Berkeley Chamber of Commerce News

Grand Opening for Coastal Kids Dental & Braces New Location on Dorchester Road

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 5, 2013 in Member News
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Coastal Kids Dental & Braces is excited to announce the grand opening of their new office at 8600 Dorchester Road

CHARLESTON, SC – June 5, 2013 – Coastal Kids Dental & Braces is excited to announce the grand opening of a new Pediatric Dental & Orthodontic office at 8600 Dorchester Rd, at the entrance to Coosaw Creek.
“Our new location on Dorchester Road allows us to provide the very best in Pediatric Dental & Orthodontic care to the children and families in the surrounding areas,” said Dr Isabel Driggers, Founder and Owner of Coastal Kids Dental & Braces, “Our goal is to provide each of our patients with a healthy adult smile and this new location will enable us to provide our brand of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics conveniently to our current, and future patients, who live in the area.”

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South Carolina Federal Credit Union June Financial Ed. Seminars

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 23, 2013 in Community Events , Money & Finance
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The Car Buying Experience: Shopping in Today’s Market

New vs. used. Buy vs. lease. Zero percent financing vs. rebate. With so many choices available, buying a car can sometimes be confusing and stressful. This seminar covers car shopping considerations, whether you should buy new or used or lease, your credit score and financing, getting the best price and more.

Wednesday, June 12, 11 a.m. – noon

South Carolina Federal Rivers Avenue Branch, 6265 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston


Your Credit Score

Join us to learn about different types of scoring models, particularly the FICO score, and what steps you can take to have a good score.

Tuesday, June 18th, 11 a.m. – noon

South Carolina Federal Rivers Avenue Branch, 6265 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston


Homeownership: Start the Home Buying Process Off Right!

Bonus Session: Understanding Home Equity

The preparation for homeownership begins long before the purchase actually takes place. This seminar covers information about the pre-purchase process, types of mortgages, loan qualifications and more.

Wednesday, June 26, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

South Carolina Federal Rivers Avenue Branch, 6265 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston


 

Our contact for these seminars is Leslie Howard. You may register to attend these seminars here.

Goose Creek Farmers Market Open

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 15, 2013 in Community Events
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May 2013 www.berkeleyhabitat.org

Exciting news for ReStore shoppers starting May 29th! The ReStore will be open later on Wednesdays as we partner with local vendors to bring a new Farmers Market to Goose Creek. Do you know a local farmer/grower or artisan? Please let them know about this great opportunity! The community is invited to take advantage of locally grown produce, hand-made crafts, and supporting neighborhood small businesses during the market hours of 2:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Do you want to volunteer with Habitat but cannot do so during typical work days? Here is your opportunity to help Berkeley County provide decent and affordable housing to residents by volunteering in the ReStore during the Farmers Market hours. There are many pieces that make the store run smoothly. You don’t need to have any special skills-just a willing heart!

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Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County Announces

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 15, 2013 in Press Releases
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Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County and The Home Depot Foundation are partnering to launch a Repair Corps Program.

“We are proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity International as we aim to ensure that every U.S. veteran has a safe and accessible place to call home,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation.

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Member Spotlight: AgSouth Farm Credit

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 13, 2013 in Member Spotlight
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agsouthWho We Are:

AgSouth Farm Credit is a member-owned lending cooperative and a member of the Farm Credit System, which was created in 1916 to provide farmers with a lender prepared to meet their special financial needs.

What We Do:

AgSouth Farm Credit provides loans for real estate, agriculture and rural homes and leasing for automobiles, equipment, buildings and commercial operations. The association also offers crop and livestock protection services.

Additionally, AgSouth makes secondary home loans through a division of the company – AgSouth Mortgages – which provides loans for home purchases and refinances for those who do not qualify under established Farm Credit guidelines.

Michelle Sharp, a mortgage originator in AgSouth’s Summerville office, serves the mortgage needs of those in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties. “Although we specialize in providing home loans for large acreages, we can finance homes in developments and in town, second homes and even investment properties,” she says. “AgSouth Mortgages provides loans for purchases and refinances at competitive rates, and through our various programs we are able to offer a loan tailor-made to meet our clients’ financial needs.”

The Cooperative Way

AgSouth Farm Credit is a member-owned cooperative, sharing its profits with its members through AgSouth’s patronage program. Since 1991 AgSouth has distributed more than $­­­352 million to its members.

Particulars

The association, an equal housing lender, has more than 7,240 members and is headquartered in Statesboro, Ga., with administrative offices in Spartanburg, S.C., and Orangeburg, S.C. The cooperative’s 26 branches serve 59 Georgia and 34 South Carolina counties. For more information, visit www.agsouthfc.com.

Berkeley County is Booming

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 11, 2013 in Government Affairs , Marketing , Tourism
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New census estimates show the tri-county area was the 12th-fastest-growing metropolitan area in the nation. Berkeley and Dorchester counties made a top-100 list of fastest-growing U.S. counties. Berkeley County saw the most growth in the region, and grew faster than all but several dozen counties in the nation, adding nearly 12,000 residents in the course of 27 months.

