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October 14, 2014   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Elects 2014-15 Board of Directors
Mikee Johnson of Cox Industries to chair


The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its newly elected Executive Committee and Board of Directors for 2014-15. The board of statewide business leaders took office on October 1, 2014.
Meet Chairman Mikee Johnson -  Johnson is president and CEO of Cox Industries, based in Orangeburg. A manufacturer of pressure-treated wood products, Cox is a third-generation family-owned and operated business with 14 facilities in 10 states. Led by Johnson, Cox Industries provides scholarships to employees’ children through the Cox Foundation, awarding $580,000 since 1986. The company is also involved with Habitat for Humanity and has built a house every fourth quarter for the past six years. Johnson serves as chairman of the South Carolina Workforce Investment Board and was honored with the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)-National Workforce Development Leadership Award.

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Safety Training: Register by November 7 and save!

OSHA Recordkeeping, Effective Safety and Health Programs and Forklift Training are workshops designed to provide the training you need to help your company reduce risk and ultimately save money.

The first day of training will cover the very latest in Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping, a safety topic that generates more confusion and questions than any other. The afternoon session will provide a multitude of information on effective safety and health programs. The second day of training will focus solely on forklift training.  View Schedule

Each of the sessions will include a review of OSHA violations consistently cited by OSHA compliance officers during inspections. A discount is available to those individuals or companies who register for both days and/or send multiple attendees. 

S.C. Chamber members who register by November 7 can save up to $50 on each registration. One day registration fees start at just $219*, and two day registration fees start at just $399* (*Applies to S.C. Chamber members who register by November 7).

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35th Annual Summit: Cheryl Stanton to keynote lunch

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).

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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David Watson of Medical Application Repair & Sales, LLC earns gold star

Congratulations to David Watson of Medical Application Repair & Sales, LLC for earning the South Carolina Chamber’s Gold Star for helping grow the Chamber’s membership statewide. Medical Application Repair & Sales (MARS) was founded by manufacturer's field service representatives over 10 years ago and has grown into the preeminent comprehensive equipment service provider in the U.S.

To earn his Gold Star, David referred Dr. Gary Culbertson who joined as SC Society of Plastic Surgeons (SCSPS). The SCSPS is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of patient safety and quality care. Members are plastic surgeons who are Board Certified or Board Eligible by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. and reside or practice in the state of South Carolina. The SCSPS is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of patient safety and quality care.

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. The Chamber greatly appreciates recommendations from members who value the Chamber’s work.  Contact Barbara Beckham  to make a referral today and help YOUR Chamber grow!

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IT-oLogy hosts Gartner for "Trends 2014" in partnership with Connected Nation

IT-oLogy, in partnership with Connected Nation, is excited to host Gartner, one of the world’s leading information technology research and advisory companies, on Thursday, November 6, 2014 for Trends 2014. The annual daylong conference is centered on emerging trends in technology. This year’s topic will be the Internet of Things (IoT).  Gartner says that by 2020, the world will have about 26 billion network-connected devices that measure and monitor nearly every human activity. "Trends 2014" is tailored towards bringing key leaders and executives together to network, build intellectual capacity and to discuss emerging trends in technology.

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Small Business Corner: Small Business-Lender Match Maker Event next week


October 22 • Medallion Conference Center in Columbia

Are you a South Carolina small business looking for capital to start or expand your business? Attend a workshop addressing current lending practices that includes a one-on-one lender networking session. The South Carolina Department of Commerce, along with eight partners including the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, wants you to know your options when it comes to your funding.

Choose to attend up to two breakout sessions:

  • Startups and Access to Capital
  • Expansion and Growth
  • Your Financial Statements
  • Alternative Funding

Shake hands with up to 10 funders during the lender matchmaking session. Space is limited, and there is a small $50 fee to attend. Don’t delay!

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