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Obesity is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the United States. Recent statistics show that more than 78 million people are affected by obesity, whether that's through diabetes, heart disease, cardiovascular issues, or even death. Millions try to lose weight every year to combat the negative effects that obesity brings about, but a large number of those people are unsuccessful. It can be easy for those without weight problems to say, "just lose the weight!" but unfortunately, weight loss isn't something that happens overnight. When done properly, it involves careful planning and professional help. When done incorrectly, it involves yo-yo dieting, fad diet solutions, and other unsafe methods.

Fad diets seen on TV can be encouraging, but the truth is most of these "programs" are less about healthy weight loss and more about losing weight fast. These unhealthy, unbalanced diets often foster weight gain, not weight loss over time.

Fortunately, more and more overweight adults and even children are turning to professionals for help, who not only help them achieve their weight loss goals but keep them on track and healthy for the long term. If you're looking for the highest quality medical weight loss in North Charleston, SC, look no further than Back 2 Health Physical Medicine.

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Losing Weight and Getting Back 2 Health the Right Way

If you were to ask one of our experienced clinicians their tips for a healthy life, maintaining a healthy weight would be at the very top of the list. This is especially true given the prevalence of certain viruses like COVID-19, which can wreak havoc on the body of an unhealthy, overweight individual. Unfortunately, given the sheer number of diet plans and "miracle" weight loss supplements, dieting can be a confusing, counterproductive journey. To make matters worse, many of these weight loss programs are not medically tested or supervised, which is dangerous.

At Back 2 Health, our team is committed to helping our clients lose weight and maintain that weight loss, so they can live a healthy, fulfilling life. Unlike some weight loss companies that tout "quick weight loss solutions," Back 2 Health Physical Medicine focuses on real results through time-tested techniques, strong support, and sustainable habits. There are no starvation diets or extreme exercise plans at our weight loss clinic in North Charleston - only medically-backed programs customized to your lifestyle.

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Our medical weight loss programs include:

  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Medical Counseling
  • Health Metrics
  • Access to Our Knowledgeable Weight Loss Team
  • Medication Management
  • Customized Weight Loss Program
  • Blood Work
  • Available Health Supplements Such as B-12 Injections

Why Choose Back 2 Health for Medical Weight Loss in North Charleston, SC?

If you have tried to lose weight in the past but have failed, don't sweat it - there are millions of other men and women in your shoes as well. Your weight loss challenges are less about you failing and more about the diets or regimens you used. When it comes to healthy weight loss, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. That's why, when you walk into our medical weight loss clinic, we will conduct a thorough assessment and develop a custom weight loss strategy that you feel good about.

Our clients choose Back 2 Health Physical Medicine because we truly care about our customers' health. Our goal is to be as flexible and open about your weight loss journey as possible. Our customized plans fit not only your health needs but also your fitness goals and budget requirements.

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Our comprehensive medical weight loss plans include:

  • Regular follow-ups to ensure that you are staying healthy as you slim down
  • Cutting-edge treatments that reduce food cravings and speed up your metabolism
  • Ongoing support from our highly trained weight loss team
  • Personalized diet and exercise plans created with your lifestyle and medical history in mind
  • Education about exercise and how you can start a regular exercise routine
  • Prescription medications when needed
  • Enthusiastic tips and recommendations if you hit a weight loss plateau or don't achieve your goals
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Choosing a medically supervised weight loss treatment plan from Back 2 Health Physical Medicine ensures that you lose weight safely and effectively, even after you achieve your weight loss goals. As you shed excess weight, we can also provide training and recommendations that keep the pounds off for good. If you're ready to give up on crash dieting and unsafe fads, it's time to call Back 2 Health in North Charleston, SC. Your body, your friends, and your family will thank you!

A Safe Solution to Long-TermWeight Loss

If you were to ask someone on the street to name a popular fad diet, they probably wouldn't have much trouble. From Atkins to South Beach and Keto to Paleo, we've all heard of at least one popular weight-loss trend. The problem with these diets is that they only work for some people. Even then, the results are often short-lived.

