Business & Economy

Solar Farms Coming to Lexington County

April 4, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by M. Ziehe
Shot of solar panels and sunrise

Cypress Creek Renewables, a company based in Santa Monica, California, will build three 10-megawatt solar farms in Lexington County. As reported in the press release, the company will make a $20.4 million investment in solar energy operations in Lexington County. The farms...

Cooper's Country Store

April 1, 2016 - Posted in ETV Shorts by T. Safdi
Cooper Country Store

When you walk into Cooper's Country Store it's like walking back in time. The store was built in 1937 and not much has changed since then. It's located in Salters right off of highway 521 and has just about anything you could possibly need.

South Carolina Economist Expects Flat Growth Through 2017

March 31, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by T. Safdi
economy

Unemployment is low and the economy is growing both nationally and locally, although according to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen , readings on the U.S. economy since the turn of the year have been somewhat mixed. The national economy is limping along at a fairly slow...

HEMI Food Truck Court is Up and Running in West Columbia

March 30, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by M. Ziehe
Food Truck Court in Columbia, SC

Many small to medium-sized cities are growing, or at least have the opportunity to grow tremendously, because of the innovative solutions that small business owners develop. Here in Columbia, South Carolina, the business owner Christina Survana decided to embrace the...

Q&A | A Conversation with Kiran Ravindra, Founder of Carbon Trim Solutions

March 30, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by K. Thakker
Kiran Ravindra sitting in the car

Young Entreprenuer, Kiran Ravindra, founded Carbon Trim Solutions in 2012, and since has been featured on Business Insider , Yahoo! Finance , DuPont Registry , and DailyTekk . Born in Boston in 1996, Kiran lived most of his life in Columbia, S.C. He graduated from Spring...

VIDEO | A Story of Resilience: Family Starts Gardening Business to Recover from the Flood

March 21, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by M. Ziehe
Rosemary plants

Shawntel Green and her children were displaced by the flood that hit South Carolina in October 2015. After relocating to a new house in Hopkins, the children fell in love with the rosemary plants in their backyard. They decided to create a store to sell products from the...

1 Million Cups Columbia S.C. Aims to Connect Entrepreneurial Community

March 21, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money
Interviewee looking at the camera

A couple of years ago, a group of entrepreneurs in the community had a sense that the entrepreneurial ecosystem was missing some regular connectivity. After hearing about a program developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups, the group decided to bring 1 Million...

Big Changes for Carmike Locations in Columbia

March 14, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by K. Thakker
Movie theater seats

AMC Entertainment Holdings has announced its merger with Carmike Cinemas. This means big changes for the two Carmike locations in the Columbia area. According to Coladaily.com , the merger will be completed at the end of 2016 and is valued at $1.1 billion dollars. This will...

Q&A | A Conversation with Loni Rikard, Owner, Rocky Wells Agri-Services, and Co-Owner, Rocky Wells Farm

March 14, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by M. Ziehe
Loni Rikard looking at the camera

Loni Rikard was one of the 2016 Palmetto Center for Women Honors recipients. The PCW Honors recognizes women whose outstanding achievements distinguish them as leaders and role models in the community. Rikard is the owner of Rocky Wells Agri-Services, LLC, and co-owner of...

Private Dam Owners Face Repair Struggles After Flood

March 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Blackwell
23 S.C. roads still closed after historic flooding.

Hundreds of roads were washed out last year in historic flooding that hit parts of South Carolina, and while many of those roads are now open, roads that pass over washed-out privately owned dams are not. According to an article in The State , 23 roads are still closed, due...

Bee City, USA

February 26, 2016 - Posted in ETV Shorts
Bee City

Located between Summerville and Walterboro, Bee City is a honeybee farm and petting zoo. Bee City's focus is to educate the public on the imprtance of honeybees. The petting zoo is a main attraction with animals from monkeys and lemurs to wallabies and llamas.

First Food Truck Court to Open in Columbia

February 22, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by M. Ziehe
Owners of The Belgian Waffle Truck standing in front of their food truck.

The food truck trend, a phenomenon in big cities all across the United States, starts to catch on in Columbia, South Carolina. Meeting Street in West Columbia is about to receive a new food truck court, the Hemi Food Truck Court , on March 14. Several local food trucks,...

Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission Relocating to Richland County

February 18, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by K. Park
energy-pipeline

Dominion Resources, Inc., a national producer and transporter of energy, is currently making an effort to expand its operations in the Southeast. The company recently committed to a $10.9 million investment to relocate Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission headquarters to...

PODCAST | Meet the Founders of Voterheads

February 18, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by A. Esselman
Karl McCollester and Matt Hudson, founders of Voterheads

It's a big election year, and the campaigns for the Presidential election have been dramatic to say the least. There has been a general increase in interest in national politics, but once the election is over, will the interest remain? Karl McCollester and Matt Hudson are...

Millennials More Likely to Cohabitate Before Marriage: Crunching the Numbers

February 15, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by K. Park
Couple buying their new home

Several studies in recent years have found that millennials are more likely than previous generations to live together and even buy a home before marriage. The Pew Research Center finds that while only 22 percent of millennials are married, compared to 29 percent of...

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