Q&A | Robert Hal Turner, Turner Telecom Holdings Group, LLC

By Marina Ziehe

Robert Hal Turner, Turner Telecom Holdings Group, LLCRobert Hal Turner, a native of Lexington, is the founder of Turner Telecom Holdings Group, LLC, an executive management and board consultancy that cultivates and grows “all stage” global technology, software, and communications companies. Launching his career at AT&T, Hal rose to senior roles in sales and marketing and served at the highest ranks of a broad spectrum of international startup and corporate firms. Relocating back to South Carolina following a 30 year entrepreneurial international career, Hal mentors promising startup companies, while serving as a senior advisor to later...

BMW Invests $1 Billion Dollars in South Carolina

By Aimee Crouch

BMWDr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, introduces the new X4. BMW recently announced a one billion dollar investment to the manufacturing plant in the upstate, making it the largest plant in their network. Beginning now, they are making the all new X4 model, and will begin production on the X7 model shortly. This will increase production to 450 thousand cars and an anticipated 800 new jobs for South Carolina.

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...