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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Latest News

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Beaufort Digital Corridor on 843TV

The Beaufort Digital Corridor will be doing a series of talks with WHHI-TV's 843TV in the coming months. We are pleased to announce the first episode featuring Executive Director Shelley Barratt; resident Wave Sciences' Keith McElveen, and entrepreneurs in residence Life Launcher represented by Alex Krauss. WATCH HERE.

We invite you to learn more about different aspects of our tech ecosystem. Enjoy the journey- we certainly are!

Member Highlight: InterDev

We are proud to have InterDev as a Beaufort Digital Corridor member and sponsor.

Technology solved. InterDev has the experience to make technology work for you. They partner with small to medium businesses to give you the best value for your technology dollar and to continuously improve effectiveness while striving to simplify the use of technology. Among other things:

  • never worry about your servers, network, or workstations again
  • maximize shrinking budgets and pay for no more help than you need
  • gain control of the GIS beast and realize its extraordinary potential
  • avoid catastrophic damage to your business, reputation, and bottom line

And, did you know that InterDev is involved in the Beaufort community? Not only do they support our coding classes for children and adults, they also hire locally. Some of our best IT folks are TCL graduates that work for InterDev.

Beaufort Digital Corridor on 843TV Episode 2, October 23, 2019

Our second episode of 843TV at BASEcamp revolves around the Beaufort Digital Corridor (BDC)-University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) partnership. In the first segment, Dr. Robert LeFavi, BDC Board Member and the Dean of USCB Beaufort Campus talks about the importance of developing entrepreneurs- in our colleges and in the community.

The second segment features BASEcamp residents Jamie Fleming with 1212 Design and Nate Schaub with Mindflint talk with Candace Brasseur, USCB Communications Director about the USCB website makeover project.

In the last segment, BDC Executive Director Shelley Barratt talks with 843TV's Kathryn and Lisa about Fall happenings at BASEcamp, including CODEcamp- instructed by a USCB computer science student.

Jess O'Brien: Leading Creative Teams

Jess O'Brien is Secretary & Treasurer of the Beaufort Digital Board of Directors and is an experienced Digital Marketing and Advertising professional with a proven track record of leading creative teams and projects to success. Living in the Lowcountry since 2014, her experience working with start-ups, mid-sized and large corporations garnishes her the understanding to meet client visions in today's ever scaling tech scene. While her career has spanned across the southeast, Jess is proud to now call Beaufort, SC home.

Where did you grow up and what was life like?

I grew up in Valdosta, GA which is a smaller military town, much like Beaufort, on the Georgia-Florida border. It was a great place to grow up with a supportive community that embraced creativity. I was involved with the local theatre. Though my dad was in the Air Force, he worked and retired there so I didn't have a traditional military-kid upbringing; I was there until I left for college at the University of Georgia.

How did you come to be in Beaufort?

I'm a long-time avid reader, and some of the books I read painted a picture of Beaufort as a wonderful, beautiful place- Pat Conroy, Nicholas Sparks... and it was always a place I wanted to visit to paint those scenes. We sojourned in 2008 and fell in love with the scenery, but the job market wasn't here. We were fresh out of college looking for opportunities, so we went back to Atlanta, my husband's hometown, and got our first jobs there.

We always had Beaufort in the back of our minds, however. So, when we were in a situation where we could make a move, we decided on the Lowcountry and Charleston at that point had the job market for us. We moved to Charleston, still thinking of Beaufort as a dream option, and when the opportunity arose to work from home, we jumped at it and came to Beaufort right away!

What was your first job, or most memorable early job? What did you learn from it?

I worked a lot of retail in college- at Yankee Candle Co. and Bath & Body Works, quickly gaining trust and holding keyholder positions. Some of my biggest lessons came from customer service and learning how to treat everyone with decency and respect. One Black Friday I was the only employee for several hours starting at four o'clock in the morning. The store had a rush, and there was a line of customers wrapped all the way around. I was trying to do everything: check people out, answer phones, and I missed one phone call. That angry customer came in, and I was able to turn the situation around by listening to someone's concerns, making them feel validated, and figuring out a way to solve a problem creatively. Problem-solution management was a great trade I learned in retail.

Would you say you have an entrepreneurial drive? Early on, or through experiences?

Very early on! I wanted to work the second I was allowed to. My parents didn't require me to work to "earn my keep", but I wanted to. I found out you could get a work permit at the age of fifteen, so the moment I turned fifteen, I started working.

I've always been the first to adopt new industry trends and try out new tools to figure out how to make something better and more sustainable. I didn't choose a path in Advertising, it chose me.

Can you tell us about working remotely, its pros and cons?

It's all pros for me. Working from home allows you the opportunity to accomplish your workload while allowing flexibility for weekday errands, personal goal achievement and family time. Setting your own schedule allows time for attending skills workshops, entrepreneur luncheons and networking events that you may not have the ability to attend if you were stuck at a desk from nine to five or couldn't get away from your email for a minute.

