Business & Economy

South Carolinian Helps Preserve Southern History by Giving Walking Tours

By K. Cannon

Robert Ryals, owner of Walkin' Talkin' Tours

Fort Mill resident Robert Ryals has devoted his life to living history. He is a ‘story-teller of facts’ and tour guide for Walkin’ Talkin’ Tours, which he co-owns with his wife. Of his career path he says, “If you’re pursuing your passion, you never have to work a day in your life.” He further explains, “The reason why I developed this business wasn’t to make a lot of money. It was to pursue the story and get people interested in the story.”

Boeing Votes Against Unionization

By A. Crouch

Boeing airplane

Boeing SC, one of the biggest industries in the Lowcountry, voted yesterday not to unionize the Charleston company, as 2,828 employess voted, with 74% of them not in support of the International Association of Machinists' attempt to unionize.

Joan Robinson-Berry, Vice President and General Manager of Boeing SC said, “We will continue to move forward as one team. We have a bright future ahead of us, and we're eager to focus on the accomplishments of this great team and to develop new opportunities."

Behind the Scenes with Walkin' Talkin' Tours

By K. Cannon

Robert Ryals in Camden, South Carolina.

It is a brisk day in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, as Robert Ryals adds the finishing touches to his Revolutionary War Continental Soldier ensemble. He slings his Continental Soldier cartridge box over his shoulder, adjusts his microphone, and he is ready to begin. Robert Ryals is the tour guide and co-owner of Walkin' Talkin' Tours, which he owns with his wife, Sharon Ryals.

USC's Economists Release 2017 Economic Forecast

By A. Crouch

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The University of South Carolina’s economists at The Darla Moore School of Business unveiled their 2017 economic forecast and they expect gains for the state this upcoming year. The state continues to add more jobs and expects incomes to rise for S.C. families. Job growth is expected to be at 2.6% and the unemployment rate should drop from 4.7% to 4.5% in the next year.

Joey Von Nessen, a researcher, said “South Carolina’s economy is growing at a healthy pace, and we expect the state to continue to build on this momentum in 2017.”

Riverwalk Development Brings Economic Growth to Rock Hill

By K. Cannon

Photo of competitors at the UCI BMX World Cup Event held in Rock Hill, SC.

Based on the sight of the Celanese Acetate Filament Plant, Riverwalk is a community in Rock Hill, South Carolina. It features housing, dining, shopping and athletic opportunities. The plant is a major part of Rock Hill’s history and economy, employing as many as 2,300 people from the 1940s until it closed in 2005. In 2008, the Assured Group bought the land and initiated a cleanup operation. Shortly after, The Assured Group and The City of Rock Hill joined forces.

Darla Moore

Photograph of Darla Moore

Darla Moore was born and raised near Lake City, South Carolina, growing up on the family cotton, soybean and tobacco farm.  After graduating from Lake City High School, she attended the University of South Carolina to study political science, later working for the Republican National Committee in Washington.  In 1982, Moore gained her MBA from George Washington University and moved to New York City where she became become one of the most successful and highest paid women in the banking industry.  She was the first woman featured on the cover of Fortune Magazine, and was listed as one of For

Homegrown Cooking Sauces Dip into Local Markets

By K. Park

savvy foods bottles with steak, shrimp and barbecue sandwich

“I taught myself from a lot of trial and error and watching a lot of Food Network. I like to say, you really can learn something from television.”

Savvy Foods cooking sauces President and Chef Will Lacey is by no means a traditional chef de cuisine, and he wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that.

Working as a bartender for Five Point’s Bar None, Lacey spent his nights off testing out ideas from local service industry veterans who frequent the saloon.

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