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South Carolina is a state in the Deep South that borders Georgia to the south and North Carolina to the north. South Carolina was the first state to vote to secede from the Union and was the founding state of the Confederate States of America. According to the 2010 United States Census, the state's population is 4,625,384 and ranked 24th among the U.S. states.
On December 20, 1860, when it became clear that Lincoln would be the next president, South Carolina became the first state to declare its secession from the Union. On April 12, 1861, Confederate batteries began shelling Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, and the American Civil War began. The Union Navy effectively blockaded Charleston and seized the Sea Islands. Planters had taken their families (and sometimes slaves) to points inland for refuge.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, South Carolina's gross state product in current dollars was $97 billion in 1997, and $153 billion in 2007. Its per-capita real gross domestic product (GDP) in chained 2000 dollars was $26,772 in 1997, and $28,894 in 2007; that represents 85% of the $31,619 per-capita real GDP for the United States overall in 1997, and 76% of the $38,020 for the U.S. in 2007.
South Carolina State University, founded in 1896, is a historically Black university located in Orangeburg. It is the only state-supported land grant institution in the state of South Carolina. SCSU has a current enrollment of nearly 5,000, and offers undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degrees. SCSU boasts the only Doctor of Education program in the state.
South Carolina has a humid subtropical climate, although high elevation areas in the "Upstate" or "Upcountry" area have less subtropical characteristics than areas on the Atlantic coastline. In the summer, South Carolina is hot and humid with daytime temperatures averaging between 86–93 °F in most of the state and overnight lows averaging 70–74 °F on the coast and from 66–73 °F inland. Winter temperatures are much less uniform in South Carolina. Coastal areas of the state have very mild winters with high temperatures approaching an average of 60 °F and overnight lows in the 40s°F.
MBDA Announces New Grant to Spur American Innovation and Competitiveness in South Carolina
WASHINGTON (March 15, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is presently seeking a cooperative partner to operate a MBDA Business Center in South Carolina.
MBDA plans to award one individual cooperative agreement to operate the MBDA Business Center which is scheduled to begin September 1, 2016. The award will cover a 5-year period with total funding of $1.4 million for the Center to serve minority-owned businesses. The Center will be located in Charleston, SC; Columbia, SC; North Augusta, SC; or Rock Hill, SC.
“The success of minority-owned businesses is vital to the U.S. economy. The MBDA Business Centers will help our inventors, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs remain on the cutting edge at the speed required in the 21st century,” said MBDA National Director, Alejandra Y. Castillo.
MBDA is looking for an organization to deliver business consulting services to minority-owned firms, providing them increased access to public and private sector contracting opportunities, financing, and capital investments. Successful applicants will be those that have experience in assisting minority firms with obtaining large scale contracts and financial transactions; accessing corporate supply chains; facilitating joint ventures, teaming arrangements, mergers, and acquisitions; inducting export transactions; and performing minority business advocacy.
The following types of organizations are encouraged to apply:
state and local government entities
Native American tribes
Applications are due May 7, 2016. More information can be found on at www.grants.gov or www.mbda.gov.
A pre-application teleconference will be conducted on March 21, 2016 to provide background information and answer questions about the program and application process.
About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
is the only Federal Government agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Our programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers. After 45 years of service, MBDA continues to be a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing programs and services that build size, scale and capacity through access to capital, contracts and markets. Follow us on Twitter @usmbda.
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Steve Hartman travels to Camden, South Carolina to get some soul food from Miss Susie Lee.
Brown Street Club's House Band, Gypsy Souls, every Thursday night!! A great mix of funk, blues, jazz and FUN!!! Starts at 930 PM every Thursday. Greenville, SC
DEMOGRAPHICS & QUICK FACTS
Demographics of South Carolina
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South Carolina ranks #44 as best states to live. Source
Percentage of black-owned firms, 9.8%
52.2% of South Carolinians are female and 47.7% are male.
The Flag of the State of South Carolina
Flower - Carolina Yellow Jessamine
Tree - Palmetto Tree
Bird - Carolina Wren
Song - “Carolina”
Nickname: The Palmetto State
Motto(s): Animis opibusque parati (Prepared in mind and resources) and Dum spiro spero (While I breathe, I hope)
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