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JULY 21, 2011 - Across the nation, entrepreneurs and small businesses are leading the economic recovery and are the catalysts for new industries and new jobs. In South Carolina, small businesses account for 26.3 percent of total employment, but 51 percent of all net employment gains in the state.
BizBuilderSC supports economic development in South Carolina by providing statewide training for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Classes offered through BizBuilderSC help develop the skills needed to build, manage and expand successful businesses.
BizBuilderSC is the expansion of the successful FastTracSC program housed at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and is a direct result of increased demand for entrepreneur training across the state. Since 2006, FastTracSC has graduated more than 1,400 students in 34 communities across South Carolina. A new training protocol, NxLevel has been added to the FastTrac training to provide more diverse, topic-specific offerings customized to South Carolina entrepreneurs. Twenty-four people from across the state were certified in NxLevel in May, expanding BizBuilderSC's geographic outreach to ensure that all areas of the state can benefit from the training.
With the trend toward supporting local farming and agricultural-based products, one of the most popular classes has been one that teaches how to start an agricultural-based small business. Will Culler, from the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development, and a certified FastTrac and NxLevel instructor, has partnered with Lowcountry Local First to hold a NxLevel Food and Farming class in Charleston beginning August 25 for 10 weeks. The past success and current interest in this unique class satisfies a real need in the Charleston and South Carolina economies.
The class is a prime example of how BizBuilderSC takes a customized approach to training, fitting the training to the needs of South Carolina entrepreneurs and businesses. Partnering with educational institutions such as Clemson and grants roots organizations like Lowcountry Local First allows us to go beyond the population centers and reach into the rural areas of the state.
The BizBuilderSC Coalition represents the statewide partners in the program, and includes chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, colleges and universities, small business development agencies, and nonprofits, which have come together in the best interest of the economic growth of the state.
The basic business classes provide the fundamentals of market research, financial and business planning, and marketing, and result in a business plan. Topic-specific classes help those interested in starting an agricultural-based venture, a family child care business, or a technology business. Short courses help businesses increase their knowledge of specific areas such as green decision-making, financial decision-making, and signage.
Classes will be offered in the upcoming months in Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Conway and Greenville. Class schedules can be found on the BizBuilderSC Web site at www.BizBuilderSC.com.
Put on some sunscreen and play tennis in Afghanistan
By MARSHA GUERARD , editor
JULY 21, 2011 - If you decide to brave the heat and go watch some tennis this weekend, you'd be wise to slather on the sunscreen, right? But be sure to take an extra tube with you, to help support our troops.
The Family Circle Tennis Center and World Team Tennis Finals Weekend are collecting supplies for an 80-soldier Army Military Police company from Fort Stewart in Savannah, Ga., which recently deployed to Afghanistan. Fans are asked to bring donation items and deposit them into collection bins at the venue entrance.
Suggested donation items include that sunscreen we mentioned, hand sanitizer, athletic socks, disposable razors, lip balm, sport magazines, baby wipes, travel size toiletries (shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, foot powder, shampoo), trail mix (no chocolate), hard candy, powder drink mix packets, inspirational books, DVDs, CDs, and flip flops.
Here's an odd mental picture: troops playing tennis in Afghanistan. But it's a great game no matter where you happen to be living, and the USTA will send portable tennis equipment (nets, throw down lines, racquets, balls) to the deployed company.
World TeamTennis Finals Weekend is this weekend at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island. Tickets are available through the Family Circle Tennis Center Box Office at (800) 677-2293 or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets can be purchased online at www.FamilyCircleCup.com or www.Ticketmaster.com.
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The S.C. Ports Authority has been identified as one of "75 Green supply chain partners" by Inbound magazine.
Noting that collaborations with the public and environmental programs to reduce emissions were major ways that the SCPA is green, we'd also note the rather persistent local difference of opinion. A rose is a rose is a rose ...
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Charleston County Government's Emergency Management Department and Lowcountry CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) are holding their Fourth Annual Ready Lowcountry, Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Expo on July 30 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
free event will be hosted by Lowe's at the company's North Charleston
store located at 7555 Northwoods Blvd.
interactive displays from agencies from all levels of government, volunteer
organizations and local business will include:
information on emergency preparedness, click on the Ready Lowcountry icon
on the Charleston
County Web site at www.charlestoncounty.org. Also, get emergency information
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The city of Charleston's James Island All Star Team won the 15U State Tournament on July 17 and will move on to Sarasota, Fla., July 28 for the regional competition.
team is part of the Babe Ruth Baseball League for 13-to-15-year-olds.
