New weekly feature set to focus on local small

Local Biz Buzz

Local Biz Buzz

PICKENS — As the only locally owned and operated newspaper in Pickens County, we at the Pickens County Courier have made it a point since our doors opened in 2007 to do our best to help local businesses survive and thrive.

As we operate a small business ourselves, we know the challenges faced by those who strike out on their own looking to make a difference.

With that in mind, we are launching a new feature this week that will shine the spotlight on a different local business every week, giving some attention to those who most deserve it.

The weekly feature — called “Local biz buzz” — will be written by Steve Lorch, who has his own history in small business.

“I’ve started several businesses — all from my home,” Lorch said. “Some stayed small by design, while others went national and international.”

In addition to founding Hydromissions International, a globally recognized missions agency specializing in clean water for developing countries, Lorch and his wife, Jennifer, currently own and operate Table Rock Tea Company, which grows, processes and sells “uniquely American tea” right here in Pickens County.

“I am really excited to write this column because it gives local small businesses a boost of exposure,” he said. “Sure, it’s good for the business, but it’s also good for folks who might be looking for a particular product or service.

“As an entrepreneur myself, I understand what it means to pour your heart and soul into a company. That experience and insight allows me to ask the owners the questions that matter most to them.”

The first installment of the feature, focused on The Ugly Cookie Dessert Shoppe in Liberty, can be found on page 1B of today’s issue.

If you know a local small business that would like to be featured in this column, please contact