Bike manufacturer opens 1st S.C. plant

Gov. Nikki Haley tours the new Kent International bicycle manufacturing plant in Manning. (Photo by Chuck Crumbo)Kent International is part of a wave of Wal-Mart suppliers that have chosen to launch manufacturing operations in South Carolina in response to the retailer’s effort to help reshore manufacturing jobs. Altogether, five Wal-Mart vendors have announced investments of more than $574 million and the addition of 2,600 jobs for South Carolinians. Read More...

Sens. Campbell, Grooms advocate for statewide gas tax increase

Sen. Paul Campbell says he wants the S.C. Legislature to approve a 10-cent gas tax increase this year. (Photo/Liz Segrist)Sen. Larry Grooms says he wants to increase the state gas tax by 20 cents over the next decade. (Photo/Liz Segrist) Sen. Paul Campbell wants a 10-cent gas tax increase this year and Sen. Larry Grooms wants a 20-cent increase over the next decade. The S.C. Department of Transportation has a $1.5 billion gap annually in its funding needs to repair and maintain roads, bridges and highways around the state.  Read More...

S.C. unemployment number climbs to 6.6% in September

Since September 2013, more than 21,000 people have found work, and the labor force has increased by nearly 6,640 people, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce reported. At the same time, South Carolina’s unemployment rate has declined by 0.7 percentage points since September 2013, the agency said. Read More...

Workforce agency matches jail, unemployment data

In the project’s first two months, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce has stopped almost 70 unemployment insurance claims of people in jail, for a cost savings of $15,000, and flagged another 196 claims resulting in a savings of $45,000. Read More...

Research collaborative aims to mine health care data analytics

The agreement with Massachusetts-based CliniWorks will allow Health Sciences South Carolina to advance the research capabilities of its supported S.C. health care institutions. Read More...


USC Economic Outlook Conference set for Dec. 16

The national, regional and local economic forecast by staff of the Darla Moore School of Business will be presented for the first time in the Moore School’s new home. Read More...

SBA seeks nominations for 2015 awards

The deadline to submit a nomination is 3 p.m., Jan 5. Nominees and nominators will be notified of their status around March 2015. Winners will be honored at next spring’s Salute to Small Business event in Columbia. Read More...