Unemployment Numbers Continue to Fall

By Aimee Crouch

Haley South Carolina’s newly released unemployment numbers hit a six year low last month, falling from 6.4% in January to 5.7% in February. According to the Columbia Business Report , "South Carolina led the nation in recording the largest one-month drop in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, knocking off nearly a percentage point in February." Governor Nikki Haley talked about the decrease at BMW and how there are more South Carolinians working than ever before.

Making Salt From the Ocean

By Aimee Crouch

SaltTeresa and Rustin Gooden started cultivating salt from Bulls Bay several years ago. Now their product is being used in some of the better known Charleston restaurants and can be bought in specialty stores throughout our state. What makes salt from the ocean different from your average table salt? Teresa explains the difference in micronutrients and how some salts go better with different foods. For more information, visit .

Local Happiness Fundraiser is All South Carolina

By Aimee Crouch

Local HappinessKen Carey, founder of Local Happiness , was tired of selling the same old products for his children’s fundraiser, and decided to do something about it. Local Happiness works with schools, sports team, and various different organizations to raise funds selling only local products. Ken talks about how some of his favorite products and how one product, Iron Brew Coffee is making it big.

Apprenticeship Carolina

By William Richardson

Apprenticeship CarolinaApprenticeship Carolina is part of the South Carolina Technical College System. The program works to not only attract new and expanding companies to the state but also provide the workforce development tools necessary to make certain they grow and prosper in South Carolina over the long term.

Silicon Harbor Growing with Technology Boom

By Tabitha Safdi

CharlestonCharleston is known around the world for its history and beauty. Recently, however, Charleston has landed on the map again as being ranked in the top 10 fastest growing cities for software and Internet technology. Charleston's Digital Corridor continues to expand its mission and plans to open a Flagship 3 in the near future. Located in historic downtown Charleston, the Flagship and Flagship2 are Charleston’s premier business incubator/co-working office environments.

More South Carolina Female Farmers Cropping Up

By Tabitha Safdi

FarmerKerry Frazier grew up on her family’s farm in Bishopville, SC. Like any child she enjoyed the open spaces, but after high school she swore to never return to her hometown or to live on the farm. Tragedy stuck last year when Frazier lost her brother in a farming accident. She decided to move back home to help on the farm and to be closer to the family. Today, Frazier plays a key role in helping cultivate the family farm. And according to USA Today , Frazier is one of a number of women making farming their main career. “The compulsion to cultivate dovetails with several trends, experts say...

South Carolina's Craft Beer Boom

By Aimee Crouch

Craft BeerSouth Carolina, along with the rest of the country, is seeing a dramatic increase in the craft beer industry. Will McCameron, President of Brewery 85 , a new brewery located in Greenville, South Carolina, walks us through the process of how beer is made. For more information on beer in South Carolina, visit the SC Brewers Association (SCBA) .

World’s Most Advanced Energy Testing Facility Opens in South Carolina

By Aimee Crouch

EnergyClemson University’s Restoration Institute dedicated the Drivetrain Testing Facility in North Charleston on November 21st. Palmetto Scene caught some of the highlights from the event. The facility was made possible because of a $45 million grant from the Department of Energy along with many private contributions. A facility spokesperson says, "The center houses the world’s most-advanced wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility capable of full-scale highly accelerated mechanical and electrical testing of advanced drivetrain systems for wind turbines." This facility not only will be a resource...

South Carolina’s Economic Forecast Looking Up

By Tabitha Safdi

EconomyThe University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business presented their economic forecast this week at their annual Economic Outlook Conference . “According to Doug Woodward and Joseph Von Nessen, economists in the Moore School’s Division of Research, the single best indicator of economic performance is the rate of job growth, which they expect to increase by 1.7 percent during 2014.” Von Nesson explains why the economy is growing, but why we can’t necessarily feel the effects and the problems our state continues to face. To see all the conference’s presentation, visit The Moore School of...

Darlington Raceway: More than a Racetrack

By Tabitha Safdi

Darlington RacewayDarlington Raceway is known for its most popular races, Nascar Nationwide Series 200 and the Bojangles’ South 500 . The new Darlington Raceway president Chip Wile has some other plans that involve getting the community more engaged. Wile says, “Outside of our race weekend, we really want to focus our efforts locally, making sure that we are engaging the community on a year-round basis. Not only do we have exciting events going on during the Nascar weekend, but we really want to focus our efforts on bringing people to the racetrack monthly to utilize this facility. We have this great 300-acre...