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September 30, 2014   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

35th Annual Summit: Register Today!
November 12-14, 2014. Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms
Mike Brenan and Jim Newsome to be honored


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, Public Servant of the Year, Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award winner, Ron McNair Leadership Award winner and the S. Hunter Howard Jr. Scholarship recipient. We congratulate the 2014 honorees:

2014 Business Leader of the Year 
Mike Brenan, President, BB&T South Carolina
2014 Public Servant of the Year
Jim Newsome, President & CEO, SC Ports Authority
S. Hunter Howard, Jr. Scholarship Recipient
Alfredo Anderson, Junior, Crestwood High School
Ron McNair Scholarship Recipient
Sarah-Ellen Floyd, Senior, Scholars Academy

In addition, topics covered during the Thursday morning symposium include infrastructure, health care, tax reform, and workforce development, just to name a few. The luncheon keynote speaker, dinner entertainment and a complete schedule of events will be released soon. In the meantime, you may book your overnight accommodations at Wild Dunes Resort by calling them directly at (888) 778.1876 or book online by clicking here  (Group Code is 3GP38F). The discounted rate of $190 per night is available until October 21.

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

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Sustainability in South Carolina

The September/October edition of South Carolina Business magazine, focused on the energy sector and environmental issues, is now available online. This issue features articles on SC’s Solar Bill, three things every president must know about environmental law, navigating DHEC, 21 ways to maintain environmental health and safety and six benefits to going green. The centerfold features John D. Williams of Domtar, whose SC plant exemplifies sustainability.

Please Note: The deadline to advertise in the next edition of South Carolina Business magazine, our annual expanded issue, is October 10, 2014. Contact Deidre Macklen at 803-318-3923 to learn more.

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Education in SC tops agenda for Competitiveness forum in October

The final 2014 Competitiveness Agenda Series Forum will be held October 14 in Columbia. Attendees will learn 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. States and nations with the highest levels of educated citizens and an improved standard of living will have the advantage in attracting and creating jobs. The business community supports unique initiatives that will transform the current education system to achieve that goal. The private and public sectors must work together to ensure workforce needs are addressed and strategies are successfully implemented. This forum will highlight various initiatives in South Carolina from K-12 to workforce development that will help bridge the gap between the business community and educators. View the complete agenda. There are various sponsorship opportunities, including the exclusive presenting sponsorship, still available.

Topics Include:

  • Seven Strategies for a Better Prepared Workforce
  • New Carolina Education and Workforce Taskforce
  • Update on the EEDA and CATE
  • Apprenticeship Carolina, Youth Apprenticeship, SCMC, and Critical Needs Training
  • Workready Communities, WIA, SCWorks
  • Remarks & Q&A from Republican and Democratic candidates for Superintendent of Education
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Don’t Miss the 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 special recognition for Craig Long, executive director of Milliken Performance Solutions for Milken & Co., who will receive the Milliken Medal of Quality, given to an outstanding CEO for his or her contributions to sustaining a quality organization. Governor Haley will be assisting in the awards presentation.

The event includes

  • 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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Small Business Corner: Pee Dee PRISM Initiative Helps Minority and Small Businesses


In early 2014, The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce started the PRISM (Promoting the Inclusion of Small and Minority business) initiative, an economic development initiative that seeks to help grow the economy and strengthen area business by leveraging Chamber minority and small business assets. PRISM has a Small and Minority Action Committee that helps to advocate for and oversee efforts to empower minority businesses. The PRISM Small and Minority Business Action Committee meets quarterly to come up with ways to create and enhance opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses within the Florence Chamber and in the community.

The committee members are:
Lynwood Givens- City of Florence
Diana Murphy – Diversity Works Magazine (DMM Advertising)
Eddie Watson/ Mike Bell – Small Business Development Center
Nicole Dixon – Pee Dee Council of Governments
Kevin Goodwin – SPC Credit Union
Will Crosswell – Palmetto First Federal Credit Union
Wendell Gamble – Mike Reichenbach Ford

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