Charleston is getting more and more interesting. It is growing exponentially. At the same time it’s not taking care of it’s infrastructure. Like all hubs of business, which it is just at the brink of beginning, it has traffic problems which it doesn’t address and housing issues to name a few.
Real estate is going through the roof. Servers who work in our amazing restaurants can no longer afford to live in Charleston. LaunchPad, one of our classiest and friendliest co-working spaces is closing because of the high cost of rental downtown. They say they are coming back into Charleston later. For Charleston’s sake I hope so.
The good news in Charleston is the abundance of entrepreneurs it attracts. People are coming from other cities like New York because of the way of life in Charleston, it’s beauty, leisurely pace, relaxed attitude and charm. As the entrepreneurial community grows, however, it remains splintered. Each co-working space and government entity closely guards it’s empire. Each is guarding it’s own territory.
It would be good to remember that the reason Charleston has survived it’s earthquake, fire, hurricanes, wars is that the people in Charleston pulled together. It has successfully kept it’s character because that has been safeguarded.
Now it’s time to pull together and create the kind of business atmosphere that will attract the larger companies that Charleston is looking to attract. I have met with several individuals and groups here who say they are addressing the issue of sharing information and resources but nothing changes. It remains as an interesting conversation. This kind of change doesn’t have to take as long a time as the infrastructure changes take. It’s a desire to communicate, to share, to work together to enhance everyone’s business that can make all the difference.
When we work together we gain, we don’t lose our identity which is obviously the fear. We also need to realize that conversation is not action. Identifying the problem is only the first step. Appropriate action then has to follow.
Entrepreneurs move fast. They have the idea and they move on it. Large business and government move slowly. Maybe it’s time for entrepreneurs to address the issue of working together and sharing information, resources, space and whatever is needed. They can create a path for government to follow. They can lead the way as they naturally do. Solve the problems as they intuitively do. But change needs to happen soon.
This changes can make entrepreneurs more savvy. As they share information they learn and grow in their business concepts and especially in their business models. This can lead to investors being more interested in investing in Charleston. At this moment that is not happening as much as it could with reason.
So here’s to the indomitable spirit in Charleston now entering into it’s business and entrepreneurial community and solving the problems that exist so that instead of thinking it is, it becomes the next huge business hub.
Why make things more complicated than they are? Innovators go for it and pave the way for others to follow. We need you now. I know you can make the changes we need.
Best to you,