If you're wondering whether you have been on or are currently using a fad diet, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is there a "magic" food source that will melt the pounds off your body?
  • Is the speed of weight loss unnatural or unrealistic?
  • Can you achieve "weight loss" without proper diet and exercise?
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If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, chances are it's a fad diet, and it most likely won't be very effective over the long run. With fad diets, balanced nutrition often takes the back seat to sketchy weight loss pills or extreme life choices - all of which are counterproductive to a healthy life.

If you have struggled with your weight for any length of time, there's no doubt you're stressed out trying to find an effective solution. You probably have many stories about following fad diets, taking unhealthy diet pills, or even dropping big bucks on expensive exercise equipment. If you're like most of our clients, you're still struggling with your weight, despite your best efforts. The common theme here is that all of your self-made attempts happened without the medical guidance of a true medical weight loss clinic in North Charleston, SC.

If this sounds like you, we've got great news. The safest, most effective solution to losing weight starts with the help of Back 2 Health's medical weight loss plans. Instead of choosing a fad diet, speak to one of our weight loss healthcare professionals. We can help you lose weight in a way that you find enjoyable, so you actually like

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Factors That Contribute to Obesity

Obesity is a nuanced disease that involves excessive amounts of body fat. It's not just a cosmetic concern. It's a medical issue that raises a person's chance of severe diseases and health problems. Often, obese people have problems losing weight because of physiological, genetic, and environmental factors. There are many other contributing factors to weight gain, including:

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Inactivity

People who live sedentary lifestyles will take in more calories than they burn off through exercise or day-to-day activities. Inactivity is a huge problem in today's society, especially with the constant presence of computers, smartphones, and tablets that encourage the user to stay glued to their screen.

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Unhealthy Diet

If your daily food intake consists of high-caloric fast-food meals full of oversized portions, expect to gain weight quickly.

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Liquid Calories

Alcoholic and other high-calorie drinks like sodas cause people to intake large amounts of calories without ever feeling full. When combined with a poor diet and lack of water intake, consuming liquid calories can be a significant contributor to weight gain.

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Pregnancy

Weight gain is very common during pregnancy, but some women find it hard to lose the added pounds once they have given birth. With time, this weight gain will contribute to obesity.

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Lack of Sleep

When you don't get enough sleep, your whole body suffers. If you're only getting a few hours of sleep a night, you may notice increased appetite and even hormone changes. Both factors can contribute to obesity.

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Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking is one of the healthiest choices you can make as an adult. However, sometimes smoking cessation causes weight gain. For some, this weight gain gets out of control and leads to obesity. Often times this happens as former smokers use food to cope with their withdrawals.

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Stress

When you're stressed out, you may turn to a chocolate bar or cheeseburger as "comfort food" to deal with whatever problem you're facing. Turning to fast food and sweets is not a healthy way to deal with stress and can lead to obesity.

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Consequences of Obesity

Although being obese is considered a physical condition, obesity's effects stretch far beyond a person's body composition and weight. Being overweight is associated with several long-term health problems. Many of these problems rank among the nation's leading reasons for premature death. Generally, the more excess weight you carry around, the more likely you are to develop negative complications with your health.

Individuals who are clinically obese have a heightened risk of the following ailments:

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  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol)
  • Cardiovascular Issues (stroke, heart attack, and more)
  • Acid Reflux and Heartburn
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Joint Pain, Back Pain, and Orthopedic Issues
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Blood Clots
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Skin Infections
  • Incontinence from Stress
  • Breathing Problems
  • Cancer (colon, uterus, esophagus, cervix, pancreas, prostate, and more)
  • Severe Symptoms Resulting from COVID-19

The good news? Substantial weight loss is possible with diet, physical activity, and the help of a medical weight loss team. You do not have to be destined to live with obesity and a shorter life expectancy. Back 2 Health Physical Medicine is here to steer you down the path to a positive, healthy life for years to come.

