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April 30, 2015   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Inland Port makes easy job of economic development for the Upstate


By John Lummus

The following feature article first appeared in the March/April edition of South Carolina Business.

With $4 billion in new investment last year, 2014 was a period of tremendous growth and investment in the Upstate of South Carolina. By working collaboratively and focusing on creating a powerful brand and image for the region, we hope to attract more global investment and enhance the prosperity and quality of life for our community.

South Carolina has a strong manufacturing economy, and the Upstate is a huge part of that. The resource-rich area has successfully attracted attention from international companies looking to locate their businesses and manufacturing facilities here. The modern manufacturing facility requires streamlined access to international export and import facilities, a highly-skilled and trainable workforce and the resources for continued innovation. Opportunities for growth and international investment in the Upstate region have continued to increase thanks, in large part, to easy and efficient access to resources such as the South Carolina Inland Port (located in Greer), the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and the I-85 corridor. This infrastructure network allows companies to get products to market faster, uniquely positioning South Carolina to remain at the forefront of manufacturing investment. Access to all modes of transportation – rail, truck service, water and an international airport – in one convenient location makes the Upstate of South Carolina an appealing place for manufacturers to call home. Read More.

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Who makes SC Business Week possible each year? You do!

Phil Waddell is a small business owner of Chocolate Nirvana Bakery in Columbia. He is also the lead Company Advisor (CA) at South Carolina Business Week. Each CA is a business leader who volunteers a full week each summer to guide high schoolers through the ups and downs of running their own businesses.

Inspired by what Waddell does? The South Carolina Chamber is seeking businesses interested in sponsoring a student (or students) to attend the prestigious South Carolina Business Week, July 26-31, 2015, held at Presbyterian College. Each year, Business Week offers bright, young adults from your hometown the unique opportunity to interact with business leaders along with their peers to learn more about the ins and outs of a successful career. During the week, teams of students develop mock companies, led by CAs loaned from some of South Carolina’s most successful businesses. Students attend workshops to learn about all aspects of business and test their newly acquired knowledge in a business simulation designed to achieve a real company feel with challenging, real-world situations. Along with an emphasis on teamwork and leadership skills, Business Week includes programs on the stock market, ethics in business, leadership profiling, entrepreneurship and the significance of diversity in business.

Business Week will be held July 26-31, 2015. To find out how you can provide a scholarship to help a student attend S.C. Business Week 2014 or to nominate a student from your area, visit

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Bojangles' Southern 500 Set for Sept. 6

With the Bojangles’ Southern 500® returning to Labor Day weekend, Darlington Raceway will be one of the most exciting places to be in the Palmetto State. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 will start under the lights at 7:00 p.m. ET, and the South Carolina Chamber has a limited number of VIP suite tickets at a special rate for members for BOTH races. These seats are on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay! Contact Tim Timmons for more information.

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The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Palmetto Vision Awards serve as an opportunity to honor those who have made significant contributions in the fields of manufacturing, diversity and human resources. The Palmetto Vision Awards Gala, set for September 10 in Columbia, will honor and recognize companies that have excelled in the fields of manufacturing and diversity and will recognize and honor the state’s top human resources and community diversity individuals.
We are currently seeking red carpet worthy companies and individuals who are interested in applying for the awards. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Please complete the information below:

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW ONLINE (deadline to submit applications is June 19, 5:00 p.m.):

All nominees for each of the awards will be recognized and the winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Palmetto Vision Awards Gala. For additional sponsorship information, please contact Tish Anderson at 803.255.2627. The exclusive and premier presenting sponsorship is still available for the Gala.

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In today’s global economy, business investment is largely driven by how timely a project can be permitted, built and operational. Attend the 2nd Annual Environmental/Energy Forum, presented by SCE&G, a SCANA Company, on May 19, 2015 at the Embassy Suites in Columbia to learn about the following topics and much more. View the agenda.  

Topics include:
• DHEC Water Issues Panel 
• Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plans
• Nuclear Energy
• Solar Projects: An Inside look at SCE&G's Recent Proposal
• South Carolina’s Recycling Industry Economic Impact
• Offshore Energy Exploration
• The New Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) Rule - Does It Jeopardize
   the Future of Recycling?

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