to look at purchasing power of Charleston-area Latinos
By LISA DE ARMAS
Co-chair, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Latin American Business
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
3, 2009 -- Charleston area businesses are just starting to realize
the purchasing power of the growing Latino demographic. According
to a recent report from the Immigration Policy Center, businesses
owned by Latinos and Asians in the state of South Carolina had combined
revenues of $2.8 billion and provided over 20,000 jobs throughout
the state in 2008. The Center also reported that Latinos and Asians
living in South Carolina had a combined purchasing power of $5.2
billion. In 2007, immigrants made up 5.4 percent of the workforce
in South Carolina.
this in mind, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce will host
a Latin American Business Expo on Thursday, Dec. 10, from
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 10 Storehouse Row. The expo's goal is to educate
attendees on the economic impact that Latin Americans and their
businesses have on our region, and to offer an opportunity to exhibit
to this community.
year's Expo is an absolute must for area business owners and service
providers trying to reach the 27,000-34,000 Latinos living in the
Charleston metro area. (The range in the numbers reflects the difference
between U.S. Census available data and more actual state surveys.)
Attendees will be able to get the tools and invaluable information
they need to effectively market to this growing demographic and
find out what services are still needed. In addition, they will
be able to get insight into topics such as the economic impact of
Latinos and understanding cultural barriers.
event will also provide Latin American and traditional business
owners with an opportunity to network with industry experts during
roundtable discussions to learn about expanding their market reach,
financial and funding resources, outsourcing labor, and government
contracting. The Expo will also offer the chance to learn more about
the immense and rich multicultural community of business owners
and entrepreneurs in our region who are looking for opportunities
to expand their businesses and partnerships.
topics and speakers include "The Economic Impact of Immigration,"
with speaker David Hughes of Clemson University, and "Cultural
Barriers," with speaker Eileen Chepenik of Trident Literacy.
The Small Business Resource Panel and Round Table Discussions include:
Census - Diana Salazar, U.S. Census Bureau.
Opportunities - Mary Dickerson, FastTracSC, and Ram Dachepalli,
Your Reach: Marketing to Latin American and Traditional Businesses
- Lisa De Armas, El Informador Spanish Language Newspaper.
Compliance - Bridgette Beasley, The Citadel.
Labor - Michael Lalich, Lowcountry Labor.
Business Resource Network and Funding - Tom Lauria, Small Business
Development Center, and Cindi Rourk, Charleston Citywide Local
Latin American Business Expo only happens one time a year, so don't
miss this priceless opportunity to network with Charleston area
Latino business leaders and service providers. Many local businesses
(even the U.S. Census Bureau) rely on community events such as this
one and Charleston's Spanish newspaper, El Informador, as a resource
to new business opportunities.
cost to attend the event is $15 for chamber members, $30 for nonmembers.
register, visit this Web page. To learn more about the Expo
or the Latin American Business Council, please contact Emily Brown
at 805-3042 or email@example.com.
De Armas also is president and a director of El
Check out these places you haven't thought to shop
ANN THRASH, editor
3, 2009 -- This is "Buy Local Week," a campaign sponsored
by Lowcountry Local First to encourage us to shop at locally owned
and operated business during the holiday season. We want to do our
part here at CharlestonCurrents.com, so we've been stashing away
some ideas of unusual local places to shop that support the "Buy
Local" idea - not only this week, but throughout December and
on into what we hope will be an economically sunnier 2010.
out these suggestions - among them, a couple of special events that
we haven't seen mentioned anywhere else, which means your gift recipients
will be not only surprised by your wonderful gift, but amazed at
if you have a distinctively local, secret shopping spot or gift
suggestion for Christmas and Hanukkah, send an e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and let me know the details. We'll check out what we can and publish
some of your ideas between now and the end of the month.
a museum store: We've long been fans of buying gifts at museum
stores and shops at noteworthy attractions around the Lowcountry.
Few people seem to think of shopping there, which makes these gifts
even more of a pleasure to give and receive. This year, check out
the gift shops at the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Charleston Museum,
Boone Hall Plantation, Drayton Hall, Middleton Place, Magnolia Plantation
and Gardens, and the South Carolina Aquarium, to name just a few.
