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October 27, 2015   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Ex-im: Lay of the Land


A petition to bring the Ex-Im reauthorization bill to the floor was approved by the House of Representatives last night. With the bill cleared to go before the full House, members are scheduled to vote to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank today. We urge you to call your Congressman and express your support of reauthorizing the bank. A list of South Carolina House Members' contact info can be found on our website.

DID YOU KNOW?: In the last 5 years, the Ex-Im bank supported nearly $3 billion in exports from the state of South Carolina for 67 companies; 35 are small businesses.

What is the Export-Import Bank?


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Cynthia Bennett, Robbie Barnett take on new roles at the Chamber

We are excited to share two staff announcements. Cynthia Bennett, previously Director of Business Relations and SC GearUp, has been promoted and will now serve as the Chamber's Associate VP of Education. Robbie Barnett, previously Associate VP of Workforce, Education, and Manufacturing Policy has been promoted to VP of Workforce, Manufacturing, and Support Services. Cynthia and Robbie have been valued members of our Chamber team and we are excited for you to work with them in their new roles. Please find information about them as well as their contact information below.

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Ways to get involved in 2016 Presidential Primary Action

The South Carolina Democratic Party invites you to get involved in two Primary Election events happening in South Carolina. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Presidential Candidates Forum and Reception at Winthrop University on November 6 (Live on MSNBC) and the Presidential Primary Debate Weekend in Charleston from January 15-17 (Live on NBC). Both events will feature current Democratic primary contenders: Secretary Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Governor Martin O’Malley. Learn more. For more information or to reserve a package, contact Joseph Schweitzer at or call (803) 799-7798 [EXT: 3].

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Grassroots Meeting this Week: Coastal Region

Last Chance to Share Your Business Concerns
The South Carolina’s LAST Grassroots meeting of 2015 will be held in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Region meeting. Members, this is your final chance to make your voice heard at one of the “listening meetings” the SC Chamber holds throughout the state to help develop our 2016 Competitiveness Agenda. Join us at the Hilton Head Island Marriott prior to the luncheon.
This Week:
Thursday, October 29, 2015 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Hilton Head Island Marriott
One Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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SBA Disaster Assistance Available in Six Additional Counties for Private Non-Profit Organizations in South Carolina

The U.S. Small Business Administration added six more counties to the Presidential Public Assistance disaster declaration due to the severe storms and flooding that began on Oct. 1, 2015 in South Carolina.
The SBA disaster declaration now covers the PNPs located in Abbeville, Aiken, Anderson, Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenwood, Horry, Kershaw, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, McCormick, Marion, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter and Williamsburg counties in South Carolina are eligible to apply to SBA. Read more.

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