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May 19, 2015   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Business Community Gathers to Urge Action on Infrastructure


The business community descended upon the South Carolina State House today to urge the General Assembly, specifically the Senate, to get to work on an infrastructure funding package. With just nine days left in the legislative session, representatives from small, medium and large businesses as well as more than 25 chambers of commerce and other organizations crowded the State House lobby to address the media.

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts addressed the group. “There is no other issue that the business community is more united on,” he said. “With just nine days remaining to invest in our roads, it is unacceptable for the Senate to go home without getting the people’s work done.”

The House passed its infrastructure plan months ago, and the Senate just recently set an infrastructure funding bill for priority debate, but the legislation still has a hurdle to overcome as it sits behind a 20-week abortion bill and the Capital Reserve Fund.

In related news, WACH Fox is hosting a Town Hall meeting on Infrastructure this Thursday, May 21 from 7 pm-8 pm at the Booker T. Washington Auditorium (1400 Wheat Street, Columbia) at the University of South Carolina. The Forum will be broadcast and streamed live over several stations throughout South Carolina.  South Carolina Chamber President and CEO Ted Pitts will participate on a panel along with representatives of the South Carolina Policy Council and Americans for Prosperity. We invite you to join us in the audience, but space is limited. If you wish to attend, please send your name to

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Surprise! Are you ready for your OSHA inspection?

We’ve all heard the saying, it’s not a matter of “if” a workplace catastrophe can happen, it’s unfortunately only a matter of “when” it will happen. If you have been putting off that safety program review, you are inviting not only danger for your employees but costly fees and fines for your company. What’s more, your OSHA inspector knows where the “cash machines” are in your plant (areas most often cited for violations). Do you?

Commit your workplace to hazard prevention, control and training. A little goes a long way. Make plans to attend the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s comprehensive and intensive 10- or 30-hour OSHA training.

Register today. The 10-hour OSHA General Compliance Course gives a broad overview of the major OSHA topics and regulations. The training will provide participants with 1 1/2 days of intensive review of current OSHA requirements in the area of occupational safety and health.

For a more comprehensive look at the OSHA 1910 general industry regulations, attend the four-day,30-hour OSHA General Compliance Course. This course covers the current occupational safety and health compliance topics in great detail and is ideal for the safety professional who wants a complete understanding of OSHA laws.

This is your last chance to attend OSHA training through the SC Chamber in 2015. Space is limited, so don’t delay!

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Who makes SC Business Week possible each year? You do!

Phil Waddell is a small business owner of Chocolate Nirvana Bakery in Columbia. He is also the lead Company Advisor (CA) at South Carolina Business Week. Each CA is a business leader who volunteers a full week each summer to live at Presbyterian College and guide high schoolers through the ups and downs of running their own businesses.

Inspired by what Waddell does? 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, at Presbyterian College. 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.

During the week, teams of students develop mock companies and 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. Along with an emphasis on teamwork and leadership skills, Business Week includes programs on the stock market, ethics in business, leadership profiling, entrepreneurship and the significance of diversity in business.

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

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Is Your Company A Power Player? 

South Carolina Power Players is an annual listing of the top companies in SC and a showpiece for businesses like yours that are making a substantial impact.

While Palmetto Stars members will be listed in the publication at no charge, we are also offering the opportunity to purchase a sponsorship featuring your logo and a 100-word description about your company and/or your key involvement with South Carolina Chamber initiatives. There are also limited page sponsorships available.

The 2015 Power Players is mailed as a special supplement with the popular July/August edition of South Carolina Business magazine. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Act today! The deadline is Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

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