You'll find some unusual items and support "the locals"
as well. For example, the Gibbes recently remodeled its 1,000-square-foot
store, which now features home-décor items, art-related gifts
and books, distinctive jewelry, wool throws, reading glasses, silk
scarves and some extraordinary handbags. Many of these shops also
feature items that are handmade by local artisans, so shopping at
these spots really does have a ripple effect on the Lowcountry economy.
book bargains: The Friends of the Charleston County Library
are well-known for "That Big Book Sale" every fall, and
this year there's a special edition of that sale with gift-giving
in mind. "That Holiday Book Sale" will take place this
weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 6 at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis
Ferry Road. "Books have been picked for quality with gift-giving
in mind," says a press release from the library. You can also
get CDs, DVDs, art prints, cassettes, videotapes and rare collectibles.
Paperbacks start at $1 and hardbacks at $3. Among the art prints
available will be works by David Hockney, Edward Hopper, Claude
Monet, Georgia O'Keeffe and John James Audubon. The Friends of the
Library ask that you help conserve resources by BYOB -- Bringing
Your Own Bag - for carrying your purchases. Get more information
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to the PRC's Outdoor Gear Sale: Got an outdoorsy type on your
shopping list? Then you owe it to yourself to check out the Charleston
County Park and Recreation Commission's Great Outdoor Gear Sale
from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 12 (next Saturday) at James Island
County Park. The PRC says it will have tents, kayaks, mountain bikes,
camping accessories and more -- slightly used, or "preowned,"
as the car dealers say -- at some great prices. All the gear will
be sold as is, and prices are nonnegotiable. Call 795-4386 if want
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News' indeed to hear about Eagle Scout's contribution
for the "Good News" story about Eagle Scout Sean Carter.
It is always a pleasure to see positive news stories.
Legare Clement, Scout Executive, Coastal Carolina Council, Boy
Scouts of America, Charleston, South Carolina
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to be performed in unusual setting at Drayton Hall
of the most unexpected spaces at historic Drayton Hall will be the
setting, for the first time, of Drayton Hall's 26th annual holiday
spirituals concert. Planned for this weekend, the concerts are one
of the longest-running performances of its kind in the Lowcountry.
Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers
concerts, featuring Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers, will
take place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 and 3 p.m.
Dec. 6 in the raised English basement at the main house, which is
the oldest unrestored plantation home in America. The area will
be staged to take advantage of its striking atmosphere. Part workspace,
part kitchen and storage area, and complete with a large brick fireplace,
oversized hearth, pantries, and cupboards, the raised English basement
(actually the ground floor) of the main house is in an excellent
state of preservation. Before the concert begins, a member of the
preservation staff will offer information on the area and describe
its purpose in more detail.
tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for Friends of Drayton Hall,
and include a catered reception and informal tours of the house
before the performances. Call 769-2605 for information or reservations.
For group rates, call 769-2630.
to sign prints at ornament tea for literacy group
Lowcountry artist Anne Worsham Richardson will be the special guest
at a Trident Literacy Association reception and tea Dec. 4
in recognition of the association's annual Christmas ornament, which
is based on one of Richardson's paintings. The tea will be held
from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bird's I View Gallery, 119-A Church
St., downtown, during the French Quarter Art Walk.
the tea, which is sponsored by Firefly Vodka, guests can purchase
the 2009 Ornament of Hope, which is based on the Richardson watercolor
"Pine Grosbeaks." The exclusive interpretation from watercolor
to metal is the work of Elizabeth Anne Neiman of The Charleston
Mint. The ornament is 24k gold on solid brass with baked enameling.
ornaments include a numbered certificate of authenticity. A matted-and-framed
version is also available with a copy of the Anne Worsham Richardson
print that inspired it. Each ornament is only $15, and the framed
prints are $35. Richardson will also be signing prints at the tea.
Ornament of Hope is an annual fundraiser for Trident Literacy Association.
Limited supplies of ornaments from previous years are also available
at a discount. To order in advance, or for more information, call
to mark 16th birthday this month with special deals
of the area's best-known restaurants, Slightly North of Broad, will
be celebrating its 16th anniversary on Dec. 8 with "Sweet
16"-themed food and festivities. The specials include $16 dinner
menu items, complimentary birthday cake during lunch, complimentary
sweets to take home after dinner, drawings for gift certificates
and merchandise, special cocktails, and several "pink"
oriented promotions in keeping with the Sweet 16 idea- - including
a free glass of pink sparkling wine with dinner for guests who wear
opened its doors at 192 East Bay St. in December of 1993 and has
received international recognition and numerous awards, including
induction into the Fine Dining Hall of Fame in 2008 by Nations'
Restaurant News. Executive Chef Frank Lee and the restaurant's signature
"Maverick Southern Cooking" style helped put Charleston
on the map as a destination city for lovers of good food. Additionally,
owner Dick Elliott, president of Maverick Southern Kitchens, was
selected as the 2008 Restaurateur of the Year by the South Carolina
reservations or more information on the promotions,
go here online or call 723-3424.
