What We Do

The Beaufort Digital Corridor nurtures and promotes technology entrepreneurs. Our BASEcamp facility - located in downtown Beaufort - provides scalable office space for tech startups and coworking desks for remote workers. BDC offers networking opportunities, continuing education, and member-driven programs to help grow the tech economy in the Lowcountry.

Talent

Opportunities Abound
Tech Business Directory, Job & Talent Listings, LiveWorkMentor, CODEcamp, Game On!

Spaces

Get Working
Work Spaces, Scalable Offices, Coworking Desks, Conference Room, Event and Meeting Space

Community

Peer Networking
TECHconnect, BASEcamp Gallery, Fridays @ the Corridor, Coworking @ the Corridor, Beaufort Free Wi-fi

Capital

Accelerating Growth
Regional Tech Investors, Capital-related Education, Pitch Events, Looking to add to Investors List
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BASEcamp, Beaufort Digital Corridor Headquarters

Information Highway

From college students to recent retirees, the Beaufort Digital Corridor has attracted a variety of skills to the Lowcountry in its first two years.

Modeled after a similar program in Charleston, the Beaufort Digital Corridor helps facilitate development and growth for companies hoping to profit off of South Carolina's $11 billion tech industry.

The program is part of an effort by the city of Beaufort to address a growing concern: Many of the jobs available in Beaufort County are low-wage positions in the service sector –- and they often don't pay enough to keep pace with the rising cost of housing in the area.

Officials with the Beaufort Digital Corridor hope the old adage "If you build it, they will come" holds true for the tech industry. Headquartered in a former Bank of America branch building, the group offers meeting space, co-working spaces and incubator space. Members work with each other to mentor, problem solve and assist on projects and business plans.

"It took an effective team of people working very hard to make this happen," said Kevin Klingler, Beaufort Digital Corridor board chairman.

In the past year, four tenants have started work in the BASEcamp incubator, and several new members have joined. In addition, College of Charleston students spent part of the summer in the ImpactX internship program working on a company business plan for PollPit LLC, a "digital town hall" application.

The tech industry is only one path officials are looking at to attract young people to the area. Klingler and others at the BDC are not looking for a Google or Amazon; instead, they are hoping to see companies grow organically from local entrepreneurs, said program manager Shelley Barratt.

Jamie Fleming is one of those entrepreneurs. A native of Beaufort, he left for college and military service and then wanted to return to the area to be closer to family.

"I had come back to start to settle down, to really kind of build my life and build my family. When I returned, I ended up meeting my wife. I always thought Beaufort was a great place to raise a family," he said.

Fleming started dabbling in web design and ended up starting his own company, 1212 Designs, which now operates out of the Beaufort Digital Corridor. The corridor group also has been able to connect him with new clients and provided a good space for work, collaboration and mentorship.

"I definitely think one of the great things the BDC has been able to do is to bring creatives and tech people together, and it's created a safe space for relationship-building, personal and professional," Fleming said.

Other companies in the corridor include WaveSciences, a company that is working to commercialize audio technology previously developed for other purposes. The Beaufort Digital Corridor also hosts coding classes, networking events and "Catch Me at the Corridor" events for young students to meet technology entrepreneurs.

Klingler said the BDC and the Don Ryan Center for Innovation in Bluffton have been discussing how they can best partner to attract more technology entrepreneurs to the area. In addition, both are looking at the potential of recent graduates from the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Just as Charleston saw the opportunity to woo young professionals involved in technology, Beaufort sees the same types of people already living in the Lowcountry and hopes to help them succeed.

Member Highlight: MILLER Design & Marketing

Beaufort Digital Corridor's first *Member Highlight* appropriately features Miller Design & Marketing, who helped us get started on a comprehensive marketing/ messaging campaign in roll-out process now.

Aaron Miller is a pro when it comes to "how do you get from a hazy idea to the real thing?" And indeed, "Impactive design combined with the right message can make a big difference for your business."

MILLER does LOGO DESIGN & BRANDING, GRAPHIC DESIGN & PRINT MATERIALS, WEBSITE DESIGN & DIGITAL MARKETING, PRODUCT DESIGN, PACKAGING & DISPLAYS.

BDC will post Member Highlights twice a month.

Beaufort Digital Corridor Offers Spring 2019 CODEcamp

The Beaufort Digital Corridor is pleased to announce a spring offering of CODEcamp – Introduction to Web Development class. Registration is open now for this limited seating opportunity.

CODEcamp is a project-based, introductory code education program designed for busy adults of all backgrounds and experience levels in a convenient, affordable after-hours guided class format. Students learn fundamentals of HTML, CSS & JavaScript with a combination of written and verbal instruction using real-time online programs that show results instantly.

