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August 4, 2015   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

You are invited to the 2nd Annual Palmetto Vision Awards Gala 

Thursday, September 10, 2015 • Embassy Suites, Columbia

Announcing our annual award finalists! The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce will recognize superior companies that have excelled in the areas of manufacturing and diversity in the workplace. The Gala honors South Carolina’s top human resources professional, too. Hit the red carpet and mingle with fellow Chamber members while you enjoy fantastic food and drink. Festivities start with a reception and silent auction at 6pm followed by the dinner and stage entertainment featuring the Mighty Kicks. Reservations are required ($125 for members). The dress is black tie optional. Sponsorships are still available.

The 2015 Palmetto Vision Awards finalists are:
Manufacturer of the Year Finalists
Allied Air Enterprises
The Boeing Company South Carolina
Johnson Controls, Inc. Oconee Poly/Power Frame Plant
T&S Brass and Bronze Works Inc.

Excellence in Workplace Diversity Finalists
Bank of America
Fisher & Phillips, LLP
Google South Carolina
Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce
Spartanburg Community College
Starbucks Coffee Company – Sandy Run
TD Bank

Human Resources Professional of the Year Finalists
Debra Ham, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, County of Greenville
April Simpkins, PHR, HRS&S Consulting, LLC
Tanya Weldon, MHRD, PHR, Gildan USA, Inc.
Congratulations to our 2015 honorees!

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2015 SC Business Week Scholarship Winners Announced

Friday wrapped another successful SC Business Week. Each year, Business Week offers bright, young adults the unique opportunity to interact with business leaders along with their peers to learn more about the ins and outs of a successful career. Many of the students interview for college scholarships. Among the 2015 scholarship winners are a class valedictorian and a future U.S. Senator (or so she wishes). A new scholarship was hastily added upon review of the outstanding applications by SCANA, bringing the count up to six scholarships. It was a record year for the program and these six winners:

Ms. Taylor Bradley won the S. Hunter Howard, Jr. Scholarship for $5,000. She is a 2015 graduate of East Clarendon High School. She will attend USC in the fall of 2015.

Ms. Peyton Elmore was awarded the Ron McNair Leadership Award for $5,000. She is a rising junior at James F. Byrnes High School in Spartanburg.

Mr. Wayne Russ, II won the 2015 SCANA Scholarship for $3,000. He is a graduate of Crestwood High School in Sumter. He will attend USC in fall of 2015.

Mr. Coleman “Chase” Belk won the Mechanical Contractors Association of SC Scholarship for $2,500. He is a 2015 graduate of Wilson Hall in Sumter. He will attend Furman in fall 2015.

Mr. Vignesh Rajmohan was awarded the Chelse Ward Elliott Scholarship for $2,000. He is a rising sophomore at J.L. Mann Academy in Greenville.
Ms. Carly Sincavitch was awarded the Rawl Family Scholarship for $2,000. She is a rising senior at Myrtle Beach High School.

Thank you to the individuals, corporations and associations who make these scholarships possible each year.
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Support the Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation

To commemorate what would have been his 42nd birthday, the family of Clementa C. Pinckney has established a foundation in honor of the late Pastor and South Carolina State Senator.  

Pinckney served in the South Carolina House and Senate for nearly 20 years. State Senator Gerald Malloy served alongside Pinckney since 2002 and is assisting the family in launching the official Pinckney Foundation.

The Foundation was established by Mrs. Pinckney, Senator Malloy and Reverend Kylon Jerome Middleton, Ph.D., a former high school principal and current AME pastor, who was the Reverend’s best friend.

The Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation
The mission of the Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation is to improve the quality of life for all South Carolina citizens by supporting religious, educational and charitable causes that the late Senator supported while serving as a leader in his church, community and the South Carolina Senate.  To donate, visit

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Welcome New Members


Arthur J. Gallagher, Columbia
Beaufort Jasper Water & Sewer Authority, Okatie 
CRM Global Manufacturing, Seneca 
Dominion Resources Services, Columbus  OH

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