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Issue 3.72 | Thursday, July 21, 2011 | If you can't stand the heat ...

DESERTED: You know it's hot when … a playground this attractive in peninsular Charleston has no young "customers." This was snapped by faithful photographer Michael Kaynard, who is recovering at home from a broken knee. Get healed soon, Michael!

:: Small biz training goes statewide

:: Sunscreen and tennis

:: Book sale five

:: Port gets nod as green supplier

:: Getting READY, State champs, magazine

:: Charleston's Battery


:: CALENDAR: This week ... and next

:: FEEDBACK: Send us your letters

:: SPOTLIGHT: Charleston Green Commercial

:: BROADUS: Pentagon meeting

:: QUOTE: Just when you thought it was safe



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Small business training goes statewide in scope
Special to Charleston Currents

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.


BizBuilderSC is offering two courses, one for new business ventures, and a second for existing businesses whose owners would like to take things to the next level.

A 12-session, 36-hour class, "New Business Start-up: NxLevel Guide to New Business Venture Start-ups," is designed to aid entrepreneurs in sound business start-up decisions, business plan development and the tools needed to launch a new small business. Students develop business plan elements and set goals and address business challenges.

The course will be held on Monday nights beginning Aug. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 4500 Leeds Ave., North Charleston. The cost for this course is $145.

The "Existing Business Management: NxLevel Guide to New Business" is aimed at existing small business owners/managers. The 12-session, 36-hour class is designed to aid entrepreneurs in sound business management decisions, day-to-day business practices and the tools needed for success in running a small business in today's business environment. Classes will be held on Wednesday nights beginning Aug. 03 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. The cost is $145.

To register, go to and look for the class description or contact Laura Williams at 843-805-3102.

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

Laura L. Williams is the entrepreneur services manager at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Put on some sunscreen and play tennis in Afghanistan

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 or

Little-known shark facts
Did you know you're more likely to get bitten by another person than by a shark? It's logical if you think about it - we're surrounded by people, and some can be downright nasty. Still, it may be time for you to brush up on your shark facts. The South Carolina Aquarium's annual Shark Week cranks up July 29 with a ton of activities for all ages, including Shark, Rattle and Roll a night of live music, barbecue and tacos. To learn more, go to

Mount Pleasant resident Marsha Guerard is editor of Charleston Currents. She can be reached at:

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Port gets nod as a green supply chain partner
By GREG GARVAN, contributing editor

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 ...

Favorite state park contest
You can now go to to vote for your favorite state park. The winning park, nationally, gets $100K and is part of an overall campaign to encourage us all to get outdoors and appreciate the environment. Seems like that is a major Lowcountry activity!

Wetlands worth their weight in gold
Romarco Minerals, Inc. wants to destroy 162 acres of wetlands so it can create "the largest gold mine east of the Mississippi." Situated upcountry from us, near Camden, we await word from a local community organized environmental group about efforts we can support to stop this. The company hopes to mine up to 2,000 acres.

Greg Garvan of James Island is president of Money with a Mission, an 18-year-old, fee-only financial planning firm that specializes in socially responsible/ 'green' asset management. On the Web:

Free emergency preparedness expo offered for local residents

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.

The free event will be hosted by Lowe's at the company's North Charleston store located at 7555 Northwoods Blvd.

First responders, volunteer organizations and local businesses will offer valuable survival tips, information and resources to help citizens learn how to prepare for any disaster. Topics will cover preparedness, earthquake safety, fire, evacuation, home safety and business preparedness.

Informative interactive displays from agencies from all levels of government, volunteer organizations and local business will include:

  • Information for families, businesses and children on how to prepare for any emergency.

  • Interactive kids area to demonstrate fire safety and other preventative tips.

  • Displays from federal, county and municipal governments, volunteer organizations and local businesses to include rescue boats, fire trucks, etc.

For more information on emergency preparedness, click on the Ready Lowcountry icon on the Charleston County Web site at Also, get emergency information on Facebook and follow "ChasCountyGov" on Twitter.

Charleston baseball team wins state championship

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.

The 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.

"The coaches and these players represented themselves, the city of Charleston and the James Island Recreation Center exceptionally well," Department of Recreation Director Laurie Yarborough said. "We are proud of their hard work and look forward to supporting them in the regionals." (More.)

The team's coaches are Steve Campbell, Billy Tanner and Mike Basha. The players are: Michael Basha, Gregory Bolus, Elliott Bongiorno, Sean Campbell, Anthony Gage, John Gamble, Ben Powers, Hunter Mixson, Taylor Moose, Zach Phillips, Matthew Tanner and Zane Taylor.

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.

Since its 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 Tim O'Brien.
Dr. McMillan founded Illuminations while still a graduate student at the University of South Carolina.

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

More information about Illuminations can be found online.

Voting deadline nears for Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame

Time is running out for fans who wish to vote for the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2011.

