Success Stories

Construction is a historically male-dominated industry. Drive by a construction site and you expect to see men in hard-hats, not only out in the field, but also directing the action. That obviously doesn’t matter much to Betty Spells Price, founder and Chief Executive Officer of CARBRA Construction.

Price entered the construction industry while employed at the U.S. Postal Service, where she became Facility Activation Coordinator for the Columbia Processing & Distribution Center. She also worked with her brother’s construction company.

“I became fascinated and eager to learn as much as I could,” said Price. Price resigned from the Post Office to begin working full time in construction. In January 2004, she founded CARBRA Construction with herself as the only employee; CARBRA now has five employees.

CARBRA Construction performs both residential and commercial construction, including renovations and additions. Its clients include Richland County... Read More

As a tourist destination, Charleston is best known for its historical beauty: horse-drawn buggies on cobblestone streets, Rainbow Row and delicate-looking wrought iron lacing that’s survived earthquakes, hurricanes and the Civil War. But Shane Ziegler, founder and owner of Barrier Island EcoTours in the Isle of Palms, has built a business around a very different kind of beauty unique to the Charleston area: The untouched wild of the barrier islands scattered around the coast.

Originally from Atlanta, Shane’s love of the South Carolina Lowcountry developed early. He grew up spending his summers fishing and crabbing on the South Carolina coast before his family moved to the Isle of Palms when he was 13.

For awhile after college, Shane worked in the South Carolina state parks system, including a stint as an assistant naturalist at Hunting Island. Although he enjoyed his job, he saw no future in the parks system.

One night, Shane and two friends met on... Read More