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One Berkeley Golf Tournament

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 7, 2016 in Announcements , Community Events
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Crowfield Golf ClubDon’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

Seeking Executive Director Habitat for Humanity Berkeley County

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 6, 2016 in Human Resources , Opportunities
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Executive Director Habitat for Humanity Berkeley County

Summary: Habitat for Humanity Berkeley County (HFHBC) is seeking a mission driven, self-starter, proven leader and fund developer to manage staff, retail operations and new home construction and/or repairs in Berkeley County. Position reports directly to Board of Directors and is responsible for a staff of eight. Must be comfortable speaking to large and small groups about the mission. Fluid verbal and written communications a must with all staff, board, committees, donors, volunteers, partner families, service partners, a diverse community as well as community leaders and officials. Responsible for budget and fiscal reporting, executing legal documents, complying with all federal and state laws, developing team members and volunteers as well as serving as liaison with international and local affiliates. Development responsibilities include networking, fostering long term relationships, meeting the financial needs of the affiliate by grant writing, faith builds, event planning, marketing the affiliate for donations of in-kind, monetary and items for resale in onsite retail facility (“ReStore”). Execution of duties must be in compliance of Affiliate governing documents. The Executive Director is the strategic leader and spokesperson of the organization, working in partnership with the Board of Directors, community partners, and volunteers, to fulfill the mission and goals of HFHBC. This is a full time, salaried position with benefits.

The ED will represent the Affiliate and be the leading advocate for its work in serving members of the community in need of simple, decent, affordable housing. As such, the ED must understand and support the mission, vision, and values of Habitat seeking to change lives through homeownership.

Experience: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of experience in a leadership role in management within an organization. Must have working knowledge of project management. An Associate’s Degree and commensurate experience will be considered.

Application: Applicants should send (1) a detailed cover letter including salary requirements and résumé with employment history; (2) a detailed statement explaining why he/she is interested in working for a non-profit organization and specifically for Habitat for Humanity. Send all correspondence to: ED0416, HFHBC 1 Belknap Road, Goose Creek, SC 29445 or email to: ED@berkeleyhabitat.org. No Phone Calls Please.

Habitat for Humanity Berkeley County is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Program Announced for 2016 Administrative Professionals Day Conference at Trident Technical College

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 29, 2016 in Community Events , Education , Press Releases
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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:

  • Larry Collett, Founder and CEO, netGALAXY Studios; “Mobile Technology—The Future of Mobile Devices and Apps”
  • Ellis Grossman, Chef, Culinary Institute of Charleston, Trident Technical College; “30-Minute Meals and Energy-Based Foods”
  • Carolyn Hunter, president of C&A Unlimited, Inc. dba McDonald’s; “Be the Best You Ever”
  • Ray Snyder, Business and Management Instructor, Trident Technical College; “DISC Profile Assessment and Analysis”

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 lisa.fought@tridenttech.edu. For more details about the conference, visit www.tridenttech.edu/ce or http://www.tridenttech.edu/ce/programs/catalog/information/admin-professional-conference.htm

Molina Healthcare

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 4, 2016 in Community Events , Member News
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Molina Healthcare

Tri-County Agency Partnership Fair

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 4, 2016 in Announcements , Government Affairs
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Tri-County Agency Partnership Fair

USDA seeks applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 9, 2016 in Announcements , Government Affairs
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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

2016 Economic Forecast Presentations (Download)

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 26, 2016 in Event Highlights , Featured
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REAP Grant and Loan Opportunities available for Small Business in SC from the USDA Rural Development

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 18, 2016 in Announcements , Government Affairs
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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.

  • The maximum grants are $250,000 for energy efficiency improvements and $500,000 for renewable energy systems Loans guarantees of up to 75% of a project’s total costs are available.
  • The minimum loan is $5,000
  • The maximum loan is $25 million

Some areas contiguous with Columbia, Charleston and Greenville are not eligible, call for a determination.

Don’t miss this great opportunity!

For more information, contact: Doug Dunkelberg, doug.dunkelberg@sc.usda.gov  803-765-5330; Shannon Legree 803-253-3150 or Jesse T. Risher,  jesse.risher@sc.usda.gov  803-765-5881

The Three Step Process: Disaster Loans

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 14, 2016 in Announcements
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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.

Please click here for information about the three step process to apply for an SBA disaster loan.

Air Quality Conference January 19-20, 2016

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 17, 2015 in Community Events , Education
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Air Quality Conference January 19-20, 2016

December graduates receive degrees at Southern Wesleyan University

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 14, 2015 in Press Releases
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image12348165433CENTRAL, 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 »

Town of Moncks Corner accepted to Main Street South Carolina

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 10, 2015 in Press Releases
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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.

Youth Tour

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 3, 2015 in Announcements , Community Events
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PrintOver 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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Berkeley County Bird House Competition

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 27, 2015 in Announcements , Community Events
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Red Ribbon Proclamation Signing

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 13, 2015 in Announcements , Community Events
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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.

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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.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:
WEHME A. HUTTO, PH. 797-7871, ext. 114
SAUNDRA BROWN-WIGFALL, PH: 797-7871, ext. 113 

South Carolina Department of Insurance Catastrophe Claims Center

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 13, 2015 in Announcements , Community Events
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Event Photos

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 6, 2015 in Photo Galleries
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Our photo galleries have been relocated. Please go to http://berkeleysc.org/chamber/photo-galleries/

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Announces Award Winners At Annual Gala

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 15, 2015 in Press Releases
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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.

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Trident Technical College Offers A New Charleston Artisans Series

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 8, 2015 in Press Releases
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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.

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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 July 26, 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.

” 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.”

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