Berkeley Chamber of Commerce News

SBA Launches Fund Competition to Award $4 Million for Small Business Startups

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 13, 2015 in Business Start-up
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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.

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St. James, Goose Creek Chapel of Ease Offers “Taxing” Day

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 8, 2015 in Press Releases
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Historical Site Seeks Volunteers April 15 to Install Split Rail Fence

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.

Chick-fil-A at Moncks Corner Ribbon Cutting and “First Bite” Ceremony

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 7, 2015 in Announcements , Business Start-up , Community Events , Member News
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Chick-fil-A at Moncks Corner

Cordially invites you to attend thechickfilamonckscorner

Ribbon Cutting and “First Bite” Ceremony

Thursday, April 16, 2015
9:00AM

601 North Highway 52
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Justin Clark, Restaurant Operator
“Located on 52 across from Walmart”

Berkeley County Chamber Announces 2015 Board of Directors and the Release of First Phase of Study

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 6, 2015 in Press Releases
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(Berkeley County, SC) – The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce 2015 Board of Directors under the leadership of President, Giff Daughtridge; is partnering with Market Street Services, a national community and economic development consulting firm, to launch a Community and Economic Development Strategy process.  “Now is the time for Berkeley County community leaders to proceed with a strategic plan to help it progress into a holistic area to live, work, and grow”, Daughtridge stated.

The first phase, which now is released on the Chamber’s website, provides a detailed examination of Berkeley County’s competitiveness as a place to live, work, visit, and do business. The Assessment provides a clear analysis of both advantages and challenges that the county faces on a day-to-day basis. Market Street will analyze indicators to assess the community’s competitiveness across a wide variety of areas. The Assessment answers key questions about the county’s people, its quality of place, and its economic structure in the context of issues that affect long-term prosperity for businesses and residents.

“We believe that we need to have a clear understanding of Berkeley County and this initial information is critical to the overall goal of having a clear vision and plan for Berkeley County, SC” said Elaine Morgan, CEO of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.

The 2015 Board Members are:  Giff Daughtridge, Vice President & General Manager, Nucor; Dwayne Cartwright, President & CEO, Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Inc; Brandon L. Cox, President & CEO, Threat Management Group;  Andrew P. Dennis, Partner, Nexsen Pruet, LLC; Michael Lockliear, Owner, Moncks Corner Dry Cleaners; Dennis Gregory, Plant Manager, Century Aluminum – Mt. Holly; Ervette Broadnax, Plant Manager, DuPont; Derek Mathis, Director of Industrial Development, MeadWestvaco; Steve Wichmann, Executive Vice President, Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union; Marc Fetten, President/CEO, Cooper River Partners; Kevin Housand, President, Central True Value; Brenda Myers, Administrator, Roper Hospital-Berkeley; Sam Bennett, Manager of Economic Development, Santee Cooper; and Dot Gatlin, Senior Vice President & Market Executive, First Citizens.

The Chamber will continue to provide updates throughout the process, however, if any one has any questions, please contact the Chamber Office.

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About Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice of business and tourism in Berkeley County. Progressive industries; world renowned natural beauty; historical landmarks; lakes and rivers; and vibrant recreation mixed with shopping and locations which have been the back drop for major motion pictures all make Berkeley County a center for “the good life”. For general and business information, visit www.berkeleysc.org; for tourism and vacation information, visit www.visitberkeleycounty.com.

Administrative Professionals Day Conference

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 23, 2015 in Community Events , Education , Opportunities , Press Releases
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Trident Technical CollegeProgram Announced For 2015 Administrative Professionals Day Conference At Trident Technical College

Feb. 23, 2015…Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is pleased to announce the program lineup for the 21st Annual Administrative Professionals Day Conference. The 2015 conference is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 8:15 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 fashion show courtesy of Sissy’s Closet and a gourmet lunch catered by Duvall Catering and Event Design. D’Jaris Whipper-Lewis will deliver the National Anthem as part of the opening of the conference. A continental breakfast is also provided.
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Teen Summer Job Expo March 14th 2015

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 23, 2015 in Community Events , Education , Opportunities , Press Releases
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Berkeley Veterans Appreciation and Information Fair

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 16, 2015 in Community Events
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Vet Fair

The Berkeley Prosperity Center is hosting its 1st Annual Veterans Appreciation and Information Fair on Saturday, February 21st from 11 am to 3 pm at Unity Park in Moncks Corner.

The Fair will feature representatives from:

  • Family Services
  • Goodwill
  • Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
  • One80 Place
  • Tri-County Veterans Support Network
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Palmetto Warrior Project
  • Veterans Upward Bound
  • SC Works
  • South Carolina Army National Guard
  • The Hope Collection
  • MUSC’s BRAVO study
  • Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.
  • The Charleston Vet Center and Columbia Mobile Vet Center
  • Hospice of Charleston
    And more…

Veterans and their families will be able to attend a self-serve tax clinic as well as budgeting and credit management classes at no charge. There will also be on-site assistance available for VA benefits applications.
Unity Park is located next to the Berkeley Prosperity Center on East Main Street. There will be free parking available behind the park.

For more information please call 843-761-6033 and ask for Kara Moore or April Richardson.

White House Drug Policy Office Awards $125,000 to Local Coalition to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Berkeley County, South Carolina

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 2, 2015 in Press Releases
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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.
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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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