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September 11, 2014   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Certificate of Need Update


Over the past year, numerous businesses have made substantial investments (e.g. land, building and personnel) based on the understanding that the Certificate of Need (CON) permitting program was suspended because funding was vetoed by Governor Nikki Haley and sustained by the House. After the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in April 2014 that the CON program was not suspended by the sustaining of the governor’s veto, the General Assembly neglected to address the issue, which created bad public policy that only increased uncertainty for businesses expanding and creating jobs.

After the gubernatorial veto was sustained, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) told businesses that the CON program was suspended. The removal of funding for the CON program in 2013 was indeed a clear indication that the governor and General Assembly wanted to do away with the program and let free markets dictate growth.

In 2014, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce warned the legislature that action was needed as businesses continued to expand to meet capacity and growth needs. This year, the South Carolina Chamber presented two solutions to the General Assembly to fix the uncertainty created. In the end, no solution was passed by the legislature, only extending this bad public policy. Bottom line: Businesses cannot be punished for following the law.

With the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce being one of the only organizations that took a position on grandfathering to resolve the CON issue created by the General Assembly and DHEC, it is imperative that these health care related companies required to obtain a CON have a voice in this process. With no resolution from lawmakers, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is currently working with all interested parties and has established working groups representing affected industries. The Chamber also continues work with DHEC to address the companies that were not grandfathered during the period when no CON program existed.

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The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the state’s unified voice of business, in conjunction with LeadSC, is pleased to announce the LeadSC Young Professionals Summit, presented by Wal-Mart, September 17-19 at the Marriott Columbia. This first-of-its-kind event will provide young professionals across the state access to a powerhouse lineup of speakers including Pamela Lackey, president of AT&T South Carolina; Lou Kennedy, president and CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals; South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt; Diversity Leader Juan Johnson, who served as Coca-Cola’s first VP of Diversity Strategy; and, Allen Stephenson, founder & president of Southern Tide, just to name a few. Registration is still open but seats are going quickly!

After a networking reception Wednesday, September 17, the Summit will kick off first thing Thursday morning with a keynote from AT&T South Carolina President Pamela Lackey. Exciting sessions throughout the day include topics such as Personal Branding; Maximizing Your Non-Profit Board Experience; How to Run for Office as a YP; and, South Carolina: Should I Stay or Should I Go. Each session will feature business leaders, top young executives and civic leaders from across the state. 

In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to have a small group lunch and frank conversation with one of the state’s top chief executives. On Friday, September 19, Nephron Pharmaceuticals CEO Lou Kennedy will close the event after sessions on diversity, leadership and more!

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Gala: Time is running out to register

Next Thursday, September 18, the business community will recognize superior companies that have excelled in the fields of manufacturing and diversity and honor South Carolina’s top human resources professionals with the Palmetto Vision Awards. During the inaugural Palmetto Vision Awards Gala, presented by Jackson Lewis P.C., the Chamber will celebrate with the business community and recognize the 2014 Palmetto Vision Awards honorees.

Time is running out to register, so don’t miss out! Hit the red carpet and mingle with fellow Chamber members while you enjoy fantastic food and drink. Come celebrate everything that makes South Carolina a great place to work and live. Enjoy festive libations and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, a four course dinner and special entertainment by the String Angels while celebrating South Carolina’s best and brightest. Individual registrations start at just $100, and sponsorship opportunities are still available. 
Silent Auction
To donate an item to the Silent Auction, please download the silent auction form or contact Cynthia Bennett at 803.255.2542 or for additional information. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the SC Business Center for Excellence Foundation's South Carolina Business Week program. 
Palmetto Vision Awards presented by:
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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Friday is The last chance to participate in the Grant Thornton South Carolina 100™

The Grant Thornton South Carolina 100™ is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Could this be your company's year to make the list? The DEADLINE for submitting survey's has been extended to FRIDAY, September 12. Originating in 1984, the South Carolina 100 continues to exemplify key players in the private company community that have demonstrated innovation, talent, agility and business acumen. Join this exclusive ranking of private companies in South Carolina by participating in the 2014 survey. Criteria for selection and ranking include revenues from the previous year. (The final list will only indicate revenue ranges; specific dollar amounts will not be shared). Companies must be headquartered in South Carolina. Excluded from the rankings are subsidiaries, nonprofits, financial service companies and health care providers such as hospitals and doctors’ offices.

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South Carolina Governor’s Quality Award Conference


The South Carolina Quality Forum invites you to celebrate three South Carolina organizations that are on the journey to excellence, including a nominee for the Milliken Quality Award, given to an outstanding CEO for their contributions to sustaining a quality organization.
Speakers include:

  • Paul Worstell, retired from PRO-TEC Coating Company in Leipsic, Ohio. Since PRO-TEC’s receipt of the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) in 2007,Worstell has traveled as a keynote speaker at many MBNQA related conferences discussing the topics of leadership and best practices.
  • Paul Grizzell is president of Core Values Partners, Inc., a consulting firm that helps organizations focus, align, and accelerate performance excellence through effective use of the Baldrige Criteria. Grizzell is a contributing author to Insights to Performance Excellence, An Inside Look at the Baldrige Award Criteria, published by the American Society for Quality.  
  • An Expert Quality Panel Discussion on Accountability, Productivity and SC Government 
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