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October 16, 2015   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

South Carolina Disaster
Recovery Centers Open in
Columbia and Lexington 


Two disaster recovery centers are open in Columbia and Lexington to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
Lexington County
Lexington Main Library
5440 Augusta Road
Lexington County
Irmo Branch Library
6251 St. Andrews Road
If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, those with flooding losses should register with FEMA. You can go online to or call 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. [Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY). For Video Relay Service or accommodations, call 800-621-3362.]
Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences not covered by insurance.
Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are also available to help with homeowner, renter and business uninsured losses. Businesses should first register with FEMA and may obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing) or online at

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Grassroots Meeting this Week: Pee Dee

This week, you can join us at the Regional Grassroots Meeting in the Pee Dee region at the historic Darlington Raceway! Grassroots meetings are part of a series of “listening meetings” the SC Chamber is holding throughout the State to help develop our agenda for the year. Your input is critical.
The Grassroots Meeting is the first step in creating the 2016 Competitiveness Agenda, the business community’s annual list of legislative priorities. The meeting will begin with a legislative review from South Carolina Chamber CEO Ted Pitts before moving into an open discussion of legislative issues that businesses believe must be addressed. Register here.
You are invited to Share Your Business Concerns:
You have a voice! When developing our priorities and goals for the legislative session, we need your ideas so that we can advocate effectively on your behalf. YOUR INPUT IS CRITICAL TO THIS PROCESS!  The SC Chamber looks forward to starting the conversation with our elected officials to share the business community’s priorities and our view of how to create an environment that will improve the future business climate in South Carolina. Register HERE!
This Week:
Thursday, October 15, 2015 4:30PM – 7:00PM
Darlington Raceway
1301 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington, SC

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SC Chamber Board welcomes John Uprichard

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its newly elected executive committee and board of directors for 2015-16. John Uprichard, president and CEO of FGP International, took the helm as chairman when the new board began the new year in their new roles October 1, 2015. The membership thanks its immediate past chairman, Mikee Johnson of Cox Industries, for his leadership over the last year. Meet the board.

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Technology is driving business at an unprecedented speed. But, on an almost daily business, cyber security breaches or hacks are taking place throughout the world. So, how do you protect your business, your family, yourself? Join us for Trends 2015 as we explore the important topic of cyber security. This is a must attend event for C Suite, citizens and technologists!
Morning Keynotes:
Creating a Culture of Cyber Security, Michael Kaiser, National Cyber Security Alliance
Securing the internet is a responsibility we all share, and NCSAM is intended to provide all digital citizens with the resources they need to protect themselves and others online. Learn about how we start to create a culture of cyber security.
South Carolina's Cyber Landscape and Opportunities, General Les Eisner, University of South Carolina
Lessons Learned from Ashley Madison, Jim Salter, Openoid
38 million accounts and 9.7 million credit card transactions from the notorious adultery site leaked this year. How does this affect you? Probably more than you think, whether you were in AM's databases or not. Learn how to manage your data - and its inevitable exposure - in the harsh reality of the internet era.
But It Disappeared!
What REALLY happens when you use apps such as SnapChat? A demonstration by top forensic specialists.
Afternoon Sessions/Breakouts:

  • How to Make Your Home and Family Cyber Safe, Michael Kaiser
  • Passwords in the Internet Age, Jim Salter, Openoid
  • So You've Been Hacked, Juliana Harris, SC Department of Consumer Affairs
Learn how to put together a cybersecurity plan for your business, how to manage potential issues and more. Speakers include:
  • Michael Santarcangelo
  • Adam Anderson
  • Greg Meetze, SLED
  • Jarrett Coco, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
  • Low Cost Tools for Security Challenges, Timothy De Block, ColaSec
  • Application Security, Bruce Jenkins, HP
  • Simple Hacking Techniques Anyone Can Use, Mark Baggett, SANS Institute
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