Small Business

Of Small Business, Big Bucks, and PPP in South Carolina

July 7, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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South Carolina small businesses received $1.87 billion through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, and were able to revive 280,000 jobs by accessing the loans, according to newly released data from the U.S. Small Business Association . The SBA’s public database...

Contact Sports Businesses Adjust to Life with COVID-19

June 10, 2020 - Posted in News by Scott Morgan
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How does a gym for a high-contact sport like mixed martial arts or boxing go about its business when there’s a virus in the air that demands we stay far apart? The short answer: Carefully. “We have a beautiful space outdoors so we can definitely do our kickboxing classes...

Made Here | Natural soap for manly men

May 26, 2020 - Posted in Business by Kaitlyn Cannon
K Bar Soap

K Bar Soap Co. is a veteran-owned soap company based in Clover , South Carolina. Owner Chris McKinney makes "natural soap for manly men" and explains that one day, the idea for creating his brand just "clicked." He says, "Every time I'd go into a store, I'd see these...

How Will Greenville Spend Its CARES Money? Good Question

May 26, 2020 - Posted in Business by Scott Morgan
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When the U.S. Treasury released its list of jurisdictions that would be getting money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act, someone had to tell the Greenville County Council that the county was on it. “Somebody said, ‘Hey, I think I saw you...

Community comes together to create and donate over 50K face shields

April 27, 2020 - Posted in Local by Kaitlyn Cannon
Charlotte locals creating face shields

It all started with Katie, a Charlotte Latin high school student. On March 17, Katie's father, a doctor, complained about a shortage of face masks at his hospital. Katie then reached out to Tom Dubick, the Engineering Educator at Charlotte Latin, to see if it was possible...

Coronavirus Pandemic Creates Stress for Small Business Owners and Self-Employed

March 18, 2020 - Posted in News by Victoria Hansen
Cacky Rivers holds the veil of a bride as part of her small business Cacky's Bride + Aid.

You can hear it in her voice. Cacky Rivers who routinely eases the anxiety of brides on their big day is nervous. "My dad said recently, 'This too shall pass', and that's what's kept me going." Her voice trails off. There's a long pause on the other end of the phone. The "...

Female Fitness in Business

February 5, 2020 - Posted in Local by Ricky Taylor
Female Fitness in Business

Every new year many pledge to improve their health and fitness routines. Unfortunately, exercising and eating healthily can at times be quite challenging. In this story, take a look at a group of ladies who have found a way to turn their passion for health and fitness into...

Made Here | Cosmosis Stones

January 17, 2020 - Posted in Business by Kaitlyn Cannon
Crystals at Cosmosis Stones

Cosmosis Stones is a Charlotte-based jewelry company. Owner Brianna Daniels uses both copper and crystals when making her jewelry. Of choosing her materials, she says, "Through the practice of meditatively wrapping crystals, I got a better understanding of the function of...

Made Here | Sustainable Wall Decor

June 3, 2019 - Posted in Business by Kaitlyn Cannon
Wildly Urban Wall Decor

Wildly Urban is a company that creates hand-crafted air plant decor using reclaimed wood and salvaged leather. Owner Carrie Gordon discusses her passion for sustainability. She explains, "I came up with this idea after my husband started his business and we had a lot of...

Made Here | Hand-made Quilts

May 3, 2019 - Posted in Business by Kaitlyn Cannon
The Quilted Rose Co.

The Quilted Rose Co. is a company that specializes in the creation of hand-made quilts. Business owner Ruth Hong began quilting when she was thirteen years old, and opened her quilt shop shortly after graduating from high school. One of her customers, Shelley Boomhower,...

Made Here | The Beverage-Filled Tote Bag

February 20, 2019 - Posted in Business by Kaitlyn Cannon
Swankey Tote Bag

The Swankey is a fully-functioning tote bag that has a cooler compartment. The creator, Tracey Luebbers from Lake Wylie, explains how she came up with the idea. She says, "I came up with the idea in 2011 and headed to our community pool one afternoon. I was carrying a tote...

Made Here | Homemade Wreaths

February 4, 2019 - Posted in Business by Kaitlyn Cannon
Shavon's Creations Wreaths

Shavon's Creations is a craft business based in Sumter, South Carolina. When discussing the products she sells, Shavon Turner, owner of Shavon's Creations, says "Pretty much, if you bring me an idea, I can do it." Her mission for her business is "just to create something...

Made Here | Stone Ground Southern Grits

January 29, 2019 - Posted in Business by Kaitlyn Cannon
Grits at Geechie Boy Mill

Geechie Boy Mill is a mill in Edisto Island, South Carolina that supplies markets and restaurants around the country with their heirloom crops and small batch grits. Owner of Geechie Boy Mill , Greg Johnsman, believes preserving history when making grits is important. He...

Made Here | Haute and Baubled

January 8, 2019 - Posted in Business by Kaitlyn Cannon
Haute and Baubled gemstones

Melissa Turner's jewelry business Haute and Baubled is a play on the popular phrase "Hot and Bothered." When discussing how she makes her jewelry, Melissa says, "When I'm picking out gemstones, I like to say that they speak to me when I pick them out...I've got to be able...

Made Here | Fine Woodworking and Unique Art

December 18, 2018 - Posted in Business by Kaitlyn Cannon
Moonglow Fine Woodcrafts piece

Philip DeCarlo of Moonglow Fine Woodcrafts has been doing fine woodworking for 31 years. He says he loves working wood because "each piece of wood is unique." He compares people buying his work to being a musician, saying, "It brings me back to the day when I was a musician...

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