Micro-Businesses & the U.S. Economy
Unfortunately, unemployment continues to plague many Americans as we work our way out of the Great Recession. With that, people are becoming more and more creative about ways to earn a living. And lots of them are trying their hand at entrepreneurship.
We're talking about the laid off line cook who uses those skills to start a catering business. Or the electrical apprentice who decides not to work for someone else, but rather work for himself. Not only has there been a spike in these micro business start ups-- there are lots of resources available to help them.
Some of those small business resources can be found at the South Carolina Minority Affairs Commission. Their small business division led by Rogie Nelson is hosting an upcoming Micro Business Conference June 17, 18, 19. Conference registration is $99. Early bird registration by June 10th is $65. Meals are included.
We've focused on small business in the past, but today's show is different. We're talking micro businesses. The tiny ones with 5 or fewer employees. This week on OnPoint on WACH--Micro-Businesses & Why They're Having Such A Big Impact on the Economy.
Influx of Investment Fueling Unprecedented Growth
Reportedly, over the last four years alone downtown columbia and the trendy nearby retail district, the Congaree Vista have seen in upwards of 1.2 billion dollars in investments and economic development. That doesn't include the Innovista Green Street project, a major project that will attract both new business and new residents to the entire region. They broke ground last week.
Spirit Communications Park, currently under construction, is also expected to breath life into an area previously home to state agencies, government offices and a mental health hospital. When completed, it's expected to
Add to that all of the existing downtown and vista residential properties and those currently underway, and it's easy to see why so many people are both excited and optimistic about the current growth trajectory, not just for Columbia, but for neighboring municipalities as well.
This week on OnPoint on WACH we look at how the influx of investment in Columbia's city center is good news for the entire region.
Tune in this Sunday morning, June 14, from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. to WACH Fox 57
OnPoint! on WACH
South Carolina's Troubled Foster Care
Program Faces New Challenges
Child-welfare activists have filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that widespread deficiencies in South Carolina's Foster Care system have endangered thousands of children.
Eleven foster care children were listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in Charleston. The lawsuit cited three "specific unaddressed deficiencies" in SC's foster care network: overwhelming caseloads for employees, poor health care services for South Carolina's wards and a scarcity of foster homes. According to the lawsuit, "South Carolina D.S.S. is re-victimizing the very children it is charged to protect."
In a prepared statement, the Department of Social Services has said it would "fully evaluate the claims and respond in an appropriate forum." It also said the agency's employees were"completely dedicated and work hard every day to ensure that children in foster care receive the care that meets their individual needs."
This week on the TV show we'll hear from a group involved in the suit and we will take a closer look at what's behind big increases in the number of children who end up in foster care.
Tune in this Sunday morning, January 18, from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. to WACH Fox 57
OnPoint! with Cynthia Hardy
A Black Woman's Great Debate:
Relaxed or Natural Hair?
As more and more Black women discover the beauty of their naturally kinky hair, the riff between relaxed and natural women of Color is growing. Imagine that.
While some natural ladies feel as if women who choose to relax their hair are betraying their African roots, some relaxed ladies feel that they are constantly under attack by the naturals over their choice to process their hair. In some instances, women who prefer natural styling are at times frowned upon by relaxed women who sometimes jeer at their hair texture referring to it as nappy or rough and too ethnic.
No one can argue the fact that natural hair is very popular right now. Many Black women, are putting the perms and hot combs down, getting rid of their weaves and going natural-- wearing cropped hair, curly fros, & kinky twists.
This week on the radio show, we'll take a trip down memory lane as we look at Black women's hair over the years and why so many are going back to their roots.
After several years of decline, teen employment appears to be improving, according to a recent report that tracks labor force issues. Employment among teenagers aged 16 to 19 rose significantly in May, the largest such gain for the month in eight years. That's good news to a host of people because in recent years many teens have been overlooked --edged out by recent college grads and adults displaced from traditional employment.
But even though the teen employment picture is improving a host of Midlands teens are still looking for jobs and this week we bring in the areas' foremost authorities on teen jobs in the Midlands to help. This week on OnPoint on WACH Teen Jobs: So Much More Than A Pay Check.
Tune in this Sunday morning, July 6, from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. to WACH Fox 57
OnPoint! with Cynthia Hardy
Breast Cancer: I will survive!
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. As a matter of fact, according to The National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime. But guess what? Just because you've been diagnosed that doesn't mean your life is over. Thanks to improvements in areas of medical diagnosis and treatment women are living through this once very deadly disease.
This week on OnPoint we introduce you to four fabulous women who say the party ain't over and the fat lady ain't singing yet! Meet Ann Boyd, Dru Federick, Sandra Golden-Brown, and Adrienne Gee. Not only are they winning this battle, they will inspire you to win too!