Berkeley Chamber of Commerce News

Deadline Approaching in South Carolina for SBA Working Capital Loans

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 28, 2017 in Announcements , Government Affairs
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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
30 years.

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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  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.

8th Annual Kiwanis Golf Tournament

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 14, 2017 in Announcements , Community Events
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8th Annual Kiwanis Golf Tournament

Preparing for Government Contract Opportunities Workshop Scheduled

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 22, 2017 in Announcements , Business Tips , Community Events , Press Releases
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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 chassbdc@mailbox.sc.edu

The First Tee of Greater Charleston Spring Registration

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 2, 2017 in Announcements , Member News
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Spring 2017 Registration for The First Tee of Greater Charleston is NOW OPEN!

Make sure to visit to sign up!

 

 

Sub-contractor & Supplier Outreach

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 27, 2017 in Announcements , Education
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The Berkeley County School District and H.G. Reynolds Company are hosting an event for potential Sub-contractors and Suppliers for the construction of a new elementary school in Hanahan, SC.

SBA/USDA Workshop on January 25th in Moncks Corner

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 13, 2017 in Community Events , Education
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Choate Construction Announces 100% Employee Ownership

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 19, 2016 in Press Releases
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Mt. 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.

Berkeley County School District Career Conference January 7, 2017

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 7, 2016 in Announcements
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Berkeley County School District, co-sponsored by Berkeley Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper, will be hosting a Career Conference for high school students on Saturday, January 7, 2017, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Stratford High School. The BCSD Career Conference focuses on making students aware of the variety of career opportunities available to them in the tri-county area (future career opportunities, summer jobs, internships, apprenticeships, summer camps, etc.) and to increase their awareness of the skills that are necessary for them to be employable in the near future. Attached is a document that discusses the Career Conference in detail. We are in need of one or both of the following items:

  • Provide a workshop to students on any type of employability skills (interviewing skills, building a resume, social media tips, work ethic, leadership skills, etc.)
  • Provide a table/employer booth with display (career fair format) to make students aware of future opportunities with your company/organization OR to make students aware of any apprenticeship, summer job, summer camp opportunities within your organization.

We hope that you are able to support Berkeley County School District by participating in this valuable program. After reviewing the attached information and if you are interested in participating, please complete the survey link below. Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you so very much for your cooperation.

Link to Register

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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in South Carolina Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 17, 2016 in Announcements , Government Affairs
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Subcontractor Opportunity – 2015 Flood Rehabilitation Grant

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 16, 2016 in Announcements , Government Affairs
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Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 28, 2016 in Government Affairs
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Incumbent Worker Training Program Funding Available

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 10, 2016 in Announcements , Opportunities
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Hurricane Matthew

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 10, 2016 in Announcements , 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

South Carolina Federal Credit Union Receives Regulatory Approval to Expand

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 15, 2016 in Announcements , Opportunities
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scfedcrunion(N. CHARLESTON, S.C.) – 9/15/2016 – South Carolina Federal Credit Union, the Lowcountry’s oldest and largest locally owned financial institution, is pleased to announce expansion plans for 2016 and beyond.

The $1.5 billion North Charleston based credit union has received regulatory approval to serve individuals and small businesses in Florence and Myrtle Beach, as well as seven counties in the Pee Dee area.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to provide greater access to products and services to people in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand regions,” said Scott Woods, President & CEO of South Carolina Federal, “and to strengthen our commitment to the state of South Carolina. We understand the value of being local and are privileged to now extend those benefits by growing the South Carolina Federal family.  We look forward to extending our operations into these new markets.”

For more information, visit scfederal.org.

About South Carolina Federal

South Carolina Federal Credit Union is headquartered in North Charleston.  More than 150,000 members own and belong to the not-for-profit financial cooperative, which has over $1.5 billion in assets. South Carolina Federal is a community-chartered credit union. Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Calhoun, Orangeburg or Georgetown counties, and most of the Columbia area, is eligible to join.  South Carolina Federal has 17 financial centers and access to over 50,000 ATMs through the Allpoint network. More information about South Carolina Federal can be found at scfederal.org.

The American Red Cross is looking for Volunteer as a Transportation Specialist

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 9, 2016 in Announcements , Opportunities
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The American Red Cross is looking for Blood Ambassadors in your area

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 9, 2016 in Announcements , Opportunities
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Molina Healthcare Community Champions Award

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 17, 2016 in Community Events
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As a leader in your community, we invite you to identify and nominate the “unsung heroes” for a Molina Healthcare Community Champions Award. Created in 2006, the Community Champions Award honors individuals that inspire others through selfless contributions that positively affect the health and well-being of others.

The Community Champions Awards were created in honor of Molina Healthcare’s physician founder, Dr. C. David Molina. Nominees for awards may be volunteers of a recognized organization who demonstrate selfless dedication to improving the quality of life in their community. Winners will be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Founders Hall in Charleston, SC. In addition, a $1,000 grant will be awarded on behalf of each winner so that they can “pay it forward” to his or her designated community organization.

Please take a moment to consider nominating a Community Champion. You can find the nomination form at the link below. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, August 29, 2016.

Click here to nominate a community champion

For Details Contact: David Irizarry
Cell (843)371-4965

One Berkeley Golf Tournament

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 7, 2016 in Announcements , Community Events
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Crowfield Golf ClubDon’t miss Berkeley County School District’s Annual Golf Tournament! All proceeds will go to the purchase and distribution of school supplies to Berkeley County students for the upcoming academic year!

9am shotgun start on June 17, 2016 at Crowfield Golf and Country Club in Goose Creek.

$60 per person, or $240 per team to register. Your registration includes lunch, cart rentals, green fees, and automatic entrance into the longest drive and closest to the pin competition.

For more information, or to register, please contact the Office of Communications and Community Engagement at (843) 899-8660

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 , Press Releases
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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

Molina Healthcare

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 4, 2016 in Community Events , Member News
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Molina Healthcare

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