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March 17, 2015   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Johnson: SC Legislature should make stopping lawsuit abuse a top priority
By Mikee Johnson


Frivolous lawsuits victimize South Carolina’s citizens and businesses, and it’s time this stops. There are three areas of tort reform that must be a top priority in this year’s legislative session. If someone cuts a leg on a barbed-wire fence while he’s trespassing, the trespasser should be liable, not the landowner. S.282 and H.3266 would ensure that.

Another high-priority reform should be transparency in contracting when government officials hire outside attorneys on a contingency fee to conduct litigation on behalf of a state. These private attorneys are paid only if their cases are successful, so profit becomes the motive rather than protecting the public interest.

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Salute to Small Business: Get Connected. Get Honored

Now in its eleventh year, the Salute to Small Business is a collaboration between the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the South Carolina Coalition for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The 2015 Salute will be held Wednesday, May 6 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. 

GET CONNECTED | New Opportunities

  • Procurement Opportunity Matchmaker: Connect one-on-one with major corporations and government agencies to sell your products and services. Or, find an expert to help you prepare for procurement.        
  • Exhibitor Showcase: Connect in a big way with a variety of businesses and resources. Find your next client or your next big deal.
  • The Network Space: Connect with other small businesses. Find potential customers, suppliers, partners and joint ventures.

GET HONORED | Top Entrepreneurs & Advocates

Small Business Awards Luncheon: Rub elbows with South Carolina’s top entrepreneurs and small business advocates, including the Small Business Person of the Year and the winners of the South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy Awards.

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If you aren’t at Washington Night, here’s what you’ll miss!

Join more than 300 business leaders and public officials and express your opinions and hear the responses of your members of Congress at Washington Night in South Carolina, presented by AT&T. This annual event is your opportunity to visit with and tell your congressional representatives how they can make federal policy decisions that will benefit South Carolina and enable the business community to prosper.

3:30 p.m. Registration

4:00 p.m. Congressional Panel Discussion
U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan
U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney
U.S. Rep. Tom Rice
U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson

5:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Various sponsorship opportunities are available starting at just $300. For event sponsorship inquiries, please contact Paul Dunn at or 803.255.2566.

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Health Care Forum: Use promo "SPRINGHC" to save!

Did you know that since its inception, nearly 300 individuals have attended the South Carolina Chamber’s annual health care forum? Why? Behind payroll, health care costs are one of the largest business expenses. Are you using all the latest tools designed to help employers stay ahead of the health care benefits trend? These new practices can have bottom-line benefits, not to mention a healthier, happier workforce that is more attractive to potential employees.

Join your peers and register today for the 3rd Annual Health Care Forum. The one-day forum will focus on controlling health care costs, improving care quality and using the health care sector along with healthy workers to drive economic development. It will feature a variety of health care and business experts who will share their knowledge, innovations, successes and lessons learned. The 2015 agenda is currently being finalized with great new topics to include:

  • Certificate of Need
  • Navigating the Healthcare Maze to Achieve Better Quality and Better Cost
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Employer Best Practices
  • Affordable Care Act
  • The State of Insurance in South Carolina
  • How ERISA Can be Used as a Collection Tool 
  • And much more.

Take advantage of a spring promotion and save $25 by registering before March 25, 2015. Simply enter promo code “SPRINGHC” when you register online at or email prior to March 25. (The discount does not apply to sponsorships or current registrations.)

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South Carolina Businesses Get Online and On The Map

On Thursday, March 19, Google and Columbia Mayor Stephen Benjamin will bring the Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map program to Columbia. The event will begin at 9:00 AM at 701 Whaley with morning sessions for business owners.

Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map is Google’s program to harness the support of local leaders, business organizations and citizens to help every business get online with one simple mission: to help local businesses be found on the web, on maps, and on mobile phones. As part of the launch, Google will deliver its Get Your Business Online workshop to Columbia area small business owners, which will include setting up a free website with hosting for a year.

For the next year, participating South Carolina businesses can go to to get a free website as well as free tools, training and resources to help their business succeed online.

Local businesses will be available to discuss the benefits of getting online with the media.

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