Berkeley Chamber of Commerce News

WebsterRogers Manufacturing Presentation

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 17, 2018 in Announcements , Member News
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WebsterRogers Manufacturing Presentation

Berkeley Career Express Program will be held at Timberland High School starting January 22, 2018.

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 12, 2018 in Announcements , Community Events
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The Berkeley Career Express program will offer a combine Digital Literacy, Career Ready, ACT Soft Skills and Adult Education/General Development (GED) class for various Berkeley County Communities. The class is for unemployed or underemployed residents who are dedicated to pursuing education and career training. Each participant will receive a Chromebook, to study and work at home during their eight week enrollment.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:

  • Participants must be 17 and older
  • Not enrolled in K-12
  • No diploma or GED is required to participate in the program
  • Unemployed or unemployed

*Come prepared to stay the full two hours beginning on January 22nd!

  • Classes are held Mon. & Tues.
  • Times are 5:30-7:30 pm each day
  • Courses last 8 weeks
  • Class begins Jan. 22, 2018
  • Class ends March 20, 2018
  • Celebration March 26, 2018!!
  • Arrive to class on time
  • Attend every session
  • Complete 4-6 hours of online assignments each week
  • Take care of and return Chromebook to Library on due date
  • Register and complete the TABE test on Jan 22th & 23th THS (Beginning 5:30 pm. Must attend first night to complete registration requirements on second night)

If you have questions, please contact Berkeley County Adult Education at 843-899-8635.

South Carolina Federal Offering $2 Bills for Clemson Fans

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 14, 2017 in Announcements , Press Releases
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South Carolina Federal Offering $2 Bills for Clemson Fans(Charleston, S.C.)—12/12/17— South Carolina Federal Credit Union is making it easier for Clemson fans to make their mark on New Orleans during the 2018 Sugar Bowl. All credit union financial centers will be offering $2 bills, stamped with the licensed Clemson tiger paw. The bills will be available beginning Dec. 15th at all South Carolina Federal financial centers while supplies last.

The limited service is a nod to a tradition dating back to 1977, when Georgia Tech decided to stop playing football against Clemson. In a show of protest, students and alumni stamped $2 bills with the famed paw print and used them as evidence of the economic impact Clemson fans make at athletic events. The tradition is in full effect when attending away games, even 40 years later.

“We are proud to be a part of this state and its strong sporting traditions,” said Scott Woods, President & CEO of South Carolina Federal. “This effort and our larger More Time Cheering Bowl Game Giveaway for University of South Carolina and Clemson University speak to our passion of giving back to our members and allowing them to spend more time doing what they love.”

The bills are available to members and non-members and must be retrieved inside financial center locations, not via drive through.

About South Carolina Federal

Connect with South Carolina Federal Credit Union for products, services and financial literacy.  More than 165,000 people and $1.6 billion strong, the member-owned cooperative operates 20 offices in four major markets to include Charleston, Columbia, Georgetown, and Florence-Darlington.  Over 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs are available worldwide through the Allpoint Network. More information about South Carolina Federal can be found at scfederal.org.

South Carolina Federal More Time Cheering College Bowl Giveaway

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 14, 2017 in Announcements , Press Releases
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(Charleston, S.C.)—12/12/17— South Carolina Federal Credit Union is sending Clemson University and University of South Carolina fans to cheer on their teams this bowl season.

South Carolina Federal More Time Cheering College Bowl GiveawayThe credit union is giving away a total of 40 pairs of tickets to attend the Sugar or Outback Bowl, both held on January 1, 2018.

The More Time Cheering Bowl Game Giveaway is part of the credit union’s larger “Less Time Banking, More Time Living” approach. By expertly handling their finance, insurance and investment needs, South Carolina Federal provides its members more time to spend on their passions, be it the Tigers or the Gamecocks!

Interested parties can enter to win tickets by visiting any of the South Carolina Federal financial centers and filling out an entry form for their team of choice. Entries will be accepted from December 12th through December 26th. Members and non-members are encouraged to participate and winners will be notified on December 27th.

Entries are limited to one per person, but fans are invited to receive an extra entry by sharing a photo of why they are a super fan, deserving of these tickets, on the South Carolina Federal Facebook page (@SCFederal).

For full rules and details, visit www.scfederal.org/moretimecheering.

South Carolina Federal More Time Cheering College Bowl GiveawayAbout South Carolina Federal

Connect with South Carolina Federal Credit Union for products, services and financial literacy.  More than 165,000 people and $1.6 billion strong, the member-owned cooperative operates 20 offices in four major markets to include Charleston, Columbia, Georgetown, and Florence-Darlington.  Over 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs are available worldwide through the Allpoint Network. More information about South Carolina Federal can be found at scfederal.org.

