Berkeley Chamber of Commerce News

Trident Technical College to Begin Offering Motorcycle License Waiver Tests

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 14, 2015 in Press Releases
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Trident Technical CollegeJan. 14, 2015…Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development (TTC) is pleased to announce that it is participating in a pilot program for the South Carolina Technical College System and will serve as an official provider of the Motorcycle License Waiver Test in conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SC DMV).
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Trident Technical College Offers Culinary Classes for Kids

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 12, 2015 in Community Events , Education
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Trident Technical CollegeJan. 8, 2015… Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic
Development is pleased to offer through its Kids’ College program, a variety of culinary classes
designed specifically for children. Parents are welcome to join the class and assist their child. All
classes meet on the Main Campus of Trident Technical College at 7000 Rivers Ave. in North
Charleston.

Spring 2015 classes include:

  • Cupcake Heaven: Let them eat cupcakes…and cupcakes! Decorate beautiful cupcakes for
    Valentine’s Day! Class for ages 8-16 meets on Feb. 7, 2015 from 10 a.m.-noon; costs $39 per
    student.
  • Chopped: Just like the TV show, campers are challenged to take a mystery basket of ingredients
    and turn them into a dish that is judged on creativity, presentation and taste with minimal time
    to plan and execute. Class for ages 8-11 meets on Feb. 28, 2015 from 9 a.m.-noon; class for ages
    12-16 meets on March 28, 2015 from 9 a.m.-noon. Each class costs $49 per student.
  • Easter Bunny’s Bake Shop: If your children are eagerly hippity hopping around the house
    waiting for Easter, come to TTC’s Bunny Bake Shop to create sweets for the holiday season.
    Decorate Easter bunny treats such as crispy egg nesters, chicks and more. Class for ages 8-11
    meets on March 28, 2015 from 10 a.m.-noon; costs $39 per student.

To register for courses, call 843.574.6152 or visit www.tridenttech.edu/ce. For more information,
contact Daphne Holland, youth and personal enrichment program manager for the Trident
Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development at 843.574.6909 or
email daphne.holland@tridenttech.edu.

Keep Hanahan Beautiful Program Cultivates Community Spirit with New Butterfly/ Pollinator Garden

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 11, 2015 in Community Events
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Hanahan, South Carolina – January 31, 2015 @ 9:00 am – Keep Hanahan Beautiful (KHB) breaks ground at the new Hanahan Public Library to build a 770 square-foot Butterfly/Pollinator Garden.

KHB’s first major undertaking since becoming Affiliates of the Keep America Beautiful Program a few months ago.  Along with Community leaders, KHB will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by breaking ground when volunteers from all over will unite to start the first phase of the new Butterfly Garden, which will be located on the grounds of the recently erected Hanahan Public Library.

KHB was initiated by members of the Berkeley Hills Garden Club a few months ago, and has quickly grown to include several hundred members. The group has received the support of the Hanahan City Council and Berkeley County and has been the recipient of several Grant Awards.  KHB has completed many small projects including  a Partnership with the Fishburne Head Start Program to build a sensory garden for their school in addition to implementing a recycling program.  The City’s Butterfly garden will be their largest project to date, requiring the development of several hundred square feet immediately adjacent to the Hanahan Public Library will house a Butterfly/Pollinator Garden as well as a Rain Garden with a state of the art Rainwater Harvesting System.  In addition to the City of Hanahan and Berkeley County, the City’s new Butterfly Garden has received support from Cypress Gardens, Clemson Extension Service Master Gardeners, Bee’s Ferry Landfill, Natural Directions Tree Service, and Lowe’s.

Volunteers are still needed for the January 31st work-day and everyone is welcome.  For more information on the Keep Hanahan Beautiful Program, or how to volunteer for the butterfly garden or any other programs, contact us at the City of Hanahan or like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hanahanbeautificationfriends.

Contact:
Kelly Bocook
hanahanbeautificationfriends@gmail.com
1255 Yeamans Hall Rd.
Hanahan,  SC  29410
843-580-8005

2015 Berkeley County, SC Visioning Effort Launched

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 7, 2015 in Press Releases
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SurveyIcon(Berkeley County, SC) – The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with local government, education, healthcare and other local business and community leaders on a strategic community and economic development planning process to create a shared vision and strategic plan for Berkeley County, SC.  The vision plan will be led by Steering Committee Co-Chairs:  Senator Paul Campbell, Berkeley County Delegation Member; Dwayne Cartwright, Berkeley Electric Cooperative; Jesica Mackey, City of Goose Creek; and Caldwell Pinckney, Berkeley County Council.

