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October 28, 2014   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Get Out The Vote November 4 for Business Friendly Candidates


Election Day is just one week away! As you head to the polls, keep in mind the importance of voting for candidates who support job creation and economic development priorities. As the unified voice of business, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce endorses pro-business candidates who have demonstrated support for business priorities and a commitment to advance a forward-thinking agenda that promotes global competitiveness in South Carolina.
In the 2014 gubernatorial election, the South Carolina Chamber proudly endorses Governor Nikki Haley. Since January 2011, South Carolina has announced more than 56,000 new jobs and more than $13.2 billion in new investments in 45 of the 46 counties in the state. In fact, Governor Haley announced 7,100 jobs in one day, making it the largest single day of jobs announcements in South Carolina history. This year, Governor Haley championed an education reform package that provides funding for K-12 education and allocates dollars for children in poverty, reading coaches in every public elementary school and dollars to improve Internet bandwidth in school facilities. Her support of one of the state’s largest economic engines, the port system, has been key in making the Port of Charleston the fastest growing port in the U.S.  Governor Nikki Haley is also a champion of tort reform and understands how frivolous lawsuits affect all businesses. She also established a task force to review and reduce government overreach on businesses to create a more simplified regulatory system.
“Governor Haley is our ‘jobs governor’ and a champion for all South Carolinians. The business community is proud to support Nikki Haley in the 2014 election. I urge all South Carolinians to join us,” said Otis Rawl, president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
Also on the statewide ballot is an amendment (#2) that would appoint the Adjutant General. A 'Yes' vote will require the Adjutant General to be appointed by the Governor with consent of the Senate, beginning in 2018. The General Assembly will set the term, duties, compensation and qualifications for this office and procedures by which appointment is made and how an Adjutant General can be removed from office. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce supports a YES vote to this question.
In House of Representative races, please see South Carolina Chamber’s 2014 Legislative Scorecard to view those House members who scored 80% or above on business priorities.

2014 Legislative Scorecard
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LAST CHANCE: Register now for the 35th Annual Summit

Time is running out to register! Don't miss the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce's 35th Annual Summit where you can connect with business leaders, hear from a premier line-up of speakers on the state's most pressing issues and help pave the way to the future of South Carolina. 

This year's Summit, presented by Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., will feature special presentations honoring the Business Leader of the Year (Mike Brenan, President, BB&T South Carolina), Public Servant of the Year (Jim Newsome, President & CEO, SC Ports Authority) and Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award (posthumously awarded to Ike McLeese, former President & CEO, Columbia Chamber of Commerce). In addition, confirmed speakers include:

  • Cheryl Stanton, Director, SC Department of Employment & Workforce
  • Janet Kavinoky, Executive Director, Transportation & Infrastructure, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Janet Oakley, Secretary of Transportation, SC Department of Transportation
  • Molly Spearman, Candidate, SC Superintendent of Education
  • Dr. Richard Sutton, Executive Director, SC Commission on Higher Education
  • Dr. Jimmie Williamson, Director, SC Technical College System

Sponsorship opportunities are still available starting at just $1,500.  For event sponsorship inquiries, please contact Paul Dunn at 803.255.2566.

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Craig Long Awarded the Milliken Medal of Quality

During the SC Governor’s Quality Award Conference in Columbia on October 15, Craig Long, vice president and executive director of Performance Solutions by Milliken, was awarded the prestigious Milliken Medal of Quality. Governor Nikki Haley attended the awards ceremony to help make the presentation.

The Milliken Medal of Quality recognizes South Carolinians of vision who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and outstanding achievement in the implementation of quality systems in their organizations and who have been an inspiration for others to follow. The first medal went to its namesake, Roger Milliken, former president and chief executive officer of Milliken and Company. Since that time, 13 distinguished South Carolinians have received the award.

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SC Governor's Quality Award
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New Location, New Opportunities: 5th Annual Manufacturers Conference

Calling all manufacturers! In order to sustain the success of manufacturing in the state, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Manufacturers Conference: Leading the Way, set for February 11-13, 2015 in Greenville. South Carolina’s manufacturing community is the foundation of the state’s economy, and the South Carolina Chamber works each day to ensure that it profits and grows. This year’s conference focuses on a variety of issues including finance, workforce development, energy, export, permitting, health care, labor and much more. Conference topics will be strategic in nature with statewide and nationally recognized speakers. A complete agenda will be posted soon.

Not only will the conference be held in a new location, 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. We invite you to bring various members of your staff to learn, network and engage.

Various sponsorship opportunities are available starting at just $600.  For event sponsorship inquiries, please contact Paul Dunn, sponsorships and advertising manager, at 803.255.2566.

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