Our photo galleries have been relocated. Please go to http://berkeleysc.org/chamber/photo-galleries/
Our photo galleries have been relocated. Please go to http://berkeleysc.org/chamber/photo-galleries/
Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce announced recipients of awards at the annual Palmetto Vision Awards Gala held on Thursday, September 10. Awards were given to those South Carolina companies that have excelled in manufacturing and workplace diversity. Additionally, the Human Resources Professional of the Year recognition and a special award for Excellence in Community Diversity were given. The awardees are vetted and chosen by steering committees for Manufacturing, Human Resources, and Diversity, and the South Carolina SCHRM State Council.
Sept. 4, 2015… Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is pleased to announce a new series of workshops, The Charleston Artisans Series, to be offered from Sept. 15-Dec. 2, 2015 featuring local musicians, writers, poets, storytellers and artisans. Each workshop costs $19-$29 to participate and take place at Trident Technical College’s Main Campus in North Charleston and Palmer Campus in downtown Charleston.
“The Charleston Artisans Series is our way of showcasing local talent and providing them a venue to share their story and the inspiration behind their work to the Charleston community. We provide a copy of the artist’s work and want people who enroll in the presentations to feel a sense of community as we offer free coffee and tea to provide a casual and collaborative atmosphere to the presentation,” said Dr. Daphne Holland, youth and personal enrichment program manager for the Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development.
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.
” We know the best way to reduce youth drug use is to stop it from ever beginning,” said Acting Director Botticelli. “Today, I congratulate prevention advocates for their continuing hard work and dedication to young people many of whom are struggling with peer pressure and other challenges in today’s society.”
We will be hosting 2 divisions this year.
The Championship division will play all 3 rounds from the Blue tees at approximately 6800 yards.
The Men’s Division will play the White tees at approximately 6200 yards.
Make sure you indicate which division you would like to compete in.
Field will be limited to the first 120 PAID entries. Please make sure to sign up early.
Berkeley County, SC – Today, Connect South Carolina, joined by Berkeley County Community Partners, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, and Home Telecom, announced Berkeley County’s certified Connected community status and released its Technology Action Plan. It is the first county in the Lowcountry and the eighth certified Connected community in South Carolina.
“One of the goals in completing this assessment has been to identify areas of the county where the digital divide still exists,” shared Donna Worden, community champion and Director of the Berkeley County Library System. “As we undertake the projects in the county’s recommended Technology Action Plan, community partners will join together to extend broadband throughout the county and increase access to digital literacy resources.”
Berkeley County has been working with Connect South Carolina since February 2013 on the Connected Community Engagement Program. This initiative assesses the local broadband landscape, identifies connectivity gaps, and establishes technology-driven goals and objectives to increase broadband access, adoption, and use for families, organizations, and businesses throughout the community.
“Broadband is no longer a luxury, it is essential in our daily lives,” said FCC Commissioner and Charleston native Mignon Clyburn. “Broadband is a gateway through which many Lowcountry residents and businesses obtain critical information, find jobs, stay connected with teachers and healthcare providers, and keep up-to-date with family members and friends. We all benefit when everyone is connected.” Commissioner Clyburn shared her remarks on a video that can be seen HERE.
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GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—JUNE 8, 2015—The ground-breaking ceremony for the St. James, Goose Creek Chapel of Ease Historical Site is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2015, marking the 300th anniversary of a pivotal battle fought there.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. with introductory comments by Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler. Diane Turner, President of the CSS David Chapter #2656, United Daughters of the Confederacy will speak. Guests will hear speakers detailing the history of the Yemassee War and its significance to the historical site, as well as the history of the cemetery since the Yemassee War.
Jack Lynes will dedicate the site, followed by a ceremonial ground-breaking under Mayor Heitzler’s direction. Self-guided tours will be available until 2 p.m. Refreshments and Chapel of Ease merchandise will be available for sale. The public is invited to this free event, which will take place at Avanti Lane, off Old Highway 52 in Moncks Corner, SC. Look for the banner and the split rail fence.
Contact Justin Lynes, 803.500.1371, or visit www.chapelofease.org for more information. Tax-deductible donations assist in grave restoration and battle site preservation; mail to St. James, Goose Creek Chapel of Ease, P.O. Box 1156, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. A percentage of any Amazon sale, made through the chapel website, goes directly to the nonprofit at no cost to the buyer.
