Business & Economy

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...

PODCAST | Getting to Know Ron Lieber, Columnist at The New York Times

February 12, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by A. Esselman
Ron Lieber

Ron Lieber, The New York Times “Your Money” columnist and author of the bestselling book The Opposite of Spoiled , recently visited the Midlands to talk about raising kids who are financially smart. The event was hosted by the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the...

Top 10 Cities with the Lowest Startup Costs: Columbia S.C. Ranks Number Two

February 8, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by M. Ziehe
Shot of Columbia, South Carolina

A study conducted by SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company headquartered in New York, shows that it is fairly inexpensive to start a business in Columbia. SmartAsset collected data from 81 cities in the United States, taking into consideration the typical cost...

Fresh Market and Ulta Coming to an Expanding Town of Lexington

February 8, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by K. Park
Two construction workers looking at a construction paper

The Lexington Planning Commission has approved a site plan for a new commercial center in the Town of Lexington on Sunset Boulevard, reports ColaDaily . Expected to join the development are Hobby Lobby, Ulta, a cosmetics store, and The Fresh Market, which previously...

Cotton Road

February 5, 2016 - Posted in ETV by G. Rawls
Farmer Brown points out a cotton bloom and a cotton square.

The film Cotton Road follows cotton from South Carolina farms to Chinese factories to illuminate the work and industrial processes in a global supply chain. It airs Thursday, February 11th at 8:00 p.m. on South Carolina ETV. Americans consume nearly 20 billion new items of...

TD Bank Brings 300 New Jobs to Greenville

February 4, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by K. Park
TD Bank sign

TD Bank, which arrived in Greenville just over five years ago, plans to add 300 jobs to the town over the next year, reports The Greenville News . The bank, which previously committed to 1,400 jobs at its regional service center located on Interstate 85, currently employs...

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