State Treasurer Curtis Loftis recognizes Bradley Robinson of Greenville Technical Charter School as Educator of the Month

 

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis has recognized Greenville Technical Charter High School’s Bradley Robinson as the South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program’s Educator of the Month for May. “Almost…

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State Treasurer Curtis Loftis announces annual PalmettoBaby Grant Program

 

Babies born on May 29 eligible to receive $529 for college savings State Treasurer Curtis Loftis has been a passionate advocate of the importance of saving for college, as administrator…

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Transferring the Ownership of Your Business as You Approach Retirement: an ESOP may be the answer

 

By Ann J. Beckwith, CFP®   As the owner of a business, you have worked tirelessly to build a profitable company in which you take pride. Now, as you approach…

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4-star Morningstar Rating for Wallick Investments Fidelis

 

Wallick Investments, LLC’s Fidelis composite received a 4-star Morningstar RatingTM among 452 Large-Cap Value products for 3-year, 5-year and Overall risk-adjusted performance as of March 31, 2020. This is the…

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Wells Fargo and Felix Sabates Lincoln sponsor vehicle donation to Military Warriors Support Foundation for combat-wounded veteran

 

Retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Aubrey Hand awarded with a payment-free vehicle at local dealership As part of the ongoing commitment to support the Wells Fargo Championship Military…

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South Carolina Federal announces 2020 scholarship winners

 

South Carolina Federal Credit Union announced the winners of its 2020 scholarship program. After receiving more than 1,000 applications from college-bound students in South Carolina, the credit union has selected…

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South State commits $600,000 to COVID-19 relief

 

Offers Support for Communities and Small Businesses through SBA Paycheck Protection Program COLUMBIA, SC – South State Bank announced that it will donate $600,000 to the South State Emergency Relief…

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Southern First reports results for first quarter 2020

 

Southern First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFST), holding company for Southern First Bank, announced its financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2020. “As we find ourselves in the…

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Greenwood Capital Quintin Pile earns CFP®

 

Quintin A. Pile, a Private Client Advisor with Greenwood Capital, has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM designation and is authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board (CFP® Board) to…

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Oconee Federal Financial Corp. announces quarterly financial results

 

SENECA, SC -Oconee Federal Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: OFED), the holding company for Oconee Federal Savings and Loan Association, announced net income of $946 thousand, or $0.17 per diluted share, for…

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United Community Bank resumes accepting applications for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP)

 

In anticipation of additional funding for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act, United Community Bank will resume accepting applications for small businesses interested in participating in the…

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South Atlantic Bancshares, Inc. reports earnings of 17 cents per diluted common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2020

 

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – South Atlantic Bancshares, Inc., parent of South Atlantic Bank, reported net income of $1.3 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $1.3…

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Regional Management Corp. appoints Sandra K. Johnson, Ph. D., to Board of Directors

 

GREENVILLE, SC – Regional Management Corp. (NYSE: RM), a diversified consumer finance company, announced the appointment of Sandra K. Johnson, Ph. D., to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Dr.…

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Maintaining Good Financial Habits in a Time of COVID-19

 

By South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis It’s no secret that money has a significant influence on our lives. While this is frequently made obvious in our daily routines, nothing underscores…

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Edward Jones to open two new Charleston locations

 

NAI Charleston announced that Will Sherrod, CCIM represented Edward Jones in two new branch locations in the Charleston area. One location will be at 1405 Ben Sawyer Boulevard in Mt.…

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United Community Bank reserves $960 million for small business customers

 

United Community Bank announced it has successfully processed 6,918 applications through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act, reserving more than $960 million for small business applicants. As…

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Wells Fargo donates $100,000 to South Carolina’s COVID-19 Response

 

Wells Fargo Foundation made a $100,000 donation to the One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response to support the community response to COVID-19 in South Carolina. The funding will help support food,…

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USDA opens second application window for Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program funding

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that USDA has opened a second application window for funding under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT)…

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Treasurer Curtis Loftis reminds Future Scholar 529 participants of need to reinvest recent college refunds

 

New IRS Guidance Provides Extended Relief due to COVID-19 State Treasurer Curtis Loftis announced that participants in Future Scholar, South Carolina’s 529 College Savings Plan, now have until July 15,…

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SBA offers disaster assistance to businesses and residents of South Carolina effected by severe storms and tornadoes

 

South Carolina businesses and residents affected by severe storms and tornadoes on Feb. 6 – 7, 2020 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator…

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Helping your Child Purchase a Business

 

By Eddie W. Kramer, CFP®, EA Highly driven children often have a desire to own their own business, especially when they have grown up in a family of successful business…

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Countybank

 

Founded in 1933, Countybank is a community-oriented financial services provider with locations across Upstate South Carolina in the Greenwood, Greenville, Greer, and Anderson communities. The combination of trusted, professional financial…

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Countybank supports small businesses and communities during COVID-19

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus has been on supporting small businesses that are suffering an unexpected negative financial impact. With a mission to serve its clients and communities, Countybank…

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United Community Bank prepared to assist small business customers obtain relief through Federal CARES Act

 

United Community Bank has announced its plans to support communities and help small businesses obtain funding relief through the Paycheck Protection Program under the federal CARES Act. As one of…

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Regional Management Corp. promotes Robert W. Beck to President and Chief Executive Officer

 

Appoints Michael S. Dymski as Interim Chief Financial Officer – GREENVILLE, SC – Regional Management Corp. (NYSE:RM), a diversified consumer finance company, announced that it has promoted Robert W. Beck,…

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Aging and Eldercare – What’s Your Plan?

