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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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Students, High Schools, Community Colleges and Businesses 

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

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

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