Instructor Matt Shaw, senior software engineer, will again lead the eight-week CODEcamp course: Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm from March 23 to May 11, 2019 at the Corridor's BASEcamp facility. The Corridor is currently looking for sponsors for the program and funding to enable two students to take the CODEcamp course on scholarship.

In addition to CODEcamp, we are excited to introduce SC Codes, a free continuing education platform that students can access at their own pace from home, or through in-person events and mentorship at partner sites. BASEcamp will act as a partner site for participants to gather once a month and practice what they have learned. CODEcamp participants are encouraged to further their education via SC Codes.

The Digital Corridor has partnered with Build Carolina to connect South Carolinians to the education and resources they need to unlock careers in technology. The free code education initiative provides further knowledge in the languages introduced at CODEcamp and includes other relevant coding languages like Command Line, Ruby, Java, and React.js. "Connecting to the state's initiative is a powerful way for Beaufort to get in on an important future workforce resource" said Shelley Barratt, Beaufort Digital Corridor Program Manager.

About SC Codes: SC Codes is a learning platform and coding community. A collaboration powered by the S.C. Department of Commerce's Office of Innovation and Build Carolina, SC Codes not only provides free access to technology education, it also connects, trains and empowers programmers across our state.

Wave Sciences' Keith McElveen to present at TEDxCharleston 2019

The Beaufort Digital Corridor is delighted to share that BASEcamp resident Wave Sciences' own Keith McElveen will be one of the presenters at TEDx Charleston 2019.

"With his patented innovations, this champion and leader in the space of audio engineering is helping to restore and enhance the human senses."

TEDx Charleston will take place at the Charleston Music Hall on April 10, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

InsureSign top-ranked e-signature software

InsureSign named industry leader in e-signature software for third straight time

In its recent winter report, G2Crowd named InsureSign as the top-ranked e-signature software for both usability and customer support. G2Crowd, the world's leading business solutions review website, pulls data from its database of user reviews to determine its quarterly software rankings. InsureSign has consistently earned the top spot ever since first capturing it in early summer 2018.

Out of the more than 30 software platforms featured, InsureSign also leads in the 'Results' category, a metric that combines estimated return on investment, user adoption and likelihood to recommend.

Based on real user reviews, InsureSign is the industry leader in overall satisfaction, with 4.9 out of 5 possible stars. The software ranks six points higher than the industry average for 'Ease of use' and 'Ease of doing business with,' and seven points higher for 'Ease of admin.'

"We've always prided ourselves on making the e-signature process as easy as possible for our customers with simple-to-use software and personalized, hands-on customer service," said Joe Floyd, founder and CEO of InsureSign. "We're honored to retain our top ranking on G2Crowd for a third straight time and plan to keep making customer satisfaction our number-one priority."

InsureSign's tens of thousands of users enjoy a host of features that ensure their documents get signed the easiest way possible, including unlimited signatures and document templates. Users across all industries have the benefits of audit trails, auto reminders, auto archival, company branding, multi-language support and much more.

InsureSign is constantly seeking new ways to improve the user experience, including a recent partnership with Applied Systems to provide convenient integration within Applied Epic, a cloud-based insurance management platform.

For users who need greater flexibility and streamlining in the e-signing process, InsureSign offers a premium plan that includes a unique suite of innovative tools, including text-message signing options, in-person signing abilities, reusable forms, tools for securing company reviews and more.

Kevin Klingler, Technology Entrepreneur

Kevin Klingler: Tech Entrepreneur

Kevin Klingler is Chairman of the Board for the Beaufort Digital Corridor (BDC). He and his wife moved to Beaufort five years ago after living in L.A. for several decades. After having sold his last company, Kevin decided it was time to give back. He mentors residents at BASEcamp as well as students - this week's talk at USCB, "The Elements of a Technology Startup" will be followed by the second in the series, "Critical Success Factors for Building a Successful Business or Life" the following week at BASEcamp.

Where did you grow up and what was life like?

I grew up on the west side of Cleveland, and in retrospect I know I had a really good childhood. I had great parents.

How did you come to be in Beaufort?

California had restrictive laws against businesses, so I relocated my company in 2014. What really pushed me out was the 2013 law that significantly restricted my capacity to differentiate between 1099 and W-2 employees, which complicated my business strategy. In the last ten years, thirteen-thousand companies have left CA.

I recognized South Carolina as a business-friendly state. Also, I did not want to move back to the cold after living in CA. My wife and I are avid skiers, but we want to visit skiing and not live with it. We had some friends and acquaintances who recommended Savannah and Charleston- places in this area, and we wound up here.

What was your first job? What did you learn from it?

My first job was working for my father's construction and development company. I started at the bottom: as a bricklayer's apprentice. I did not have any ticket to the executive suite. It was a tiny company- his office was next door to my mom's office where she did the books.