Benefits of Using a Medical Weight Loss Clinic in North Charleston, SC

Controlling your weight is a healthy habit that allows you to maintain proper health. However, losing weight isn't just about looking better. It's about feeling better too and is a very important part of being healthy and well. Before you throw caution out the window and try a "miraculous" weight loss solution, contact Back 2 Health Physical Medicine. Our medical weight loss clinicians don't just focus on making you slimmer. Instead, we oversee improvements relating to hormonal imbalances, high blood pressure, cholesterol, digestive problems, and diet. We are devoted to changing the lives of our clients, one weight loss plan at a time.

Here are just a few benefits of using a medical weight loss clinic:

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Inactivity
Inactivity

People who live sedentary lifestyles will take in more calories than they burn off through exercise or day-to-day activities. Inactivity is a huge problem in today's society, especially with the constant presence of computers, smartphones, and tablets that encourage the user to stay glued to their screen.

Unhealthy Diet
Unhealthy Diet

If your daily food intake consists of high-caloric fast-food meals full of oversized portions, expect to gain weight quickly.

Liquid Calories
Liquid Calories

Alcoholic and other high-calorie drinks like sodas cause people to intake large amounts of calories without ever feeling full. When combined with a poor diet and lack of water intake, consuming liquid calories can be a significant contributor to weight gain.

It's Time to Make a Change

When you sign up with Back 2 Health, know that you are taking a hugely important step to living a healthier life. If you're ready to feel better, look better, and live longer, call our medical weight loss clinic in North Charleston today. Before you know it, you will look and feel better than you ever have before.

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Development plans could transform North Charleston 30 years after losing naval base

NORTH CHARLESTON — It’s been more than 30 years since the Lowcountry learned the Charleston Naval Base would close, shutting down the tri-county’s largest employer where generations had worked.“It was like the whole city lost its job, that’s how traumatic it was,” said Navy veteran Don Campagna, who handles history and archives for North Charleston. “People had a sense of security, and that was taken away.”Three decades later, people are learning what the future has in store for t...

NORTH CHARLESTON — It’s been more than 30 years since the Lowcountry learned the Charleston Naval Base would close, shutting down the tri-county’s largest employer where generations had worked.

“It was like the whole city lost its job, that’s how traumatic it was,” said Navy veteran Don Campagna, who handles history and archives for North Charleston. “People had a sense of security, and that was taken away.”

Three decades later, people are learning what the future has in store for the north end of the former base in what is to be called Battery Park. It’s poised to become North Charleston’s new urban center, with development across the northern base that would connect the Park Circle area to the city’s south end with businesses, entertainment and thousands of new residences.

The development scale rivals some of the largest in the greater Charleston area: 3,000 to 4,500 new residences along with a minimum of 825,000 square feet — possibly much more — of commercial space that will include entertainment venues, restaurants, shops and offices.

“I think what it does is it gives us an opportunity to create the first, true downtown environment that we’ve ever had,” said outgoing Mayor Keith Summey, who is finishing his final term after first being elected in 1994. “It’s something we’ve been working on for more than 20 years.”

The plans combine a huge private redevelopment project on the north end of the former base that started in 2021, called Navy Yard Charleston, with the city’s vision for Battery Park.

Battery Park is a 70-acre waterfront site directly north of Noisette Creek, where the city has so far acquired 37 acres from the Department of Defense and is expected to gain control of 21 more.

North Charleston is selling the 37 acres for nearly $10.5 million, which does not include roughly 10 acres that will be used for roads, parks and other infrastructure. The other 21 acres of federal Department of Defense property, which North Charleston expects to own, could be sold to the developers for $400,000 per acre, or another $8.4 million.

The developers, responding to the city’s request for bids this year, said they want to “create a central business district with a never-ending stream of energy that will come to define North Charleston.”

An $8 million pedestrian bridge linking the area to Riverfront Park was a built in anticipation of the development to come.