On-line voting continues through Friday, July 22, with the top three vote-getters being enshrined prior to the Charleston RiverDogs - Savannah Sand Gnats game on Friday, August 5 at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

The finalists for the Class of 2011 as determined by the Hall of Fame's advisory committee, in alphabetical order, are Bill Ackerman, Roberto Alomar, Tim Cook, Kiki Cuyler, Irish Abney Danehay, Robert Drose, Mike Kimbrell, Britt Reames and Alfred von Kolnitz.

To view the biographies of each candidate and to vote (once per person), refer to

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. ?

MassMutual 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.

Now a prime tourist spot, Battery was important defensive site

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.

Two 10-inch Columbiads guard Charleston's harbor at the South Battery in 1863.

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.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Nicholas Michael Butler. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)

Pentagon meeting

Charleston Currents publisher Andy Brack met Wednesday with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus at the Pentagon to discuss restoration of the Gulf and Charleston's historic ties to the Navy. Mabus asked Brack and his think tank, the Center for a Better South, to develop big ideas last year to help the Administration's effort to develop a recovery plan. More.


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Book sale five

Five reasons you should go to the book sale coming up at the John's Island Branch of the Charleston County Libraries:

  • Remember when you were a kid and your family went on Sunday drives just for entertainment? This gives you an excuse to show your kids what that was all about - exploring, meandering, stopping for doughnuts, enjoying wildlife, and, eventually, stopping to buy books.

  • Four words: Inside activity, air-conditioned.

  • Prices start at $1 for paperbacks and $3 for hardback books. Fill a big box and haul it off!

  • Mysteries, romance novels, classics, children's books, local histories, cookbooks and non-fiction.

  • You're supporting the Charleston Friends of the Library, who in turn help to pay for services, equipment, training, materials and public programming at your library.

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.

Just when you thought it was safe

"Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm."

-- Malayan proverb

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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.


(NEW) 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 online.

(NEW) Willy Wonka Jr.: 7 p.m., July 29, and 2 p.m., July 30, at Dock Street Theatre. Based on Roald Dahl's timeless book "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory," this production features more than 60 members of Charleston Stage's SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp. Tickets available online.

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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9/19: Dewhirst: Arthritis battle
Blanton: "Neck" charrette
Ginn: Scoring our economy
Miller: Urban Horticulture Center
Frazier: Magnolia's azaleas
Stone: Helping
Blessing: Veterans to meet
Haley: Grow businesses
Harley: Better carriage law
Hargett: Regional plan
Renfroe: Bachelor Bid
Saunders: Law school news
Sarnoff: Cancer prevention
Savicz: Charleston's choirs


9/11: Port Royal Sound
Ohio native helps CSA
Blockade intensifies
Hampton's Legion
5/12: Beauregard prepares city
4/14: First shots fired
3/10: Student vs. instructor
2/10: War prep offsets horseracing


9/6: Not the trip, the questions
Report shows kids' challenges
Metro Charleston impact
Tea party zealots
Fiddling with election law
New Orleans vs. Charleston
Time for Ard to go
Camp Ho Non Wah
Higher ed flexibility
A different Eden


9/1: Bill Regan, more
Aware of bed bugs
Violence and redemption
Emily in perspective
Yep, there's an app
Sunscreen and tennis
A good birthday
Help name a dog
Rain good; more needed
Family lexicon
Can Boomers earn encore?
5/19: Napa's not intimidating


9/19: Stack's Evening Eats
Herrick's new cookbook
Carter on Iron Chef
Sivvy beans
Figs on steroids
Lady Baltimore cake
Palette & Palate
That's the Spirit
Hook, Line & Dinner
Royal wedding cake
Brock on TV
G&G food brackets
Market counting
Wine + Food
Frozen Frogmore stew
Home cooking
SEWE 2011
Dry-erase board of shame
Restaurant Week


8/25: 2 tech companies move here
7/28: Discovery training
7/14: Business training
Witty makes Inc. list
Boeing opens
Digital corridor expanding
Manufacturing key?
5/5: PeopleMatter's funding
AITP event
4/7: Enviro firm, more
3/24: April tech events
3/10: Networking about blogs
2/24: Internet addresses

2/10: Companies at conferences
1 /27: Levelwing head to speak
1/13: Health care reform


9/19: Green roofs, more
Single stream recycling
Port gets nod
Marketplace dissatisfaction
New green jobs in Jasper
Good for business
Boeing and green power
: Green economy moving
3/17: New offering
3/3: Recycling more
2/17: Veggies profitable
2/3: Companies at conferences
1/20: Green initiative
1/6: Green initiative


9/19: Top Outside towns
Helping Sea Island kids
Speaking out
Homeless programs
Small biz help
Storm tips
Back to school
Savannah treats
New photo site
Charleston rum
What to do in Charleston
Debt ceiling list
Family Circle stats


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