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December 8, 2015   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube
 
   

Ex-Im Bank reauthorized as part of U.S. Congress Highway Bill

   
   

The U.S. Congress approved the Highway Bill last week which includes a reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank, a top S.C. Chamber priority. South Carolina Chamber CEO Ted Pitts was quoted in an article in The State Dec. 3:
 
“The Ex-Im Bank has supported billions in exports from the state of South Carolina, helped small businesses reach markets they wouldn’t reach otherwise, and created jobs and economic opportunity across our state.”
 
“To see the short-term effects of Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank sooner, look no further than Greenville. It is a shame some politicians have used Ex-Im to try to score political points when the reality is that the bank allows our businesses to compete in the global economy and create jobs at home.” – Ted Pitts, CEO, S.C. Chamber of Commerce

   
   
 
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Ted Pitts participates in Senator Tim Scott’s Small Business Committee Field Hearing on Flood Recovery Efforts

South Carolina Chamber CEO Ted Pitts participated in U.S. Senator Tim Scott’s Small Business Committee Field Hearing on flood recovery Efforts last Friday, December 4, 2015. The U.S. Senate hearing, which was held in Columbia, was entitled, ‘Strategies for Rebuilding: An Examination of Small Business Recovery Efforts in South Carolina.’ The field hearing discussed ongoing efforts to support recovery of South Carolina's small businesses following the flood.

 
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S.C. Chamber Members Named Top 20 Most Influential in the Upstate

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize those members who were named GSA Business Top 20 Most Influential in the Upstate. We congratulate those below who have been recognized for making a difference in their communities:
 
Kevin Bean, president and CEO, O’Neal Inc.
James Clements, president, Clemson University
Joe Erwin, president, Erwin Penland
John Uprichard, president and CEO, Find Great People
Minor Mickel Shaw, president, Micco Corp
Elizabeth Davis, president, Furman University
Pete Selleck, chairman and president, Michelin North America
Michael Riordan, president and CEO, Greenville Health System
Hayne Hipp, co-founder, Liberty Fellowship
Megan Riegel, president and CEO, Peace Center
Trevor Gordon, founder and CEO, Sandlapper Securities LLC and Sandlapper Capital Investments LLC
David Wilkins, Nelson Mullins, Former state Rep. and House Speaker
 
The most influential leaders of the Upstate will be featured in the 2015 edition of GSA Business Newsmakers, coming out Dec. 28.

 
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S.C. Chamber Joins SC First Steps’ [I CAN] Campaign

The South Carolina Chamber is proud to support the I CAN campaign. The S.C. Chamber participated in the press conference on December 3, 2015 detailing the campaign and the unveiling of the newly established “The Profile of the Ready Kindergartner” benchmark. Education and Workforce Development are at the top of the Chamber's priority list for this legislative session. We will continue to support such efforts to ensure education success for our state's children. AVP of Education and Workforce, Cynthia Bennett delivered the Chamber’s official statement at the press conference last week. She said:
 
“The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be here today to support First Steps and the Department of Education with this exciting announcement profiling the South Carolina Ready Learner.  As we at the Chamber meet with business leaders across the state, we have found that the most pressing issue facing South Carolina’s business community is workforce development and closing the skills gap. We also know that a child’s education starts long before he or she ever hits the classroom. That is why this year, the Chamber became a co-signer of the newly defined “kindergarten readiness” description and a supporter of the corresponding campaign, ‘I CAN’. The announcement last week represents a culmination of the efforts of the South Carolina State Board of Education and the First Steps organization to provide all of our students with the best chance of educational success from the outset. We applaud them and thank them for those efforts. The South Carolina Chamber is pleased to be part of this announcement and will continue to support the state’s initiatives to educate our children, develop a sustainable and capable workforce, and provide our businesses with the most talented workforce in the country.”

 
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Sponsorships available NOW for Business Speaks

Sponsors help give business leaders a chance to speak one on one with State House leaders!
 
Mark your calendars for January 26! Each January the Chamber offers members the opportunity to discuss legislative priorities with key General Assembly leaders at Business Speaks at the State House. Topics of discussion will include infrastructure, education and workforce, business licensing fees, and a conversation about the Chamber’s Competitiveness Agenda for 2016. Sponsorships are going fast!

 
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Workforce Symposium Announced

In partnership with the SC Department of Education and Workforce and the State Workforce Development Board, this event is expanded from the Chamber’s annual workforce conference.  Uniting the business community with economic development and workforce professionals, this conference is the premier educational and training event in SC.  The agenda features a variety of topics from sector strategies, aging workforce concerns, and available education initiatives to provide a job-ready workforce. Make plans to join us.

 
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