Daniel Pointe Retirement Community Grand Opening

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 30, 2017 in Announcements , Member News
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Daniel Pointe Retirement Community Grand Opening

Candle Light Memorial Service December 5th

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 29, 2017 in Announcements , Community Events , Press Releases
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Candle Light Memorial Service December 5thThe Berkeley County Prevention Board and its member agencies are sponsoring the 28th Annual Candlelight Memorial Services. The Prevention Board has hosted these Memorial Services each year since 1989. The purpose is to increase the awareness of driving while impaired, to remember loved ones who have lost their lives, and to remember all those who have been affected by crashes involving drunk drivers.

There will be a special candle lighting ceremony in commemoration of victims and their families. We extend a special invitation to those who have lost a family member or have been otherwise affected because of an impaired driver to light a candle on behalf or in memory of your loved one.

The program is one way the public can speak out against impaired driving. Another way you can help is to be a responsible host. Don’t let anyone get behind the wheel of a car after drinking or taking drugs.

We ask that you join us at Moncks Corner A.M.E Church (306 West Main Street) at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, December 5th. If you know someone whose family has been affected by a drunk driver, please encourage him/her to attend and light a candle in honor of his/her loved one/s. If you would like to share the contact information with us, we will send a special invitation.

For further information, call 843-797-7871 ext. 113 or ext. 114.

Grand Opening of the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Summerville

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 17, 2017 in Announcements , Press Releases
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Moncks Corner, SC— The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Summerville, SC.   The new hotel boasts 111 rooms including suites with all the modern conveniences of home.  All rooms contain, high speed wireless internet, refrigerators, microwaves, Keurig Coffee makers, irons with ironing boards and safes. A full hot breakfast buffet is included with the room featuring the signature Holiday Inn Express Cinnamon Roll.  The hotel is owned by a local family and managed by Charleston based True Blue Hospitality.

Grand Opening of the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Summerville

From left to right front row:
David Kalik, Candace Johnson, Eddie Buck, Owner, Kevin Housand, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce President; Olivia Young, Director of Operation & Sales; Jennifer Wilson, Regional Director of Sales; William Peagler, Berkeley County Supervisor, Laura Rushton, Group Sales Manager; Jennifer Attisano
From Left to Right back row:
Rohan Chopra, General Manager, Ben Creasy, Ross Fowler, Steve Tonzola, Tommy Newell, Berkeley County Councilman; Tony Pope, Board Chairman for Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce

About Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in the greater Berkeley County area.   The Chamber seeks to accomplish this vision by advocating for initiatives that enable businesses to grow, thrive and remain relevant and forward-thinking in an ever-changing world. The chamber exists to create a positive impact on our community. The Berkeley Chamber strives to be the unifying force that brings together and leads those who work to improve the quality of life in the Berkeley County region through business growth.

27th Annual Picnic in the Park

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 18, 2017 in Announcements , Community Events
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27th Annual Picnic in the Park

Berkeley Country Club Jr. Golf Summer Camp Sign-Up

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 31, 2017 in Announcements , Community Events
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Berkeley Country Club Jr. Golf Summer Camp Sign-Up

Drug Take Back Day April 29

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 11, 2017 in Announcements , Community Events , Press Releases
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Drug Take Back Day April 29

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, The Ernest E. Kennedy Center, The Berkeley County Prevention Board and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The event will take place on Saturday, April 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your pills for disposal to Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at 223 N. Live Oak Drive Moncks Corner, SC 29461 or the Magistrates Office at 303 N. Goose Creek Blvd. Goose Creek, SC 29445. The service is free and anonymous.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For further information, call Sarah Halse or Wehme Hutto 843-797-7871 (ext. 119 ext. 114).

OneBerkeley Golf Tournament

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 5, 2017 in Announcements , Community Events
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OneBerkeley Golf Tournament

Deadline Approaching in South Carolina for SBA Working Capital Loans

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 28, 2017 in Announcements , Government Affairs
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Deadline Approaching in South Carolina for SBA Working Capital LoansATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that April 18 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Oconee County in South Carolina as a result of the drought that began on June 21, 2016.

“This county is eligible because it is contiguous to one or more primary counties in
North Carolina.  The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers.  Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

The loans are for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for eligible small businesses and 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations, and terms up to
30 years.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than April 18, 2017.

For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster.

8th Annual Kiwanis Golf Tournament

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 14, 2017 in Announcements , Community Events
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8th Annual Kiwanis Golf Tournament

Preparing for Government Contract Opportunities Workshop Scheduled

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 22, 2017 in Announcements , Business Tips , Community Events , Press Releases
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Preparing for Government Contract Opportunities Workshop ScheduledThe Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is presenting a workshop for small business owners on how to prepare a business to bid on and receive government contract opportunities.  The workshop will be held on March 21, 2017 from 2 until 4 pm at First Citizens Bank on Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston.

