Catalyst Member Spotlight: The Charleston Chronicle
Feb 16, 2017
Founded in 1971, The Charleston Chronicle is a weekly newspaper serving the Tri-county area (Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester). They address and report the news, both national and local, uniquely from the black perspective. They also are an independent and minority-owned small business.
We reached out to Damion Smalls, the editor of The Charleston Chronicle, to learn more about how they are involved with the community as a local business.
What has been the driving force for your business? / Why do you exist?
We speak for the entire black experience, which is often underreported in mainstream media. The Chronicle informs on news items around town, while allowing our community members to tell their own stories, unfiltered and unprocessed.
Is there a moment that stands out as pivotal for your business?
In Spring 2016, Tolbert Smalls, Jr. and myself assumed leadership roles at The Chronicle, passed down from company founder Jim French.
What are your hopes or goals for your business this year (2017)?
To increase our readership, keep the community aware of its power locally and to continue to represent the Lowcountry with passion and vigor.
What is the best advice you never got as a local business owner that you would pass on to others just starting out?
People are usually willing to help you out. All you have to do is ASK!
What made starting a business in the Charleston area appealing?
Surviving as a black-owned business with its headquarters in downtown Charleston for four-plus decades is a source of pride for our staff. It also shows the community that we are committed and reliable.
We recently launched our #LoveALocal campaign, how do you help support other local business owners and the local community?
By highlighting local businesses in our newspaper, promoting local events, buying locally and doing business regularly with area companies.