Among our many services that we offer employers we have a program called On-the-Job Training (OJT). This program is designed specifically to help save you the time, energy and money it takes to train a new employee. We not only help you screen potential employees for the right fit but we offer to train them while reimbursing up to 90% of the trainee’s wages during the period of time needed to complete their training.
The OJT program is funded through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which is a federally funded program to help create a skilled and educated workforce while helping to increase employment opportunities within the region.
SC Works Trident offers a variety of other services for employers. Some of our other services include:
Some certifications our WIA participants can obtain include:
Exemplars from ACT’s National College and Career Readiness Campaign Include
Students, High Schools, Community Colleges and Businesses
IOWA CITY, Iowa—The goal of college and career readiness for all has bright prospects based on the semifinalists in ACT’s third National College and Career Readiness Campaign. This annual program honors a distinguished group of students, schools and employers for exemplifying what is being done in states across the country to improve individuals’ prospects for success.
“Each of the semifinalists represent the truest form of commitment to the importance of college and career readiness,” said Scott Montgomery, ACT vice president for policy, advocacy and government relations. “State leaders should be very proud of the students, high schools, community colleges and employers they’ve identified. They all have overcome challenges and made important strides to improve academic achievement and professional advancement across their states.”
(ROCKLEIGH, NJ – May 11, 2015) Volvo Cars has chosen Berkeley County, South Carolina as the location of its first American factory, investing up to $500 Million in a facility with a capacity to initially produce up to 100,000 cars per year.
The Berkeley County factory, located outside of Charleston, will make latest generation Volvo models for sale in the United States and for export. Construction will begin in early autumn 2015, with the first vehicles expected to roll off the assembly line in 2018.
Once completed, Volvo Cars will be able to manufacture vehicles on three continents, underscoring its position as a truly global car maker. It already operates two plants in Europe and two in China. The new US plant forms part of an ambitious medium term expansion plan to double global sales, boost market share and lift profitability.
April 28, 2015… Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is pleased to announce a new series of workshops to be offered from May 13-June 17, 2015 focusing on the Black History of South Carolina. Topics covered span the American Revolution time period through the Civil War, Reconstruction and the Civil Rights era into present day. All classes meet on the Main Campus of Trident Technical College at 7000 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston and cost $25 per student. Students who enroll by May 7 in all courses in the Black History of South Carolina series will receive their last class free. To register, call 843.574.6152 or visit www.tridenttech.edu/ce.
Our Small Business Supplier Diversity program is designed to connect more minority-, women- veteran- and LGBT-owned small businesses to opportunities within Google, while helping them grow on the web. Our program supports Google’s unique procurement structure, where all Googlers are empowered to make purchasing decisions based on their specific needs.
The Berkeley Chamber in coordination with the City of Goose Creek will host a Business Focus Group to discuss what tools would assist you in “Growing Your Business”. The meeting will be Tuesday, May 12 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Goose Creek Community Center located at 519A N. Goose Creek Blvd., Goose Creek, SC.
At this meeting we will be receiving input from the businesses along with discussing business trends, how do you develop your marketing profile, employee training, the latest in social media, and an update on the City of Goose Creek.
Please come and let us hear how we can better assist you growing your business and hopefully improving your bottom line.
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.
GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—APRIL 15, 2015—While many local residents will spend a taxing day April 15 splitting hairs on their income tax returns, some volunteers in Berkeley County will spend a taxing day splitting rails.
Preparation is underway at the St. James, Goose Creek Chapel of Ease historical site for the 300th Commemoration of a significant but underpublicized battle between hostile Indians and Captain George Chicken, who commanded a volunteer militia of European and black men as well as Indians. Committee members are looking for volunteers to help erect a split rail fence around the property. All equipment will be provided. Work will begin at 11 a.m. and will end no later than 5 p.m.
The committee chose a split rail fence to mark the property’s boundaries because this type of fence was commonly used throughout early South Carolina history. The fence will be laid out in a zigzag pattern with split rails stacked four high. Volunteers are needed to stack the rails and to help with clearing trash and debris.
Please contact Justin Lynes, 803.500.1371 for more information. Donations are welcomed to help preserve the battle site and restore graves. Donations may be made online at www.chapelofease.org or mailed to St. James, Goose Creek Chapel of Ease, P.O. Box 1156, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. Donations are tax-deductible. The Chapel of Ease also receives a percentage of Amazon sales that are made through the chapel website at no cost to the buyer.