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September 22, 2015   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Grassroots Meetings this Week: Grand Strand and York 


Please join us for Wednesday’s Grand Strand Meeting in Murrell’s Inlet Wednesday, September 23rd or in Fort Mill on Friday, September 25th! Register Today.  
The Grassroots Meeting is one of the first steps 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 staff before moving into an open discussion of legislative issues that businesses believe must be addressed.
Your Presence is Requested:
This meeting is part of a series of Grassroots Meetings the SC Chamber is holding throughout the State. 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!  We look forward to you joining the conversation so we can develop our priorities as a team. 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:
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Inlet Affairs 
4024 Highway 17 Business 
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Friday, September 25, 2015 Noon - 1:30PM
Fort Mill Golf Club 
101 Country Club Dr 
Fort Mill, SC 29715
Award Recipients:
The Representatives listed below are recognized as 2015 Business Advocates for their support of the legislative priorities of the business community. Please join us in congratulating them.
Grand Strand Area

  • Rep. Carl Anderson (Georgetown)
  • Rep. Greg Duckworth (Horry)
  • Rep. Stephen Goldfinch (Georgetown)

York, Chester, Lancaster Counties

  • Rep. MaryGail Douglas (Fairfield, Chester, Richland)
  • Rep. Greg Delleney (Chester)
  • Rep. Raye Felder (York)
  • Rep. Ralph Norman (York)
  • Rep. Gary Simrill (York)
  • Rep. Richie Yow (Chesterfield, Lancaster)

Coming to Your Area this September!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College 
3250 Saint Matthews Rd 
Orangeburg, SC 29118
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Lee's Distributors 
315 Marymeade Rd. 
Summerville, SC 29483

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Cybersecurity:  Securing Your World in the Digital Age

Did You Know? In 2015, $400 million was the estimated financial loss from 700 million compromised records*
My IT guys have it covered…
We haven’t had a breach…
It is fine…we have insurance…
Cyber security is at the heart of every business in this technological age. And, the risk of a cyber breach may be as simple as one compromised machine in your office.

How do you protect your company, your profits, your intellectual capital, your employees, your customers from a cyber security breach? Join IT-oLogy, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, SCITDA and the USC Cyber Security Center for “Trends: Cyber Security” on Wednesday, October 28 at IT-oLogy, 1301 Gervais Street, Columbia. Presentations will give you the information you need to begin to assemble a cyber security plan for your business. Topics include: insurance and legal implications, developing a plan, how to mitigate risks, how to manage a breach, common techniques used by cyber criminals (phishing), and many others.
*Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report

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Last Chance to be one of the South Carolina Top 100™!

Grant Thornton has begun its survey of the largest privately held companies in South Carolina. Are you one of them? For over 30 years, the Grant Thornton South Carolina 100™ (SC100) has celebrated the substantial impact of private companies in South Carolina.  Why participate?

  • Your business and employees will benefit from heightened market awareness.
  • You will have the ability to leverage positive recognition to enhance your company's brand.
  • SC100 is highlighted in the November/December edition of the SC Chamber’s new magazine.

Criteria for selection and ranking: To be considered, companies must be headquartered in South Carolina. Inclusion is voluntary and companies are ranked by revenue from the previous year. Excluded from the participation are:

  • subsidiaries; 
  • non-profits;
  • financial services companies and
  • health care providers such as hospitals and doctor's offices.

Private equity-owned companies are accepted, as long as they are not public companies. Ranking in SC100 is based on the actual revenues provided in the survey.  Revenues numbers are kept strictly confidential.  The published list of finalists will only indicate revenue ranges. 
The Deadline for Submissions is September 25, 2015.
New Participants, apply online at
Are you a returning applicant?  To accommodate your ease of completing the 2015 survey, data from previous submissions (2012-2014) are available to you and can be securely pre-populated to your 2015 survey by obtaining your secure password.  To obtain your password, please contact Robbie Diamond at 803-231-3085 or

Apply Online
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