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Sumter businessman finds gem in his work

John Copeland said he has always been a businessman and found his niche with jewelry almost four decades ago. Copeland, owner/operator of Jewelry Wholesale, started his Sumter jewelry store in 1980 in a small shop on Broad Street. The business … more

Amazon is 2nd U.S. company to reach $1 trillion market value

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon on Tuesday became the second publicly traded company to be worth $1 trillion, hot on the heels of iPhone maker Apple. Launched as an online bookstore in 1995, Amazon.com has changed the way people shop for toilet paper, TVs … more

Business News: Team Robinson MMA

Team Robinson MMA, a martial arts, boxing, fitness and health and wellness program in Sumter, has moved and is now open in its new location. The company offers martial arts training with a belt ranking system for youth and adults as well as Zumba, … more

Restaurant news

Following are the scores for the restaurants and other food-serving establishments that were inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control within the past 10 days. A "C" grade is failing, and any business that … more

Once you decide to leave your job, make sure to do it gracefully

FROM METRO Deciding to leave a job is seldom an easy decision. However, it's a more common decision than many people may know, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the average worker holds 10 different jobs before age 40. People … more

Male nursing offers job security, career mobility

From as far back as he can remember, Justin Smith wanted a career in the medical field, possibly as a doctor. Instead, the Sumter native followed a different path to his current career - one that is still considered by many to be non-traditional for … more

Practice 5 effective ways to alleviate job-related stress

FROM METRO Stress affects everyone at some point in their lives and does not discriminate based on gender, nationality, ethnicity, economic status or age. The American Institute of Stress says job-related stress costs businesses millions of … more

Be more courteous to servers while dining out

FROM METRO Most people enjoy dining out for various reasons, including the opportunity to try new flavors, interact socially and avoid cooking and cleaning up at home. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the first time in … more

The number of women in workforce is declining

FROM METRO At its peak in 1999, the American workforce was dominated by female workers. At that time, 76 percent of women, including those who had children at home, worked outside of the home, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The … more

Why Labor Day?

Labor Day - it's often seen as the unofficial end of summer, a brief respite for students and teachers after a few weeks of school, or perhaps a time to shop big sales at our favorite stores. Traditionally, it supposedly marks the time to put away … more

Restaurant news: Sumter food grade inspections

The following restaurants and food service establishments were inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control within the past 10 days. A "C" grade is failing. A Plus Store, 1768 Pinewood Drive, Sumter: … more

Restaurant news: Broad Street Wendy's in Sumter to be rebuilt

Visitors of the Broad Street Wendy's will see the restaurant brought into the current decade if proposed plans to rebuild the structure are approved at Sumter Planning Commission's meeting on Wednesday. David Ayers, a director for Carolina … more

Business news: John Harris Body Shop now in new location in Sumter

Sumter's only chain-brand auto body shop is now operating in its new location. John Harris Body Shop opened on July 2. Where: 2945 Broad St. Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: (803) 469-8200 Services Collision repairs and … more

Sumter restaurant food grade scores

Food grade scores for inspections conducted by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control at Sumter food establishments Aug. 3-10. A "C" is failing. A Plus Store, 1768 Pinewood Road: A Bi-Lo #5417 Deli/Bakery, 2055 … more

Sumter Chamber to launch new program aimed at entrepreneurs

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce is launching a new program targeting entrepreneurs in the Sumter area interested in learning the four keys to starting a successful business. According to a news release from the Chamber, … more

Business news: Sumter's new Tru by Hilton hotel is first in state

Tru by Hilton is now open for business on Broad Street next to Buffalo Wild Wings. The mid-scale hotel is the first of its brand that Hilton Worldwide has opened in South Carolina. Where: 2607 Broad St., Sumter Availability: 90 … more

Restaurant news: Las Palmas opens near Shaw

Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant opened on July 9 near Shaw Air Force Base and has overwhelmingly positive reviews online. Where: 1339 Peach Orchard Road, Sumter hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. CONTACT: … more

Nominations open Monday for new 20 Under 40 contest

A new contest, magazine and celebration event will soon give Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties the chance to recognize and honor young professionals and community leaders. Nominations for the 2018-19 Top 20 Professionals Under 40, a partnership … more

Rafters in downtown Sumter now serving brick oven pizza

Rafters is now serving wood-fired brick-oven pizza on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The cocktail bar above Hamptons — they share the kitchen and talents of Chef Raffaele Dall’Erta — … more

Rafters now serving brick oven pizza Bar above Hamptons in downtown Sumter expands its Wednesday, Thursday menu

Rafters is now serving wood-fired brick-oven pizza on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The cocktail bar above Hamptons - they share the kitchen and talents of Chef Raffaele Dall'Erta - opened in March and added the pizza to its tapas-style appetizer and … more
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