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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.

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.

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).

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

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.

Hurricane Matthew

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 10, 2016 in Announcements , News , Press Releases
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Dear Chamber Members:

As we continue to assess our damages, below are links to information that might be beneficial. Again please contact our office if we can be of any service.

Price Gouging: Report all suspected instances of price gouging to the Attorney General’s Office – Email: pricegouging@scag.gov /
Call: 803-737-3953

Important Phone Numbers:
Dorchester County Citizens Call Center: 843-832-0393
Berkeley County Citizens Call Center: 843-719-4800
Charleston County Citizens Information Line: 843-746-3900

Information for reporting outages and emergencies:
SCE&G – Downed/sparking lines: 1-888-333-4465; Gas outages/leaks: 1-800-815-0083; Online: www.sceg.com/outages-emergencies
Berkeley Electric Cooperative: 1-888-253-4232
Santee Cooper: 1-888-769-7688; Online: http://stormcenter.santeecooper.com/default.html

Small Business Development Disaster Center Offices – these offices offer counseling and financial help to those who are rebuilding their
home and businesses:
Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center (CSC)
Disaster Field Operations Center – East (FOCE)
Disaster Assistance Processing & Disbursement Center (PDC)
National Disaster Loan Resolution Center (NDLRC)
SC.gov
Health & Safety

Recover After an Emergency:

Find Your Local American Red Cross – Local chapters of the American Red Cross that provide disaster, health, and safety services.

SCEMD Recovery Program – Coordination of the Public Assistance (infrastructure) and Individual Assistance (human services) program planning and activities to assist citizens during the short, intermediate, and long-term phases of recovery.

Individual Assistance – Information, resources, and tips for individuals affected by a recent disaster.

Rebuilding Resources – Resources for rebuilding after a disaster.

Emergency Planning for Your Business – Information and resources for preparing for emergencies and disasters, specifically for businesses

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

Please contact us if we can be of assistance.

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
1004 Old Highway 52
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
(843) 761-8238
Charleston Line: (843) 577-9549

Elaine Morgan
CEO
email: emorgan@bcoc.com

Program Announced for 2016 Administrative Professionals Day Conference at Trident Technical College

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 29, 2016 in Community Events , Education , News , Press Releases
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Program Announced for 2016 Administrative Professionals Day Conference at Trident Technical College
March 23, 2016…Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is pleased to announce the program lineup for the 22nd Annual Administrative Professionals Day Conference, “Cultivating Change by Fostering Connectivity.” The 2016 conference is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 8:30 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 gourmet lunch catered by Duvall Catering and Event Design. Antonio Robinson serves as conference emcee. Rodney Barrentine delivers the National Anthem as part of the opening of the conference. A breakfast buffet is also provided.

Guest speakers on the conference agenda include:

  • Larry Collett, Founder and CEO, netGALAXY Studios; “Mobile Technology—The Future of Mobile Devices and Apps”
  • Ellis Grossman, Chef, Culinary Institute of Charleston, Trident Technical College; “30-Minute Meals and Energy-Based Foods”
  • Carolyn Hunter, president of C&A Unlimited, Inc. dba McDonald’s; “Be the Best You Ever”
  • Ray Snyder, Business and Management Instructor, Trident Technical College; “DISC Profile Assessment and Analysis”

Who should attend this conference? Those encouraged to register include administrative assistants, receptionists, paralegals, office managers, executive assistants and all support staff. Individuals who are currently in these positions or those interested in branching into this area would find this year’s conference very beneficial for their professional development as well as provide them with opportunities to network with their peers.

Early registrations are being accepted now through March 31 at a reduced per person rate of $119. Regular registration is $149 per person. A discounted rate of $119 per person is available to IAAP members. A special group rate of $109 per person is available for groups including five or more registrations (group registrations must register with a registration specialist by phone or in person). To register, call 843.574.6152 or visit www.tridenttech.edu/ce. Registrations can also be made in person at the Complex for Economic Development located in Bldg. 910 on the Main Campus in North Charleston.

For more information, contact Lisa Fought, director of programming, Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development, at 843.574.6658 or lisa.fought@tridenttech.edu. For more details about the conference, visit www.tridenttech.edu/ce or http://www.tridenttech.edu/ce/programs/catalog/information/admin-professional-conference.htm

December graduates receive degrees at Southern Wesleyan University

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 14, 2015 in News , Press Releases
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December graduates receive degrees at Southern Wesleyan UniversityCENTRAL, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan University awarded more than 300 graduates with degrees during two commencement ceremonies on its campus in Central.
The commencement speaker was Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D., who is the first African American and the first woman to serve as president of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Her career spans 40 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and secretary of education.
Wheelan shared with graduates some of the lessons she said contributed to her success, saying “take time to say ‘thank you’ to the people around you,” and “it’s more important to be respected for the things you believe than to be liked.” read more »

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