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, 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:
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.
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: email@example.com /
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)
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
Please contact us if we can be of assistance.
Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
1004 Old Highway 52
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Charleston Line: (843) 577-9549
(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.
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.
For Details Contact: David Irizarry
Don’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
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details about the conference, visit www.tridenttech.edu/ce or http://www.tridenttech.edu/ce/programs/catalog/information/admin-professional-conference.htm
USDA seeks applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.rd.usda.gov/sc
Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Assistance
USDA Can Help You Make Your Rural Business, Farm or Ranch More Profitable
USDA is offering grants and loan guarantees to help rural businesses and agricultural producers reduce their energy costs and consumption.
The funding is being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Loans and grants are available to install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.
Renewable energy systems include solar, wind, geothermal, anaerobic digesters, renewable biomass, hydrogen and hydropower.
Energy efficiency improvements include lighting, refrigeration, facility improvements (such as adding insulation or replacing windows), heating and cooling upgrades, motor replacements and automated control upgrades.
Grants of up to 25% of a project’s total costs are available.
Some areas contiguous with Columbia, Charleston and Greenville are not eligible, call for a determination.
Don’t miss this great opportunity!
The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property. SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters.
Businesses and nonprofit organizations have until July 5, 2016 to apply for a working capital loan if they had economic impact as a result of the flooding that occurred in October.