What do entertainment and medical equipment have in common?
Concepts involving both fields won the day during Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's "Perfect Pitch" business competition recently.
Patrick Marzett of Charleston won in the category of "Best Business Concept" for an idea called planetMarz Multimedia Smart Stand, a music stand that has USB ports and a power strip.
In the "Best Early Stage Business" division, Chelsea Ex-Lubeskie of Goose Creek and Riley Csernica of Mount Pleasant with their firm, Tarian Orthotics of Charleston, placed first for creating an innovative brace that helps with shoulder support after a dislocation.
Both won $2,500 and access to a team of mentors for one year to help them hone their crafts.
Ten finalists presented their ideas to several judges in five-minute pitches at the American Theater on King Street in late November after receiving coaching from business experts during the past several months.
The Perfect Pitch competition is Charleston's spin on the popular TV show "Shark Tank," where contestants vying for seed money and visibility pitch their business concepts to a panel of judges.
The board that owns and operates Charleston International Airport will be changing come 2014.
Local attorney and former state lawmaker Ben Hagood has announced will step down from his role on the Charleston County Aviation Authority on Dec. 31, board chairman Andy Savage said Friday. No reason was given.
Hagood serves as the proxy for Republican state Sen. Chip Campsen of Charleston, who has a seat on the board because he's the chairman of the Charleston County legislative delegation.
Campsen doesn't think the law that placed him on the 13-member airport authority is constitutional, so he sends a representative in his place. A lawsuit challenging that law is on appeal.
Campsen has not named a new proxy.
It's not the only change coming to the airport board. As reported by The Post and Courier last week, seven people are jockeying for a seat being vacated in February by Michael Stavrinakis.
Health care cost
When Kindred Healthcare unloaded its newly renovated rehabilitation hospital in Mount Pleasant a few months ago, the price was disclosed as $166 million. But that number included the company's sale of 13 other properties, all to Vibra Healthcare.
The publicity traded seller has since broken out the individual prices in a recent report to stock market regulators. For the East Cooper center, that number came to $22.6 million, according to the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Louisville, Ky.-based Kindred exited the Charleston market in September after an 11-year run, saying the region was outside the 21 core U.S. geographical areas it is concentrating on nationwide.
Vibra is headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa. It has renamed the Mount Pleasant medical center Vibra Hospital of Charleston.
Kindred bought the vacant hospital near U.S. Highway 17 and Bowman Road for $16 million about two years ago from Tenet Healthcare, which moved out in 2010 when it opened its nearby East Cooper Medical Center.
Kindred then invested about $14 million to renovate the 125,000-square-foot building. The overhaul gave the company 59 long-term, acute-care beds and 35 subacute-care beds when it reopened the hospital late last year. Previously, Kindred had operated from a smaller space in the former Charleston Memorial Hospital on the peninsula since 2002.
Competition is coming to town for mall Santa visits in the Lowcountry. Teacups and Trucks, a mobile event planning company in Charleston, is coordinating virtual face-to-face time with the big man in the red suit.
Visiting St. Nick has traditionally meant standing in line at the mall to plop kids on his knee. Now families can sign up to video chat with Santa Claus using the FaceTime App on the iPhone for $12 per call. The company says calls will last at least five minutes. Chats can be scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 15 and 18, and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 21.
"We're very excited that we can offer such a thrilling experience for children at the comfort of their own home," said Corrie Silvers, owner of Teacups and Trucks. "We have been receiving such great feedback for this event."
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The Global Business Resource Center in the School of Business at the College of Charleston is offering to help small businesses expand their reach overseas.
The center is accepting proposals from small businesses in need of trade-related research analysis and reporting to help to expand in global markets.
The free research will be conducted in the spring 2014 semester by business school interns and directed by Rene Mueller, director of the global resource center and professor of marketing and international business.
The center is urging any small business in need of industry analysis, cost analysis, foreign market research, import requirements and regulations, or general recommendations for in-country market strategies to submit a proposal by Jan. 20. Businesses interested in being considered are encouraged to contact Mary Katharine Bowen at email@example.com.
Are police doing their job at Charleston County Aviation Authority? As part of its accreditation assessment, the public can offer comments through an information session at 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at the police department at 5550 Porsche Blvd. near Charleston International Airport. Or call 767-7263 between 1-3 p.m. that day to leave a comment.
A team of assessors with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will arrive Dec. 15 to examine more than 480 standards of department's policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, according to Al Britnell, airport director of public safety.
Verification by the team that the airport police department meets the commission's standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a recognition of law enforcement for professional excellence.
The airport police department has been accredited by the association since 1999.
Written comments can be sent to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va., 20155.
Accreditation is for three years. The airport police department must submit annual reports showing its ongoing compliance.
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