Conservancy T-shirt to get national spotlight
Charleston Parks Conservancy will be getting plenty of national
attention on Dec. 6 when one of the organization's T-shirt
is the focus of IWearYourShirt.com, a marketing phenomenon in which
the company founder wears one business or organization's T-shirt
for a full day and promotes the organization online.
in 2009, company founder Jason Sadler began selling the upper half
of his wardrobe. Each day of the year, he promotes the particular
business or group with videos, photos, and blog and Twitter posts.
This Sunday, Sadler will be promoting the Conservancy, giving the
organization and the city of Charleston plenty of publicity.
its inception more than two years ago, the Conservancy has been
heavily involved in social media with blogs, Twitter, Facebook and
YouTube as a way to reach Charleston area residents and promote
the city's local parks and green spaces. "This was a natural
fit for us," Executive Director Jim Martin says. "We are
already all over various social media channels, so this was just
one more creative way to promote the organization and Charleston's
Conservancy soon will be launching an online store where visitors
can purchase Conservancy T-shirts and other merchandise. For details
on the group, go to http://www.parkangels.org.
us a review
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endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to editor Ann
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Society of Natural History
in Charleston in November 1853, the Elliott Society of Natural History
was established for the purpose of promoting the study of natural
history, especially in South Carolina. Named after the city's noted
botanist Stephen Elliott, the organization represented the maturation
of scientific interests in Charleston, which by then was the center
of natural history studies in the South.
by the renowned naturalist Louis Agassiz, the Charleston Museum
curator Francis Simmons Holmes played a key role in establishing
the society. Eager to emulate the highly successful natural history
society founded in Philadelphia in 1812 and the one established
in Boston in 1830, Charleston scientists joined with Holmes in creating
the Elliott Society. Unlike its sister organizations in the North,
however, the society was hampered by a comparatively small urban
population and scarcity of funds. Nevertheless, although its membership
never exceeded eighty during the antebellum period and while monthly
attendance was usually low, it succeeded admirably and managed to
publish one volume of its proceedings and one issue of a journal
prior to the Civil War. Especially supportive of the society were
the naturalists John McCrady and Lewis R. Gibbes, the latter of
whom served as the society's president for most of its existence.
during the Civil War, the Elliott Society resumed its activities
soon afterward. In an attempt to broaden its appeal, the organization
changed its name to the Elliott Society of Science and Arts in 1867.
Although it enjoyed brief periods of revival, the society was moribund
by 1891, thus ending its notable contributions to the study of natural
history in South Carolina.
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heading to a party, going to a restaurant, taking in a parade or
just doing some holiday shopping, almost everyone heads to downtown
Charleston on a regular basis during the holidays. This year the
City of Charleston, Charleston County and Republic Parking have
teamed up to make the trip a little easier on the wallet: They're
offering the public two hours of free parking in some of the city's
most centrally located garages. The offer is good through Dec. 31.
here to print out the parking voucher that you'll need to present
- and be prepared, if you'll be parked for more than two hours,
to pay for the difference. Here's a list of the garages where the
vouchers will be honored:
- S.C. Aquarium
- Camden Exchange
and Cumberland streets garage
- 93 Queen
- East Bay
and Prioleau streets garage
- 34 St. Philip
and St. Philip streets garage
- County garage
at King and Queen streets
- County garage
at Cumberland and Church streets
corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat."
Lehman, U.S. Secretary of the Navy from 1981 to 1987
7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 3, Eye Level Art Warehouse, 2143 Heriot
St. Learn about issues that are threatening local waterways at this
event, sponsored by the Charleston Waterkeeper. Includes music from
DC-based DJ duo Party on Marz, local food, cold drinks a raffle,
aquatic touch tank, inflatable video dome, art installations and
more. Tickets: $15 for Charleston Waterkeeper members; $20 nonmembers.
Buy at the door or online.
More info: 608-WATR or http://www.charlestonwaterkeeper.org.
Candlelight Service: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Dec. 5 and Dec.
6, Summerall Chapel, The Citadel. The S.C. Corps of Cadets will
present its Christmas Candlelight Service for the Lowcountry. Cadets
from the Protestant, Catholic and Gospel choirs, the Chorale, the
Women's Ensemble, and members of The Citadel Regimental Band will
take part in the annual celebration, which features Scripture lessons
and carols (both traditional and international favorites). Free
and open to the public. More info: 953-5049.
in the Swamp Food Drive: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5, Cypress
Gardens, Moncks Corner. To benefit a local food bank, visitors to
Cypress Gardens who bring a canned good will be admitted at half-price
($5). Children ages 12 and under who bring a canned good will get
in free. Santa will arrive by flat-bottom boat at 11:30 a.m., and
other activities include music, crafts vendors, children's make-and-take
crafts, photos with Santa, a new parrot display, etc. More
info or 553-0515.
