SC business notebook

January 12, 2013 

SBA accepting award nominations

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s South Carolina office is accepting nominations for small businesses of the year in several different categories through Jan. 31. The categories are: Small Business Person of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Family Business of the Year, Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year, Veteran Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year and South Carolina Women in Business Advocate of the Year. Submission instructions, eligibility information and evaluation criteria are available at South Carolina award winners will be notified in March and announced in early April. The state’s award winners will be honored at the 2013 Salute to Small Business on May 23 in Columbia. In addition, the winner of the Small Business Person of the Year award will represent South Carolina at the SBA’s 2013 Small Business Week celebration in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Anna Huntley at or (803) 253-3753.

Wax museum likely coming to Myrtle Beach

A wax museum that opened in the 1960s in Hollywood is planning to branch out to Myrtle Beach. Hollywood Wax Museum is working to move into the former NASCAR Cafe building off U.S. 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue North. Officials haven’t said when the attraction would open. It still must be approved by the city’s Community Appearance Board, which will have an early discussion about it Thursday. The attraction has an outrageous design, with skyscraper buildings flanked by a King Kong, a cluster of Mount Rushmore-style faces and, of course, the trademark Hollywood sign. It also has museums in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Branson, Mo.

Plant expansion to create 50 jobs

A company that makes plastic closures for beverages, food and motor oil and agriculture is expanding its plant in Cherokee County. State officials said Thursday that Bericap North America will spend $29 million on the expansion that will create 50 jobs in the next five years. The expansion will double the size of the plant.

$100 to message Zuckerberg?

Would you pay $100 to message Mark Zuckerberg? Facebook says it’s testing some “extreme price points” to let users pay to have their messages seen by people who are not their friends. The tech blog Mashable reported early Friday that some users trying to message Zuckerberg are offered the option to pay $100 to ensure that their missive reaches the Facebook CEO’s inbox. Without paying, the message would likely end up in Zuckerberg’s “other” message folder, an oft-overlooked purgatory between the spam folder and the inbox.

Jeff Wilkinson, The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News and The Associated Press contributed.

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