Charleston Business News

SC Works Trident Deploys Rapid Response Effort for 626 Unemployed After Largest Regional Layoff in Recent History

SC Works Trident in recent weeks has deployed a broad rapid response effort to counter the region’s largest layoff in recent history, enrolling hundreds in a dislocated workers program after a major North Charleston call center closed on Nov. 2 and left 626 people without jobs. SC Works Trident partnered with key workforce development organizations…

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Charleston 2019 Budget Should Include $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage, Workers Insist

By Barney Blakeney Charleston City Council’s regularly scheduled December 4 meeting appeared almost a feeding frenzy as Mayor John Tecklenburg and councilmembers discussed the city’s 2019 annual budget. The mayor is proposing a nearly $223 million operating budget and several entities seeking municipal funding are in line for a share. They include a group that…

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‘i style u’ – A Dream Come True

By Patrice Smith A new men and boys wear store has recently opened up in North Charleston. ‘i style u’ is a dream come true for owner Natalie Seel Ahadi. “It was always a dream of mine to have my own store. When I found out that Bluestein’s Mens Wear was closing at the end…

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$100,000 Available to Tri-County Employers Seeking to Train Current Employees

Federal Incumbent Worker Training Assistance (IWT) funds totaling $100,000 are available through the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to assist tri-county employers in training current employees. Private-sector employers in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties are eligible to receive funds, which must be used to train incumbent workers. The program is meant to assist with…

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Civil Rights Groups Protest Discrimination At Charleston Radio Stations

By Barney Blakeney Several local civil rights organizations November 27 began picketing at Cumulus Radio Station Group’s North Charleston studios to address allegations of racial discrimination in employment. Led by S.C. National Action Network, The Coalition (People United To Take Back Our Community) and the North Charleston Branch NAACP, enjoined about 30 picketers protesting at…

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Eastside JOB EXPO offers a range of job opportunities

Citizens seeking employment opportunities are invited to the Eastside Community JOB EXPO, on Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. Julian Devine Community Center, located at 1 Cooper Street, Charleston. The event, sponsored by the City of Charleston, Charleston Housing Authority, Eastside Community Development Corporation (ECDC), and M. B. Kahn…

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Music and Emotion Mark MOJA Performance at Redux Art Center

The Charleston Rhizome Collective as part of the 2018 MOJA Arts Festival participated in an experience featuring performing artists OneBeat that brought together sounds and emotions symbolic of the collective’s Tiny Business Initiative at Redux Contemporary Art Center on King Street in Charleston. The OneBeat musicians are a collective of artists from around the world…

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CO Federal Credit Union Now Offers Digital Banking

By Barney Blakeney Community Owned Federal Credit Union, located at 117 Spring St. in downtown Charleston, November 1 launched into digital banking. CEO Perrin Middleton said the new digital banking now allows members 24/7 access to their accounts. A new phone app for Android users which soon will be available to Apple users as well is the…

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2019 Growing New Farmers Program Applications Now Open

Lowcountry Local First, in partnership with the College of Charleston’s School of Professional Studies, has opened up the call for applications to the 2019 Growing New Farmers Program. This program provides four months of curriculum-based instruction in a classroom setting, coupled with technical training in either Growing Good Food or Food Systems Leadership. The program…

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West Ashley’s Unincorporated Residents Must Engage Redevelopment Plans, Says Waring

By Barney Blakeney In recent months, Charleston officials have been conducting informational meetings with West Ashley residents as it continues to create a master plan for redevelopment in the area where more than half the city’s population and about half its Black citizens reside. Enclaves of predominantly Black neighborhoods in the city’s greatest land area…

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