Jobs, homes and taxes

According to the “master developer” group North Charleston has picked, both the Battery Park and Navy Yard Charleston plans together could create 17,300 construction jobs, 11,900 permanent jobs and $57.4 million in annual tax revenue.

The city had been in contract negotiations with the developers — Jamestown L.P., WECCO and Weaver Capital Joint Venture — since June. A final vote on a development contract is expected Dec. 14. City Council initially voted 7-3 last week in favor of the deal.

The agreement would cover both the city’s Battery Park plan and the developers’ Navy Yard Charleston plan, which add up to about 130 acres.

“It all blends together,” said Summey. “I think an important part is the agreement on affordable housing.”

The contract requires that 17 percent — or more than 500 relatively affordable spaces — of what could be nearly 3,000 residential units built at Battery Park be affordable to people earning no more than 120 percent of the area’s median income. A family bringing in that amount could earn about $120,000 yearly.

“It will be good for somebody, but not necessarily existing residents,” said Rev. Bill Stanfield, leader of the south end nonprofit group Metanoia, whose mission includes creating affordable housing.

Stanfield said the development plan will bring needed jobs and services, but that it will surely raises rents, too. In some south end neighborhoods, more than 80 percent of homes are owned by landlords.

“I think folks both see it as an opportunity and a threat,” he said.

At least, said Stanfield, all the development could result in the south end finally getting a full-service grocery store, a major need for the area.

The north-south divide

Efforts to redevelop the 1,575-acre industrial waterfront of the former Navy base have been going on for three decades, some more successful than others. Throughout, there was a push-pull between a desire for heavy industry on the former base and North Charleston’s goal of redeveloping a large portion for homes, shops, offices and parks.

As 2023 draws to a close, the dividing line has become clear.

The majority of the base, from the 286-acre Leatherman Terminal at the south end up to roughly McMillan Avenue, is a home for shipping and maritime use, industry, warehousing, research and a rail yard. The northernmost part, generally from McMillan to the end of Noisette Boulevard on Virginia Avenue, is the focus of public and private redevelopment efforts involving homes, shops, offices and parks.

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“This is a vision of the quality of life for this community,” Summey said — in 1998, two years after the base closed.

Three years later, in 2001, the Noisette plan was announced, aiming to redevelop 350 acres on the north end of the base but also thousands of acres nearby. That effort failed during the Great Recession, as did many large development plans in the Charleston area. The Noisette plan, however, did yield Riverfront Park and other victories.

“It wasn’t a bad plan,” Summey said Dec. 12. “They just ended up not being able to fulfill their goals.”

To avoid some of the problems seen when Noisette failed, such as on-base properties going into foreclosure and mostly ending up in private hands, North Charleston can buy back the Battery Park land at the same price — $400,000 per acre — the developers are paying if development goals aren’t met, according to the deal.

Access to the water

Access to the waterfront may not seem like a lofty goal for a city bordered by two rivers. But, as Summey pointed out a quarter century ago, North Charleston’s only access to the Cooper River had long been a small boat ramp under the Don Holt Bridge. At the time, the mayor was fighting a plan to build a bulk cargo terminal.

North Charleston won that fight, and the area where a cargo terminal had been proposed will instead be a public pier as part of the Battery Park plan.

Redeveloping Battery Park, between Virginia Avenue and the Cooper River, would create a link between the Park Circle area and the Cooper River, Riverfront Park and the redeveloping base just south.

“The key important thing in the agreement is that the city will always maintain ownership of the waterfront,” said Summey.

It’s a larger redevelopment effort than it seems because the same developers already own the heart of the northern base area, including many of the historic buildings. Two of the developers, WECCO and Weaver, also own the former Charleston Naval Hospital at Rivers and McMillan avenues — the tallest building in the city, where renovation plans call for hundreds of apartments.

Here’s the proposed schedule for construction, starting next year, according to the developers’ timeline:

Over nine years, the project schedule calls for 2,958 new residences and 891,800 square feet of commercial space — assuming North Charleston gets title to the remaining 21 acres of federal land.

