CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The craftsmanship of the Palmetto Roses date back to the Civil War.
It is a Gullah-Geechie tradition that the city of Charleston is hoping to preserve. The palmetto artisan program is a week long entrepreneurial training camp that allows kids up to the age of 16 to obtain business permits to legally sell the roses.
Now, the city wants to raise the age limit to 18 in hopes of making it more than just a hobby for kids but a business opportunity for young adults.
Kids who have aged out of the program often run into serious issues when they try to continue selling the roses.
A revamp of the program will include matching young adults with business owners and community leaders and a scholarship program.
The roses are more than a continuation of the Gullah Geechie culture but an opportunity that can take young adults through college.
"Not just about selling Palmetto Roses but actual businesses. How do they create their own businesses, soft skills, financial managment, financial litteracy. So we felt like increasing the age to 18 we would help to create the next generation of entrepreneurs,” said Ruth Jordan, the Manager of the City’s Women and Minority Business Enterprise Office.
A full revamp of the Palmetto Artisan program is set to roll out in 6-8 months.