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October 7, 2014   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Jim Newsome to be Named 2014 Public Servant of the Year


South Carolina Ports Authority President & CEO James I. “Jim” Newsome, III will be honored as the 2014 Public Servant of the Year by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the state’s unified voice of business. Newsome will receive the award at the Chamber’s 35th Annual Summit, Paving the Way to the Future, during a dinner on November 13, 2014 at Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms.

“South Carolina is now the nation’s ninth-busiest container port by volume thanks in large part to Jim Newsome’s leadership,” said Otis Rawl, president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber. Rawl cited the Port’s 10-year, $2 billion series of capital improvements including harbor deepening, a new container terminal in North Charleston, an inland port in Greer and improvements to the Wando Terminal in Mt. Pleasant, among other improvements. Rawl also praised Newsome for supporting economic development priorities, including the Chamber’s No. 1 priority: infrastructure.

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Celebrating what makes SC Just Right

In 2013, South Carolina closed 127 economic development projects, infusing $5.4 billion into the state’s economy and recruiting more than 15,000 new jobs to our workforce. South Carolina is replete with charming small towns, exciting cities, picturesque mountains and incredible beaches. Not to mention the golf courses or the BBQ! SC is also "Just Right" for business.

When we all sing the praises of doing business in the Palmetto State, we all benefit. The goals of "Just Right's" efforts are to attract MORE companies, increase economic development, recruit and foster better talent and increase profitability. 

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Last Chance to Register: Education and Workforce Development Forum

The prosperity of South Carolina rests on the success of our workforce. Discover why developing a highly-skilled and well-educated population is integral to increased job opportunities and security with dynamic companies doing business in South Carolina at the Education and Workforce Development Forum, the Chamber’s fourth Competitiveness Agenda Series program of 2014. Learn why the private and public sectors must work together to ensure workforce needs are addressed and strategies are successfully implemented. Register today to begin preparing for tomorrow’s success! Registration fees start at just $50 (member/multiple attendee).

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35th Annual Summit: Speakers announced

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and premier gathering of the state’s business leaders, the 35th Annual Summit, is set for November 12-14 at Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms. During the Summit, presented by Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., special presentations will be held 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 the Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award winner (TBA).

The Summit luncheon; will feature Cheryl Stanton, Director, SC Department of Employment & Workforce, as the keynote speaker. In addition, confirmed symposium speakers include:

  • Janet Kavinoky, Executive Director, Transportation & Infrastructure, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Janet Oakley, Secretary of Transportation, S.C. 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

Other topics that will be covered during the symposium include energy, infrastructure funding and certificate of need.

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James Chin of Medical Services of America Earns Gold Star

Congratulations to James Chin of Medical Services of America for earning a Gold Star for helping to grow the Chamber’s membership.  Medical Services of America (MSA) is a comprehensive home healthcare provider that offers home healthcare, hospice service, home medical equipment, diabetic supply, enteral nutrition, respiratory services, non-medical home care, personal emergency response, cardio diagnostics, home pharmacy/infusion therapy and physician management.
To earn his Gold Star James referred Debbie Morris of Home Helpers  for membership. Whether you’re a family caregiver or could benefit from assistance yourself, Home Helpers can help make your life easier by providing companion care, senior care and respite care, so you or your loved one can enjoy aging in place.

Building the Chamber’s voice and strength in numbers is critical to keeping the ‘unified voice of business’ strong. While the Chamber maintains a full-time professional membership staff, the best advocate for membership is our members. Contact Barbara Beckham, to make a referral today and help grow YOUR Chamber!

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Custom Recycling LLC
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Palmetto Utility Protection Services (PUPS)
PHC Home Health
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Swanson's Deli
Vistelan Healthcare LLC

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