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Stories of people and their businesses thriving in Beaufort County, South Carolina.

Cybersecurity: The Next Frontier

Cybersecurity: The Next Frontier

Cybersecurity is a constant and evolving threat. Because of that, the South Coast Cyber Center in Beaufort was created, and it is now becoming a world class hub for education, training, and innovation in this field. However, it didn’t come to be by accident. In 2019,...

Critical for Growth – Power and Water!

Critical for Growth – Power and Water!

Why would a company choose to start a new business or grow an existing one in Beaufort County? For several reasons: low operation costs, a business-friendly environment, access to domestic and international markets, a highly skilled workforce and a solid power and...

New BCEDC Board Members are on Board!

New BCEDC Board Members are on Board!

John O’Toole, Executive Director of the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation is thrilled to add Blakely Williams, Melissa Azallion Kenny, and Joel Braun to the Beaufort County EDC Board of Directors. “We're excited to have these accomplished professionals...

Charlie Stone: A Class Act!

Charlie Stone: A Class Act!

When you talk with Charlie Stone, Senior Project Manager with the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation, you automatically know how deep his passion is for Beaufort County. “I was born on Hilton Head Island and my family has been in the Lowcountry for a...

BlacQuity – We Help Dreams Come True!

BlacQuity – We Help Dreams Come True!

“I am a creative person, I knew nothing about profit margins, cash flow or how to manage my finances. I was flat out green when I started my T-shirt business,” said Sonya Grant in a recent interview about being a graduate of Black Equity University, and owner of...

Beaufort County – A Place for Business to Thrive!

Beaufort County – A Place for Business to Thrive!

I recently had a chance to catch-up with John O’Toole, executive director of the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation. Here is what we discussed. - Robyn Zimmerman Beaufort County – A Place for Business to Thrive! It just seemed perfect, the new...

SkyDrive: From Japan to South Carolina!

SkyDrive: From Japan to South Carolina!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s an eVTOL – an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, and it is coming to the United States by way of South Carolina. The aircraft will be manufactured by SkyDrive, a leading eVTOL manufacturer headquartered in Toyota,...