 

By Molly Thomas FPQP® at Abacus Planning Group Benjamin Franklin wisely said, “When you fail to plan you are planning to fail”. Many of us and most of our parents…

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McDonnell and Associates PA proudly introduces “McDonnell Sonic Signings”

 

McDonnell and Associates has proudly introduced the implementation of “McDonnell’s Sonic Signings”, providing a “drive thru” closing experience and safe alternative to in-office closings for the borrower, the attorney, and…

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South Carolina Federal Credit Union adjusting operational services

 

In the interest of employee and member health, South Carolina Federal Credit Union will limit member service to its drive-thru lanes beginning Thursday, March 19. Effective March 19, financial center…

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Frank Bullard joins First Reliance Bank as President, Charleston Market

 

Frank Bullard has joined First Reliance Bank as Market President for Charleston, SC. Bullard is responsible for the strategic market expansion of First Reliance Bank’s footprint in the Charleston market, and…

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Modern Capital announces acquisition of Western Equity Group

 

CHARLESTON, SC – Modern Capital, a diversified financial services firm, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Western Equity Group, Inc., an SEC Registered and FINRA…

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Veteran banker Ellen Stahlsmith joins United Community Bank in the Upstate

 

United Community Bank welcomed Ellen Stahlsmith as SVP/Senior Commercial Relationship Manager to its Upstate South Carolina team. “Ellen’s experience and extensive knowledge of the financial services industry make her the…

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Centaurus Financial blazes new trails with Friends of Harbison State Forest

 

Employees of Centaurus Financial were out in force last weekend for the construction of a new trail in Harbison State Forest in Columbia, South Carolina. On hand was registered representative Matt Hawkins,…

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United Community Banks, Inc. and Three Shores Bancorporation, Inc., the parent of Seaside National Bank & Trust, announce merger agreement

 

United Community Banks, Inc. and Three Shores Bancorporation, Inc. announced a definitive agreement for UCBI to acquire Three Shores, including its wholly-owned subsidiary, Seaside National Bank & Trust. Headquartered in…

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SAFE Federal Credit Union announces Financing Relief Program for First Time Homebuyers

 

With many South Carolina families priced out of today’s housing market, SAFE Federal Credit Union has introduced their First Time Home Buyer Plus Program that allows qualifying members to purchase…

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The Ultimate Gift: A Road Map for Funeral Wishes

 

By Laird W. Green CFP® from Abacus Planning Group “Facing death with a sense of practicality, equanimity, and clarity is the ultimate gift you can leave your children, friends, and…

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Countybank Foundation makes “over the top” gift to Self Regional Healthcare Foundation

 

Just six weeks after the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary, Countybank Foundation, on behalf of Countybank and Greenwood Capital Associates, has made a gift of $150,000 to…

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Countybank Foundation completes $100,000 pledge to The Greenwood Promise

 

The Countybank Foundation recently made its final donation installment of $20,000 to The Greenwood Promise, fulfilling the pledged amount of $100,000 over the course of five years. Countybank and Greenwood…

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Countybank Foundation presents donation to Anderson Interfaith Ministries

 

Pictured (from left to right) are Susan Anderson, Vice President of Resource Development for AIM; Michael Wooles, Senior Vice President and Anderson Market Executive for Countybank; Kristi King-Brock, Executive Director…

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South State Bank and CenterState Bank select core provider

 

COLUMBIA, SC & WINTER HAVEN, FL – South State Corporation and CenterState Bank Corporation announced that as part of the integration efforts related to the pending merger, the companies have…

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South Carolina Federal merges with Health Facilities Federal Credit Union

 

South Carolina Federal Credit Union officially announced the acquisition of Health Facilities Federal Credit Union in Florence after a member-approved merger in November. South Carolina Federal now boasts 22 locations…

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AllSouth Federal Credit Union

 

Originally begun in 1960 as Fort Jackson Federal Credit Union, AllSouth Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative. We proudly serve 8 counties with 23 branches in the Midlands…

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United Community Banks, Inc. appoints Melinda Davis Lux as General Counsel

 

United Community Bank announced that Melinda Davis Lux has joined the company’s executive leadership team as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Davis Lux will serve as a…

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TD Bank names Steven Hicks Senior Relationship Manager

 

TD Bank has named Steven Hicks as Senior Relationship Manager, serving the Midlands, S.C. market. As Senior Relationship Manager, Hicks is responsible for enhancing existing commercial client relationships by providing…

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South State Bank expands S.C. Private Wealth team

 

South State Bank announced two new team members who will expand the Private Wealth team with their expertise and insight. “Since 1934, South State has been providing customized financial solutions…

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South Carolina Federal CUSO adds insurance agent in Columbia

 

South Carolina Federal Credit Union’s CUSO, SCF Solutions, LLC*, has hired a new insurance agent to serve clients in the midlands region. Todd Pelfrey has joined SCF Solutions as a…

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United Community Bank adds Jonathan Strauss to Columbia team

 

United Community Bank welcomed Jonathan Strauss as a Vice President/Commercial Relationship Manager to its growing Columbia team. “We are happy to have Jonathan join us as we continue to expand…

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Regional Management Corp. announces fourth quarter 2019 results

 

Net income of $15.7 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.38  17.0% revenue growth, driven by 17.4% average finance receivables growth  GREENVILLE, SC – Regional Management Corp. (NYSE: RM),…

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SAFE Federal Credit Union opens new branch in Lexington

 

SAFE Federal Credit Union celebrated the opening of their newest branch in the Red Bank community of Lexington on February 19. The branch is SAFE’s second in Lexington and expands…

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A Roadmap to Your Savings Journey

 

By Curtis Loftis South Carolina State Treasurer   Saving money can be like driving a car. Your desired destination may be near or far, the direction you choose might change,…

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