LDC January Newsletter
In This Issue:  
Borrower News, BB&T Awards Capacity Building Grant, and more!
Borrower News
New Year - New Website
Did you know that Affordabike not only sells, rents, and repairs bikes but also designs and builds them?  Check out their new website!  It has tons of information, an online shopping tool, and links to their bike lines' websites.  And kudos, Affordabike, on partnering with CARTA for the lost & found bike give-away!

Not only did the online boat charter service, formerly known as USOBE, w in silver for streamlining the chartering process, but it has also become the first boat charter system to offer "instant access to almost 500 captains in more than 55 cities around the world."  Read the article from Biz Wire  here .
BB&T Makes Capacity Building Grant to LDC
Through "one of the strongest capacity building programs in our community," BB&T has awarded a $60,000 grant to the LDC.  BB&T's Community Development vision statement includes "enriching our neighborhoods through community development leadership and innovation," and this generous act of philanthropy exemplifies it.  The LDC's plans for the award are to complete a comprehensive strategic plan and improve the organization's technology.  Thank you, BB&T!

by Annie Pilon,
Small Business Trends

Marketing is constantly evolving.  So if you want to create a marketing plan for the coming year, you need all the most updated tools and strategies.  Members of our small business community shared some of their top tips in posts this week.  Check out the best ways to update your marketing strategy in the list below. 

Upcoming Events
LDC Application Workshop Charleston LDC -  Jan 26th & 31st, 2 George Street
If you are a first-time business borrower, or if you want to understand more about the LDC loan process and its underwriting criteria, you are strongly urged to attend this workshop.