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Berkeley Country Club Jr. Golf Summer Camp Sign-Up

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 31, 2017 in Announcements , Community Events , News
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Berkeley Country Club Jr. Golf Summer Camp Sign-Up

Drug Take Back Day April 29

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 11, 2017 in Announcements , Community Events , News , Press Releases
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Drug Take Back Day April 29

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, The Ernest E. Kennedy Center, The Berkeley County Prevention Board and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The event will take place on Saturday, April 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your pills for disposal to Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at 223 N. Live Oak Drive Moncks Corner, SC 29461 or the Magistrates Office at 303 N. Goose Creek Blvd. Goose Creek, SC 29445. The service is free and anonymous.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For further information, call Sarah Halse or Wehme Hutto 843-797-7871 (ext. 119 ext. 114).

OneBerkeley Golf Tournament

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 5, 2017 in Announcements , Community Events , News
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OneBerkeley Golf Tournament

Deadline Approaching in South Carolina for SBA Working Capital Loans

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 28, 2017 in Announcements , Government Affairs , News
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Deadline Approaching in South Carolina for SBA Working Capital LoansATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that April 18 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Oconee County in South Carolina as a result of the drought that began on June 21, 2016.

“This county is eligible because it is contiguous to one or more primary counties in
North Carolina.  The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers.  Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

The loans are for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for eligible small businesses and 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations, and terms up to
30 years.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than April 18, 2017.

For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster.

8th Annual Kiwanis Golf Tournament

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 14, 2017 in Announcements , Community Events , News
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8th Annual Kiwanis Golf Tournament

Preparing for Government Contract Opportunities Workshop Scheduled

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 22, 2017 in Announcements , Business Tips , Community Events , News , Press Releases
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Preparing for Government Contract Opportunities Workshop ScheduledThe Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is presenting a workshop for small business owners on how to prepare a business to bid on and receive government contract opportunities.  The workshop will be held on March 21, 2017 from 2 until 4 pm at First Citizens Bank on Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston.

The workshop will show participants how to: properly register a company; submit applications for certifications; find work; seek information prior to submitting a proposal and review key indicators.

Linda Blanton will lead the workshop.  Ms. Blanton, a Procurement Specialist with the SBDC, was a Contracting Officer for 35 years with the federal government.

Preparing for Government Contract Opportunities Workshop ScheduledPre-registration may be made by calling (843) 740-6160 or visiting www.charlestonsbdc.com  and click on “Workshops.”

For more information about starting a small business or expanding an existing business, contact the Charleston Area SBDC at 843-740-6160 or email chassbdc@mailbox.sc.edu

The First Tee of Greater Charleston Spring Registration

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 2, 2017 in Announcements , Member News , News
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The First Tee of Greater Charleston Spring Registration

Spring 2017 Registration for The First Tee of Greater Charleston is NOW OPEN!

Make sure to visit to sign up!

 

 

Sub-contractor & Supplier Outreach

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 27, 2017 in Announcements , Education , News
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The Berkeley County School District and H.G. Reynolds Company are hosting an event for potential Sub-contractors and Suppliers for the construction of a new elementary school in Hanahan, SC.

Sub-contractor & Supplier Outreach

Choate Construction Announces 100% Employee Ownership

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 19, 2016 in News , Press Releases
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Choate Construction Announces 100% Employee OwnershipMt. Pleasant, SC (December 16, 2016) — Choate Construction Company is excited to announce that it is
transferring beneficial ownership, becoming 100% employee owned via the newly created Choate
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Trust, thus allowing current and future employees to enjoy
beneficial participation in the Company.

“Choate is a tight-knit family, and we truly care for each other. We were solicited continuously over the
years by larger contractors to sell the company, but we decided to keep the business in the family, to
perpetuate our culture of excellence,” says Millard Choate. “We are blessed to be able to implement
this structure to express our dedication to our exemplary employees. This will provide individual
financial security as well as preserve the entrepreneurial spirit that has always permeated this company.
The ESOP allows us to take this spirit to the next level, while also ensuring our vision, core values, and
management team stays intact.”

Millard Choate will transition from the position of President to Chairman & CEO, and Dave Priester will
assume the role as President and COO. The management team will remain intact.

Millard noted, “Upward mobility and career advancement are extremely important. The ESOP allows
for both seamless management succession and future opportunity.”

Choate Construction was advised by CSG Partners, a boutique investment bank specializing in ESOPs.

Choate’s financial condition will remain strong. Both of Choate’s bonding companies have endorsed and
given full support of this transaction.

The ESOP transition was announced to all 450+ employee-owners at a celebration on December 15th.

ABOUT CHOATE CONSTRUCTION
As one of the largest general contractors in the southeast, Choate Construction Company considers its
reputation to be its number one asset with its future success founded upon the strength of its customer
relationships. Choate Construction excels in both base and interior construction with office locations in
Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Savannah. Choate strives to lead the industry in financially
viable, functional solutions and continually invests in the tools to do so, promoting advances in Building
Information Modeling (BIM) software, LEED® Rating system and Risk Mitigation. Please visit
www.choateco.com for more information.

Berkeley County School District Career Conference January 7, 2017

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 7, 2016 in Announcements , News
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Berkeley County School District, co-sponsored by Berkeley Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper, will be hosting a Career Conference for high school students on Saturday, January 7, 2017, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Stratford High School. The BCSD Career Conference focuses on making students aware of the variety of career opportunities available to them in the tri-county area (future career opportunities, summer jobs, internships, apprenticeships, summer camps, etc.) and to increase their awareness of the skills that are necessary for them to be employable in the near future. Attached is a document that discusses the Career Conference in detail. We are in need of one or both of the following items:

  • Provide a workshop to students on any type of employability skills (interviewing skills, building a resume, social media tips, work ethic, leadership skills, etc.)
  • Provide a table/employer booth with display (career fair format) to make students aware of future opportunities with your company/organization OR to make students aware of any apprenticeship, summer job, summer camp opportunities within your organization.

We hope that you are able to support Berkeley County School District by participating in this valuable program. After reviewing the attached information and if you are interested in participating, please complete the survey link below. Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you so very much for your cooperation.

Link to Register

Berkeley County School District Career Conference January 7, 2017

 

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