Charleston Business News

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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Utility Consumers Should Get Their Money Back

By Barney Blakeney SCE&G officials stunned the state’s electric and gas consumers July 31 when it announced it would abandon construction of nuclear plants in Fairfield County. But what many consumers of the utility monopoly want to know is how much more the $9 billion investment shouldered by ratepayers will cost them. Hidden among the…

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Pryor Vows Economic Parity In County’s Library Construction Projects

By Barney Blakeney Contractors last month broke ground on construction for a new library in the East Cooper community. And the construction of four others soon should begin as well. Voters in November approved $108.5 million for the new libraries and renovation to 13 others. Minority business and employment advocates say the activity represents great…

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SCDOT Getting Approval For Three-Year DBE Spending

By Barney Blakeney Fixing and maintaining South Carolina’s roads is a massive undertaking that will ramp up as the new state gas tax provides more revenue. The S.C. Department of Transportation expects that road construction and improvements will be ongoing even after the new gas tax increase of 12 cents maxes out over the next…

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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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