Charleston Based SkilRoute recognized as one of ‘Best Entrepreneurial Companies’

Charleston, SC — SkilRoute was recently recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur 360 List, the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Based on this study forged by Entrepreneur, SkilRoute is recognized as a well-rounded company that has mastered a balance of impact, innovation, growth and leadership.

SkilRoute is a South Carolina based company that develops video technology to provide interactive instructional content in tactile skills to learners.

“Our users are excited by our innovative technology and design, which is breaking ground in online learning and training that focuses on hands-on skills. This recognition, on top of all their tremendous support and confidence in our team’s talent and hardwork to serve their needs, is encouraging,” says Raghav Badiger, co-founder and CEO of SkilRoute.

Video technology has come a long way to make learning subjects such as math, programming, and business online very efficient and scalable globally. But the same technology is ineffective for learning hands-on skills such as music, sports, and engineering. Consequently, in-person instruction is still the best way to learn such skills today.

SkilRoute’s technology replicates the effectiveness of in-person instruction by providing complete control to the user to personalize learning without the need for any expensive hardware or software for instructors or learners. Get a glimpse of the technology here (video):

“Our annual evaluation offers a 360-degree analysis of the current private-business landscape,” explains Lisa Murray, Chief Insights Officer of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. “Top performers are determined by how well-rounded they are in these four key operative areas. Entrepreneurship is a complex endeavor—this listing recognizes those who have mastered the challenge and are thriving this year.”

Honorees were identified based on the results from a comprehensive study of independently-owned companies, using a proprietary algorithm and other advanced analytics. The algorithm was built on a balanced scorecard designed to measure four metrics reflecting major pillars of entrepreneurship — innovation, growth, leadership and impact. To learn more about SkilRoute, visit

For additional details on the Entrepreneur 360 List and the companies recognized, visit:

ABOUT RANDOMWALK INNOVATIONS INC. SkilRoute is built by RandomWalk Innovations Inc. Our mission is to empower experts in various hands-on skills to reach global audience. Anyone should be able to access highest quality instructions to learn any skill from anywhere in the world — The Silk Route of Education. Our end-to-end platform enable individuals and companies to create and distribute high-quality instructional and training content. Our valuable customers and partners include Inc. 500 companies. To learn more, visit Follow us on Twitter at @SkilRoute and like us on Facebook at

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International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE) will host 36th Annual Conference in Charleston, SC

The International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE) is pleased to announce it’s 36th annual conference to be held October 15-17, 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. The conference is expected to attract tourism educators from all over the world and at all levels, from secondary and trade schools to colleges and universities.

For over 35 years, ISTTE has been bringing travel and tourism educators together to discuss current industry research, teaching issues, solutions, and trends. The conference is a place for travel and tourism educators at all levels to exchange ideas and best practices, and to form a lasting network of professionals.

Whether you are on track to becoming a tenured professor, want to improve your teaching skills, or simply want to learn something new. ISTTE 2017 is the place for you!

Conference Announcement

Our Mission

The International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators is an international organization of industry professionals in travel, tourism and related fields representing all levels of educational institutions, ranging from professional schools and high schools to four-year colleges and graduate-degree granting institutions. We are a nonprofit international organization dedicated to improving the quality of education and research in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries by promoting the exchange of information, ideas, and outstanding service to our members.

Second Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill restaurant opens at Charleston International Airport (CHS)

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Golf icon Jack Nicklaus and Delaware North, a global hospitality and food service company, today formally celebrated the grand opening of the Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill at Charleston International Airport (CHS) in South Carolina, a 1,234-square-foot restaurant space that seats up to 80 guests in the airport’s main terminal. The restaurant began operations in September as part of the airport’s ongoing Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program, becoming the second Jack Nicklaus-branded restaurant to open this year. The restaurant concept was introduced in July 2016 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.

Today’s grand opening was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a VIP event, and a Q&A with area media. Special guests were Jack Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara; Executive Director and CEO of Charleston International Airport, State Senator Paul Campbell Jr.; former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley; officials from CHS and the Airport Employment and Training Center; and members of the Nicklaus family. In addition, country music star Darius Rucker stopped by to congratulate Jack and Barbara.

“Barbara and I were thrilled with what we saw today, with the second Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill to open,” Jack Nicklaus said. “First of all, the renovations and improvements to the Charleston airport are tremendous, and it’s a beautiful venue. The restaurant is ideally located in the main terminal and you could sense the interest and energy of customers.”

The Golden Bear Grill is beautifully decorated with memorabilia and at least 15 Nicklaus family photos hand-selected by Jack and Barbara to connect customers to the storied legacy of golf’s greatest champion, ambassador, course designer and philanthropist. The restaurant not only celebrates the game of golf, it also celebrates the life and lifestyle that surrounds the game. Jack’s wife Barbara worked closely with Delaware North’s concept and design team to create the warm, inviting and comfortable interiors.

The menu was also a collaboration between Barbara and a team of chefs—with many of the recipes featured coming from Barbara and her daughter Nan’s cookbook, Well Done! Items such as “Jack’s Favorite Greens,” a salad with romaine and iceberg lettuce, gorgonzola, red onion and smoked bacon; meatloaf; chicken parmesan; and “Buckeyes,” a chocolate peanut butter treat paying homage to Jack and Barbara’s home state of Ohio, are some of the menu’s featured items that originated in the Nicklaus family’s home kitchen. This close and personal connection to the Nicklaus family and their lifestyle is further emphasized by the restaurant’s kitchen—aptly named “Barbara’s Kitchen.”

