Business Start-up

SBA Launches Fund Competition to Award $4 Million for Small Business Startups

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 13, 2015 in Business Start-up , News
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The Growth Accelerator Fund Competition was launched in 2014 with $2.5 million in appropriated funds. The first year of the competition presented an opportunity for the SBA to engage with and support organizations whose sole purpose is to help start-ups grow, become commercially viable and have a real and sustained economic impact. To this end, we awarded $2.5 million to 50 winners from a pool of more than 800 applications and celebrated their prizes at a White House Fly-In in Fall 2014. In 2015, SBA is awarding $4 million to accelerators in order to continue building the support structure needed to help start-ups become commercially viable and create jobs more quickly. The winners of this cutting-edge approach become part of the overall resource partner network, reaching a constituency that we were not effectively reaching before. Lastly, SBA will use a portion of these funds as part of the multi-agency POWER initiative as well as have $50,000 matching prizes available to entities which serve American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian populations.

Growth Accelerator Competition

Chick-fil-A at Moncks Corner Ribbon Cutting and “First Bite” Ceremony

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 7, 2015 in Announcements , Business Start-up , Community Events , Member News , News
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Chick-fil-A at Moncks Corner Ribbon Cutting and “First Bite” Ceremony

Chick-fil-A at Moncks Corner

Cordially invites you to attend theChick-fil-A at Moncks Corner Ribbon Cutting and “First Bite” Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting and “First Bite” Ceremony

Thursday, April 16, 2015
9:00AM

601 North Highway 52
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Justin Clark, Restaurant Operator
“Located on 52 across from Walmart”

Businesses Open as Construction Continues in Nexton Community

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 25, 2014 in Business Start-up , News
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Businesses Open as Construction Continues in Nexton CommunitySUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) – A lot is going on in a massive Summerville community where 10,000 homes are planned over the next two decades.

Businesses are opening while others are still under construction in the Nexton Community just off exit 199.

The front area of the community will have offices, hotels, apartments and restaurants. The Carolina Ale House just opened their doors Monday.

Framing for over 300 upscale apartments set to be ready early next year is already underway.

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Walmart Neighborhood Market Headed to Goose Creek

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 18, 2014 in Business Start-up , News
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Walmart Neighborhood Market Headed to Goose Creek

Courtesy: Walmart.com

GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—People who call Goose Creek home will soon have another option for buying groceries.

According to Mayor Michael Heitzler, he and other city leaders met with representatives for Walmart Neighborhood Market approximately two months ago. Plans are now moving forward to build a store in the area.

“They were very impressed with Goose Creek,” Heitzler stated. “They think this is a dynamic community with a lot of opportunity here especially with the growth the city is experiencing.”

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Nexton Announces First Restaurant

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 5, 2013 in Business Start-up , News
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Family-friendly, Sports-themed Restaurant Joins CommunityNexton Announces First Restaurant

SUMMERVILLE, Sc., August 1, 2013 — MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), announced today that Raleigh-based, Carolina Ale House has signed a purchase agreement to acquire a site in the first phase of Nexton along Highway 17A. The regional favorite is expected to break ground in October and open in the spring of 2014. read more »

How to add events to our Community Events Calendar

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 17, 2013 in Business Start-up , Business Tips , Community Events , Marketing , News , Productivity
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It’s FREE to add an event!

The Chamber has a new community events calendar.  The calendar is being promoted on berkeleysc.org, visitberkeleycounty.com, and all of our social media.  We encourage you to enter your events free of charge.  To enter an event, go to http://berkeleysc.org/chamber/community-events/ .

  1. Click “Add Your Event”
  2. Enter the Venue.  If the venue is already on file then you will not have to provide details.  If this is the first time this venue has been used, then you will need to enter the address into our database by clicking “Add New”.
  3. Complete each area of the submission form in the order presented.  You will not be able to skip around.
  4. Include a photo or video (optional)
  5. Enter your contact information
  6. Click Submit
  7. Your event will be reviewed and will appear on the calendar within 2 days.  You will receive an email confirmation.

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Local Store Marketing: Chamber of Commerce

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 14, 2013 in Business Start-up , Marketing , Membership , Networking , News
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Joining and becoming active in your local chamber of commerce is an excellent way to increase your store’s visibility within your local business area.  In addition to meeting a number of key local business contacts who can turn into group sales and individual patrons of your store, your chamber of commerce offers inexpensive advertising programsthat place your store front and center with the chamber’s membership.

Attending as many chamber events in your community as possible enables you to get to know the other businesses in the area and stay top-of-mind with key networkers.  The time commitment is negligible throughout the year, but the payback can be quick since most chamber members share the same trade area as you and are very well-connected throughout it.
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Creating A Policy And Procedure Handbook

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 5, 2012 in Business Start-up , Business Tips , News
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“Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!” – – from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

As a small business owner, you may wonder why one would need to get organized from a policy and procedure standpoint. After all, you may only have a handful of employees; it is not like you are a large company and warrant a need to issue “badges” in the form of structure. Without structure on how employees should conduct themselves at work, though, it creates the possibility of inequality as well as abuse by employees.

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Lessons Any Startup Can Learn from Instagram

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 25, 2012 in Business Start-up , News
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The acquisition of instagram by Facebook for $1 billion in cash or stock is a hot story. From Stanford graduates to millionaires in just a couple of years.  Students and entrepreneurs may be tempted to read about Instagram and take some of the wrong lessons from their rise.  Mike Marasco and Todd Warren discuss 3 areas where instagram was masterful.

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An Entrepreneur’s Top Leadership Challenges — and How to Meet Them

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 16, 2012 in Business Start-up , Business Tips , News
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For first-time entrepreneurs, expanding the business and hiring those first employees is an exciting adventure. But it can also be rife with challenges and sometimes mistakes. The reason: The skills needed to successfully lead a growing enterprise are markedly different than what it takes to run a one-person business. We spoke with three business leaders about challenges they faced as their companies grew, and how they dealt with them. read more »

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