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November 11, 2014   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Business Friendly Candidates Overwhelmingly Win in South Carolina


Last Tuesday was a great Election Day for South Carolina’s business community as candidates who supported economic development priorities overwhelmingly won their elections.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce endorsed Governor Nikki Haley, who easily won reelection, receiving close to 56 percent of vote. In the Lieutenant Governor race, Republican Henry McMaster defeated Bakari Sellers. Molly Spearman was elected State Superintendent of Education, and Hugh Weathers was reelected Commissioner of Agriculture. 

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham defeated his challengers. U.S. Senator Tim Scott was elected to fill the unexpired term left by Jim DeMint. All U.S. House representatives from South Carolina were reelected. Nationally, Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate and maintained control of the U.S. House.

South Carolina Constitutional Amendment 2, to enable the governor to appoint the state Adjutant General, passed. The amendment was supported by the South Carolina Chamber.

The following South Carolina Chamber-supported candidates were elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives.

  • Bill Sandifer (Oconee)
  • David Hiott (Pickens)
  • Craig Gagnon (Abbeville)
  • Mike Burns (Greenville)
  • Tommy Stringer (Greenville)
  • Dan Hamilton (Greenville)
  • Phyllis Henderson (Greenville)
  • Bruce Bannister (Greenville)
  • Raye Felder (York)
  • Mike Forrester (Spartanburg)
  • Michael Anthony (Union)
  • Richie Yow (Chesterfield)
  • Mike Ryhal (Horry)
  • Terry Alexander (Florence)
  • Kirkman Finlay (Richland)
  • Mia McLeod (Richland)
  • Kit Spires (Lexington)
  • Chris Murphy (Dorchester)
  • Chip Limehouse (Charleston)
  • Leon Stavrinakis (Charleston)
  • Bill Bowers (Hampton)
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2015 Manufacturers Conference: New Location. New Sessions. New Opportunities.

The 5th Annual Manufacturers Conference, Leading the Way, is set for February 11-13, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville. This premier educational and networking event for manufacturers continues to grow each year, attracting top executives. This diverse group of attendees includes tire, automotive, industrial, steel, food, chemical, plastic and electronics manufacturers. Conference topics will focus on a variety of issues including finance, workforce development, energy, permitting, health care, labor and much more. The agenda will be released soon. View NEW 2015 sponsorship opportunities. 

Not only will the conference be held in a new location and offer new investment opportunities, but for the first time the Chamber will offer a variety of breakout sessions on Thursday afternoon to include topics like health care, workforce development, tax-saving export strategies and the inland port. 

All sponsorships were sold last year so don't miss out in 2015. New sponsorship opportunities offer exceptional exposure to the manufacturing sector and are being offered this year, starting out at just $600. The deadline to appear in marketing materials is November 25, and the final sponsorship deadline is February 4, 2015.

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Safety Training: Seating is Limited

OSHA Recordkeeping, Effective Safety and Health Programs and Forklift Training are designed to provide the training you need to help your company reduce risk and ultimately save you money. The first half-day of training will cover the very latest in Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping, a safety topic that generates more confusion and questions than any other topic. The December 15 afternoon session will provide a multitude of information on effective safety and health programs. The second day of training will focus solely on Forklift Training.  View Schedule

Each of these sessions will include a review of OSHA violations consistently cited by OSHA compliance officers during inspections. A discount is available to those individuals or companies who register for both days and/or send multiple attendees. 

Wilder H. Allen is a federal OSHA authorized instructor for general industry and construction with more than 30 years of professional experience. He is a former Indiana OSHA compliance officer/trainer and is president of Safety Management Corporation, one of the leading OSHA training and compliance companies in the nation.

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DEW Releases 2015 Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates

The SC Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) announced on October 31 the release of the 2015 unemployment insurance tax rates. The 2015 tax rates represent a nine percent reduction over 2014 tax rates. Overall, South Carolina businesses will see that tax rates are approximately 20 to 25 percent lower for 2015 as compared to 2011 taxes when the new structure was implemented.

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