Business briefs for May 18th-24th

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Photo above: American Legion Beaufort Post 9 is striving to promote both patriotism and businesses in the Beaufort area by calling attention to those that proudly display the U.S. flag at their location. Post 9 presents those enterprises with a framed certificate thanking them. Here, Post 9 Commander Chuck Lurey presents Lea, Jimmy and Ross Taylor of Macdonald Marketplace with a certificate thanking them for displaying our nation’s flag.

Beaufort Digital Corridor to celebrate new app

The Beaufort Digital Corridor will host a celebration of its launch of C’reer, a mobile app that matches students with careers and connects them to colleges via chat.

The event will take place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Beaufort Digital Corridor at 500 Carteret St.

Email to RSVP.

Williams Group PR earns statewide honors 

Williams Group PR, a full-service Lowcountry public relations and marketing firm, earned South Carolina recognition recently for its ongoing campaign to share accurate and timely information about the $33 million Boundary Street improvement project in Beaufort.

The Public Relations Society of America’s South Carolina chapter awarded its Mercury Award of Merit for community relations to Williams Group PR during the annual honors celebration on May 4 in Columbia.

“Helping keep this project front and center with the community is an important challenge,” said John Williams, of Williams Group PR. “To be more than halfway through a $32 million project and to be on budget and on schedule, despite Hurricane Matthew, is amazing. We are proud to help share the stories about the Boundary Street update.”

Fridays @ the Corridor discusses business plans 

When asked whether they read the lengthy business plans that entrepreneurs feel compelled to painstakingly compile, fewer than 2 percent of investors and stakeholders admit they do, preferring instead the one-page executive summary, the 10-page slide deck or the 30-second elevator pitch.

At the May Fridays @ the Corridor event, David Nelems, director of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation, will introduce the Lean Canvas Business plan, a business blueprint process that makes planning actionable, while guiding the entrepreneur from ideation, to traction, to successful startup.

This one-hour interactive forum will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 19.

Metered and free street parking is available in and around BASEcamp at 500 Carteret St.

RSVP by emailing Karen Warner at

Attendance is limited to 25 guests, with priority seating for Digital Corridor members. 

The nonmember fee is $10 and can be paid by cash or check at the door.

Anchorage 1770 earns hotel collection distinction

Anchorage 1770 Inn has been invited to become part of the Southern Living Hotel Collection, under the banner of Southern Living magazine.

Hand-selected by Southern Living editors, the Hotel Collection is a carefully curated portfolio of the most delightful hotel experiences the South has to offer. 

“From perfectly crafted rooms and restaurants to breathtaking natural surroundings, each of the premier hotel properties captures a charming experience that is both distinctively different and thoroughly southern,” according to a release.

Anchorage 1770, vetted by the editors of Southern Living, becomes the sole Southern Living Collection property in the Beaufort market. The magazine recently rated the town of Beaufort as the “Best Small Town in the South.”

Owners Frank and Amy Lesesne operate the Anchorage as a full-service boutique hotel and a newly re-launched restaurant, The Ribaut Social Club. 

“After being open for less than two years, it is great honor to be selected by our friends at Southern Living,” said Frank Lesesne. “To be included in a collection with the likes of Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., and The Wilcox in Aiken is a bit overwhelming.”