Charleston Business News

Small Business Administration Holds Workshops on Applying for Women’s Business Center Grant in South Carolina

The U.S. Small Business Administration will hold roundtable training sessions in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina on best practices regarding the Women’s Business Center grant application opportunity. Information for the upcoming roundtables: Columbia: Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. EST Benedict College Business Development Center 2601 Read St, Columbia, S.C. 29204 Register Charleston: Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. EST Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce – Catalyst Center 4500 Leeds…

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Charleston County Opens Application Process for Local Accommodations Tax Funding

Charleston County Government is now accepting applications for distribution of approximately $250,000 to non-profit, 501(c) organizations that provide support and increase tourism in the Charleston County area through advertising/ promotion and/or through the maintenance or construction of tourist-related buildings.   The applications are reviewed by the Charleston Area Visitors Bureau and College of Charleston’s Office of…

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SCDOT Vows More Fairness, Inclusion In I-526 Widening Project

By Barney Blakeney In the past, highway construction usually meant devastation to minority communities. Local examples tell a sad story of displaced residents, disconnected families, divided communities and lost generational homes. As the I-526 WEST widening project commences managers vow that won’t be the case with the $1 billion, approximately 10-year undertaking. An Environmental Impact…

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Santee Cooper Sale Should Be a 2020 Legislative Priority, Says Gullah Geechee Chamber

By Barney Blakeney As the 2020 South Carolina legislative session gets underway, advocates for the sale of Santee Cooper electric cooperative hope this year legislators will approve its sale. They make a strong argument for that. Marilyn Hemingway and the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce are among those proponents. In a recent interview Hemingway, the…

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Individual Income Tax Season Opens January 27 – File Online And Choose Direct Deposit

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) and the IRS will begin accepting Individual Income Tax returns on Monday, January 27, 2020. To ensure faster and more accurate processing of your return and refund, the SCDOR encourages taxpayers to file electronically and choose direct deposit. Last year, 90% of Individual Income Tax returns were filed…

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CofC Alum Sweetens Summerville With New Shop

By Erin Perkins Only three weeks into doing business in downtown Summerville, South Carolina, Danetra Richardson ’12 has the Lowcountry hooked on macarons, brownies and Nutella-stuffed cookies from her shop Swank Desserts. The pastry chef, however, has been working on this dream for much longer. Richardson started Swank Desserts as an online business after graduating…

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Utility Imposter Scammers Ready as Temperatures Drop

South Carolina utilities have joined with South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) and the Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) to warn consumers about utility imposter scams as consumers turn on their heat for the winter.  Utility imposter scams can happen in-person or over the phone and come in a lot of shapes and sizes. Consumers…

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Charleston County Offers Free Course for Small Business Owners

The Charleston County Contracts and Procurement Department is offering a free course on contract bidding for small business owners. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from January 14, 2020 until February 20, 2020.  The course will provide preparation and basic estimating methods for construction project costs. Course objects…

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