That part could prove complicated, because new replacement facilities would first have to be built for the federal government.

“I think the issue is going to be, how much does it cost to build that?” said Summey. “Any time you’re talking about a makeover of federal property, it’s not a fast process.”

Historic homes

In addition to Battery Park and Navy Yard Charleston, there’s one more connecting piece. That is the city’s Olmsted Park plan on the former base, which calls for restoring 12 existing homes and developing 31 in an area that had been used for officers’ housing, adjacent to Riverfront Park.

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Together, the three base-related redevelopments would add thousands of residences and untold numbers of businesses and offices, along with destination entertainment and dining.

“I think the idea is to create an exciting, aspirational place for people to work and live and be entertained,” Michael Phillips, president of Jamestown, said in 2021.

Phillips and Weaver were unavailable for comment this week, a spokeswoman for the companies said.

The Noisette plan announced in 2001 may have been ahead of its time. But 20 years later, when Navy Yard Charleston was announced, the rapid growth and development throughout the tri-county area had increasingly made North Charleston a central location, one where land and housing were generally less costly.

For the Battery Park plan, North Charleston will charge the developers $400,000 per buildable acre on the waterfront, not counting land that will be used for roads and infrastructure. That’s a fraction of the cost of land on the Charleston peninsula or in Mount Pleasant.

Federal Opportunity Zone status, a special city tax district, and historic renovation tax credits are all expected to play a role in the base redevelopment.

HOT PROPERTIES: Tenant found for North Charleston retail center

Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group represented the landlord, Gas Lite LLC, in the lease of a 4,130-square-foot retail space at 5605 A Rivers Ave., Gas Lite Square, in North Charleston to Stantec Consulting Services Inc., doing business as SC DOT. The landlord is an affiliate of Adams Property Group.Hot Properties highlights recently sold or leased commercial properties in the Charleston region. Send in your transactions using our onl...

Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group represented the landlord, Gas Lite LLC, in the lease of a 4,130-square-foot retail space at 5605 A Rivers Ave., Gas Lite Square, in North Charleston to Stantec Consulting Services Inc., doing business as SC DOT. The landlord is an affiliate of Adams Property Group.

Hot Properties highlights recently sold or leased commercial properties in the Charleston region. Send in your transactions using our online form.

Other commercial real estate deals included a sale by Trey Zimmerman of Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic, who represented the seller, WHD Properties LLC, in the sale of a 4,400-suare-foot office space for $900,000 at 718 Wappoo Road in Charleston. David Mantek of Matt O’Neill Real Estate represented the buyer, Marcus A. LLC.

Jing “Julia” Donovan and Trey Davis of Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic represented the tenant SureRock USA Corp. in the lease of 20,400-square-feet of warehouse space at 4068 Fernandina Road B in Columbia. William Durham of William Durham Co. represented the landlord, Gemini Associates LLC.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic negotiated a 15,500-square-foot, long-term lease transaction for Sav A Lot grocery at Montague Corners in North Charleston. David Hochberg of Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic was the only broker for the transaction, representing the tenant. The Sav A Lot will be located at 5060 Dorchester Road.

Jenna Philipp of Palmetto Commercial Properties represented the landlord, Commercial Rental Solutions LLC, in the lease of 1,685 square feet of retail space at 1305 Ashley River Road in Charleston to Joanaland LLC . Anne Lawless of Cityvolve Commercial Realty represented the tenant.

Robert Pratt and Brett Rashtchian of Re/Max Southern Shores represented the seller in the sale of 31,335 square feet on eight acres of industrial space at 9550 Highway 78 in Ladson $7.6 million. Megan Anderson of Woodlock Capital represented the buyer.

Jenna Philipp of Palmetto Commercial Properties LLC represented the tenant, 937 Wappoo Rd LLC, in the lease of 800 square feet of office space at 937 Wappoo Road.