“Our friends at Delaware North have done a great job with the layout, design and interiors,” Jack added. “If comparing it to our first restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, the Charleston Golden Bear Grill has its own personality and touches, but Delaware North took great care in maintaining a consistency of look, feel and functionality. The most important element of consistency we witnessed today was the level of quality and friendliness in the staff and service, and the excellent menu and execution. We are very pleased and proud.”

Many Nicklaus-branded products are for sale at the restaurant including Jack’s House and Jack Nicklaus Private Reserve by Terlato Wines; three flavors of Jack Nicklaus Ice Cream by Schwan; and Jack Nicklaus AquaHydrate Water. The Well Done! cookbook is also available for restaurant patrons who want to cook like the First Lady of Golf and eat like the Golden Bear—or who are simply looking for a quick gift before reaching their destinations. The restaurant also features an optional round-up for charity program benefitting the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.

About Delaware North

Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Delaware North has annual revenue of $3 billion in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries. Learn more about Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, at

On Election Day: Vote “None of the Above” or at least your better conscious

By Mark A. Leon

Matthew 5:5 states “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”? Right now, the rich seem to be leading the way.

When the dust settles less than two weeks from now and all the ballots are cast, two billion dollars will have been spent on one of the most slanderous US presidential campaigns in the history of this nation.? Advertising Age magazine estimates that the Clinton campaign will spend between 250 – 350 million dollars in media (radio, television and print) advertising in the swing states alone.? When we look at the political contributions and the understanding that “I will scratch your back if you scratch mine”, we once again must look to the code of morality and question the prioritization of funds.

We have spent months listening to campaign promises of jobs, affordable healthcare, housing and the future of our children.? I can think of a few ways two billion dollars can alleviate some of our domestic concerns in the short term.? Maybe that is too simplistic of a view, but one that many voters would validate.

No matter how you look at it; no matter what colorful adjectives you use, a nation is divided by an arrogant wealthy businessman and a rich political head with strong ambitions.

The winners this election season are the media and comedic forces of late-night.? The losers stand to be the American public, regardless of outcome.? This mud tossing campaign to the outside world looks as childish as two ten-year-old bullies in the playground fighting for the sandbox.

Here are just a few of the unbelievable observations of this campaign season demonstrating how ridiculous this has all become:

  • South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who went on a public Twitter attach on Donald Trump during the primary is now endorsing him for president.
  • Oprah Winfrey is telling the American public that you don’t have to like Hillary Clinton to vote for her.
  • An on-going scandal around emails on a secure government server is fueling Mr. Trump’s campaign yet no one sees the fear that realistically Russian spies have tapped into our government servers.? Some of you may not remember the Cold War years, but this would have been considered a potential act of war and triggered a nuclear attack in the 80’s.
  • “Bad Hombre”, “Nasty Women” and candid attacks referencing menstruation periods – Are these phrases and behaviors we want from our Leader in Chief to other leaders around the world.? Donald Trump is caustic, aggressive, rude and inconsistent.
  • Have we raised the bar of political corruption?? Politics has always been a give and take relationships with an element of corruption.? Look very closely at the role of a lobbyist.? Have we raised the bar of excepted government behavior to almost criminal scales?
  • Donald Trump referenced Megyn Kelly’s menstruation cycle saying “blood coming out of her eyes; blood coming out of her – whatever.”? He also went on to attack John McCain’s war-hero status saying “Who’s doing the raping?”
  • Donald Trump saying “I would bomb the shit out of them” referencing how far he would go to end ISIS.? That could be your future Commander in Chief.
  • 282 People, Places or Things Donald Trump has insulted – We think the list speaks on its own merits.
  • Anthony Weiner’s Wife is Hillary Clinton’s top aide.? The six degrees of Kevin Bacon here has an eeriness about it.
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Brian Synder/REUTERS

There is a multitude of commentary, mock websites making unverified accusations and opinions regurgitated that can only move as a fast as social media can process.? We expect that to continue long after the election, the recount and the lawsuits.

We have always been a divided country.? Some states will vote Republican or Democrat regardless of who runs.? Therefore, the swing states once again are where all eyes will lie.

As a nation, we persevere.? Whether it is dead people voting for Kennedy, the ballots in Dade County, Florida in 2000 or the latest propaganda about a rigged election, our nation finds a way to rise.

How do we fix our nation?

Facts are facts, but realities are even more penetrating.

We have seen the decline in skilled opportunities, rising inflation, affordable housing shortages, declines in educational standards, violent crimes on the rise, obesity and health concerns, failures in our healthcare system and a general decline in moral standards and faith.

You don’t need statistical analysis to support these truths.? You need to look to your neighbors and surroundings to see what is going on.

Our hope is that whomever wins on Tuesday, November 8, builds a team that will take a serious look at moving this country in the right direction.

Trump at the Yorktown – What Happened at the Rally?

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Mario Anzuoni / REUTERS


North Charleston Hosting Veterans Days Tribute

Veterans Day Tribute – Veterans Story Swap and Special Ceremony

Felix C. Davis Community Center
4800 Park Circle, North Charleston
Friday, November 11, 2016
Story Swap 9:30-10:30am
Official Program 10:30am-1:00pm

The Department of Defense and the Veterans Day National Committee once again selected North Charleston as a Regional Site for Veterans Day 2016.

The City of North Charleston will honor all veterans with a special program featuring a keynote address by retired U.S. Army Capt. Florent “Flo” Groberg. Musical entertainment will be provided by the School of the Arts Jazz Band. Veterans interested in attending should contact or the Recreation Department at 843-745-1028.

The Cultural Arts Department will host a public pre-program Story Swap session from 9:30-10:30am as well as a military photo and video display by Joint Base Charleston’s Combat Camera unit. The story swap offers veterans an open opportunity to share memories and stories about their service. Veterans interested in signing up to share their stories are asked to contact the Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 or