The workshop will show participants how to: properly register a company; submit applications for certifications; find work; seek information prior to submitting a proposal and review key indicators.

Linda Blanton will lead the workshop.  Ms. Blanton, a Procurement Specialist with the SBDC, was a Contracting Officer for 35 years with the federal government.

Preparing for Government Contract Opportunities Workshop ScheduledPre-registration may be made by calling (843) 740-6160 or visiting www.charlestonsbdc.com  and click on “Workshops.”

For more information about starting a small business or expanding an existing business, contact the Charleston Area SBDC at 843-740-6160 or email chassbdc@mailbox.sc.edu

The First Tee of Greater Charleston Spring Registration

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 2, 2017 in Announcements , Member News
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The First Tee of Greater Charleston Spring Registration

Spring 2017 Registration for The First Tee of Greater Charleston is NOW OPEN!

Make sure to visit to sign up!

 

 

Sub-contractor & Supplier Outreach

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on January 27, 2017 in Announcements , Education
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The Berkeley County School District and H.G. Reynolds Company are hosting an event for potential Sub-contractors and Suppliers for the construction of a new elementary school in Hanahan, SC.

Sub-contractor & Supplier Outreach

Choate Construction Announces 100% Employee Ownership

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 19, 2016 in Press Releases
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Choate Construction Announces 100% Employee OwnershipMt. Pleasant, SC (December 16, 2016) — Choate Construction Company is excited to announce that it is
transferring beneficial ownership, becoming 100% employee owned via the newly created Choate
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Trust, thus allowing current and future employees to enjoy
beneficial participation in the Company.

“Choate is a tight-knit family, and we truly care for each other. We were solicited continuously over the
years by larger contractors to sell the company, but we decided to keep the business in the family, to
perpetuate our culture of excellence,” says Millard Choate. “We are blessed to be able to implement
this structure to express our dedication to our exemplary employees. This will provide individual
financial security as well as preserve the entrepreneurial spirit that has always permeated this company.
The ESOP allows us to take this spirit to the next level, while also ensuring our vision, core values, and
management team stays intact.”

Millard Choate will transition from the position of President to Chairman & CEO, and Dave Priester will
assume the role as President and COO. The management team will remain intact.

Millard noted, “Upward mobility and career advancement are extremely important. The ESOP allows
for both seamless management succession and future opportunity.”

Choate Construction was advised by CSG Partners, a boutique investment bank specializing in ESOPs.

Choate’s financial condition will remain strong. Both of Choate’s bonding companies have endorsed and
given full support of this transaction.

The ESOP transition was announced to all 450+ employee-owners at a celebration on December 15th.

ABOUT CHOATE CONSTRUCTION
As one of the largest general contractors in the southeast, Choate Construction Company considers its
reputation to be its number one asset with its future success founded upon the strength of its customer
relationships. Choate Construction excels in both base and interior construction with office locations in
Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Savannah. Choate strives to lead the industry in financially
viable, functional solutions and continually invests in the tools to do so, promoting advances in Building
Information Modeling (BIM) software, LEED® Rating system and Risk Mitigation. Please visit
www.choateco.com for more information.

Berkeley County School District Career Conference January 7, 2017

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on December 7, 2016 in Announcements
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Berkeley County School District, co-sponsored by Berkeley Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper, will be hosting a Career Conference for high school students on Saturday, January 7, 2017, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Stratford High School. The BCSD Career Conference focuses on making students aware of the variety of career opportunities available to them in the tri-county area (future career opportunities, summer jobs, internships, apprenticeships, summer camps, etc.) and to increase their awareness of the skills that are necessary for them to be employable in the near future. Attached is a document that discusses the Career Conference in detail. We are in need of one or both of the following items:

  • Provide a workshop to students on any type of employability skills (interviewing skills, building a resume, social media tips, work ethic, leadership skills, etc.)
  • Provide a table/employer booth with display (career fair format) to make students aware of future opportunities with your company/organization OR to make students aware of any apprenticeship, summer job, summer camp opportunities within your organization.

We hope that you are able to support Berkeley County School District by participating in this valuable program. After reviewing the attached information and if you are interested in participating, please complete the survey link below. Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you so very much for your cooperation.

Link to Register

Berkeley County School District Career Conference January 7, 2017

 

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in South Carolina Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 17, 2016 in Announcements , Government Affairs
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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in South Carolina Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 28, 2016 in Government Affairs
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