“We believe Berkeley County is at an important crossroads,” said Elaine Morgan, CEO of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.  “We have vibrant neighborhoods, a strong business community, wonderful recreational attractions, and a great quality of life.  We know our region also has challenges, and we believe the time is right to address those challenges through a clear vision and plan for Berkeley County, SC.” read more »

Tri-county Literary Celebration

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 31, 2014 in Press Releases
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tri-county literary celebration 10-5The inaugural Tri-county Literary Celebration (TLC) and kick-off event for Berkeley Reads aims to recognize published authors residing in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, foster interest in the arts, increase the number of avid Lowcountry readers, and connect writers and readers of all ages with published authors. Over 100 authors have been invited to meet readers at the TLC event in Dean Hall from 10 am – 1 pm on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The event is FREE to the public, and the published works of local authors will be available for purchase.

If the lure of authors and Cypress Gardens were not invitation enough, storytellers will be on hand to share their tales and puppeteers will ensure a fun experience for children of all ages. Lowcountry culinary specialties such as Lowcountry Boil and Chicken Bog will also be available for purchase.

The month’s long Berkeley Reads program will culminate in a Writers’ Workshop finale held at Hanahan High School on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Berkeley County Schools will participate in Berkeley Writes! (a writers contest) to be judged by Lowcountry authors; finalists will have a writing session with either Bret Lott, Nicole Seitz, or Christi Sanford that Saturday from 9 – 11 am. Adults from the community will be treated to a FREE Writers’ Workshop with Bret Lott and Nicole Seitz from 12 pm – 2 pm on the same day in the auditorium at Cane Bay High.

These events are sponsored by a host of community partners, including the Berkeley County Library System, the Berkeley County School District, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Cypress Gardens, the Friends of the Berkeley County Library, and the Friends of Cypress Gardens.

For more information, please contact:
Donna Worden, BCLS Director
843-719-4243
dosborne@berkeleycountysc.gov

Palmetto Goodwill to Host Hire Me!

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 30, 2014 in Announcements , Human Resources , Opportunities
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Hiring Events for The Pantry Restaurants.
On-site interviews for immediate management and staff positions. Registration is required.

North Charleston, SC – Palmetto Goodwill has been selected by The Pantry to conduct hiring
events for management and staff positions at their Church’s Chicken, Subway, Aunt M’s
Chicken Deli and Arby’s restaurants throughout the Lowcountry. All hiring events will start at 10:00 a.m. and be held as follows:

  • Tuesday, December 2nd- Church’s Chicken-Berkeley Prosperity Center 325 Main
    Street, Moncks Corner.
  • Wednesday, December 3rd- Church’s Chicken- Colleton Career Colleton Career
    Skills Center, 1018 Thunderbolt Drive, Walterboro.
  • Thursday, December 4th- Subway & Arby’s- Mt. Pleasant ECCO Job Link Center
    1145 Six Mile Rd. Mt. Pleasant

Prior to the event, Palmetto Goodwill employment specialists will host a FREE pre-employment
training seminar with coaching and interview preparation for interested candidates.

Interested applicants must register for the event by emailing hireme@palmettogoodwill.org.
Each event is limited to 75 applicants.

Applicants should dress professionally.

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina is a not-for-profit social service organization whose mission
is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. Over 90 percent of
Goodwill’s revenue goes to fund mission related services. Goodwill serves their mission by providing
career counseling, job training, and other employment related programs to people with barriers to
employment. Last year, Goodwill placed over 1,301 people into new jobs and provided services for over
53,084. For more information about Goodwill’s programs and services, please visit palmettogoodwill.org.

Town Approves Construction of New Foxbank Fire Station

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 21, 2014 in Announcements , Government Affairs
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The Town of Moncks Corner approved a $1.8 million general obligation bond that includes funding for a new fire station in the Foxbank community, a station that has been in the planning stages since 2008 when Mayor Bill Peagler first announced a plan to increase the town’s tax base through annexation.

The second reading, during the town’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, also includes projects such as continued work on the new regional recreation complex, debt repayment and additional paved parking lots around the downtown area.

Funds are expected to be available on Dec. 16.

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‘Santa in the Swamp’ returns to Cypress Gardens

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 21, 2014 in Announcements , Community Events
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file000790306504Cypress Gardens is inviting everyone to take a break from the holiday rush to enjoy its unique seasonal events in 2014, which are quickly becoming a tradition for many across the Lowcountry.

On Saturday, Dec. 6, “Santa in the Swamp” will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At 11:15 a.m., Santa Claus will arrive by boat on the blackwater swamp – an experience that only happens here in the Lowcountry. Santa will visit and take photos with both children and pets.

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Creche Festival Opens Once Again in Moncks Corner

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 17, 2014 in Community Events , Member News
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ScreenShot002MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) – It’s a sign of the season in the South Carolina Lowcountry as the annual Crèche Festival at Mepkin Abbey begins.

Each year the monks at the Trappist Abbey near Moncks Corner display dozens of crèches from the abbey’s collection of more than 700 nativity sets.

This is the 12th year of the event, which includes a special exhibit of wise men from the Mepkin collection as well as additional nativity sets from local collectors.