The state tournament was held in Landrum from July 14 to July 17. The
City of Charleston James Island team from the James Island Recreation
Center played 4 games and won the Championship with a 3-1 record. The
All Star Team consisted of members nominated and selected from the other
teams at the Recreation Center.
Illuminations celebrates new editor on July 28
The past, present, and future of Illuminations, an international magazine of contemporary writing edited at the College of Charleston, will come together on July 28. Founding editor Peter McMillian will be the featured speaker at a launch party celebrating both the current issue (No. 27) and a new editor for the magazine. The event will be held at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Meg Scott-Copses, a senior instructor in the college's English department, will be the third editor of the magazine, taking over for English professor Simon Lewis. Scott-Copses is a native of Charleston and teaches composition and poetry at the college. She has published poetry in magazines such as The Southeast Review, The Evansville Review, The Green Hills Literary Lantern, and Gulf Stream. Additionally, she teaches community writing workshops for at-risk populations such as shelters, prisons, and youth facilities. In other lives, she is or has been a piano and music teacher in Italy, a step-aerobics instructor, and a new mom.
Simon Lewis served as the editor of Illuminations since 1985. Since his arrival at the college in 1996, the magazine has been supported by the college.
first appearance in 1982 with a poem by Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney,
Illuminations has published the work of two more Literature Nobelists
(Joseph Brodsky and Nadine Gordimer) and two Peace Prize-winners (Desmond
Tutu and climate-scientist Chris Magadza). The magazine has run special
issues on writing from South Africa, Vietnam, Cuba, Haiti, and Zimbabwe,
and has featured prominent photographers and artists, such as Simon Norfolk
and David Hockney, as well as poets and writers such as Athol Fugard and
Peter McMillan is currently a professor of English at Kyorin University in Tokyo, Japan. He is a prize-winning translator, having won the Donald Keene Special Award in Japanese Translation for his book "One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu" (Columbia University Press,) in 2008.
The current issue continues the magazine's long-standing policy of publishing new and up-and-coming writers alongside already established ones, and includes writers from America, Ecuador, England, Hungary, Lithuania, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. The writing is enhanced by the inclusion of cover and interior artwork by acclaimed New York painter David Stern.
To attend the launch-party at Blue Bicycle Books, call Meg Scott-Copses at 953-4972, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about Illuminations can be found online.
Voting deadline nears for Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame
running out for fans who wish to vote for the Charleston Baseball Hall
of Fame's Class of 2011.
Chamber foundation wins $10,000 MassMutual grant
The Charleston Metro Chamber Foundation is among 11 organizations nationally to win a $10,000 grant from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company as part of MassMutual's national Community Service Award program. ?
made the grant in honor of John Osborne of Osborne & Osborne, a MassMutual
agent with The South Carolina Agency in Mount Pleasant. Osborne said the
grant will support the Chamber's Charleston Young Professionals initiative.
The Battery designates, jointly and separately, the sea wall and park at the southern tip of the Charleston peninsula. In 1670 the first Carolina colonists noted an expanse of sand and bleached oyster shells at the confluence of the Cooper and Ashley Rivers. Their term "Oyster Point" originally described the peninsula in general, but after Charleston was relocated to the eastern shore of the peninsula in 1680, the terms "Oyster Point" and "White Point" were used to refer specifically to its southernmost tip.
Although it lay outside the walled boundaries of the early city, White Point represented an important defensive site. Broughton's Battery (later called Fort Wilkins) was erected on this site in 1737 and served through the 1780s. In the 1750s an earthwork sea wall was built along the Cooper River to Broughton's Battery and a short distance along the Ashley River. The fort was demolished about 1789, but the sea walls were progressively strengthened. By the time the existing stone and masonry sea wall was completed in 1820, the wall and promenading grounds at the tip of the peninsula were commonly known as "the Battery." The northern and western boundaries of the point were later enclosed, and in 1837 White Point Garden was designated a municipal park.
