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June 23, 2015   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Business Community Joins Governor Haley Calling for the Removal of Confederate Flag From
State House Grounds


In Governor Haley’s press conference yesterday, she had this to say regarding the Confederate flag that flies on the Statehouse grounds:

“First, this is South Carolina’s Statehouse. It is South Carolina’s historic moment.  And this will be South Carolina’s decision.  To those outside of our state, the flag may be nothing more than a symbol of the worst of America’s past.  That is not what it is to many South Carolinians.  This Statehouse belongs to all of us.  Their voices will be heard, their role in this debate respected… But we are not going to allow this symbol to divide us any longer.  The fact that people are choosing to use it as a sign of hate is a something we cannot stand.  The fact that it causes pain to so many is enough to move it from the Capitol grounds – it is, after all, a Capitol that belongs to all of us.”

In 2000, prior to the General Assembly voting to remove the Confederate Flag from atop the S.C. Statehouse dome, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce was a vocal leader in supporting its removal. We join Governor Nikki Haley in calling for the state legislature to act in an expeditious manner. The business community of South Carolina expects the General Assembly to deal with this issue. The South Carolina Chamber mourns for those affected by the tragedy in Charleston, and we commend South Carolinians for responding with grace and unity. South Carolina is a great place to live, work and do business. This effort will only make it better.

On a related note, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s partner organization, SC BIPEC, has set up an education fund to help the children of Senator Clementa Pinckney. Reverend Pinckney is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and daughters Eliana, 11, and Malana, 6 years of age.

A contribution check may be made out to the Senator Clementa Pinckney Children’s Education Fund, BB&T, PO BOX 687, Columbia, SC 29201.

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EX-Im Bank dispute risks S.C. jobs

Jeffrey Immelt, chief executive of General Electric Co., is playing hard ball with congressmen such as Jeff Duncan of South Carolina.
Caught in the crossfire are more than 3,000 GE jobs in Greenville.

Immelt is among the U.S. business leaders who want Congress to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
That arm of the federal government finances export deals of American companies, including some of the overseas sales of the power turbines that GE designs and makes in Greenville.

Congressional authorization for the bank will expire at the end of the month unless Congress votes to renew it.

Ted Pitts, in a special op-ed to The Herald said:

"For more than 50 years, Morrison Textile Machinery has been a major employer of Lancaster County, a region that is growing at a rapid pace. Lancaster is the fastest growing county in South Carolina and the 26th-fastest in the U.S. York County is the fourth-fastest growing in the state and 68th in the nation.

Thanks to the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, companies such as Morrison have attracted global customers who have helped keep South Carolinians employed through good times and tough times. Morrison has remained a legacy for generations of local employees and the families they support. Like Morrison, several other companies in York County utilize the Ex-Im Bank, including Honeywell International in Fort Mill, Hydra Platforms Mfg. in Rock Hill and Northcourse Imports in York.

Just 12 days remain before the deadline to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. The Ex-Im Bank, an export credit agency that helps tens of thousands of American businesses sell their products overseas, will lose its charter unless reauthorized by Congress by June 30." Read More.

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The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Best Companies Group and SCBIZ are pleased to unveil the 50 winning companies of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. Best Places to Work is dedicated to identifying and recognizing the state’s most innovative and top-notch employers. This year's winners will be recognized and the rankings will be announced during an awards dinner, presented by Colonial Life, August 6 at the Columbia Marriott. Sponsorships are available, as are tickets to the event.

Companies making the list include accounting firms, financial institutions, insurance companies, technology firms, engineering firms, construction companies and health care companies, just to name a few. Winning companies are divided into a Small/Medium Employer category (15-249 or more U.S. employees) and a Large Employer category (250 or more U.S. employees).

The innovative Best Places to Work program has experienced incredible growth and has quickly emerged as the standard for workplace achievement and creativity in South Carolina. 

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Break out the Black Tie for the Palmetto Vision Awards

The judges are judging and the word is out. South Carolina has won the title as THE place to invest in your company. Let’s recognize those individuals and companies who have helped make the myth a reality. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Palmetto Vision Awards serve as an opportunity to honor those who have made significant contributions in the fields of manufacturing, diversity and human resources. The Palmetto Vision Awards Gala is rolling out the red carpet for YOU on September 10 in Columbia. Both Chamber members and nonmembers can buy their tickets today and/or take advantage of hotel accommodations (Group Code VAG).

Various sponsorship opportunities are available still.  Please contact Sunny Philips for additional information regarding sponsorship opportunities.

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