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Two more Opportunities to Register and SAVE on Education Forum
August 18, 2015 • Embassy Suites, Columbia


You spoke and we listened. One of the most important resources required of our South Carolina-based member companies is access to a highly-skilled and well educated workforce. Our final forum in the Competiveness Agenda Series is set to focus on this very topic. If you are a company chief, educator, HR manager or policymaker interested in learning what we can do together to advance this directive, then you won’t want to miss this one-day event.

The speakers and agenda have been released. Plus, we've extended the Early Bird Discount until July 22nd. What’s more, S.C. Chamber members can register today or tomorrow and save an additional $25 per registration when you register 2 or more people to attend this forum.  Use the promo code "EWFMULTIPLE" at checkout to receive the discount. 

PLUS, if you’re a member of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) you can receive a 25%-off discount on member or non-member prices. Enter promo code “SHRMEDU”  when registering online. The SHRM discount expires Aug. 7 and may not be applied to sponsorships or existing registrations. Don’t delay.

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Chamber Plans a Detailed Workforce Analysis

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is deeply engaged in workforce development in the Palmetto State. The No. 1 workforce issue facing businesses is a talented pipeline that ensures companies remain globally competitive. Key to a strong workforce is the fact that South Carolina has one of the lowest unionization rates in the country, yet that is being threatened every day. We want to showcase that South Carolina is a great place to locate and expand business.

For this reason, the South Carolina Chamber is pleased to announce plans for the South Carolina Workforce Report, a detailed publication to be released near Labor Day 2015 that showcases what makes the Palmetto State’s workforce great, challenges we face and labor issues employers need to be aware of as they grow their businesses.

The publication will feature experts on issues like changes at the NLRB, ambush elections, new union organizing tools, preparing for a union free future, and more! A special workforce development section will address issues like workforce readiness, recruiting and retention strategies for business, workforce trends, and more! The best part is YOU can be a part of this project, thereby expounding on your workforce expertise. Read More.

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Charleston Outpaces the Nation in Tech Growth

Charleston, South Carolina has quickly become a surprise player in the tech growth field among giants like Silicon Valley and New York City. Usually known as a top tourism destination, Charleston has a larger percentage of employment in IT-related business than Austin or Raleigh. In fact, Post and Courier reported that Charleston's tech economy is growing 26% faster than the national average -- and just as quickly as Silicon Valley. Home to more than 200 tech companies, Charleston's fast-growing tech hub is fueled by new waves of young, creative talent flocking to the area. From 2000 to 2012, Charleston's millennial population grew 58 percent -- outpacing Nashville, Denver and Houston. Venture capitalists have also taken a keen interest in the mid-sized metro. This year, the Brookings Institution ranked Charleston #12 in the nation for venture capital "first fundings" by population and deal concentration. Read More.

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The annual South Carolina Business Week will commence July 26-31 on the campus of Presbyterian College in Clinton. For more than 30 years, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s Business Week program has contributed to the preparation of young adults for the business environment by introducing them to the principles of leadership, teamwork and the American free enterprise system while promoting self-reliance, individual responsibility, public speaking skills and entrepreneurship.

During the “career readiness” week, teams of top level high school students develop mock companies, led by company advisors (CAs) loaned from some of South Carolina’s most successful legacy companies like Michelin, SCANA, Colonial Life, Sun Printing, Midlands Technical College and United Way. When the students are not working on their business simulations in company teams, they are touring multinational companies, unveiling their “apps” to a Shark Tank panel, auditioning for a diverse talent show, sculpting new business ideas with “junk,” learning about life on a college campus, making new friends and preparing for the end-of-the-week graduation ceremony.

Business Week is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the high school students who attend to learn and live together on a college campus at little to no cost to them or their families.

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