Berkeley Chamber of Commerce News

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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Berkeley Country Club is proud to announce the 56th Annual Berkeley Invitational ~ September 4th-6th

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 9, 2015 in Announcements , Community Events
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We will be hosting 2 divisions this year.

The Championship division will play all 3 rounds from the Blue tees at approximately 6800 yards.

The Men’s Division will play the White tees at approximately 6200 yards.

Make sure you indicate which division you would like to compete in.

Field will be limited to the first 120 PAID entries. Please make sure to sign up early.

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Berkeley County Becomes First Certified Connected County in the Lowcountry

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 26, 2015 in Announcements , Press Releases
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Berkeley County receives Connected community certification, releases Technology Action Plan

Berkeley County, SC – Today, Connect South Carolina, joined by Berkeley County Community Partners, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, and Home Telecom, announced Berkeley County’s certified Connected community status and released its Technology Action Plan. It is the first county in the Lowcountry and the eighth certified Connected community in South Carolina.

Screen Shot“One of the goals in completing this assessment has been to identify areas of the county where the digital divide still exists,” shared Donna Worden, community champion and Director of the Berkeley County Library System. “As we undertake the projects in the county’s recommended Technology Action Plan, community partners will join together to extend broadband throughout the county and increase access to digital literacy resources.”

Berkeley County has been working with Connect South Carolina since February 2013 on the Connected Community Engagement Program. This initiative assesses the local broadband landscape, identifies connectivity gaps, and establishes technology-driven goals and objectives to increase broadband access, adoption, and use for families, organizations, and businesses throughout the community.

“Broadband is no longer a luxury, it is essential in our daily lives,” said FCC Commissioner and Charleston native Mignon Clyburn. “Broadband is a gateway through which many Lowcountry residents and businesses obtain critical information, find jobs, stay connected with teachers and healthcare providers, and keep up-to-date with family members and friends. We all benefit when everyone is connected.” Commissioner Clyburn shared her remarks on a video that can be seen HERE.

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Southern Wesleyan University Announces a New Graduate Business Program

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 18, 2015 in Announcements , Education
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GoogleFest 2015

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 10, 2015 in Announcements , Community Events
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St. James, Goose Creek Chapel of Ease Site Commemorates Tricentennial

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 9, 2015 in Community Events , Press Releases
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GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—JUNE 8, 2015—The ground-breaking ceremony for the St. James, Goose Creek Chapel of Ease Historical Site is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2015, marking the 300th anniversary of a pivotal battle fought there.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with introductory comments by Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler. Diane Turner, President of the CSS David Chapter #2656, United Daughters of the Confederacy will speak. Guests will hear speakers detailing the history of the Yemassee War and its significance to the historical site, as well as the history of the cemetery since the Yemassee War.

Jack Lynes will dedicate the site, followed by a ceremonial ground-breaking under Mayor Heitzler’s direction.  Self-guided tours will be available until 2 p.m. Refreshments and Chapel of Ease merchandise will be available for sale. The public is invited to this free event, which will take place at Avanti Lane, off Old Highway 52 in Moncks Corner, SC. Look for the banner and the split rail fence.

Contact Justin Lynes, 803.500.1371, or visit www.chapelofease.org for more information. Tax-deductible donations assist in grave restoration and battle site preservation; mail to St. James, Goose Creek Chapel of Ease, P.O. Box 1156, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. A percentage of any Amazon sale, made through the chapel website, goes directly to the nonprofit at no cost to the buyer.

2015 Legislative Report

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 17, 2015 in Government Affairs
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SC Works Trident On the Job Training (OJT) Program

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 12, 2015 in Announcements , Education , Opportunities
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0Often when looking for the perfect employee you will find someone who could be right but is missing the proper training or skills needed. We can help you!

Among our many services that we offer employers we have a program called On-the-Job Training (OJT). This program is designed specifically to help save you the time, energy and money it takes to train a new employee. We not only help you screen potential employees for the right fit but we offer to train them while reimbursing up to 90% of the trainee’s wages during the period of time needed to complete their training.

The OJT program is funded through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which is a federally funded program to help create a skilled and educated workforce while helping to increase employment opportunities within the region.

