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: firstname.lastname@example.org /
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 email@example.com. 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.
CENTRAL, 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 »
The Town of Moncks Corner has been accepted into the Main Street South Carolina Boot Camp program.
Main Street South Carolina, a program of the Municipal Association, is a comprehensive revitalization approach that promotes the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional business districts in South Carolina. Established in 1984, Main Street South Carolina empowers residents, business owners and local officials with the knowledge, skills, tools and organizational structure they need to revitalize their downtowns, neighborhood commercial districts, and cities and towns into vibrant centers of commerce and community.
Each year, Main Street South Carolina accepts applications and selects communities to join the program. These communities receive technical support and training to help restore their downtowns as centers of community and economic activity. Each program determines its own goals, and the training and support they receive may include services such as architectural services, focus groups, training and technical assistance.
“The Town of Moncks Corner is certainly appreciative to the Municipal of Association of South Carolina for selecting us to participate in the Main Street South Carolina program,” said Michael Lockliear, mayor, Town of Moncks Corner, “This public/private endeavor is a much needed component to assist with downtown revitalization. We feel like this is a major step in our quest to make the downtown area one that can make all citizens of Moncks Corner proud.”
Main Street South Carolina provides intensive on and off-site technical assistance and training during the three-year “Boot Camp” for communities competitively selected for the Main Street South Carolina program. At the end of the three-year Boot Camp, the community moves to a second tier where it receives ongoing support based on each program’s individual needs and goals.
Monks Corner joins Georgetown, Sumter, Gaffney, Hartsville, Williamston, Woodruff, and Aiken in the Boot Camp program. Beaufort, Bennettsville, Lancaster, Laurens, Manning, Orangeburg, Pickens, and Summerville are also members of Main Street SC.
“Moncks Corner is a beautiful South Carolina small town with many assets,” said Beppie LeGrand, manager of the Main Street South Carolina, “Geographically the town is uniquely positioned in the Lowcountry, and the timing is right to grow and revitalize the local economy. We look forward to working with them to plan for their continued success.”
Main Street South Carolina follows the National Main Street’s Four Point Approach – Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring. Each year, Main Street South Carolina recognizes members’ achievements and successes in downtown revitalization through its Inspiration Awards. For more information about Main Street South Carolina, visit the Municipal Association’s website at www.masc.sc.
Over 1,500 students from all across America take part in the Youth Tour experience each year in June, and so can you! Travel to Washington, D.C., where you will meet your United States Representative and Senators. This unique trip will give you the opportunity to watch history come alive as you explore the museums, memorials and monuments with students from your state. You will meet student leaders from nearly every state and hear dynamic leaders on Youth Day. Bottom line, you will make friendships that will last a lifetime and be part of a group that has over 50,000 alumni in every walk of life including U.S. Senators and CEOs.
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On Monday October 12, 2015, the Berkeley County Prevention Board was joined by the Berkeley County Council, the Sheriff’s office, and area Mayors and Police Chiefs representing the various town and city governments.
Berkeley County Council, the Sheriff’s Office and each city in Berkeley County signed a proclamation which declared October 23 – 31 as Red Ribbon Week throughout the county. The proclamation represents the 25th year the Berkeley County Prevention Board has made a visible and unified commitment toward the creation of a safe and drug-free Berkeley County.
The Berkeley County Prevention Board is sponsored by the Ernest E. Kennedy Center and its Prevention Department.
PICTURED: A photo of the signing and a copy of the proclamation.
BACK ROW-LEFT TO RIGHT:
Kenneth Gunn, Caldwell Pinckney, Maj. Jeremy Baker, Joshua Whitley, Major David Brabham, Steve Davis, Phillip Farley, Chief Deputy Mike Cochran, Lt. Mark Fields, Tommy Newell, Wade Arnette and Chaplain Danny Johnson.
FRONT ROW-LEFT TO RIGHT:
Mayor Rembert Wrenn, Chief Franco Fuda, Chief Randall Timmons, Sheriff Duane Lewis, Lt. Josh Battista, Mayor Mike Locklear and Jean Guerry.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:
WEHME A. HUTTO, PH. 797-7871, ext. 114
SAUNDRA BROWN-WIGFALL, PH: 797-7871, ext. 113