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Berkeley County Chamber Announces 2015 Board of Directors and the Release of First Phase of Study

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 6, 2015 in News , Press Releases
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(Berkeley County, SC) – The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce 2015 Board of Directors under the leadership of President, Giff Daughtridge; is partnering with Market Street Services, a national community and economic development consulting firm, to launch a Community and Economic Development Strategy process.  “Now is the time for Berkeley County community leaders to proceed with a strategic plan to help it progress into a holistic area to live, work, and grow”, Daughtridge stated.

The first phase, which now is released on the Chamber’s website, provides a detailed examination of Berkeley County’s competitiveness as a place to live, work, visit, and do business. The Assessment provides a clear analysis of both advantages and challenges that the county faces on a day-to-day basis. Market Street will analyze indicators to assess the community’s competitiveness across a wide variety of areas. The Assessment answers key questions about the county’s people, its quality of place, and its economic structure in the context of issues that affect long-term prosperity for businesses and residents.

“We believe that we need to have a clear understanding of Berkeley County and this initial information is critical to the overall goal of having a clear vision and plan for Berkeley County, SC” said Elaine Morgan, CEO of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.

The 2015 Board Members are:  Giff Daughtridge, Vice President & General Manager, Nucor; Dwayne Cartwright, President & CEO, Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Inc; Brandon L. Cox, President & CEO, Threat Management Group;  Andrew P. Dennis, Partner, Nexsen Pruet, LLC; Michael Lockliear, Owner, Moncks Corner Dry Cleaners; Dennis Gregory, Plant Manager, Century Aluminum – Mt. Holly; Ervette Broadnax, Plant Manager, DuPont; Derek Mathis, Director of Industrial Development, MeadWestvaco; Steve Wichmann, Executive Vice President, Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union; Marc Fetten, President/CEO, Cooper River Partners; Kevin Housand, President, Central True Value; Brenda Myers, Administrator, Roper Hospital-Berkeley; Sam Bennett, Manager of Economic Development, Santee Cooper; and Dot Gatlin, Senior Vice President & Market Executive, First Citizens.

The Chamber will continue to provide updates throughout the process, however, if any one has any questions, please contact the Chamber Office.

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About Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice of business and tourism in Berkeley County. Progressive industries; world renowned natural beauty; historical landmarks; lakes and rivers; and vibrant recreation mixed with shopping and locations which have been the back drop for major motion pictures all make Berkeley County a center for “the good life”. For general and business information, visit; for tourism and vacation information, visit

Administrative Professionals Day Conference

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 23, 2015 in Community Events , Education , News , Opportunities , Press Releases
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Trident Technical CollegeProgram Announced For 2015 Administrative Professionals Day Conference At Trident Technical College

Feb. 23, 2015…Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is pleased to announce the program lineup for the 21st Annual Administrative Professionals Day Conference. The 2015 conference is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in The College Center on the Main Campus of Trident Technical College in North Charleston. Registration fees range from $109-$149 per person.

This one-day event features guest speakers from the community and faculty from Trident Technical College in addition to a fashion show courtesy of Sissy’s Closet and a gourmet lunch catered by Duvall Catering and Event Design. D’Jaris Whipper-Lewis will deliver the National Anthem as part of the opening of the conference. A continental breakfast is also provided.
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Teen Summer Job Expo March 14th 2015

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 23, 2015 in Community Events , Education , News , Opportunities , Press Releases
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White House Drug Policy Office Awards $125,000 to Local Coalition to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Berkeley County, South Carolina

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 2, 2015 in News , Press Releases
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Grants Support Administration Efforts to Emphasize Public Health Approaches to Drug Policy, Reduce Demand for Drugs through Education

(Washington D.C.) – Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the Office National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 680 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants, totaling $84 million, to communities across the country. The grants will provide local communities funding to prevent youth substance use and support the Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy, which treats our Nation’s drug problem through a balanced public health and safety approach. The Berkeley County Prevention Board from Berkeley County, South Carolina was one of the grant recipients and will receive $625,000 over five years in DFC grant funds to involve and engage their local community to prevent substance use among youth.
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Trident Technical College to Begin Offering Motorcycle License Waiver Tests

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 14, 2015 in News , Press Releases
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Trident Technical CollegeJan. 14, 2015…Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development (TTC) is pleased to announce that it is participating in a pilot program for the South Carolina Technical College System and will serve as an official provider of the Motorcycle License Waiver Test in conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SC DMV).
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2015 Berkeley County, SC Visioning Effort Launched

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 7, 2015 in News , Press Releases
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SurveyIcon(Berkeley County, SC) – The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with local government, education, healthcare and other local business and community leaders on a strategic community and economic development planning process to create a shared vision and strategic plan for Berkeley County, SC.  The vision plan will be led by Steering Committee Co-Chairs:  Senator Paul Campbell, Berkeley County Delegation Member; Dwayne Cartwright, Berkeley Electric Cooperative; Jesica Mackey, City of Goose Creek; and Caldwell Pinckney, Berkeley County Council.

