Announcements

Incumbent Worker Training Program Funding Available

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 8, 2018 in Announcements , News
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Incumbent Worker Training Assistance (IWT) is being made available under provisions of the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act. The purpose of the IWT Program is to assist employers in training currently employed workers in an effort to keep businesses & workers competitive. Private Sector South Carolina employers located in the counties of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester in need of training for incumbent workers due to expansion & changing skill requirements caused by new technology, retooling, new product lines, & new organization restricting may be eligible for IWT assistance. Deadline for submission of applications is February 9, 2018 by the close of business at 5:00 pm.  Please submit applications to keidriank@eckerd.org

Please note that new requirements are outlined in detail in the application.    

WIOA Incumbent Worker Training Program Application

Here are some changes from last year:

INCUMBENT WORKER DEFINED

To qualify as an incumbent worker, the incumbent worker needs to be:

  • employed;
  • meet the Fair Labor Standards Act requirements for an employer-employee relationship; and
  • have an established employment history with the employer for six months or more, unless the training is being provided to a group/cohort of employees and the majority of employees have been employed with the business for six months or more.

BUSINESS MATCH

Businesses/consortia participating in IWT are required to pay for the non-Federal share of the cost of providing training to their employees. The non-Federal share must not be less than:

  • 10 percent of the costs for a business location with no more than 50 employees
  • 25 percent of the costs for a business location with more than 50 employees, but no more than 100 employees
  • 50 percent of the costs for a business location with more than 100 employees

APPLICATIONS are given priority based on:

IWT funds (excluding Rapid Response funded IWT) are awarded on a competitive basis. The following applications are given priority:

  • Applications that represent an upgrade in employee skills and/or employee wage increases as a result of the training – These are trainings that would increase the skill levels of employees so they can be promoted within the company and create backfill opportunities for less-skilled employees. Must be demonstrated in the application
  • Applications with training plans that emphasize occupational skills training
  • Applications that represent a layoff avoidance strategy and provide retention opportunities
  • Applications for businesses that have not already received an IWT agreement during the prior or current program year

You can direct businesses to contact Keidrian Kunkel, Region Manager, SC Works Trident, for more information and /or assistance with the application process at 843-574-1890 via email at keidriank@eckerd.org.  You can also direct them to our website at http://www.tridentscworks.org/ or http://www.bcdcog.com for information and a copy of the application.

Berkeley Citizens, Inc.

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 2, 2018 in Announcements , News
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Berkeley Citizens, Inc.Berkeley Citizens, Inc. is looking for individuals who live or work in Berkeley County and are interested in ensuring the mission of the Agency is carried out in a manner that offers supports and services to people with intellectual disabilities. Berkeley Citizens, Inc. is a non-profit organization, since 1980, and provides supports and services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities who live in Berkeley County. The Agency serves 847 individuals with disabilities in various levels of supports and services to include: Residential, Day, Case Management, Early Intervention, Respite and Employment. Berkeley Citizens has 275 staff with an operating budget of $11m from state and federal funding.

The Board of Directors meet monthly in the evening and the Human Rights Committee meet every other month at noon. If you are interested in serving on the Board or the Human Rights Committee and would like more information, please contact Alice Shook at 843-761-0300×1101 or Ashook@BCIservices.org.

Mission: To create and promote opportunities for people with lifelong intellectual disabilities; which include autism, intellectual disabilities and related developmental disabilities; to be a part of, and participate in, the same valued experiences and life events as do other citizens of Berkeley County, through individually designed supports, services and training to be provided in a manner which protects the person’s dignity, rights, and self-worth, while enhancing their capability for self-determination and choice to the person’s fullest potential.

Dr. Ingram to go on the road! Community Conversations will begin in February 2018.

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 23, 2018 in Announcements , Community Events , News
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Dr. Ingram is conducting sessions that are one hour/half long, actively listening and learning with community members at a series of non-traditional/ venues and schools. Dr. Ingram will address questions and concerns raised by attendees, give updates on the district, and ask for feedback on important issues facing the district.

These “Community Conversations” offer an opportunity for the public to share visions of success regarding the Berkeley County School District. The idea behind the “Community Conversations” begins with a simple premise – our community is rich with ideas, thoughtful engagement, and strategies. We are asking the community to think differently – to propose creative ideas, propose effective problem-solving methods, and suggest untapped resources. We hope to see you soon!

Dr. Ingram to go on the road! Community Conversations will begin in February 2018.

WebsterRogers Manufacturing Presentation

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 17, 2018 in Announcements , Member News , News
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WebsterRogers Manufacturing Presentation

Berkeley Career Express Program will be held at Timberland High School starting January 22, 2018.

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 12, 2018 in Announcements , Community Events , News
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The Berkeley Career Express program will offer a combine Digital Literacy, Career Ready, ACT Soft Skills and Adult Education/General Development (GED) class for various Berkeley County Communities. The class is for unemployed or underemployed residents who are dedicated to pursuing education and career training. Each participant will receive a Chromebook, to study and work at home during their eight week enrollment.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:

  • Participants must be 17 and older
  • Not enrolled in K-12
  • No diploma or GED is required to participate in the program
  • Unemployed or unemployed

*Come prepared to stay the full two hours beginning on January 22nd!