Elaine Morgan, executive director of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber’s national ad campaign touting what the county has to offer may have contributed. “I think we’re doing a good job of getting out how great Berkeley County is,” she said. “It’s a beautiful place with great natural resources, and once you come, you usually want to come back.”

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Legislative Delegation Luncheon 2013

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 10, 2013 in Photo Galleries
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Berkeley County Library History

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 25, 2013 in Education
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Enjoy this Historical Photo Tour of the Berkeley County Library

(Flipbook prepared by TheSiteCrew.com from a document obtained from www.bcls.sc.gov.)

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Underage Alcohol Tip Line Unveiled for Berkeley County

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 23, 2013 in Community Events , Government Affairs
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843-899-RU21 Underage Alcohol Tip line Unveiled for Berkeley County Residents to Report Underage Alcohol Parties and Sales for April’s Alcohol Awareness Month

chamber-005The Ernest E. Kennedy Center in collaboration with the RU21 Team, the 9Th Judicial Circuit Alcohol Enforcement Team (AET) and the Berkeley County Prevention Board is bringing awareness to the important issue of underage alcohol use and sales. They are doing so by unveiling the new “Underage Alcohol Party and Sales Tip line” for April’s Alcohol Awareness Month. The anonymous tip line can be called or texted in order to report underage alcohol issues to include: parties, adults who provide to underage youth and stores who sell to underage youth. The Tip Line is anonymous and will be administered and responded to by local law enforcement. The Tip Line 843-899-RU21(7821) and its accompanying RU21 Media campaign will be partnering with the Berkeley Independent, the Goose Creek Gazette, Comcast Cable and Adams Outdoor to get the word out!

Berkeley County was ranked 7th in the state of South Carolina for underage alcohol use and abuse by the statewide Communities That Care Survey conducted in 2010. The identified partners are working to change this statistic. We ask parents to be aware and diligent regarding the issue of underage alcohol. The month of April is an important time to focus on alcohol awareness because it includes many local proms, trips to the beach and spring celebrations. For additional information on the Tip line, the AET (Alcohol Enforcement Team) or the issue of underage alcohol use or sales contact the Kennedy Center Prevention Staff at 843-797-7181 or www.ekcenter.org . Please remember that RU21 involves all of us, our youth, our adults and our local retailers… always ask the question “RU21”?

South Carolina Federal Credit Union Offers Free Seminars, May 2013

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 18, 2013 in Member News
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May schedule of free financial education seminars.

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Join us to learn common practices, how to prevent identity theft, how to recover and more!

Wednesday, May 8, 11 a.m. – noon

South Carolina Federal Rivers Avenue Branch, 6265 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston


How to Land a Great Job!

Get an insider’s look at what Employer of Choice® companies look for in top candidates. Our recruiting team will cover job search secrets, resume and interview tips and more.

Tuesday, May 14, 11 a.m. – noon

South Carolina Federal Rivers Avenue Branch, 6265 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston


Homeownership: Start the Home Buying Process Off Right!

The preparation for homeownership begins long before the purchase actually takes place. This seminar covers information about the pre-purchase process, types of mortgages, loan qualifications and more.

Wednesday, May 15, 11 a.m. – noon

South Carolina Federal Rivers Avenue Branch, 6265 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston


Your Credit Score

Join us to learn about different types of scoring models, particularly the FICO score, and what steps you can take to have a good score.

Wednesday, May 22, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Andrew’s Regional Library-Charleston County Public Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Dr., Charleston


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Our contact for these seminars is Leslie Howard. You may register to attend these seminars here.

Trident Technical College Expands Kids’ College Summer Camps to Moncks Corner, Berkeley County Communities

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 16, 2013 in Community Events
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Entering its 16th year, Kids’ College at Trident Technical College will offer 104 summer camps for children ages 7-16. These camps provide opportunities for children to learn, develop leadership skills, make new friends, expand their interests and have fun.

The camps have traditionally been held at TTC’s Main Campus in North Charleston, and camp topics have included STEM subjects, culinary and baking, LEGO robots, creative arts, SAT prep, video game and mobile application programming, and 21st century life skills. For the first time, Kids’ College summer camps will be expanded to Palmer Campus in downtown Charleston, Berkeley Campus in Moncks Corner, Mount Pleasant Campus, Dorchester County QuickJobs Training Center in St. George and St. Paul’s Parish Site in Hollywood. Additional camps will be offered online.

“Trident Technical College already offers education and training opportunities to adults at campuses and sites across Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties,” said Kids’ College coordinator Michele Shinn. “We’re pleased to make similar opportunities for summer enrichment locally accessible to children in Moncks Corner and surrounding communities.”

The Kids’ College summer camps at Berkeley Campus will be offered during the weeks of June 17-21 and July 15-19. Camps offered at the campus include, but are not limited to: Spanish for Kids and Teens; Foundations in Minecraft; Gamestar Mechanic; Google Apps for Android; Cinema Camp; and LEGOs in Motion.

