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SBA Approves Gov. Henry McMaster’s Request for Disaster Assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Governor Henry McMaster’s request for the agency to offer South Carolina’s small businesses with disaster assistance. Governor McMaster requested the disaster declaration in a March 17 letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. The disaster declaration means that South Carolina’s small businesses that have suffered substantial […]

New Hyatt Hotel Opens in Downtown Florence

Article courtesy of (, Ardie Arvidson, Reporter) FLORENCE, S.C. –Hyatt Place Florence Downtown, a five-story, 103-room hotel, opened on February 6, 2019. It is the first Hyatt-branded hotel in historic downtown Florence. Owned by East Evans Hospitality LLC, the hotel is managed by Raines Hospitality, which manages several hotels in Florence and South Carolina. The property was […]

Downtown Fountain for Children Coming Soon!

Downtown Fountain for Children Coming Soon!

Article courtesy of (, Matthew Christian, Reporter) FLORENCE, S.C. – Children from ages 2 to 12 will soon have a new activity in downtown Florence. Clint Moore, development manager for the city of Florence, said Wednesday that, upon the approval of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, construction would begin on a […]

Winner Selected in Downtown Florence Business Contest

In May, the Florence Downtown Development Corporation announced their “Full Forward Downtown Business Contest.”  By the deadline of July 7th, thirty-six business owners had submitted their entry to win $50,000.  The contest was created to give existing retail businesses owners or franchisees the opportunity to relocate or expand their existing business into the Downtown Florence […]

Visiting Florence? Try Downtown Connect!

(article courtesy FLORENCE, S.C. – Two of Florence’s main attraction hubs are now connected via shuttle. The Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority announced “Downtown Connect” on Monday morning. It’s a free shuttle that runs between major attractions in downtown Florence and hotels near the Florence Civic Center. The shuttle service began running with Monday’s […]

FDDC Announces $50,000 Business Contest

Courtesy of FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence Downtown Development Corporation has begun a “Full Forward Downtown Business Contest” designed to attract new businesses to the downtown historic district. The winner will receive more than $50,000. The contest, announced Wednesday morning, is open to all current retail business owners who have been in operation for […]