Callie Griffin of Palmetto Commercial Properties LLC represented the tenant in the lease of 9,700 square feet of industrial space at 422 Industrial Drive in Summerville, to Callie Griffin. J. Edward Buxton of Palmetto Commercial Properties LLC represented the landlord.

Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group represented the landlord, Gas Lite LLC, in the lease of 3,955 square feet of retail space at 5611 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston to Nostalgic Enterprises LLC, doing business as Skybox. Jay Rodger of Trident Commercial Inc. represented the tenant.

Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group LLC represented the landlord, 1204 Fording Island Road LLC, in the lease of 5,000 square feet of industrial space at 1204 Fording Island Road in Bluffton to LEEDS LLC.

Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group LLC represented the landlord, Hunt Club Medical LLC, in the lease of 2,564 square feet of retail space at 1184 Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley to NailsInspiration and Spa LLC.

2023 North Charleston Business Expo

The North Charleston Business Expo showcases regional companies and offers the business community a rare opportunity to network with over 200 companies & thousands of attendees.KICKOFF BREAKFAST – CHARLESTON’S SUPPLY CHAIN EVOLUTION: NAVIGATING TODAY’S LANDSCAPE – 7:30 am – 9:00 amJoin us for a special event to open the Expo. Along with networking and breakfast, we’ll have a panel discussion featuring supply chain experts from a variety of backgrounds. Panelists include Taylor Jac...

The North Charleston Business Expo showcases regional companies and offers the business community a rare opportunity to network with over 200 companies & thousands of attendees.

KICKOFF BREAKFAST – CHARLESTON’S SUPPLY CHAIN EVOLUTION: NAVIGATING TODAY’S LANDSCAPE – 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Join us for a special event to open the Expo. Along with networking and breakfast, we’ll have a panel discussion featuring supply chain experts from a variety of backgrounds. Panelists include Taylor Jackson from the SC Council on Competitiveness, a local manufacturing executive and a representative from the South Carolina Ports Authority. Ticketed event.

POWER LUNCH – TRANSPORTATION – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHEELS UP: Exploring the Future of Mobility. For the first time, Japan-based SkyDrive and South Carolina economic development officials will gather to discuss the company’s vision for a statewide advanced air mobility ecosystem through its ‘flying car’ technology, placing the Palmetto State at the forefront of the future of mobility. Ticketed event.

CAREER OPPORTUNITY CENTER – PRESENTED BY CHARLESTON COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Workforce development is critically important to the business community. As our community continues to enjoy economic growth, many employers are looking for qualified employees. Stop by and meet these employers and learn more about opportunities to join these exciting teams.

CONTACTS TO CONTRACTS 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Looking to start a new business relationship? Small business owners will have the opportunity to showcase their goods and services to local, state, and federal government contracting agencies at this annual matchmaking event. Businesses will also have the opportunity to seek advice from several specialized small business resource agencies.

NONPROFIT PAVILION – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Nonprofits are vital to the success of any region. In the Lowcountry, we’re blessed with a robust nonprofit community. Our Nonprofit Pavilion will feature a variety of nonprofit organizations. Stop by and learn more about their impact on the community and how you can get involved.

EXPERIENCE THE EXPO 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Explore the Expo floor and meet hundreds of local businesses and business owners exhibiting their products and services. Connect with others in the business community, including small-business entrepreneurs and top executives.

NETWORKING RECEPTION 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Meet with hundreds of professionals, business owners, and entrepreneurs from across the region. Food, drinks, and live music will be provided. Come and enjoy one of the best Business Networking events in the Lowcountry. This is a great place to generate fresh leads and sales.

EXPO PRESENTED BY:

Charleston Regional Business Journal | City of North Charleston

EXPO SPONSORED BY:

Charleston County Economic Development | Network Controls

EXPO PARTNERS:

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North Charleston looking for a new flag

North Charleston has no shortage of talented artists and city Mayor Keith Summey is calling on creative minds for help.In honor of North Charleston’s 50th anniversary this year, the mayor seeks to redesign the city flag, which Summey said is complex and lacks real connection to the community.“We aim to create a beautiful flag that rep...