It gives you the opportunity to create more. Ever since our company switched from full time working at the office to remote work for the whole company, we've seen a complete uptick in productivity and longevity of employees staying with the company. They feel like it's more rewarding because they have the freedom to schedule with a doctor appointment or contractor at the house, and it makes it a lot harder to leave something like that. If you have a strong desire to succeed and are self-motivated, working from home is a great fit!

What does your company do and what drew you to it?

The company I work for is ClickGiant, a content-centric digital marketing company that builds high-quality web traffic for clients through blogging, SEO, remarketing, display ads, and web design. As a creative individual, it was interesting to learn how much research, thought, and strategy goes into developing these specific content pieces that drive visitors to websites. Without having prior knowledge of the tools that drive industry influence to those avenues, it was interesting to learn all of the different ways you use data to learn how people are using your site and how to optimize your website to get conversions for the exact type of person that is searching for your product or service.

There is always something new to learn. Google updates its algorithm all the time, so you have to stay on top of potentially impactful changes. It could seem intimidating at first, but it's actually exciting; it keeps you on your toes.

What is your marketing style? Why is that your approach? Has it changed over time?

Originally my marketing style was storytelling with long, drawn-out detailed explanations. But as I've grown into the field, my emphasis has shifted more into the user experience side. While a subject might be interesting, it also needs to get to the point. While content is still considerably important for driving traffic to a website, users will need to be able to find what they are looking for quickly, or else they'll bounce. Having clean navigation, clear CTAs (Call to Actions) and one-click Call or Email forms will help users convert to customers at a higher rate.

What lessons have you learned from bosses?

My first boss out of college was an amazing woman who worked at an agency prior to the corporate world. Her individual drive and work ethic, putting thought and attention into every single detail and campaign, helped me see what you can create when you create with intention. It's so easy as an entrepreneur to have several projects going on at the same time. Setting your intention on a clear goal and map out the journey to achieve it.

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

An important lesson I've learned is to not beat yourself up. As a woman in tech and a creative, there's a lot of heart and passion that goes into the work I do. Sometimes you give 120% to a project just for it to be scrapped. You have to learn to not take things personally and know that every step back isn't necessarily a step in the wrong direction.

Another is it's okay to manage your team with heart, they are your work-family after all! It's not ideal for anyone to feel like a robot cranking out one project after the next. Acknowledging the hard work others are doing and rewarding them for their efforts can make all the difference.

Do you have a morning routine? How do you start and end your day?

Every day we start with a thirty-minute nature walk around the neighborhood to set my intentions for the day. It's a peaceful way to start the morning but is usually followed by a cup of coffee for an extra pick-me-up.

What do you look for in the people you work with and/or hire?

A positive attitude is number one! Skills can be taught/learned. I would rather hire someone straight out of college that has no experience, or a mid-career person who is looking to go a different route if they have an innate drive to want to learn versus someone who thinks they know it all.

What is your biggest pet peeve in business or amongst colleagues?

Lack of communication and procrastination. I've seen this a lot with interns. They'll receive an email with a project task and deadline, but not respond to the person who sent it until midnight the day before the project is due. Their response usually includes questions about the original assignment at hand, meaning they haven't even started working on it. Talk about a nail biter! An unnecessary stressor that could have been avoided by reading and replying to emails in a timely manner.

What advice would you give aspiring digital creatives?

Find a mentor. Mentorship can come in many forms. It doesn't have to be a person you meet with face-to-face. If you don't have an eligible mentor you can establish a relationship with, you can find mentorship in books and blogs related to your industry or one that you are interested in pursuing. Some of the best advice I've been given is from former Google employees and Fortune 500 CEOs, and I didn't even have to leave the comfort of my home to get it.

What do you see as the future of digital marketing?

As computer-assisted AI grows in popularity, I believe we'll see a lot more virtual shopping assistants, robo-chats and maybe even predictive purchase subscriptions.

What inspires you?

Seeing what new ideas or innovations those younger than me are producing motivates me to keep up with them. It's interesting to think that the kids graduating middle and high schools now may have jobs that haven't been created yet by the year 2030.

I'm also inspired when I'm told something can't be done. This challenges me to find a way it can be done.

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

I'm more inclined to Mac products because it is a really easy user experience for me.

What's a book you always recommend?

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis, author and entrepreneur, teaches you to go after your passions and any excuse you have, whether it's not enough time or not knowing what your direction is, there's an answer for everything. The other book I highly recommend is Pivot by Jenny Blake for people who are mid-career, with tools for those looking to do a complete one-eighty by using your strengths and weaknesses.

What is your usual Starbucks (or other restaurant/pub) order?

Cappuccino gelato at Common Ground.

Outside of work what keeps you busy?

Spending time with family, being a cat mom, teaching yoga, and being a roadie for my husband's band Twenty-Seven Degrees.

Wave Sciences Announces Two Patents

The US Patent and Trademark Office has informed Wave that it is issuing two patents for its novel, mechanical approach to helping smart speakers hear better in noisy conditions. The invention drew inspiration from the acoustic mirrors carved into England's White Cliffs of Dover during the early days of World War II. Microphones were placed on a shelf below the acoustic mirrors, which were half-parabolas, to hear approaching German bombers from across the English Channel and sound the alarm. Warping the half-parabola shape of the Cliffs into a ring and then engineering the curvature and other dimensions appropriately to focus sound on a ring-shaped array of microphones led to a structure that helps popular smart speakers (you know the ones) work better in noise and from further away. And they also help the speakers sound better too!

More on Wave Sciences HERE.

Fall at BASEcamp Gallery: Emily Scott Pack

Beaufort Digital Corridor is pleased to present two unique angles of one artist's vision for the BASEcamp Gallery Fall installation.

Emily Scott Pack's dual exhibit will include her encaustic works of art and paintings comprised of coastal-inspired abstracts, landscapes, and low country life. The other side of that will be The RAW Project, a series of black and white photos of Real Authentic Women- encouraging and empowering women "to see themselves as the vulnerable, beautiful, and authentic humans they are."

The exhibit will display throughout October, November, and December. Plan to meet Emily and enjoy a glass of wine and some light snacks as part of Beaufort's Fall Art Walk on October 26th from 5-8pm at BASEcamp - 500 Carteret Street, halfway between USCB Center for the Arts/Sea Islands Center Gallery and the downtown galleries. Art is for sale direct through artist.

Digital Corridor Executive Director Shelley Barratt says of the exhibit, "Aesthetically it is nice to have more than one type of media being displayed- that's why we typically bring in several artists at a time. With Emily's display, her two worlds meet and flow nicely within BASEcamp's sparse and light interior."

CODEcamp Beaufort Fall 2019

The Beaufort Digital Corridor announces the Fall 2019 class of CODEcamp – Introduction to Web Development, its final offering of the year. Registration is open now for this limited seating opportunity.

The eight-week course is on Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm *please note new dates* starting October 12, 2019 at the Corridor's BASEcamp facility. CODEcamp is a project-based, introductory code education program designed for busy adults of all experience levels in a convenient, affordable guided class format. Students learn fundamentals of HTML, CSS and JavaScript with a combination of written and verbal instruction using real-time online programs.

We are pleased to again involve the University of South Carolina Beaufort with CODEcamp instruction. This year, Jarod Valvo, a junior in the computational science program at USCB, will instruct the class. With the professor-appointed best website of his class as well as having taught coding languages to middle schoolers, Jarod is up to the task and excited to instruct a new class in learning front-end web development. Our inaugural CODEcamp Beaufort class was taught by Dr. Brian Canada, Chair of the Department of Computer Science at USCB.

If you are curious about what it takes to create the look, feel and design of a website this is your chance to see what it's all about! The practical application of what is learned with hands-on CODEcamp can be utilized right away. The next class will cover a different kind of coding, such as Android, React Native or a beginning course on mobile (iOS/android), depending on what the community wants to learn. Participants can further their education through SC Codes- a free self-guided platform for all South Carolinians to continue their coding education.

Talent, one of the pillars of the Beaufort Digital Corridor, is crucial to the economic vitality and global competitiveness of the Lowcountry. Generating curiosity about coding and improving technical education contributes to the innovation and skills of our changing workforce. To become a sponsor of the program, please contact info@beaufortdigital.com.

Upcoming Events

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Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at BASEcamp. You can 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 co-working office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

CODEcamp Beaufort - Fall 2019

*Please note new dates* Registration open now for eight weeks of CODEcamp - Intro to Web Development course, Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm.

  1. Oct 12
  2. Oct 19
  3. Oct 26
  4. Nov 2 (no class on the 9th)
  5. Nov 16
  6. Nov 23 (no class on the 30th)
  7. Dec 7
  8. Dec 14

Read more HERE about our fourth (and last for a while!) offering of Intro to Web Dev, its USCB ties, and how BASEcamp is a partner site for SC Codes.

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

TECHconnect - Last of 2019

This TECHconnect is the final one for 2019! Join us for a special rendition of everyone's favorite monthly tech networking event.  We'd love your presence, comments, and suggestions to help us make this event more meaningful in the next year.

Please RSVP to info@beaufortdigital.com

Beaufort Digital Corridor Foundation Board Meeting

The Beaufort Digital Corridor Foundation Board of Directors meets roughly once a month unless otherwise noted. Please RSVP so we know you are interested in attending. This (November) meeting will be the last meeting in 2019, reconvening in January 2020.

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