I certainly learned work ethic. I also learned to hire what you don't know and don't do well. A lot of people try to do too much themselves, do it poorly, and regret it later. Do it well or hire somebody else to do it.

Did you have an entrepreneurial drive early on, or did you acquire it through experiences?

By the time I was fifteen I knew I was going to be a studio guitar player. That's why I moved out to L.A., where I did wind up doing studio session work and playing for tv shows.

In your own words, what did the company you sold do?

SmartSound does technologies that allow media creators, video editors, and small filmmakers to make custom music soundtracks for their videos- faster and easier than any other method. You can still hire composers to do that and that's a really good path, but if you can't quite afford that this is a really great solution.

What drew you to that business, or inspired you to start it?

After doing studio work, I started doing some licensing and wound up becoming a music supervisor for tv shows because I knew a lot about music. That was my first company that I started with some partners, that had some moderate success. I transitioned from that into being a film and tv composer where I learned the process of fitting music to visual images- that was the real impetus where I saw an opportunity, a market gap.

What is your company now and are you still involved?

SmartSound has now merged into a larger company, and they added it into their portfolio of businesses. It is one of Europe's larger, if not largest, independent music companies. They are aware that they need to get into technology more- that music by itself is getting less value unless it is attached to technology, and that's what we specialized in. I still give occasional recommendations to the new company and remain on their mailing list.

How would you describe the organization's culture under your ownership?

I tried to have a family-type supportive culture, though I stopped short of being friends with any employees. You need distance to be able to manage effectively. I tried to have a very casual, relaxed environment while making it clear to everybody that they had to perform. I made a conscious choice to not be friends in order to make sure we had sufficient discipline.

What was your management style? Did it change over time?

When I started SmartSound I was still too nice with people; not that you have to be the opposite, but I let too much go. I learned to be more on-task as time went on, more direct.

What lessons have you learned from bad bosses?

I definitely learned a lot about what not to do from a bad boss. Everyone wants to promote positive experiences, but you learn more from failure and problems than from positive stuff. You learn more from challenges and difficulties than from everybody being fully supportive all the time. You learn from friction.

What's the hardest or most important lesson you've learned in business?

Empower but verify. Don't trust people too much- and I don't mean in terms of honesty and integrity- that's fundamental- you can spot that a mile away when you're working with somebody that doesn't have it. What I mean is don't empower them so much that you don't know what they're doing with your business. You need to know what results they're getting and why, and if they're not getting the results you need for success to bring them to task on that. I tended to be too accommodating early in my career, too hands-off- that's a mistake.

What's the biggest misconception about being an entrepreneur?

That it's easier than working for somebody else.

What obstacles have you faced building your business? How have you overcome them?

That's going to be a big part of the second part of the seminar, but I'd have to say perseverance and flexibility.

What would you look for in the people you hired?

Self-starting. Hire people that can always see the dirt: years ago, I was looking for a housekeeper and my friend raved about theirs, so I hired her. She worked for me for a few years, and then I found out they had fired her. I asked, "Why did you fire her?" And my friend said, "She stopped seeing the dirt." That stuck with me. You have to always see the dirt. You have to see the stuff that needs to be taken care of.

When they stop seeing the dirt you don't necessarily have to fire them; you may have to move them though. You may have to shake up their world, so they start seeing the dirt again. A lot of people stay in the same job for twelve years and get too comfortable at it, and they stop seeing the dirt. They may be perfectly fine employees, so you don't fire them, but you may move them to something else.

What one person has been the biggest influence on your business life? Why?

Unequivocally it's my father, who died early and tragically in a car accident. I started my first company two years before that, and I was calling him twice a week to get advice. That changed my life, and it turned out to change my life for the positive.

What inspires you?

Effectiveness. Getting things done. Helping people improve their lives. I was very fortunate. As I was starting SmartSound I didn't have my father, but I had other people that helped me and that's really what my role here at the BDC is about. They did that for me twenty-five years ago and I'm now their age that they were then and it's time to keep that wheel turning.

Are you a Mac or a PC? iPhone or Android?

I'm a Mac person. If you were into music in the 80's you're a Mac person.

What's a book you always recommend?

One of the best things that influenced my career of how I execute on business was Steven Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I didn't just read that book, I lived it- I read it multiple times, got the tape and listened to it in my car in L.A. traffic. It's really about how to make your life more effective.

The other book that was really interesting and changed my life was, Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Dr. Martin Seligman, the first researcher to posit that whatever habits you have, you can change. The most satisfied, happy, and effective people were always positive people, and if you weren't positive you could learn that and change the way you are. A lot of people naturally have that, but the fact that you could learn something like that can change your life. Here's the key though: you can learn anything that way- not just optimism. You can apply it to anything- any weakness you have as a person.

Outside of your volunteer work what keeps you busy?