North Charleston has no shortage of talented artists and city Mayor Keith Summey is calling on creative minds for help.

In honor of North Charleston’s 50th anniversary this year, the mayor seeks to redesign the city flag, which Summey said is complex and lacks real connection to the community.

“We aim to create a beautiful flag that represents North Charleston as a community,” Summey said, and he wants the community to create it.

North Charleston’s current flag is too complex, the mayor said, with the city’s organizational seal over a solid background and writing in three different typefaces.

“This flag is similar to thousands of city flags around the country and violates the basic principles of flag design,” Summey said.

Guiding principles for the new design should follow the five basic elements of good flag design published by the North American Vexillological Association:

1. Keep it simple: The design should be enough that a child can draw it from memory.

2. Use meaningful symbolism: Images, colors or patterns should relate to what the flag symbolizes.

3. Use two to three basic colors: Limit the number of colors to three standard colors which contrast well.

4. No lettering or seals: Never incorporate writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.

5. Be distinctive or related: Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.

Examples and further details can be found online at the city’s website.

“Your design should follow the principles of flag design with understanding of a flag created by and for the community,” Summey said. “One that the resulting flag would be an appealing and unifying symbol of our city.”

Submission guidelines require a sketch or design that is 6”x4” and includes the five basic flag design guidelines.

Submissions, and questions, can be emailed to [email protected]. Entries must include your name and a description of the design.

The deadline for flag submissions is March 17.

“Help us design a flag that incorporates ideas, themes and symbols that uniquely define North Charleston. All design, idea and input are welcome from residents and others invested in our community,” Summey said.

North Charleston takes next step in old Navy Base redevelopment plan

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Redevelopment will soon begin on another large portion of the old North Charleston Navy Base property.If you have visited Riverfront Park in North Charleston, you may have walked across the new pedestrian bridge – sometimes called the bridge to nowhere – but the property on the other side of Noisette Creek will soon no longer be referred to as “nowhere.” ...

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Redevelopment will soon begin on another large portion of the old North Charleston Navy Base property.

If you have visited Riverfront Park in North Charleston, you may have walked across the new pedestrian bridge – sometimes called the bridge to nowhere – but the property on the other side of Noisette Creek will soon no longer be referred to as “nowhere.”

“The City of North Charleston (has) been looking to redevelop the Navy Base since the navy base closed in the late 90s. There’s been some successes, some failures – and the latest effort has been—I’ve been working on it for years,” said Adam MacConnell, senior project manager for North Charleston.

North Charleston City Council approved a plan Monday night that would allow Jamestown LLC to redevelop the property that is owned by North Charleston from Virginia Avenue towards the river.

It would be a more than $1 billion project.

“We really wanted to get this done before Mayor Summey left because, really, he came in during the closure of the base and was a huge leader in the region during that time, which was really a crisis for the region,” MacConnell said.

3,000 residential units, including apartments, will be part of the plan.

“For us, it’s an opportunity to create a central business district like a downtown center for North Charleston. A true downtown. We have the old village, and it has been wonderful- it’s a great, great community that is built around there. Other than that, we have Tanger. We have some of the mall areas. But we don’t have a real downtown. And to be able to create a downtown area with waterfront access to the public that has places for people to work, live, to eat, to play.”

State Representatives Marvin Pendarvis and Wendell Gilliard released statements about the plans. They want 30% of the contracts for work to go to minority-owned businesses, and 30% of the residential properties to be affordable housing.

“The agreement that we have provides an aspirational goal of 15% disadvantaged business enterprise participation,” he said,

The agreement provides at least 17% of the units for workforce housing, meaning rent would be kept where people making 120% of the area median income could afford it.

Reps. Pendarvis and Gilliard also want Mayor-elect Reggie Burgess, and the new council, to have a chance to review the plans.

“This project has taken 30 years and it’s going to take 30 more years to build this project out. Every administration from now through the end of this project is going to have an opportunity to put their mark on it,” said Mac Connell.

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