The South Carolina Ports Authority announced that the amount of cargo shipped through South Carolina's ports increased again last month. Thanks to a sizable increase in exports, container volume through the Port of Charleston was up more than 6 percent last month compared with November of 2012.
For the year, export container volume is up more than 12 percent over 2012. Agricultural exports have really picked up for South Carolina ports over the last few years, increasing 16 percent since 2009.
Benefitfocus Expanding Berkeley County Headquarters
A global provider of cloud-based benefits software based in Berkeley County announced this week that it’s started construction on an expansion of its headquarters on Daniel Island. Benefitfocus, Inc. announced that the addition will likely create an additional 1,200 high-tech jobs.
“Benefitfocus is an excellent example of innovation in our state,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. “[This] announcement highlights the entrepreneurial spirit that keeps South Carolina leading the way for the technology industry on the East Coast. We celebrate their continued investment in South Carolina and the creation of 1,200 new jobs.”
Founded in Mount Pleasant in 2000, the company moved to its Daniel Island campus in 2006.
The expansion will triple the size of its current headquarters to almost 500,000 square feet.
City of Columbia Hosting Tax Workshop for Business Owners
The City Of Columbia, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and tax specialists RetroTax are hosting a tax incentives workshop for local business owners in January.
The workshop, which is designed to educate business owners on some of the available federal tax incentives, will be held Jan. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, located at 930 Richland St. The Chamber is urging businesses to check their eligibility for the incentives by verifying their address online at www.hud.gov/crlocator. The workshop is free for eligible business owners. Online registration is available here.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
Make your own beer and wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop, 736 St. Andrews Road. Click to find out how!
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
$7 Special Summer Menu at Tony’s Downtown
Stop in and try our special $7 summer menu (tax and drink included!) at Tony’s Pizza & Italian Eatery, downtown Columbia. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2.
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: