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
LowcountryWorks Tech Business Directory, Talent Portal, CODEcamp, Game On!, Live Work Mentor

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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BDC Now Hiring Project Manager

We're Hiring: Project Manager

The Beaufort Digital Corridor (BDC), a 501c6 non-profit organization, is seeking a Project Manager. This position is ideal for someone who is proficient in project management and is looking for an opportunity to be a leader in the community. The right candidate will be confident jumping right in and seamlessly matching strategy with deliverables. They should be able to work collaboratively with our partner organizations (under the umbrella of the South Coast Cyber Center) to build and navigate the roadmap for the cybersecurity portion of Beaufort's technology ecosystem. Knowledge of cybersecurity is not required for this job, it is a project management job.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

● This position is responsible for providing project management support for cybersecurity projects with key partners including government, academic and economic development verticals. Again, no cybersecurity experience is required, just the ability to project manage.

● The candidate will work with BDC leadership and its education partners including USCB and TCL to hire cybersecurity bootcamp trainers, coordinate program scheduling, provide general oversight, and promote the cybersecurity curriculum at the BDC.

● Work alongside BDC leadership and Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC) to create a plan for attraction and development of talent and cybersecurity startups.

● Collaborate with key partners including SC Tech & SC Cyber to identify opportunities and create outreach strategies to promote cybersecurity efforts.

● Manage the BASEcamp workspace, including access control and act as landlord, facilities manager, and coordinator for all coworking activity.

● Perform all other related duties/projects as assigned.

● This position reports directly to the Executive Director at Beaufort Digital Corridor and diagonally reports to the Board of Directors for the organization.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES

Considerable knowledge of: Monitoring and controlling projects. Demonstrating project management best practices and implementation. Ideal for someone who is a certified PMP or GIAC Certified Project Manager, but not required.

Skills in: Analyzing and interpreting project risks/issues, evaluating alternatives to make logical recommendations based on findings; using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.

Ability to: Assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands; plan, organize, assign, measure, and report; communicate effectively in oral and written forms; establish and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, contractors, member company representatives, representatives from local, state and Federal agencies, and the general public.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or equivalent experience in project management AND one to three years of professional work experience. Project Management certification a plus.

Job Type: Full-time (40 Hours / Week)

Location: This is not a remote position. Applicant must be located in or willing to relocate to Beaufort, SC.

Please send cover letter and resume with recent salary history by email only to:

info@beaufortdigital.com

Job Updated Date: June 1, 2021

Applicants accepted until position is filled.

Join SCORE

DO YOU LOVE SHARING YOUR KNOWLEDGE OR HAVE GREAT ORGANIZATION SKILLS? DO YOU WANT TO HELP YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY?

Consider joining an award winning chapter of SCORE Lowcountry, which was selected Chapter of the Year- Small markets in 2019 from over 270 chapters. SCORE Lowcountry is a non-profit that provides free and confidential mentoring to clients that want to start or grow a small business in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton Counties. We are looking to expand in our market to help businesses and entrepreneurs and have various volunteer positions needed.

Do you love to create things? Do you love to design flyers and brochures? We are looking for a graphic designer to design chapter graphics, logos, illustrations, advertisements, brochures and many other forms of visual communication using PowerPoint and other Microsoft Office products. All productions must adhere to the guidelines and standards of SCORE national and the local chapter. The ideal candidate should be able to complete projects within the allotted time while meeting deadlines. The ideal candidate should will work in collaboration with colleagues across different departments, be detail oriented, well organized, and have excellent communication skills. Anticipated time commitment is 10-20 hours a month.

Please go to SCORE.org to become familiar with our organization and for more information on these opportunities or to volunteer please go to https://sclowcountry.score.org/or call 843.785.7107

Spring 2021 Newsletter

From the Desk of the Executive Director

Hello! Let me introduce myself. I'm Jess O'Brien, the new Executive Director at Beaufort Digital Corridor. Although I'm new to this position, I'm no stranger to the organization. Previously, I served on the inaugural BDC Board of Directors from 2018-2020. I'm excited to be back and have the opportunity to work here full-time.

Learn more about my background and the latest happenings in our Spring 2021 newsletter.

Beaufort Resident and Restauranteur Contributes Tech Start-up Success to Beaufort Digital Corridor

"If it weren't for being in the incubator program here, we would have dropped this project," said BASEcamp resident Gary Lang.

Gary Lang is the founder of Rooler, a third party add-on program for restaurant POS systems that greatly enhances the dynamics of reporting and analytics along with forecasting for independent restaurant tours. They were accepted into the Beaufort Digital Corridor's incubator program and have recently graduated from the Relentless Challenge Grant.

He heard about the Beaufort Digital Corridor via word of mouth and was pleasantly surprised that his start-up qualified for the incubation program and their subsequent success despite building a tech start-up around the restaurant industry during a pandemic.

Lang had this to say about the program: "It's been great! We were immediately assigned a mentor, BDC Board Chair Kevin Klingler, who has started two software companies and sold one. To have somebody who has been there, help you with your business has been huge. We're in the restaurant industry as well, and COVID last year killed our business. If it weren't for being in the incubator program here, we would have dropped this project."

Congrats Rooler! We're so happy to have been a part of your success story.

National Grant Goes to South Coast Cyber Center

The University of South Carolina Beaufort and partners have received a $1.3 million federal grant to develop programs at the South Coast Cyber Center with the aim of transforming Beaufort and the Lowcountry into a center of cybersecurity expertise.

"This grant will help us to define a pathway to create a strong and diverse cyber economy," said South Coast Cyber Center Chairman Warren Parker. "We look forward to working with our partners in this unprecedented collaboration."

The US Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation awarded the grant to the non-profit South Coast Cyber Center, which is a partnership among the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB), Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL), Beaufort Digital Corridor, City of Beaufort and Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation, along with business leaders.

USCB Chancellor Dr. Al M. Panu hailed the grant as "a great start toward building a cyber economy by leveraging our strengths as well as our unique partnership with the military here in Beaufort and the region." TCL President Dr. Richard Gough stated, "As we discuss the grant and what it can do for Beaufort, we have found the cybersecurity community to be very supportive and excited at the prospects." Beaufort Digital Corridor Chairman Kevin Klingler, added "This grant will allow us to deploy established technology development processes to attract cyber talent and create cybersecurity startups in Beaufort."

The South Coast Cyber Center aims to help recent graduates, exiting military personnel, and members of the local community attain high-paying jobs by delivering affordable and relevant cybersecurity education and training. Cybersecurity professionals are in demand because protecting computer systems, networks and sensitive data from digital attacks has become a priority for government facilities, and various organizations and businesses. Careers in the cybersecurity industry can pay six figures, and jobs in information security are expected to grow 32 percent for the 10-year period through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A shortage of qualified workersleft about 300,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. unfulfilled last year, according to industry estimates.

As the primary grant recipient, USCB will work closely with its co-recipients –- to develop the South Coast Cyber Center's faculty, curriculum, technology, and facilities. A key goal for the grant is to establish both the Technical College of the Lowcountry and the University of South Carolina Beaufort as Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) through certification of these respective institutions' two-year and four-year cybersecurity programs by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The Beaufort Digital Corridor, a technology incubator in downtown Beaufort, plans to offer cybersecurity mentoring for startups and community bootcamps to teach related skills.

Local officials see the South Coast Cyber Center as a focal point for advancement in the region.

"This grant will help in attracting and recruiting cyber and technical business and providing transitioning military personnel with opportunities for education and work right here in the Beaufort region," said John O'Toole, executive director of the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation.

Beaufort Mayor Stephen Murray looks forward to gathering input from local and state government, educational institutions, military officials, local business leaders and professional cybersecurity organizations.

"The grant will allow work to begin on the community's first-ever regional cybersecurity strategic plan," he said.

Angel Funding

BEAUFORT DIGITAL CORRIDOR

CLOSES ANGEL INVESTMENT FUND FOR ITS COMPANIES

Beaufort, SC – November 18, 2020 – The Beaufort Digital Corridor recently closed a deal with Utah-based investment firm, JustStartGo, LLC, for up to $250,000 in seed capital for its incubator companies. This capital, otherwise known as Angel funding, helps startups and entrepreneurs develop their product ideas and validate their market demand.

Andrew Little, founder and Chief Executive of JustStartGo, stated, "We're proud to be investing in the companies of the Beaufort Digital Corridor. Their customer and market-driven process for developing their companies creates entrepreneurs who are much more likely to succeed in a competitive and challenging tech marketplace and saves us the time of having to screen out entrepreneurs who aren't ready yet. It's a valuable service to both entrepreneurs and investors."

The money will be deployed as seed-stage investment in $50,000 increments for resident companies of the BDC who qualify. BDC chairman Kevin Klingler who developed the BDC's company development and mentoring process indicated, "Our process includes rigorous customer and market validation, developing effective business models and the use of Agile product development techniques. These approaches and others result in highly improved chances for success." BDC mentors oversee this process with adherence to it's company development plan.

To qualify for the capital, companies must be residents of BDC's BASEcamp incubator, have a technology product or product idea with scalable potential, and be willing to put in the work necessary to develop their company. Angel money typically precedes Venture Capital investment and helps set the stage for further growth or investment.

Melissa Venable, PhD Leadership Profile

Leadership Profile Interview with Melissa Venable:

Melissa Venable, a board member for the Beaufort Digital Corridor, works for Higher Education at Red Ventures as an online education advisor. As an instructional designer she has experience in industry and higher education. She is an adjunct faculty member and online course designer at Saint Leo University, and a certified career coach with a background in career development services. Melissa is also an associate editor for eLearn Magazine. She earned a PhD in Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida with research interests in distance education and support services for online students. She also holds master's degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Oklahoma, and a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University. In 2010 Melissa established a company of her own, Design Doc LLC, to connect with freelance and consulting projects related to online instructional design and career development.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a lot of small towns all over the Carolinas. My father worked in retail, which required us to move a lot.

How did you come to be in Beaufort?

After living in Tampa, Hawaii, and Miami, I wanted to find someplace out of the fray – to have a lifestyle away from the big city and traffic. I could live anywhere since I was working remotely though I needed to be somewhat near an airport for business travel. My sister lives in the Charleston area, so I began looking in this area. I love the outdoor activities, the weather, and the people. Beaufort has been a good fit.

**What was your first job out of college and what did you learn from it? **

My first job out of college was in Washington DC where I worked for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, a non-profit where I coordinated regional educational programs. Next, I worked for the American Red Cross in Arlington, Virginia. Working for a non-profit distills the mission that guides your work and almost always has limited resources. In the non-profit world, there are not always ideal conditions, but you figure out a way to get the job done. People are relying on you. This mind set has helped me in every job since then. I always look first to what resources I do have available.

What does your company do?

Red Ventures is a performance marketing company that works to help people discover their options and make informed and confident decisions in a variety of consumer categories, including higher education. This is accomplished by providing information and resources including interactive tools, blogs, multi-media, and research reports to support the decision-making process.

How would you describe your company's culture?

Red Ventures is fast paced organization with a list of principles that we live and work by. For example, one of these tenets is "Everything is written in pencil". The idea is that we are adaptable as an organization, encouraging team members to contribute fresh perspectives and challenge assumptions. Another is "Leaving the woodpile higher than you found it." Red Ventures contributes to its local communities through a variety of programs that pay it forward. There are multiple programs, for example, focused on mentorship and skills training to support underrepresented populations.

From your total work experience, what makes a good boss? What makes for a bad boss?

Right now, I work on a team of ten people with a team leader at the helm. I think in general a good boss understands the importance of clear direction and effective collaboration and knows how to provide the right support. Good bosses also facilitate a positive culture that results in motivated team members. I am fortunate to have that with the team I am on now. It's a great group of people collaborating from multiple time zones. I think a bad boss would be someone who micromanages, doesn't know how to prioritize the work and resources, and doesn't provide the support needed to get the job done.

Do you have a daily routine?

I am a very structured person. I get up around 6 and start my day with a cup of green tea while I check the news and my email. Then I try to take a little time to read for pleasure, to get away from the news cycle for a bit. I am at my desk usually by 7:30 where I work for a few hours before I take a break to workout. Then I am back at my desk for the day. My husband and I both work from home in separate offices. Around 5 o'clock each day we check in with each other and decide when to call a halt to the day. It is an official end of the workday. Then we have a glass of wine and plan for dinner.

What is your biggest pet peeve amongst colleagues?

Not feeling comfortable saying "I don't know." We don't always know all of the answers. Responding with an honest "I don't know the answer" can lead to good discussion, discovery of new perspectives, and opportunities for team members to contribute in different ways.

What advice would you give to new graduates?

Staying current, especially in the technology industry, is always going to be an issue. It is important to find resources you can rely on to monitor the trends. The nature of technology means we all have to keep up with the changes. It is important to monitor hiring fluctuations as well as the skills required to work or advance in the industry. It is also essential to get practical experience.

How do you juggle your responsibilities?

Careful scheduling! I parcel out my day according to what time of day I am most effective for which activity. For example, there are certain times of the day when I write best, so I schedule writing then. Since I work with a team primarily based in Seattle, the time difference is also a scheduling consideration. Good communication habits and tools also help. My team does a great job of keeping everyone informed of our individual progress.

What person has been the biggest influence on your life?

For me, my biggest professional influence has been my peer network. I have a solid group of colleagues that I went through graduate school with and worked with in some of my first jobs in higher education. Even though we now work in different parts of the industry, we still find ways to work together, presenting at conferences and consulting on current projects. We have monthly check-ins to be a sounding board for each other and just catch up with our lives in general. This kind of support has been invaluable over the years.

What inspires you?

Being able to see the results of an accomplishment. What I really appreciate is getting feedback that validates work I have done.

Mac or PC?

I am Apple all the way!

What is a book you always recommend?

_The Mayo Clinic's Guide to Stress Free Living  _by Dr. Amit Sood, MD. Dr. Sood combines neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy to outline five principles that can help you develop resilience. It is a user friendly, easy to read book where you feel like the author is in it with you. The principles address the concept of intent, helping you focus on what is important. The tips and strategies are applicable at work and in other aspects of everyday life.

What outside of work keeps you busy?

I like to run. Especially during the pandemic, running has been my outlet. I've been following a structured program since May to increase my distance and work on my pace. My husband and I used to travel a lot for work and pleasure. Now my daily run is my travel.

Upcoming Events

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Soirée Social Media Grand Opening

Join Soirée Social Media for their Grand Opening on July 8, 2021 at 4:30pm for the ribbon cutting of their new office at the Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp facility.