Andrea Esselman

Carolina Money: It's A Wrap!

By Andrea Esselman

Chilling with Carolina MoneyThe story of Carolina Money has been one of seizing opportunities, much like the stories of the people it has covered. In the business and tech community, nothing would happen if the people within it did not move to action. And here at Carolina Money , we could not have gotten anywhere if we had not been on the lookout for our own opportunities. I was sitting in a desk staring blankly at my computer screen, nearing the end of the second semester of my sophomore year at the University of South Carolina. I had recently learned I did not get the internship I had applied for, which had thrown all...

VIDEO | Saying "I Do" to Business Opportunities

By Andrea Esselman

Wedding BouquetSometimes life throws us curve balls, and we find ourselves working a job that we never expected. Caleb and Heather were both presented with problems that they felt needed to be solved. Instead of waiting for someone else to fix things, they decided to take care of it themselves. This type of opportunistic action is what leads our community into the future. Innovation and technology requires motivated and capable people to see needs and then fill them. Caleb and Heather are paving the way for others to create their own solutions. You can find out more about both WedTexts and Vesta by visiting...

VIDEO | Cupcakes for a Cure Brings Sweetness to Lexington

By Andrea Esselman

A cupcake made by Cupcakes for a CureIt is not often that you will see a fully functional business run by three 6th-graders. But that's exactly what Charlie, Katelyn, and Mattie are doing. These three eleven-year-olds won't let their age stop them from running a thriving cupcake business. Check out how Charlie, Katelyn, and Mattie are changing the world one cupcake at a time. Want some cupcakes for yourself? You can visit Cupcakes for a Cure's website at www.cupcakes4cures.com . Like what you see? Leave your comments below!

PODCAST | Using LinkedIn to Connect in the Midlands

By Andrea Esselman

Rob Mendenall, founder of Midlands ConnectingTechnology allows us to connect faster, easier, and better than ever before. However, in a quickly changing world, the rules are somewhat vague and tend to change. How can we utilize social networks properly to network in our communities? Rob Mendenall is the founder of a networking group on LinkedIn called Midlands Connecting. This group has over 3800 members and continues to grow on a daily basis. It connects community members throughout the Midlands by providing a place where people can share their needs and talents in a professional social networking setting. To add icing to the cake, the...

Q&A | Can I Actually Pay for College?

By Andrea Esselman

Hands holding up moneyIt is back-to-school time across the country. Richland and Lexington counties are bustling with new energy as students of all ages emerge from the lethargy that comes with summertime in South Carolina. With the beginning of the fall semester come concerns about finances, especially for parents sending students off to college. The State newspaper recently reported that student debt is up 58% at the University of South Carolina, and the average student leaves with around $28,000 in debt. This is a daunting statistic, and yet the university actually falls below the national average of nearly $29...

VIDEO | Performing Artists Get a Jump-Start at Midlands Tech's Performance Incubator

By Andrea Esselman

Performer at the Harbison Theater at Midlands TechIt is tough for performing artists to make a living pursuing their passion. Despite our community valuing the arts, those who pursue a career in the arts are constantly struggling to get their work off the ground. This is where Midlands Technical College steps in. The Harbison Theater at Midlands Technical College is the home of the Performance Incubator, which invites local professional artists to create new works that are suitable for touring, and then premieres those works on its stage. Guided by a mission to make living in the Midlands a smart career choice for professional performing...

PODCAST | Information Technology: It's for Women, Too

By Andrea Esselman

Tammy Mainwaring, intervieweeInformation technology. Science. Engineering. Math. These are all words that come with a certain expectation of masculinity. A female who goes into engineering is rare, and a woman in a top position in IT tends not to stay long. Does this really matter? Research shows that a diverse workplace is a successful workplace. According to a recent study by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), gender-balanced companies perform better financially, particularly when women occupy a significant proportion of top management positions. On top of that, diverse organizations and...

Q&A | Learn to Love Engineering with RumbleLab

By Andrea Esselman

Moultrie Ball, founder of Rumble LabSchool can be boring. Summer can be boring, too. Honestly, kids find a lot of things “boring.” Moultrie Ball experienced this in his own childhood, and now he combats the boredom in other children by teaching them important science and engineering concepts through his company, RumbleLab . The company sends kits to subscribers on a monthly basis, and these kits have building projects that introduce engineering topics to kids in a fun and interactive way. Carolina Money reached out to Moultrie to learn more about his story and his inspiration to create a business that instills a love for...

Second Annual Connected Communities Grants Fund Seven Local Charities

By Andrea Esselman

Sculpture in front of Columbia Museum of ArtWhat makes people love the place they live in? What draws people to a place and makes them want to stay there? The Central Carolina Community Foundation announced that seven Midlands charities will launch innovative projects hoping to answer these questions and ultimately make the area a more welcoming and united place to live. Funding comes from the Connected Communities grants , which fund philanthropic projects aimed at connecting residents to their communities and bringing the Midlands region together. The 2016-2017 Connected Communities Grant Recipients include the following projects:...

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