“We believe Berkeley County is at an important crossroads,” said Elaine Morgan, CEO of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.  “We have vibrant neighborhoods, a strong business community, wonderful recreational attractions, and a great quality of life.  We know our region also has challenges, and we believe the time is right to address those challenges through a clear vision and plan for Berkeley County, SC.” read more »

Tri-county Literary Celebration

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 31, 2014 in News , Press Releases
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tri-county literary celebration 10-5The inaugural Tri-county Literary Celebration (TLC) and kick-off event for Berkeley Reads aims to recognize published authors residing in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, foster interest in the arts, increase the number of avid Lowcountry readers, and connect writers and readers of all ages with published authors. Over 100 authors have been invited to meet readers at the TLC event in Dean Hall from 10 am – 1 pm on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The event is FREE to the public, and the published works of local authors will be available for purchase.

If the lure of authors and Cypress Gardens were not invitation enough, storytellers will be on hand to share their tales and puppeteers will ensure a fun experience for children of all ages. Lowcountry culinary specialties such as Lowcountry Boil and Chicken Bog will also be available for purchase.

The month’s long Berkeley Reads program will culminate in a Writers’ Workshop finale held at Hanahan High School on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Berkeley County Schools will participate in Berkeley Writes! (a writers contest) to be judged by Lowcountry authors; finalists will have a writing session with either Bret Lott, Nicole Seitz, or Christi Sanford that Saturday from 9 – 11 am. Adults from the community will be treated to a FREE Writers’ Workshop with Bret Lott and Nicole Seitz from 12 pm – 2 pm on the same day in the auditorium at Cane Bay High.

These events are sponsored by a host of community partners, including the Berkeley County Library System, the Berkeley County School District, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Cypress Gardens, the Friends of the Berkeley County Library, and the Friends of Cypress Gardens.

For more information, please contact:
Donna Worden, BCLS Director

Halloween at MMTC!

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 13, 2014 in Announcements , News , Press Releases
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0000-019Who:    Miller-Motte Technical College, North Charleston Campus

What:    MMTC Halloween Trick-or-Treat Event

NORTH CHARLESTON – On Thursday, October 30th, bring the kids to Miller-Motte Technical College, 8085 Rivers Avenue for a FREE, SAFE and FUN Halloween celebration! Kids and their adults are welcome from 3:00-5:00PM for trick-or-treating, games and popcorn. A parade will take place at 4:00PM, and prizes will be given to the best three costumes.

This event is open to the community. Please call Miller-Motte Technical College at 843-574-0101 for more information. Happy Halloween!

When: Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where:  Miller-Motte Technical College is located at 8085 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston

About Miller-Motte Technical College

MMTC offers Associate degree and diploma programs at its multi-state campuses. The program categories include Healthcare, Technology, Skilled Trades, Beauty & Wellness and more. The mission of MMTC is to prepare students for career-focused employment by delivering relevant career training. Visit us online at to view our complete list of program offerings at each campus. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the programs, and other important information, please visit our website at:

Palmetto Goodwill to Hold E-waste and Free Shredding Event

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 12, 2014 in News , Press Releases
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bgm-logo-038This is an opportunity to donate or recycle computers and shred personal documents

North Charleston, SC – Palmetto Goodwill, in partnership with Cintas, will host an e-waste roundup and shredding event on Saturday, August 16 at Computer Works, 6813 Rivers Avenue, in North Charleston between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The free event allows people to donate and recycle computers and accessories, plus shred personal documents to guard against identity theft. Donors will receive a 10% discount at Computer Works for their computers.

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Fruit of the Loom to Double Size of Berkeley Co. Distribution Center

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 7, 2014 in News , Press Releases
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Fruit-of-the-loom-logo-225x145Expansion expected to create 49 new jobs in Summerville

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Fruit of the Loom announced today plans to expand the company’s Berkeley County distribution center. The addition will add 402,000 square feet to the current 350,000-square-foot building, more than doubling its size. The expansion is expected to create 49 new jobs by 2016 and will primarily help service Fruit of the Loom’s growing e-commerce and intimates businesses.

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