SC business notebook, June 13

Unemployed can apply for benefits at SC libraries

South Carolina’s unemployed will be able to use their local libraries to file unemployment claims and conduct job searches online through a new partnership announced Wednesday. The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce will collaborate with county libraries to offer the services through a new Connection Points program. Participating library systems in the Midlands include those in Richland and Aiken counties. The program also will offer printed resources and online tutorials to help participants with filing claims and searching for jobs. Those needing additional assistance can call the employment department at 1-866-831-1724 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. A full list of Connection Points sites is available at

Cherry Tree Inn reopens after renovations as the Mermaid Inn

A Myrtle Beach hotel that’s been in business since the mid-1970s has rebranded and renovated under new ownership. The Cherry Tree Inn, a staple at 5400 N. Ocean Boulevard for nearly 40 years, has become the Mermaid Inn. The 57-room, three-story hotel closed in October for the $500,000 massive overhaul, which included new plumbing and electrical and even a new reservations system. The hotel reopened last weekend.

U.S. CEOs optimistic about sales, plan to add workers

Chief executives for the largest U.S. companies are more optimistic about sales over the next six months and plan to add more workers. The Business Roundtable says its April-June quarterly survey found 32 percent of its members expect to expand payrolls in the next six months. That’s up from 29 percent in the January-March survey. And 78 percent expect their sales to increase. That’s up from 72 percent from the previous survey.

Britain to regulate e-cigarettes as medicines

Britain will start regulating electronic cigarettes and other products containing nicotine as medicines, according to the country’s top regulator. In a statement on Wednesday, the Medicines and Health Regulatory Agency said it would treat e-cigarettes as medicines “so that people using these products have the confidence they are safe, are of the right quality and work.” E-cigarettes are battery-operated products that turn nicotine into a vapor that is inhaled by the user. In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration regulates e-cigarettes used for therapeutic purposes and says it plans to assert regulatory authority of the products in the near future.

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