I have hobbies- I cook a lot and have received high regard for my cooking. We're going to be one of the host houses for the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Valentine Ball where we will host a small group of four to six. I do better with small groups because I cook really high-end. And, I'm getting back into playing more guitar now, something forsaken for a long time.

What it Takes to Start Up a Technology Company

From several startup technology companies to his latest venture being acquired, Beaufort Digital Corridor Chair Kevin Klingler shares his experience and advice with University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) students as an enhancement to their curriculum.

The presentation is a two-part evening series with the first seminar being held on January 15, 2019 at USCB's Bluffton Campus focusing on "The Elements of a Technology Startup". This first lecture will outline all the essential aspects needed to launch a technology startup. The second seminar will take place January 22nd at the Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp facility in downtown Beaufort and addresses the "Critical Success Factors for Building a Successful Business or Life". This lecture includes a sure-fire success formula - it's not easy or fast - but it works. Events open to the public for $12 per talk, RSVP required - limited seating.

ACM is widely known for being the most substantial organization in the computing society. The USC Beaufort ACM Chapter promotes the engagement of educational gatherings for the community, motivating students to network and acquire real-world experience. The partnership with the Digital Corridor is crucial to connecting the students with professionals as well as educating and mentoring the students with the possibility of starting up their own companies.

Ronald Erdei, PhD and Assistant Professor of Computational Science, is the ACM Professional Member at USCB. Dr. Erdei and Chairman Klingler are working closely to make this a mutually beneficial program for the students and professional community.

Upcoming Events

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TECHconnect

TECHconnect is a monthly networking event held at BASEcamp for professionals working in and around technology with the goal of creating and advancing our local tech economy. Come and join the conversation!

Please RSVP to info@beaufortdigital.com

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

CODEcamp Beaufort III

Registration open now for the eight-week CODEcamp - Intro to Web Development course, Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm from March 23 to May 11, 2019. Read more HERE about our third offering of CODEcamp and how BASEcamp is now a partner site for SC Codes.

This is a BYOL (bring your own laptop) event!

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

Beaufort Digital Corridor Foundation Board Meeting

The Beaufort Digital Corridor Foundation Board of Directors meet roughly once a month unless otherwise noted. While these meetings are open to the public, please RSVP so we know you are interested in attending.

iFiveK - Charleston Digital Corridor

iFiveK is the Charleston Digital Corridor region's favorite run and networking event for Charleston's tech professionals. Since its 2007 debut with 250 participants, the iFiveK grew to 1,047 registrants in 2018. Proceeds from the iFiveK support the Charleston Digital Corridor's talent strategy.

Beaufort Techies: contact us if you'd like to be part of a small group of us that attend the event!

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

BASEcamp Gallery - 2019 Spring Artists Reception/Art Walk

Join us for the quarterly reception for BASEcamp Gallery in-tandem with historic downtown Beaufort's Spring Art Walk. Our next installation is the Beaufort Arts Council featuring artwork by several area Gullah artists including Diane Dunham Griffin, Claudette Humphrey, Renee Smith, and Andy Tate.

Also, one of our current artists, Omar "Omally" Patterson, will be one of the 'artists in the street' downtown during Art Walk. Omally's art is on display at BASEcamp through March.

Visit more than a dozen galleries in downtown Beaufort featuring varied styles and mediums of art for all tastes and desires. 5-8 p.m. Art Lofts, Art of Beaufort, Artsyletters, Atelier On Bay, BASEcamp Gallery @ Beaufort Digital Corridor, Beaufort Art Association, Beaufort River Glass, Coastal art Supply, I. Pinckney Simons Gallery, Longo Gallery, LyBensons Gallery and Studio, Rhett Gallery, Scout Southern Market, Thibault Gallery, Sea Islands Center Gallery, and USCB Center for the Arts.

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

Fridays @ the Corridor - Lady's Island Middle School Robotics Team (Morning Event!)

We are delighted to host the Lady's Island Middle School Eighth Grade Robotics Team for an early morning 'old school' Fridays @ the Corridor! Come first thing at 8:00am to see what these talented students will be showing at VEX Worlds later this month. They won the Excellence Award for the South Carolina state championship and will be one of three teams representing our state at Worlds.

Learn more and register HERE. Event suggested donations will be given to the students for their upcoming trip.

Contact us if you are interested in sponsoring coffee/snacks for this Fridays @ the Corridor.

TECHconnect

TECHconnect is a monthly networking event held at BASEcamp for professionals working in and around technology with the goal of creating and advancing our local tech economy. Come and join the conversation!

Please RSVP to info@beaufortdigital.com

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

TECHconnect

TECHconnect is a monthly networking event held at BASEcamp for professionals working in and around technology with the goal of creating and advancing our local tech economy. Come and join the conversation!

Please RSVP to info@beaufortdigital.com