SC Works Trident offers a variety of other services for employers. Some of our other services include:

  • Labor Market Information – Information on prevailing wages, in-demand occupations, employment and income statistics, new workforce developments and so much more.
  • Recruiting and Staff Services – We can help with advertising job openings, the application process, schedule recruitment interviews as well as career fairs and can help facilitate pre-hire testing sessions throughout the tri-county region or at your offices.
  • WorkKeys Testing – This is a job skills assessment system which measures real world skills and abilities that are critical to job success.

Some certifications our WIA participants can obtain include:

  • SC Manufacturing Certification
  • Machinist Apprenticeship
  • Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Certification
  • Truck Driver – CDL
  • GED Training or High School Diploma
  • Medical Office Specialist Certification
  • Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • 280 Hour Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW

Inspiring Semifinalists Highlight College and Career Readiness across the United States

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 11, 2015 in Press Releases
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IOWA CITY, Iowa—The goal of college and career readiness for all has bright prospects based on the semifinalists in ACT’s third National College and Career Readiness Campaign. This annual program honors a distinguished group of students, schools and employers for exemplifying what is being done in states across the country to improve individuals’ prospects for success.

“Each of the semifinalists represent the truest form of commitment to the importance of college and career readiness,” said Scott Montgomery, ACT vice president for policy, advocacy and government relations. “State leaders should be very proud of the students, high schools, community colleges and employers they’ve identified. They all have overcome challenges and made important strides to improve academic achievement and professional advancement across their states.”

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Volvo Cars Selects South Carolina for its First American Factory

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 11, 2015 in Announcements , Press Releases
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(ROCKLEIGH, NJ – May 11, 2015) Volvo Cars has chosen Berkeley County, South Carolina as the location of its first American factory, investing up to $500 Million in a facility with a capacity to initially produce up to 100,000 cars per year.

The Berkeley County factory, located outside of Charleston, will make latest generation Volvo models for sale in the United States and for export. Construction will begin in early autumn 2015, with the first vehicles expected to roll off the assembly line in 2018.

Once completed, Volvo Cars will be able to manufacture vehicles on three continents, underscoring its position as a truly global car maker. It already operates two plants in Europe and two in China. The new US plant forms part of an ambitious medium term expansion plan to double global sales, boost market share and lift profitability.

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Trident Technical College Offers A New Series Of Workshops On The Black History Of South Carolina

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 29, 2015 in Education , Press Releases
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Trident Technical CollegeApril 28, 2015… Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is pleased to announce a new series of workshops to be offered from May 13-June 17, 2015 focusing on the Black History of South Carolina. Topics covered span the American Revolution time period through the Civil War, Reconstruction and the Civil Rights era into present day. All classes meet on the Main Campus of Trident Technical College at 7000 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston and cost $25 per student. Students who enroll by May 7 in all courses in the Black History of South Carolina series will receive their last class free. To register, call 843.574.6152 or visit www.tridenttech.edu/ce.

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Berkeley County Library System – Public Technology Workshops – Spring 2015

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 24, 2015 in Education
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Business Transit Talk for I26ALT project

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 22, 2015 in Government Affairs , Uncategorized
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Google Small Business Supplier Diversity Program

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 21, 2015 in Announcements , Business Tips , Member Benefits
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ScreenShot002Our Small Business Supplier Diversity program is designed to connect more minority-, women- veteran- and LGBT-owned small businesses to opportunities within Google, while helping them grow on the web. Our program supports Google’s unique procurement structure, where all Googlers are empowered to make purchasing decisions based on their specific needs.

Get more details on the Google Small Business Supplier Diversity Program 

 

Business Focus Group Tuesday, May 12

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 21, 2015 in Announcements
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The Berkeley Chamber in coordination with the City of Goose Creek will host a Business Focus Group to discuss what tools would assist you in “Growing Your Business”. The meeting will be Tuesday, May 12 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Goose Creek Community Center located at 519A N. Goose Creek Blvd., Goose Creek, SC.

At this meeting we will be receiving input from the businesses along with discussing business trends, how do you develop your marketing profile, employee training, the latest in social media, and an update on the City of Goose Creek.

Please come and let us hear how we can better assist you growing your business and hopefully improving your bottom line.

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

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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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