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The Business Narrative: Technology Services

Sep 23, 2022 04:57PM ● By David Dykes

VC3 Completes Acquisition of Accent Computer Solutions

VC3, a leading managed service provider serving municipalities and businesses across North America, announced the acquisition of Accent Computer Solutions, a leading managed IT services, cybersecurity, and consulting provider in California.

Company officials said joining of the two established firms expands the VC3 solution portfolio to include municipal and commercial clients in California.

Terms weren't disclosed.

Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Columbia, S.C., VC3 forms partnerships with organizations to achieve their technology goals and harness their data.

In addition to providing comprehensive managed IT solutions, VC3 offers cybersecurity, cloud services, website design, custom application development, and business intelligence services. 

Sandy Reeser, VC3’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “California is a huge part of our growth plans, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have such a successful and mature MSP like Accent as our first acquisition in the Golden State.

"Collectively, we will continue to raise the bar on security and process automation so that all our clients across North America can focus on what they do best, while we focus on their IT.”

South Carolina Shellfish Harvest Season Opens Oct. 1

The 2022-2023 season for recreational harvest of shellfish (clams and oysters) in coastal waters of South Carolina is set to open one-half hour before official sunrise on Saturday, Oct 1, 2022.

The recreational shellfish season will remain open through May 15, 2023, unless conditions warrant extending or shortening the season, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources 

In the event of another hurricane, major rain event, or pollution spill, shellfish beds may be temporarily closed by the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC). That information is available at 1-800-285-1618 and can be viewed on an interactive map at the DHEC website.

Recreational harvesting is permitted on all public shellfish grounds and state shellfish grounds within areas of open/approved water quality as noted on shellfish maps. 

Twenty public and seven state shellfish grounds are managed exclusively for recreational gathering. An additional 58 state shellfish grounds are managed for both recreational and commercial harvest.

Officials say recreational harvesters should obtain updated public or state shellfish ground maps at the beginning of each season, as areas open to harvest change from year to year.

Maps of designated harvest areas may be downloaded from the SCDNR website or accessed online through the Recreational Map Web Application.

Printed maps also can be obtained by calling (843) 953-9854 or writing the Shellfish Management Section, Attn: Ben Dyar, SCDNR, PO Box 12559, Charleston, SC 29422-2559.

When requesting maps, specify the general area you wish to harvest. Maps for the 2022-23 season will be available prior to season opening on Oct. 1, 2022.

Recreational harvesters must have a Saltwater Recreational Fishing License, available from SCDNR, at many fishing supply stores, and online.

The recreational limit is two U.S. bushels of oysters and one-half bushel of clams in any one day, limited to two calendar days per seven-day period. One U.S. bushel is equal to eight gallons. There is a maximum possession of three personal limits per boat or vehicle. Clams must be at least 1 inch thick.

Additional rules and restrictions may be found in the SCDNR rules and regulations, available where licenses are purchased or online.

Commercial harvest of shellfish requires a commercial saltwater license, mandatory harvester training, and other licenses and permits depending on where the harvest will occur.

Call the Marine Permitting Office at (843) 953-0453 for additional information on commercial harvesting requirements.

Redfin Expands Brokerage to Hilton Head, SC

Redfin (, the tech-powered real estate brokerage, said it has launched in Hilton Head, S.C. 

Consumers can now buy and sell homes with local Redfin agents and use Redfin’s website and mobile app to search homes for sale, book on-demand home tours, and track their home’s estimated value with the Redfin Estimate.

Said Tammy Trenholm, Redfin’s South Carolina market manager: “We are excited to finally offer that service to consumers who are in the second home market, as well as those who choose to call Hilton Head home.”

Redfin agents provide a complete home-selling service including pricing and staging advice, free professional photography, a 3D virtual tour, digital marketing on websites and social media, and placement on

Redfin charges a 1 percent listing fee when a customer sells and buys his or her next home with a Redfin agent. For customers who sell with Redfin without buying another home, Redfin charges a 1.5 percent listing fee.

Redfin agents are employees who earn a salary, benefits and bonuses for closed sales. 

Fifth Third Bank to Increase Prime Lending Rate to 6.25 Percent

Fifth Third Bank, National Association, announced Sept. 21, 2022, it will increase its prime lending rate to 6.25 percent, effective immediately.

The rate was last changed on July 27, 2022, when Fifth Third increased its prime lending rate from 4.75 percent to 5.50 percent.

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the indirect parent company of Fifth Third Bank, National Association, a federally chartered institution.

As of June 30, 2022, the company had $207 billion in assets and operated 1,080 full-service banking centers, and 2,153 Fifth Third branded ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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