For more information on 2013 TTC Kids’ College summer camps, including descriptions, locations, dates and prices, visit www.tridenttech.edu/ce.htm. To register, call (843) 574-6152 or visit “TTC Express for Kids’ College” on the Kids’ College page. To learn more about TTC online courses for children, visit www.ed2go.com/trident.

Bullzeye Supply Store 5% OFF for Chamber Members

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 16, 2013 in Productivity
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2013 Lowcountry Quality Conference

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 13, 2013 in Community Events
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Goodwill is in Need of Donations

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 13, 2013 in Community Events
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bgm-logo-038With the weakened economy and the increased demand for job training services, Goodwill is facing the lowest donation levels in a decade.  We are asking donors to help by donating gently-used clothing, shoes and household items. Donated items are sold in our stores to generate revenue that funds career development, skills training and placement services that help people find jobs and get back on their feet.  Find a donation center nearest you at http://palmettogoodwill.net/

Small Business Workshop: Contacts for Contracts 4/30/2013

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 13, 2013 in Networking
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Member Spotlight: Brian D Kurtz PC

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 13, 2013 in Member Spotlight
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BKurtz Logo CPABrian D Kurtz PC is a locally-owned full-service CPA Firm, located in Mt. Pleasant, SC, that specializes in Small Business Solutions and Individual Tax Filing Support.

We focus on tax filing, accounting, bookkeeping, payroll and other support services for your individual and small business needs. Our “hands on” approach  starts with a free initial consultation at your place of business, or if you prefer, at our Mt. Pleasant office.

Brian Kurtz is a registered Quickbooks Pro Advisor and also has experience with Peachtree software. Small businesses are his forte!

Our unique style includes VISITING our clients so that we can better get to know their businesses in order to focus on their needs. We are dedicated to our clients and endeavor to provide professional service and guidance of the highest quality, while maintaining an approachable, friendly manner.

Visit our website for more information, financials tools, and current articles, as well as to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter: www.bkurtzcpa.com.

Contact us today at (843) 971-5866 or at info@bkurtzcpa.com to set up a FREE initial consultation to learn more about how we can become part of your financial team!

Rucker’s Food Ribbon Cutting

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 8, 2013 in Photo Galleries
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First Citizens Business Mixer

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 4, 2013 in Photo Galleries
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Coastal Kids Dental & Braces Announces New Office Opening on Dorchester Road May 2013

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 22, 2013 in Member News
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Coastal Kids Dental & Braces is excited to announce the opening of a new office at 8600 Dorchester Road

CoastalKidsDental_braces_logo (Mobile)Coastal Kids Dental & Braces is excited to announce the opening of a new Pediatric Dental & Orthodontic office at 8600 Dorchester Rd, at the entrance to Coosaw Creek, in May 2013.

Coastal Kids provides complete pediatric dental care for patients from infancy to young adulthood and special needs individuals of all ages. The new office will employ the latest state-of-the-are equipment to ensure children have access to the most conservative and comfortable dental care available.

“Our new office on Dorchester Road will allow us to provide the very best in Pediatric Dental & Orthodontic care to the children and families in the surrounding areas,” said Dr Isabel Driggers, Founder and Owner of Coastal Kids Dental & Braces, “Our goal is to provide each of our patients with a healthy adult smile and this new location will enable us to provide our brand of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics conveniently to our current, and future patients, who live in the area.”
About Coastal Kids Dental & Braces
Coastal Kids Dental & Braces is a Pediatric Dental & Orthodontic practice with offices in Hanahan, N. Charleston and Moncks Corner, South Carolina. The goal at Coastal Kids Dental & Braces is to provide each patient with a healthy adult smile. Each team member has specific training and education to fully address the Pediatric Dental & Orthodontic needs of their patients. For more information, please visit the Coastal Kids Dental & Braces website at www.coastalkidsdental.com or call 843.818.KIDS (5437).

Member Spotlight: A & M Brown’s Bar-B-Que

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 15, 2013 in Member Spotlight
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A M BrownsA & M Brown’s Bar-B-Que is family owned and run. We have “home cooked” food that is healthy and good for you. Much of our menu is home grown and all of it is cooked fresh daily. Fresh from the farm, straight to the table. We are not a fast food establishment and are proud of it. We cook “whole hogs” daily and use both vinegar sauce and mustard sauce. Whether you are a Vegetarian or not, we have multiple choices for both. At our restaurant we have dine-in, take-out and drive up options. We are also full-line caterers ranging from you backyard bar-b-ques to family reunions, graduations, weddings and cotillions. Our catering menus are quite extensive. If you can think it we can cook it. We travel from Spartanburg to Hilton Head and anywhere in between. We are open six days a week closing only on Monday. Tuesday through Saturday we are open from 11:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. and on Sunday we are open from 11:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.

A & M Brown’s Bar-B-Que
439 North Highway 52
Moncks Corner, South Carolina 29461
843-761-5440
email: abigailbrown07@aol.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-M-Browns-Bar-B-Que/193531897328250

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