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June 2, 2015   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Second Annual LeadSC Young Professionals Summit Announced


September 23-24, 2015 • Columbia Marriott

Over 250 young professionals from throughout the state united to attend the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and LeadSC’s inaugural Young Professionals Summit last year. With over a 98% satisfaction rate among those first year attendees, young pros seized the opportunity to meet with top leadership from South Carolina’s legacy corporations in a dynamic, open environment designed to encourage personal, professional, civic and community development. Last year was only the beginning.
Why attend?

  • Learn about personal and professional development, community impact and South Carolina business issues
  • Network with the state’s top business leaders and legislators
  • Enjoy one-on-one time with CEOs
  • Connect with peers from across the state

Millennials now outnumber all other generations in the workplace. Show your support of the professional development of South Carolina's YP's and gain exposure for your company by considering a sponsorship. There are a limited number of sponsorships still available; last year we completely sold out of top level sponsorships.

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Invest in S.C. future by passing infrastructure bill

This opinion piece originally appeared in The Post and Courier on May 31, 2015.

We have less than a week left in the 2015 legislative session, and the South Carolina Senate must get into action to pass a bill on the most critical need facing our state — funding for infrastructure.

Last August, three of South Carolina’s leading metro chambers (the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia Chamber and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce), along with a number of other private and public sector leaders, met for half a day to develop a unified voice on achieving a substantive funding stream to meet our state’s infrastructure needs. At the end of that day, we agreed to urge every member of the General Assembly and Gov. Nikki Haley to identify a new, dedicated funding mechanism to address South Carolina’s dangerous road conditions and to stress that this need is urgent. Our constant drumbeat since that day in August has been just that: Pass a bill that raises the money needed to address infrastructure.

We are not alone in our efforts. In fact we have rarely seen such a broad coalition of support on this issue — from the business community to the trucking industry to AARP — across our state citizens and businesses are point-blank asking our state elected leadership to fix South Carolina’s roads. Action on this issue will highlight the Legislature’s interest in listening and responding to their constituents.

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Is South Carolina Graduating an Employable Workforce?

If there’s one lesson South Carolina has finally mastered, it’s that when it comes to economic development, it’s the indigenous workforce that makes or breaks a deal. Developing a highly-skilled and well-educated population is integral to increased job opportunities. States with the highest levels of educated citizens will have the advantage in attracting and creating jobs, improving the state’s overall standard of living. South Carolina must start now, and the business community supports initiatives that will transform the current education system to achieve that goal. The private and public sectors must work together to ensure workforce needs are addressed.

A complete agenda will be released soon. Join us to hear from the State Superintendent of Education, SCDEW, university researchers and many more. Register today.

Commit yourself to the future of this state and her citizens. Various sponsorship opportunities start at just $500. For inquiries, please contact Sunny Philips at 803.255.2543.

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Summer Sendoff: Just $500 Sends a Student to SC Business Week

Imagine for a moment what it must feel like for a youngster to set foot on a college campus for the first time? Sleep in a dorm? Eat in the cafeteria? You can make this happen for one special high schooler in your area! The South Carolina Chamber is seeking businesses interested in sponsoring a student (or students) to attend the prestigious South Carolina Business Week, July 26-31, 2015, held at Presbyterian College. Each year, Business Week offers bright, young adults in your hometown the unique opportunity to interact with business leaders along with their peers to learn more about the ins and outs of a successful career. During the week, teams of students develop mock companies, led by company advisors loaned from some of South Carolina’s most successful businesses. Students attend workshops to learn about all aspects of business and test their newly acquired knowledge in a business simulation designed to achieve a real company feel with challenging, real-world situations. Follow their story on Facebook.

To find out how you can provide a scholarship to help a student attend S.C. Business Week 2015 or to nominate a student from your area, visit See which companies contributed in 2014.

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Welcome New SC Chamber Members


Brick Street Insurance, Charlotte, NC
Constangy, Brooks, Smith, & Prophete, LLP, Columbia
Empire Property Management Group, LLC, Columbia 
Energi Transport LLC, Columbia 
Johnson Food Service LLC, Columbia 
Lineage Logistics LLC, Colton, CA
Nestle Waters North America Inc., Breinigsville, PA
NTE Energy, Saint Augustine, FL

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