Days: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5, downtown Summerville.
Enjoy an old-fashioned holiday experience in historic Summerville
with shopping, caroling, cookies and cider for shoppers and visitors.
Sponsored by the merchants of Summerville and Summerville D.R.E.AM.
More info: 821-7260 or online.
Parade of Boats: 5 p.m. Dec. 5, Charleston Harbor. This
Lowcountry holiday tradition features festively decorated and lighted
boats of all sorts parading through the harbor, following by a fireworks
display. View the procession along Charleston's waterfront or decorate
your own boat and join the parade. Parade begins in the harbor off
Mount Pleasant at 5 p.m.; viewing from the peninsula begins at 6:30
p.m., and fireworks start about 6:45 p.m. More info: 724-7305.
Under the Oaks: Noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 6, Boone Hall Plantation,
1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant. Sponsored by the Carolina
Lowcountry Chapter of the American Red Cross. Sample a variety of
wines and gourmet food from local chefs; bid on silent auction items;
and shop for holiday gifts. Tickets: $20
in advance or $25 at the gate.
Local Week" Bash: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 6, The
Landing at Shem Creek (former Trawler site). The event, which caps
off Lowcountry Local First's "Buy Local Week," will include
live music, local beer, FireFly vodka and rum, and a variety of
food. tickets. Tickets: in advance, $30 for LLF members, $35 nonmembers;
at the door, $35 for LLF members, $40 nonmembers (cash or check
only at the door). Purchase
ONGOING AND SOON
Lending: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Dec. 9, Charleston Metro
Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speisseger Drive, Suite 100, North Charleston.
The chamber's Charleston Area Business Council will discuss small-business
lending and how to obtain financing in today's current lending climate.
Cost: $15 chamber members, $30 nonmembers. More
American Business Expo: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 10, 10
Storehouse Row, Noisette, North Charleston. The Charleston Metro
Chamber of Commerce's Latin American Business Council (LABC) will
host a seminar and expo to educate attendees on the economic impact
that Latin Americans and their businesses have on our region, and
to offer local businesses an opportunity to exhibit to this community.
The event will also provide Latin American and traditional business
owners with an opportunity to network with industry experts. Cost:
$15 chamber members, $30 nonmembers. More info: Email
of Wreaths: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Palmetto Café,
Charleston Place Hotel. Fourth annual festival will feature champagne,
hors d'oeuvres, live music from Silver Lining and wreaths from local
interior designers being auctioned with all proceeds going to the
MUSC Children's Hospital. In addition to the wreaths provided by
members of the American Society of Interior Designers, kids from
the Youth Center at the Charleston Air Force Base will provide several
wreaths as well. Tickets: $10 in advance at the Orient-Express Boutique
at Charleston Place or by calling 937-9142; $15 at the door. Guests
can get parking-ticket validation for the Charleston Place garage
on Hasell Street.
Bliss and Scrooges": 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10, Omar
Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Family-oriented
event to benefit Windwood Farm features Santa, snow, live performances,
the Grinch, Scrooge, shopping from local retailers, carolers, cocktails
and more. Tickets: $5; free for kids age 12 and younger. More info:
Silks Exhibition: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10, 214 King
Street Gallery, 214 King St. Kimono Silks features new works by
batik master Mary Edna Fraser. Fraser discovered the vintage narrow
silks on a recent Australia trip and has blogged about the experience
A master dyer, Fraser came home with aerial landscapes featuring
batiks, monotypes, oils and archival prints. Exhibition on display
through Jan. 24; gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Monday
through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. More info: 762-2594
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Search Workshop: 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 11, Center for Women,
129 Cannon St. Experienced job coaches will offer advice to women
on resumes, cover letters, developing a job-hunting strategy, preparing
for interviews and dealing with changes and transitions. Cost: $20.
Conroy Book Signing: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Blue
Bicycle Books, 420 King St. Conroy will sign copies of his latest
novel, "South of Broad". To secure a place in line, customers
can get tickets for the signing starting Dec. 11. Tickets are free
to customers who purchase a Pat Conroy hardback or have already
purchased "South of Broad" from Blue Bicycle Books (please
bring your receipt). For a full explanation of the guidelines for
the signing or to order a signed copy, go
here online or call 722-2666.
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