Business briefs for November 9th-15th

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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 Vice Commander Dick Jennings presents Tommy Tucker of Tucker Dry Cleaners a Certificate of Appreciation for displaying the U.S. flag. Photo provided.

Live Oak Builders receives awards

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Live Oak Builders, a custom home builder in Beaufort and the Sea Islands, won several awards at the 18th Annual Lighthouse Awards Gala, held recently at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa.

“The Lighthouse awards are truly like the Academy Awards for our building industry,” said Dan Monroe, chairman of the Lighthouse Awards program since its inception. “It gives builders the opportunity to be recognized for the hard work, talent and vision they put forward in building some of the most remarkable homes in this area and beyond.”

Live Oak Builders submitted a recently completed new home located on Dataw Island.  

The design is called “Tideland Haven” and is a popular Southern Living style. It was designed by Historical Concepts LLC and further customized for the owners by Our Town Plans LLC.

The construction costs for new homes and remodeled homes entries ranged from $125,000 to $3.5 million. Subdivided into categories, each entry competed against similar price range and construction scope.

Live Oak Builders’ received awards for “Best Kitchen,” “Best Exterior,” and “Best Overall.”

“The owners were an absolute pleasure to work with. The custom elements they chose to add to this already stunning design put this house in a league of its own,” said Todd Bradley, owner of Live Oak Builders.

A fourth award for Best Brochure/Marketing Piece was presented to Live Oak Builders for its “Welcome Package.” Designed, developed and executed by Terry Rice, of TR Marketing, the package consists of special offerings from local businesses that homeowners may find helpful as they settle into their new home in the Lowcountry.   

“As a small business owner, I’ve had this idea for some time, but was unable to act on it. With Terry on board for marketing and communications, I knew she could make it happen,” said Todd.

Live Oak Builders’ Design and Remodeling Center is located at 1402 Boundary St.  Call 843-524-2343, email; or visit

Coca-Cola to construct local distribution center

Coca-Cola Consolidated has announced plans to construct a new $5 million sales and distribution center at the Cypress Ridge Industrial Park in Ridgeland. 

The company will be bringing 45 existing jobs with the operation and creating at least 20 new jobs.

“Coca-Cola has been an important partner to our state for a long time – employing over 1,200 South Carolinians. Every time a company like Coca-Cola decides to invest in South Carolina, it shows the world that there is no company too big or too small to find success here,” said Gov. Henry McMaster.

Coca-Cola Consolidated has seven locations in South Carolina and employs more than 1,200 people in the state. 

The new facility will handle sales and distribution of Coca-Cola products throughout Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.

The company will be locating its operations in the Cypress Ridge Industrial Park’s Speculative Building in Ridgeland.

For more information, visit

Fridays @ the Corridor: Doing business in mobile world

You don’t have to look far before you’ll see someone walking around with their nose buried in their phone. People use their phones all the time, whether it be to shop or find a spot to grab a bite to eat and then shop some more.

At the November Fridays @ the Corridor event, Steven Scarborough, senior UX designer for Gulfstream, will discuss the importance of catering your website and online presence to the mobile customer.

This one-hour interactive forum, meant to engage and inform Beaufort’s knowledge-based community, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10.

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.

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


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