  • Classes are held Mon. & Tues.
  • Times are 5:30-7:30 pm each day
  • Courses last 8 weeks
  • Class begins Jan. 22, 2018
  • Class ends March 20, 2018
  • Celebration March 26, 2018!!
  • Arrive to class on time
  • Attend every session
  • Complete 4-6 hours of online assignments each week
  • Take care of and return Chromebook to Library on due date
  • Register and complete the TABE test on Jan 22th & 23th THS (Beginning 5:30 pm. Must attend first night to complete registration requirements on second night)

If you have questions, please contact Berkeley County Adult Education at 843-899-8635.

South Carolina Federal Offering $2 Bills for Clemson Fans

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 14, 2017 in Announcements , News , Press Releases
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South Carolina Federal Offering $2 Bills for Clemson Fans(Charleston, S.C.)—12/12/17— South Carolina Federal Credit Union is making it easier for Clemson fans to make their mark on New Orleans during the 2018 Sugar Bowl. All credit union financial centers will be offering $2 bills, stamped with the licensed Clemson tiger paw. The bills will be available beginning Dec. 15th at all South Carolina Federal financial centers while supplies last.

The limited service is a nod to a tradition dating back to 1977, when Georgia Tech decided to stop playing football against Clemson. In a show of protest, students and alumni stamped $2 bills with the famed paw print and used them as evidence of the economic impact Clemson fans make at athletic events. The tradition is in full effect when attending away games, even 40 years later.

“We are proud to be a part of this state and its strong sporting traditions,” said Scott Woods, President & CEO of South Carolina Federal. “This effort and our larger More Time Cheering Bowl Game Giveaway for University of South Carolina and Clemson University speak to our passion of giving back to our members and allowing them to spend more time doing what they love.”

The bills are available to members and non-members and must be retrieved inside financial center locations, not via drive through.

About South Carolina Federal

Connect with South Carolina Federal Credit Union for products, services and financial literacy.  More than 165,000 people and $1.6 billion strong, the member-owned cooperative operates 20 offices in four major markets to include Charleston, Columbia, Georgetown, and Florence-Darlington.  Over 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs are available worldwide through the Allpoint Network. More information about South Carolina Federal can be found at scfederal.org.

South Carolina Federal More Time Cheering College Bowl Giveaway

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 14, 2017 in Announcements , News , Press Releases
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(Charleston, S.C.)—12/12/17— South Carolina Federal Credit Union is sending Clemson University and University of South Carolina fans to cheer on their teams this bowl season.

South Carolina Federal More Time Cheering College Bowl GiveawayThe credit union is giving away a total of 40 pairs of tickets to attend the Sugar or Outback Bowl, both held on January 1, 2018.

The More Time Cheering Bowl Game Giveaway is part of the credit union’s larger “Less Time Banking, More Time Living” approach. By expertly handling their finance, insurance and investment needs, South Carolina Federal provides its members more time to spend on their passions, be it the Tigers or the Gamecocks!

Interested parties can enter to win tickets by visiting any of the South Carolina Federal financial centers and filling out an entry form for their team of choice. Entries will be accepted from December 12th through December 26th. Members and non-members are encouraged to participate and winners will be notified on December 27th.

Entries are limited to one per person, but fans are invited to receive an extra entry by sharing a photo of why they are a super fan, deserving of these tickets, on the South Carolina Federal Facebook page (@SCFederal).

For full rules and details, visit www.scfederal.org/moretimecheering.

South Carolina Federal More Time Cheering College Bowl GiveawayAbout South Carolina Federal

Connect with South Carolina Federal Credit Union for products, services and financial literacy.  More than 165,000 people and $1.6 billion strong, the member-owned cooperative operates 20 offices in four major markets to include Charleston, Columbia, Georgetown, and Florence-Darlington.  Over 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs are available worldwide through the Allpoint Network. More information about South Carolina Federal can be found at scfederal.org.

Daniel Pointe Retirement Community Grand Opening

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 30, 2017 in Announcements , Member News , News
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Daniel Pointe Retirement Community Grand Opening

Candle Light Memorial Service December 5th

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 29, 2017 in Announcements , Community Events , News , Press Releases
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Candle Light Memorial Service December 5thThe 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.

Grand Opening of the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Summerville

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 17, 2017 in Announcements , News , Press Releases
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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.

Grand Opening of the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Summerville

From left to right front row:
David Kalik, Candace Johnson, Eddie Buck, Owner, Kevin Housand, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce President; Olivia Young, Director of Operation & Sales; Jennifer Wilson, Regional Director of Sales; William Peagler, Berkeley County Supervisor, Laura Rushton, Group Sales Manager; Jennifer Attisano
From Left to Right back row:
Rohan Chopra, General Manager, Ben Creasy, Ross Fowler, Steve Tonzola, Tommy Newell, Berkeley County Councilman; Tony Pope, Board Chairman for Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce

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.

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