During the Civil War the park was transformed into two earthwork forts: Battery Ramsay to the east and the King Street Battery to the west. After the war, these fortifications were removed and the area was again configured as a park. Today, White Point Gardens includes several cannons, memorial tablets, and statues that pay tribute to significant events and people in local history. A memorial bandstand erected in 1907 provides a central focus to the grounds. These features, along with the fine views and promenade afforded by the sea walls, have long made the Battery a popular destination for both locals and visitors.
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Book sale five
reasons you should go to the book sale coming up at the John's Island
Branch of the Charleston County Libraries:
The Summer Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 29, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. Admission those days is free. A special event for Friends of the Library members will be held at the branch from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 28. It's cheap to join the Friends ($20 for individuals, $35 for families, $100 for sponsors and $500 for benefactors). Just go online.
there are no crocodiles because the water is calm."
Summerville Third Thursday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 21, historic downtown Summerville. Includes Summerville's Got Talent contest finale, First Federal Bank's game of hide and seek with Filbert their mascot, the town's Cultural Arts Alliance's new Quilt Show in the Town Municipal building, a sidewalk sale from town merchants, and food sales. Contact Summerville DREAM for more information (843) 821-7260.
(NEW) Yoga at City Gallery: 6 p.m., July 21 and 28, City Gallery at Waterfront Park. Instructor is Carolyn Gunn Strickler. Suggested donation: $5. Yoga mats available.
Craft Beer Dinner: 7 p.m., July 21, at Queen Anne's Revenge on Daniel Island. A special five-course dinner prepared by Chef Brent Quiggle, paired with some of the newest craft Brews by Ed Westbrook of Westbrook Brewery. $35 per person. Space is limited, call 843-216-6868 for reservations.
Young Zowie's Bucket List: 8 p.m., July 21, at Market Street Saloon Smokehouse and Grill in North Charleston. Zowie Kile, age 7, is suffering from her fourth relapse of AML Leukemia, and she is too weak for treatment. The Charleston community is coming together for a benefit concert. There will be a donation at the door of $5 for Zowie. Two great bands, Southern Bred and Greg Austin, will perform until midnight. Go online to read her story and see photos of Zowie.
(NEW) Free Family Film at the pier: Sunset (about 8:15 p.m.), July 21, Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park and Pier. Raiders of the Lost Ark showing on the giant inflatable screen. Bring chairs. Drinks, snacks and ice cream available for purchase.
Entrepreneur Money Management: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 23, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 4500 Leeds Ave., North Charleston. BizBuilderSC, which offers statewide entrepreneur and small business training, is offering a class called "Money Matters, the NxLevel® Guide to Money Management." Tuition is $75. More information or to register, or contact Laura Williams at 843-805-3102.
Kitten Fever: noon to 4 p.m., July 23-24, in front of Old Navy, Mount Pleasant Towne Centre Mall. Pet Helpers is holding a kitten rescue event. Rescue one kitten for $75 or two for $125. Also, on July 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pet Helpers is holding an Adoption Fest at its Animal Helpers ReTAIL Store, 1601 Savannah Highway.
Revolutionary War focus tours: 4 p.m., July 26, Heyward-Washington House, 87 Church St. The Charleston Museum's Heyward-Washington House will offer special Revolutionary War focus tours every Tuesday in July. Reservations are not required. Admission is $10/adult and $5/child (free for Charleston Museum members). For more information, Call 722-2996 ext. 235. Please note: the July Revolutionary War Focus Tours are not available to tour groups during this time slot.
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Party at The Joe: 7 p.m., July 28, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
Presented by Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, "Party at The Joe" features
$1 beer, live music, cornhole, flip cup, and Firefly and food specials.
Kickball will take the place of baseball as teams from the Charleston
Sports and Social Club kickball league "Be Your Own Fan" while
assuming center stage on the Riley Park diamond. Proceeds benefit Windwood
Farm, a non-profit organization that is a home for children. Tickets:
$5. For more information, go
Family Fun Weekends: Saturdays and Sundays, July and August. South Carolina residents who want to enjoy a "staycation" can take advantage of reduced admissions at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Weekend admission to the gardens and a nature train ride will be $40 for each vehicle carrying up to five passengers. Free snow cones and popcorn will be served at the Peacock Café. For more information, call 571-1266
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