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July 31, 2014   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube
 
   

Don’t let the Ex-Im Bank charter expire in September

   
   

With 95 percent of the world’s customers living outside the United States, exports are the key to America’s future prosperity and jobs. Nearly one-third of U.S. economic growth since mid-2009 has been driven by exports. Ex-Im is a key reason that U.S. exports are growing.  In 2013, Ex-Im supported $37 billion of U.S. sales to customers in other countries. Think this is a problem for major exporters only? No! Nearly 90 percent of transactions in fiscal year 2013 benefited small businesses. Plus, tens of thousands of small business suppliers benefit from partnerships with large exporters. Lastly, Ex-Im pays us: the taxpayer. In fiscal year 2013, Ex-Im earned more than $1 billion profit for the U.S. Treasury, mostly through fees collected from foreign customers. Eliminating Ex-Im would result in an increase in the U.S. deficit.

   
   
 
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LEADSC SUMMIT EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS Today

The early bird rates will expire today, July 31. Several speakers were announced recently including South Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America, Juan Johnson, former vice president for diversity at Coca-Cola, Representative Bakari Sellers, and Push Digital’s founder and CEO, Wesley Donehue, just to name a few. Register or sponsor today for the inaugural LeadSC Young Professionals Summit, presented by Walmart. The agenda will feature topics like:

  • Maximize your non-profit board participation
  • Personal branding
  • How to influence the political process in your community
  • Community planning and development
  • Industry tracks including leadership, diversity, legal, accounting, entrepreneurial
  • And much more

Sponsorships start at just $500 and include opportunities to send multiple staff members from your company. Click here to find out more about sponsoring the LeadSC Young Professionals Summit or contact Hannah Cook at 803.255.2565.

 
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PALMETTO VISION AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce will recognize superior companies that have excelled in the fields of manufacturing and diversity and honor South Carolina’s top human resources and community diversity professionals with the Palmetto Vision Awards. During the inaugural Palmetto Vision Awards Gala, presented by Jackson Lewis P.C., the Chamber will celebrate with the business community the 2014 Palmetto Vision Awards honorees.
 
Hit the red carpet and mingle with fellow Chamber members on September 18 at the Columbia Marriott while you enjoy fantastic food and drink. Come celebrate everything that makes South Carolina a great place to work and live. Enjoy festive libations and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, a four-course dinner, special entertainment while celebrating South Carolina’s best and brightest. Individual registrations start at only $100 and sponsorship opportunities, including several exclusive, are still available.
The Palmetto Vision Awards are presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Nexsen Pruet, LLC and Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

 
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Grassroots Meetings are coming to your backyard

Infrastructure funding, workforce development, tax reform, energy policy…what are the top issues facing your business? The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is already preparing for a successful 2015 legislative session to continue the mission to improve South Carolina’s business climate, and we want to hear from you! In partnership with local chambers of commerce, the South Carolina Chamber is hosting Grassroots Meetings across the state in August and September. Grassroots meetings are open-forum sessions and the first step in creating the Chamber’s Competitiveness Agenda, the business community’s annual list of legislative priorities. Meetings will begin with a legislative year in review and release of the 2014 Legislative Scorecard before moving into an open discussion of legislative issues. Several Grassroots Meetings have already been scheduled in Summerville, Rock Hill, North Myrtle Beach and Aiken, with meetings soon to be scheduled in other areas of the state. You don’t want to miss the meeting in your area that will provide a wonderful recap, future initiatives and networking opportunities.

 
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2014 Power Players are announced

 
 

The 2014 Power Players listing was mailed as a special supplement with the July/August edition of South Carolina Business magazine, distributed to 5,500 presidents, CEOs, South Carolina General Assembly and other state leadership. This annual publication showcases the Palmetto Stars, our Chamber’s most influential movers and shakers. Click here to see who’s shaping the future of our state chamber. Not yet profiled in Power Players? Reserve your space today for 2015! Contact Paul Dunn at 803-255-2566.

 
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