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USDA to hold workshop in Aiken on REAP grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development division will hold a workshop in Aiken, S.C., on Thursday to discuss the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

Venus Group to establish facility, create 25 jobs, in Fort Lawn

Venus Group -- a textile manufacturer specializing in linens, aprons, uniforms, towels and health care items -- is investing $2.5 million to open a facility in Fort Lawn, S.C., the South Carolina Department of Commerce said Wednesday.

Conway hospital to buy equipment with JEDA funds

The Conway Medical Center (CMC) will use $20 million from a South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority (JEDA) Series 2014 revenue note to buy new medical equipment and information technology, JEDA said this week.

Abbeville councilmember graduates from Municipal Elected Officials Institute

Abbeville Councilman Joshua Baughman graduated from the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government

Union County works on beautification plan

The Union County Development Board said this week that a committee of community advocates is looking to partner with Union County, the City of Union and other local groups to beautify downtown.

$22 million in tax credits going to development projects

Greenville New Markets Opportunity II (GNMO II) announced on Feb. 17 that $22 million worth of New Markets Tax Credits will be used to supplement development projects in three South Carolina counties.

3S International Corporation establishing first U.S. operations

?The South Carolina Department of Commerce on Feb. 18 announced that 3S International Corporation, a strategic sourcing and manufacturing company, is launching its first U.S. operations in Laurens County.

Scott endorses Paul-McConnell measure to protect individual rights of workers

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) has announced his support and co-sponsorship of the “National Right to Work Act,” new legislation crafted by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

South Carolina Innovation Challenge doles out $2.6 million in grants

The South Carolina Department of Commerce recently awarded $2.6 million in innovation challenge grants to 19 organizations throughout the state. The funds are intended to encourage entrepreneurship, innovation and technology-based economic development that will improve the economy.

SC Chamber supports license fees for small businesses

The Small Business Council of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce has further clarified the complex business licensing system in South Carolina. Unfortunately, the fee for attaining those business licenses may cost more than any profit that a small, rural business may gain in the area. “We actually have nine current licenses right now to work in those municipalities,” Tia Williams, owner of a water and fire mitigation company called SERVPRO in Lexington County, said.

South Carolina Bankers Association awards record 39 scholarships

The South Carolina Bankers Association awarded a record 39 scholarships to the children of SCBA member banks, disbursing a total of $39,000 in 2014, in alliance with the association’s long standing commitment to higher education.

Expert Machine & Fabrication plans $2.6 million expansion

Expert Machine & Fabrication, LLC, said on Wednesday that it plans to expand its operations in Dillon County, investing $2.6 million and adding 25 jobs over five years.

Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce welcomes ambassadors

The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday announced that 62 individuals have completed the chamber's ambassador training.

Footprint, LLC, to open manufacturing facility in Richburg

Footprint, LLC, an Arizona-based provider of green packaging solutions, recently said it will invest $15.4 million to establish a manufacturing facility in Chester County.

South Carolina ports see 18% traffic increase

SCPA handled 152,917 20-foot equivalent units last month, an increase of 18 percent from January 2014.

Orangeburg edges toward Work Ready Certified status

The Orangeburg County Development Commission discuss becoming a Work Ready Certified community

Med-Enroll will add 153 jobs to Florence area

Med-Enroll, a startup service firm dedicated to helping corporate clients find alternative and low-cost healthcare solutions, has announced that it will invest $3.5 million to establish its company headquarters and a processing center in Florence County.

South Carolina employment rate jumps 2.42% in 2014

South Carolina added approximately 47,000 new jobs last year.

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