Berkeley Chamber of Commerce News

Very First BBQ Festival & Competition Planned for Moncks Corner

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 29, 2014 in Community Events
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Pictured: Pulled BBQ Pork

Pictured: Pulled BBQ Pork

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.–Who in Berkeley County doesn’t enjoy some good barbeque? That’s what we thought. Here, EVERYONE loves some good BBQ. In fact, it’s about as common as sweet tea. Heck, the two even go perfect together. For those who can’t resist this good stuff, you’re in luck.

The Town of Moncks Corner will be hosting the 1st Inaugural Town Festival and BBQ “Cooker of the Year” competition.

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Chamber, Haley Ready to Celebrate County

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 29, 2014 in
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Photo Provided Gov. Nikki Haley will address chamber members on Friday, Sept. 5.

Photo Provided Gov. Nikki Haley will address chamber members on Friday, Sept. 5.

The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce will formally celebrate Berkeley County and the companies and individuals who have been a mainstay of its success on Friday, Sept. 5.

Gov. Nikki Haley will be the featured speaker at the chamber’s Annual Meeting, set for 11 a.m. at the North Charleston Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston.

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Area Leaders Celebrate Grand Opening Of CresCom Bank’s Cane Bay Branch

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 28, 2014 in
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ScreenShot002BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.—Another business has opened its doors to the public in Berkeley County.

Today, CresCom Bank celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony following by lots of good food.

The new branch is located within The Market, a retail-shopping complex in Berkeley County.

Representatives from the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce participated in the special ceremony. Berkeley Co. Supervisor Dan Davis was also in attendance and made several remarks on behalf of the county.

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TriCounty Link Explores New Routes That Bring Hope To Many

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 28, 2014 in
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A new ride to work could be on the way for hundreds of people who rely on public transportation to get to their jobs.

New routes and new stops are in the works for the TriCounty Link bus system.

It works in partnership with CARTA to bring riders from rural parts of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties into cities like North Charleston, Charleston and Summerville.

For Brenda Salley, of Summerville, getting to work is something she doesn’t take for granted.

“I’m a mother with a teenage son,” said Salley. “We have only one vehicle and he has a job. So somedays, it’s frustrating for me because I can’t get here.”

Salley has worked at Fruit of the Loom Distribution Center, in Summerville, for almost 8 years. She’s always wished she could take a bus to work.

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Francis Marion National Forest Management Plan

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 28, 2014 in
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Rick Lint, Forest Supervisor, and the planning team invite you to Preview the Management Plan for the Francis Marion National Forest.

Preview the Management Plan for the Francis Marion NF on Tuesday
9/23 9-2 pm in North Charleston

Member Spotlight – The UPS Store

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 28, 2014 in Member Spotlight
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x080The UPS Store® #6505 of Moncks Corner is a small business franchise that is locally owned and operated by Derrick & Karen Hodge. This location opened on May 5th, 2014 and the hours of operation are M-F 8:30am – 6:30pm, Sat 8am-4pm and closed on Sunday. The UPS Store® of Moncks Corner is conveniently located in the Tail Race Shopping Center in front of the Wal-Mart and right next to the Game Stop. We specialize in packing and shipping, but we also offer a variety of other services. We are an Authorized Postal Provider, so we cut out the need to go to the Post Office while saving time for our customers. Our Mailbox Solutions are top notch, offering:

  • A Real Street Address (not a P.O. Box Number)
  • 24/7 Access
  • Package Acceptance (any carrier)
  • Package Notification (email or text)
  • Mail forwarding
  • Call-In Mail Check

If you purchase a six month mailbox contract before 12/31/14 you will receive one(1) free month of service or purchase a one year contract and receive three(3) free months of service.  You can meet Derrick & Karen at our September Business Mixer, in which they are a co-sponsor.

The UPS Store®
505 N Hwy 52, Ste D
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
843.899-2955 Phone
843.899.2957 Fax
Click here for The UPS Store Website

Santee Cooper Approves $10.85 Million in Loans for 4 Industrial Development Projects Serving Rural SC

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 26, 2014 in
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ScreenShot004MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – The Santee Cooper Board of Directors approved $10.85 million in loans today to advance four commercial and industrial development projects that will benefit rural South Carolina.

Today’s loans support projects representing a total $23.5 million in infrastructure investment when local financing is included. Projects receiving the funding are located in Beaufort, Orangeburg, Calhoun and Jasper counties.

“Industrial site selectors tell us over and over that what they need most in locating a new plant is a building that’s already in the ground,” said Lonnie Carter, Santee Cooper president and CEO. “Santee Cooper’s board demonstrated again today its commitment to helping create opportunities for industrial expansion and good, high-paying new jobs, especially for rural communities that so critically need them.”

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Manufacturer Eyes Berkeley County

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 26, 2014 in
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ScreenShot003More technician jobs could be coming to Berkeley County.

A manufacturer, known only by the moniker “Project Douglas,” is in economic development talks with the county. On Monday, Berkeley County Council read into record the first of three readings to offer Project Douglas a fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement.

Details on the company are limited as the county and Project Douglas hash out the details in the coming weeks.

