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August 28, 2015   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Small businesses dealt blow by NLRB


Franchisers, take note. You could potentially be held liable for hiring and firing decisions by any of your thousands of individual franchisees, thanks to a brand new decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Today, the NLRB determined Browning-Ferris Industries to be a “joint employer,” overturning established labor policy and disrupting the operations of small businesses across the country, like at your local chain restaurant. “If this goes into effect then the franchiser has to step in and have a standard for hiring, human resources, payroll, everything,” said Jania Bailey to Forbes. She’s a board member of the International Franchising Association and chief executive of FranNet, a consulting firm that matches franchisees and franchisors. “It basically nullifies this independent business model.” The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is appalled by this partisan decision by the NLRB and asks that Congress take action.

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SC Ports Authority Announces Daniel Island Land Transfer

This month, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), Representative Jim Merrill and Senator Larry Grooms announced the completion of a lease agreement granting oversight of a 50-acre land parcel on Daniel Island to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) for public benefit.

The 99-year lease fulfills a state budget proviso requiring the SCPA to transfer 50 acres of its property on Daniel Island to the agency that oversees the state’s parks and recreation facilities, providing residents of the City of Charleston visitors from across the TriCounty region access to additional passive and active recreational space.

“This land transfer is a significant milestone in safeguarding the future of the port and the Lowcountry,” Representative Merrill said. “For over 15 years we have struggled to find a mutually-beneficial purpose for the surplus port property on Daniel Island. Now, due to the work of visionaries like the SCPA Board, Jim Newsome, Matt Sloan and a host of others, we can begin to see those plans take shape.”

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We were pleased to announce the awards finalists for the 2015 Gala. Today, we would like to announce a special part of our awards program. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that we will be honoring Emanuel A.M.E. Church with our Excellence in Community Diversity Award.  As we salute business and community leaders this year, we believe there is no finer group to be recognized for leadership than those at Mother Emanuel in Charleston. The love, grace, and strength the Church has shown in the face of an unthinkable tragedy represents the very best of our South Carolina communities. We are proud to announce this special part of our program; you may see a list of all of our finalists is below.

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 soulful stage entertainment featuring the Mighty Kicks. Reservations are required ($125 for members). The dress is black tie optional. Sponsorships are still available.

Congratulations to our 2015 honorees! The 2015 Palmetto Vision Awards finalists are:

Manufacturer of the Year Finalists
Allied Air Enterprises
The Boeing Company South Carolina
Johnson Controls, Inc. Power Solutions Division
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 Roasting Plant
TD Bank

Human Resources Professional of the Year Finalists
Debra Ham, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, County of Greenville
Marilyn M. Messer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
April Simpkins, PHR, HRS&S Consulting, LLC
Tanya Weldon, MHRD, PHR, Gildan USA, Inc.

With a special presentation of the
Excellence in Community Diversity Award to
Emanuel A.M.E. Church

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Ex-Im Bank: Are jobs and small businesses at risk?

In the last days of summer there is one critical issue that needs to be addressed. 

Will you take a moment to call your Representative's office and voice your support for the thousands of small businesses and jobs that are being jeopardized by the expiration of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im)?
Small business owners across the country are urging their Members of Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im when they return from August recess, and they need your help. 

Call 877-422-0349 to be connected now or add your name online in support of Ex-Im.
These are real people and jobs being impacted by Congress' failure to act. 

But it's not too late for Congress to do the right thing and reauthorize Ex-Im before American jobs are shipped overseas and businesses are forced to shutter their doors. 

Show your support for small businesses in your community by calling your Representative at 877-422-0349 or taking action online here:

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