The Berkeley County Prevention Board and its member agencies are sponsoring the 28th Annual Candlelight Memorial Services. The Prevention Board has hosted these Memorial Services each year since 1989. The purpose is to increase the awareness of driving while impaired, to remember loved ones who have lost their lives, and to remember all those who have been affected by crashes involving drunk drivers.
There will be a special candle lighting ceremony in commemoration of victims and their families. We extend a special invitation to those who have lost a family member or have been otherwise affected because of an impaired driver to light a candle on behalf or in memory of your loved one.
The program is one way the public can speak out against impaired driving. Another way you can help is to be a responsible host. Don’t let anyone get behind the wheel of a car after drinking or taking drugs.
We ask that you join us at Moncks Corner A.M.E Church (306 West Main Street) at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, December 5th. If you know someone whose family has been affected by a drunk driver, please encourage him/her to attend and light a candle in honor of his/her loved one/s. If you would like to share the contact information with us, we will send a special invitation.
For further information, call 843-797-7871 ext. 113 or ext. 114.
Moncks Corner, SC— The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Summerville, SC. The new hotel boasts 111 rooms including suites with all the modern conveniences of home. All rooms contain, high speed wireless internet, refrigerators, microwaves, Keurig Coffee makers, irons with ironing boards and safes. A full hot breakfast buffet is included with the room featuring the signature Holiday Inn Express Cinnamon Roll. The hotel is owned by a local family and managed by Charleston based True Blue Hospitality.
About Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in the greater Berkeley County area. The Chamber seeks to accomplish this vision by advocating for initiatives that enable businesses to grow, thrive and remain relevant and forward-thinking in an ever-changing world. The chamber exists to create a positive impact on our community. The Berkeley Chamber strives to be the unifying force that brings together and leads those who work to improve the quality of life in the Berkeley County region through business growth.
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).
ATLANTA – 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The 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.
Pre-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 email@example.com