We’re big believers in the impact that locally-owned, independent businesses have on our local economy and applaud how they protect the uniqueness and livability of our community. But we take that focus a step further by encouraging our local businesses to be the best stewards they can be not just for their bottom line and sustainability, but also for their employees, our environment and our community at large. We believe business can – and should be – a force for good.

One such business that we see as a change agent and a purveyor of positive values is Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union. They’re on a quest to not just impact our community with their financial guidance and support, but also by investing in our youth and high school students.

Heritage Trust has been committed to financial literacy as one of its core values since it began in 1955 – and has worked with the area school districts for years. They’ve recently begun to open student-run branches in high schools and creating new opportunities for students to learn and gain important skill sets. Those skills go beyond banking and financial literacy and include interview and interpersonal skills – preparing them for life beyond high school.

Heritage Trust hopes the investment in their future will provide opportunities not only for employment at a bank but for all potential careers. They also believe this initiative helps reduce the talent gap between education and Lowcountry businesses.

Want to learn more? Listen in to our recent WOHM 96.3 FM interview with Nise Lowell from Heritage Trust and contact them with any questions! We’re grateful for their support of the Local movement and for all that they do in our community.

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Jordan Amaker
Director of Marketing & Communications