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Habitat Partners With Town to Revitalize Wall St. Community

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 26, 2014 in
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ScreenShot002The popular cliche “It takes a village,” carries some substance in this instance.

Partnering with the Town of Moncks Corner, the Berkeley County Habitat for Humanity is in the process of making yet another local family’s dreams of owning a home come true.

“I think Moncks Corner is the leader in Berkeley County in building Habitat for Humanity homes,” said Mayor Bill Peagler. “Our goal with the Town of Moncks Corner has been to improve the quality of life for our residents. Partnering with Eastwood Homes and Habitat for Humanity goes a long way in revitalizing our communities and improving the quality of life for our residents.”

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Google’s ‘CS First’ Continues to Grow

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 25, 2014 in
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ScreenShot003One year ago, a team of Googlers started working with a handful of schools in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

Today, Google’s “CS First” has continued rolling out to new schools across the nation as a full-blown computer science toolkit that is inspiring students across America.

From Charleston to San Francisco, over 1,400 students have taken part in more than 100 unique programs. What’s more, there isn’t a cost for students to take part in CS First.

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Free Boat Inspections Set For Aug. 30

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 25, 2014 in
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Photo Provided DNR boat inspections will take place this week.

Photo Provided DNR boat inspections will take place this week.

In an effort to keep state waterways safe during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings this week, including one in Berkeley County.

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Emergency Planning for Business & Industry

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 24, 2014 in Business Tips
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ScreenShot002It’s important for businesses to plan and prepare for a hurricane or any emergency that could affect normal operations and employees. Businesses located along the South Carolina coast are not the only ones that could be affected by a hurricane or any other tropical storm system. Inland businesses could be affected by these storms if coastal businesses and suppliers have to stop production or temporarily close.

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Help Berkeley County become a Work Ready Certified Community!

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 22, 2014 in
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ScreenShot002Employers can help their communities build a stronger workforce with the right foundational skill set by supporting their states and counties in the Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) initiative powered by the ACT(r) National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). CWRC participating states, regions and counties offer a suite of ACT Work Keys assessments and the NCRC that measure an individual’s foundational workplace skills such as math, reading, information and locating skills required for a majority of today’s jobs. For more information, http://workreadycommunities.org/.

Your participation in certified Work Ready communities benefits not only your company, but the entire community as it helps job seekers and local educators both prepare for success in their respective goals. Berkeley County has reached 97% of its goal of becoming Work Ready Certified. We need you, as employers, to help us achieve 100%! Now is the time to get your business registered for supporting the Work Ready initiative.

Go to http://workreadycommunities.org/business/form to support Berkeley County as a Work Ready Community!

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Palmetto Goodwill to Hold E-waste and Free Shredding Event

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 12, 2014 in 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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Haley to speak at Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 5, 2014 in Community Events
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File Photo Gov. Nikki Haley will be the keynote speaker at the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, Sept. 5

File Photo Gov. Nikki Haley will be the keynote speaker at the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, Sept. 5

The Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its success, and it has invited the governor to join that celebration.

The chamber’s annual meeting is set for Sept. 5 at the North Charleston Convention Center, and Gov. Nikki Haley will be the keynote speaker.

“Berkeley County is the only county in the state since 1977 to have more than two years of $1 billion in capital investments,” chamber chief executive officer Elaine Morgan said. “As a matter of fact, Berkeley has had four $1 billion years. We want to celebrate that success with Gov. Haley at our annual meeting.”
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Businesses Open as Construction Continues in Nexton Community

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 25, 2014 in Business Start-up
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Mead West Vaglobal_logo_redesignSUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) – A lot is going on in a massive Summerville community where 10,000 homes are planned over the next two decades.

Businesses are opening while others are still under construction in the Nexton Community just off exit 199.

The front area of the community will have offices, hotels, apartments and restaurants. The Carolina Ale House just opened their doors Monday.

Framing for over 300 upscale apartments set to be ready early next year is already underway.

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Highway 17A Project- One Cent Sales Tax

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 23, 2014 in Photo Galleries
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Highway 17A Project- One Cent Sales Tax. This is an event photo gallery.

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Walmart Neighborhood Market Headed to Goose Creek

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 18, 2014 in Business Start-up
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Courtesy: Walmart.com

GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—People who call Goose Creek home will soon have another option for buying groceries.

According to Mayor Michael Heitzler, he and other city leaders met with representatives for Walmart Neighborhood Market approximately two months ago. Plans are now moving forward to build a store in the area.

“They were very impressed with Goose Creek,” Heitzler stated. “They think this is a dynamic community with a lot of opportunity here especially with the growth the city is experiencing.”

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Bookmobile to Roll Through Rural Berkeley County

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 11, 2014 in Community Events , Education
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bookmobile-225x145BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–Not everyone in Berkeley County lives close to a library. However, that doesn’t have to stop them from checking out a book or two thanks to the county’s very own bookmobile service.

While Berkeley County’s population has dramatically increased in the past fourteen years from 142,000 in 2000, to an estimated 194,000 now, 35% of the population still resides in the county’s rural areas.

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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 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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