle partner Kwadjo Campbell…

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Sustained Protests Of Sword-wielding Merchants To Begin May 1

By Barney Blakeney Several local civil rights organizations May 1 plan to begin organized protests at the North Charleston neighborhood convenience store where a man accused March 29 of shoplifting was beaten by store operators. The March 29 assault during which the attackers repeatedly struck the accused man with a sword and held him at…

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Upper Peninsula Development Not Yet Said and Done

By Barney Blakeney  Upper peninsula Charleston redevelopment is accelerating. The Huger Street/Meeting Street/Morrison Drive corridor is rapidly changing the landscape. And in its course gentrification that has resulted in the displacement of black residents continues. We asked some city officials their thoughts. While elected representatives seem to think development is a runaway train, East Central…

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Longshoremen? I Beg Your Pardon – They’re Longshorewomen!

By Barney Blakeney Several weeks ago during a conversation with an old friend I was told for the past 18 years she has worked as a longshorewoman with Local 1422 International Longshoremen Association Union. She is among a dozen or so females who work alongside their male counterparts in one of the most male-dominated occupations…

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2017 Growing New Farmers Program Now Accepting Applications

Lowcountry Local First, in partnership with the College of Charleston’s School of Professional Studies, has opened up a call for applications to the 2017 Growing New Farmers Program. This program provides 6 months of experiential, hands-on training at Middleton Place USDA Certified Organic Farm, coupled with curriculum-based instruction in a classroom setting and an optional apprenticeship. Topics covered…

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2017 Likely Another Dull Year For Black Business In An Illuminating Economy

By Barney Blakeney As economic development initiatives scar the metropolitan Charleston landscape, the outlook for black business participation in those abundant swells continues to be unimpressive. Former Charleston City Councilman Kwadjo Campbell said 2017 will be business as usual for black owned firms – minimal opportunities in a land of plenty. “I don’t see anything…

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Transportation Hub In Liberty Hill Takes Another Step Forward

By Barney Blakeney Efforts to establish an intermodal transportation hub at the Amtrak train station off Rivers Avenue in North Charleston are moving forward. Residents of the nearby Liberty Hill community welcome it. The Intermodal Transportation Center is a concept that would centralize surface mass transit – trains, buses and taxis – at one location…

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