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Small Business Saturday

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 13, 2014 in Announcements , Marketing , Member News , Opportunities
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bg-socialposts-04Berkeley Chamber of Commerce is continuing its promotion for the “Buy Local” initiative to help generate more revenue for local businesses. Saturday, November 29th is Small Business Saturday. The ultimate goal is to emphasize the importance of buying local and the positive economic impact it has on both residents and businesses. For the week of November 24th-November 29th, the Chamber will promote discounts of our members on a daily basis. We will also be promoting additional specific deals for each day of the week in honor of the campaign. The Chamber hopes it will become second nature for everyone to “think locally” when considering a new purchase. We are encouraging all shoppers and local businesses to Shop Small and Buy Local. For more information how your business can support this initiative please contact the Chamber.

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Cypress Gardens Ushers in the Season with Popular Holiday Events

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 12, 2014 in Announcements , Community Events , Member News
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file6311260094719“Santa in the Swamp” and “A Scrooge’s Christmas Tea” Offer Unique Holiday Experiences

(Moncks Corner, SC) — Cypress Gardens invites guests to take a break from the holiday rush to enjoy their unique seasonal events, which are quickly becoming a tradition for many across the Lowcountry.

On Saturday, December 6th, bring the entire family to Santa in the Swamp” from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  At 11:15 a.m., Santa Claus will arrive by boat on the blackwater swamp – an experience that only happens here in the Lowcountry! Santa will visit and take photos with both children and pets.  Enjoy live holiday music, vendors with handcrafted gifts, crafts and activities for the kids, and all of the attractions Cypress Gardens has to offer. Children 12 and under are admitted free. read more »

AWMI Carolinas Casino Night-Oyster Roast Networking Event February 20th

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 12, 2014 in Community Events , Networking
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Shop Small, Buy Local

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 5, 2014 in Announcements , Community Events , Member News
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bg-socialposts-04(Berkeley County, SC) – Berkeley Chamber of Commerce is continuing its promotion for the “Buy Local” initiative to help generate more revenue for local businesses. Saturday, November 29th is Small Business Saturday.  The ultimate goal is to emphasize the importance of buying local and the positive economic impact it has on both residents and businesses.

For the week of November 24th-November 29th, the Chamber will promote discounts of our members on a daily basis.  We will also be promoting additional specific deals for each day of the week in honor of the campaign.  We are seeking local businesses to participate in this initiative to make it fun and profitable for Berkeley County.

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Berkeley Co. Voters Extend One-Cent Road Improvement Tax

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 5, 2014 in Government Affairs
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x571BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) – Berkeley County residents voted Tuesday to extend the one-cent transportation sales tax.

The Berkeley County Election Commission reported a 27,797 to 13,543 vote in favor of extending the tax, which took effect in 2008. The decision, which must be certified later this week, will extend the tax through April, 2023 or until $230 million is collected, whichever comes first.

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Penny Sales Tax

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 23, 2014 in Government Affairs
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Work In Progress

On November 4th, vote to keep the penny sales tax and use the money to fix our roads.

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Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 22, 2014 in Community Events
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DSCN1950(HealthDay News) — Arriving home safe and sound is one of the best Halloween treats of all.

To that end, be sure that costumes and goody bags have reflective strips that improve visibility to drivers, said Dr. Sampson Davis, an emergency medicine doctor at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, N.J.

Trick-or-treaters should also carry a flashlight, and costumes should be flame-resistant, Davis said.

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12th Annual Mepkin Abbey Creche Festival

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 22, 2014 in Community Events
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attachmentMepkin Abbey is hosting its 12th Annual Creche Festival Nov. 1`7 – 23, and Nov. 28 – Dec. 6. This year’s exhibit features a special exhibit of Magi from the Mepkin Abbey collection as well as new contributions from local collectors.

The public is invited to attend. There is no admission charge for the exhibit, but reservations are required and can be made at http://mepkinabbey.org/wordpress/2014-mepkin-abbey-creche-festival/#more-7059.

Berkeley Business Leaders Discuss Issues

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 17, 2014 in Member News
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The Berkeley County business community sounded off Wednesday morning, Oct. 22, on a long wish list of improvements it hopes will become a reality.
It was evident at the legislative forum sponsored by the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce that infrastructure improvements are at the top of that list.

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BBQ Festival and Custom Golf Cart Show

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 16, 2014 in Community Events
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BBQ Festival and Custom Golf Cart Show, Friday and Saturday Nov. 7 & 8 in the new Regional Recreation Complex 418 East Main Street.

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Berkeley Kicks off ‘Keep the Penny’ Campaign

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 14, 2014 in Government Affairs
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Berkeley County is asking residents to continue paying an extra penny on every dollar they spend.

“Keep the Penny – Fix our Roads,” a campaign by the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce to encourage residents to vote “yes” on local questions 1 and 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot, kicked off Tuesday.

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