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The Rev. Clay Smith realized early in his career as a pastor that he needed to implement a different strategy than an authoritative approach to persuading his congregation to form a consensus to move in a needed position. While seminary school … more
NerdWallet Writer for The Associated PressAs parents prepare their rising freshmen for life at college, many are leaving out a crucial piece of information: how to build credit.The college years are the best time to begin the process. After … more
If you normally buy your Powerball tickets at Persimmon Hill Exxon, at the corner of Liberty Street and Alice Drive, you may have to wait in line. The store sold a $1 million Powerball ticket there for the July 30 drawing, one of the highest ever … more
The thread that wends its way through the finger tips of Earline Smith to her daughter Wendy Burroughs started early. Smith, a long-time tailor from home for the former Kirkland Cleaners in downtown Sumter, taught Burroughs the craft from such an … more
Sumter native Breanna Moore is only 23 years old, but she already has her own clothing company based in Ghana, a country she came to love while studying there as a University of Pennsylvania student. She received a bachelor's degree in International … more
NEW YORK (AP) - Expect more talk about small business issues such as taxes and regulations as the post-convention presidential campaigns intensify, with Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton trying to woo entrepreneurs and show they … more
DALLAS - Airlines used to give discounts to passengers who were traveling to a relative's funeral, but those days are just about gone. Now buying a ticket to attend a funeral or visit a relative in the hospital is no different than last-minute … more
When Keith Charpentier saw an opportunity to expand his Charpy's Pool business, he didn't swat away the idea. After all, serving a strong customer base of more than 4,000 pool owners who already trust his employees to visit their backyards … more
NEW YORK - The lenders who advance poor people money on their paychecks charge exorbitant interest rates that often snare the most vulnerable customers in a cycle of debt, the industry's critics have long said. Yet even consumer advocates who … more
NEW YORK - The idea that grew out of the Great Recession was promising: Let small businesses raise money from individual investors online without all the paperwork that usually accompanies the process of going public. But investment crowdfunding … more
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