Berkeley Chamber of Commerce News

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

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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 . 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


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 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

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

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:

Contact us today at (843) 971-5866 or at 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 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

Our Region Our Plan Final Report Released

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on March 11, 2013 in Government Affairs
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The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments’ Board of Directors and the Regional Planning Committee are pleased to announce completion of OurRegion OurPlan. This multi-year initiative, involving countless hours of collaboration between the BCDCOG and various jurisdictions, agencies, organizations and citizens groups, culminates in a blueprint for the Lowcountry’s future. read more »

Emerging Leaders Network, February 19, 2013

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 15, 2013 in Event Highlights
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eln-2013The Emerging Leaders Network is a special program for up and coming business leaders in their 20′s and 30′s. This exclusive group, meets every other month for lunch. During this time, guest speakers will present various topics of interest. Leaders from this region will also be invited to dine and mingle with the group. These Young Emerging Leaders will also be given a number of opportunities throughout the year to take on various leadership roles within the Chamber and positively represent your company at events and programs.

Topic: Social Responsibility/Social Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, February 19th
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
207 West 5th Street
Summerville, SC

Featuring Special Guest Speaker:
Laquita C. Blockson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management at Saint Leo University

Laquita C. Blockson, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Management at Saint Leo University’s North Charleston (S.C.) Center. Laquita earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Strategy, Environment, and Organizations from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business, and both her baccalaureate and master degrees in Business Administration from Florida A&M University’s School of Business & Industry. Before coming to Saint Leo, Laquita served on the faculties of Florida International University, the University of Northern Iowa, and the College of Charleston. Before pursuing the doctorate, Laquita worked for Taco Bell Corporation, AT&T, and LG&E Energy Corporation.

Dr. Blockson is a business/organizational effectiveness expert and scholar who conducts research on minority-owned businesses, women in business/management, entrepreneurial ethics, and urban economic development. Her research has appeared in Business & Society, The Case Journal, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the Journal of the Center for Research on African American Women. Laquita also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ethics and Entrepreneurship and the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion. Dr. Blockson is a member of the Academy of Management, the Southern Management Association, the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society for Management Educators, and the Management Faculty of Color Association, among others. She is also a former member of the Board of Examiners for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program. Laquita is one of Diverse (Issues in Higher Education) magazine’s 2009 Emerging Scholars, a Simmons College’s Center for Gender in Organizations Scholar, and the recipient of the 2005 Academy of Management Best Mentoring Practices Award.

Member Spotlight: Miller-Motte Technical College

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 13, 2013 in Member Spotlight
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0000-019Miller-Motte Technical College offers fully accredited programs dedicated to the highest standards of instruction.


To better the lives of prospective graduates through career readiness and skills training, employer-tailored programs and partnerships, and industry-leading job placement.

  • Day, Evening and Online Classes are available
  • Associate Degree, Certificate and Diploma Programs
  • Hiring or Need an Intern? Please give us a call, our services are free!

Miller-Motte also has a full service Atrium Day Spa

Please call 843-266-1920 for your skin care, massage and hair care needs.

We are committed to Changing Futures, Changing Lives and it all starts with you!

Miller-Motte Technical College
8085 Rivers Avenue
North Charleston, SC  29406

Guide to Federal, State and Corporate Procurement

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 13, 2013 in Business Tips , Government Affairs
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BCIebookHere is a gift to you from the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.  It is a complimentary and helpful guide to procurement opportunities for businesses. We encourage you to use it!

Free Guide to Federal, State and Corporate Procurement Opportunities (PDF)

Braddock’s Procurement Opportunities Guide, 2013 Edition, is designed to help small-business owners and decision-makers understand the procurement process used by governments and large corporations.

The Guide provides an overview of government and corporate markets with an emphasis on who buys and how buying decisions are made. The Guide also presents “next-step” resources that small business can use to penetrate these markets.

Topics include:

  • Selling to the Federal Government/State Governments
  • Selling to Large Corporations
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and International Organizations
  • “Green” Procurement
  • Special Resources for Women-, Minority-, or Veteran-Owned Businesses

A glossary of procurement-related terms is included, as well as a procurement preparation checklist, information about teaming agreements and joint ventures, and more.

Available at no charge to you
This special PDF edition of Braddock’s Procurement Opportunities Guide is available at no charge thanks to the generous support of Microsoft Corporation. Braddock’s Procurement Opportunities Guide is published and copyrighted by Braddock Communications, Inc.

First Citizens Holds Grand Opening Event to Celebrate New and Expanded Moncks Corner Office

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 12, 2013 in Member News
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MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – First Citizens celebrated the opening of its new Moncks Corner office at an evening event on Thursday, Jan. 24. Associates began serving customers on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, from the company’s new building at 212 East Main Street, located at the same site at the former Moncks Corner branch. The branch features enhanced digital merchandising and a convenient image-enabled ATM.

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