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Save the Date for Sarah – Nov 8th

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 13, 2014 in Community Events
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McElveen, BCSD Announce Collaborative Effort

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 13, 2014 in Announcements
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Business and education converged Friday, Oct. 10, in a collaborative effort to help Berkeley County students.

McElveen Buick-GMC owner Doug McElveen presented a $25,000 check to Berkeley County School Board members and Cane Bay High School students at the dealership to officially begin the new McElveen Business and Marketing Academy at the school.

The partnership represents what will be a three-year commitment of more than $350,000 that McElveen will contribute in terms of money, time and support of the new academy.

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Job Fair at TTC’s St. Paul’s Parish Site on Oct. 17

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 11, 2014 in Community Events
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Trident Technical CollegeTRIDENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE TO HOST A FALL JOB FAIR AT ST. PAUL’S PARISH SITE

Oct. 10, 2014…Trident Technical College St. Paul’s Parish Site is hosting a job fair on Friday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in partnership with SC Works and Charleston County. St. Paul’s Parish Site is located at 5231 Hwy. 165 in Hollywood, South Carolina. The job fair is admission-free and open to the general public.

Employers will be on hand to provide valuable information on the types of jobs available with their organizations. Jobseekers can receive tips on how to become more marketable as a job candidate as they get ready to start a new career.

Participating employers include: All Care Living Services; Bojangles; Burger King; Charleston County; Dodge Store; FedEx; Hardees; Harvest Health & Rehab of Johns Island, LLC; Kelly Educational Staffing; NCO; Publix; Stevens Towing; Subway; Target; Walmart; and others.

For more information, contact Rose Manigault, St. Paul’s Parish site coordinator, Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development, at rose.manigault@tridenttech.edu or call 843.323.3800.

2014 Job Fair flyer-St. Paul’s

Bonneau Peanut Festival 2014

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 10, 2014 in Community Events
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Coastal Kids Dental & Braces to Merge with Runey+Chapman Orthodontics, Unveil New Location in West Ashley on October 7th

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 7, 2014 in Member News
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CoastalKidsDental_braces_logoCHARLESTON, SC., October 1, 2014 – Coastal Kids Dental & Braces today announced they are joining forces with Runey+Chapman Orthodontics amid preparations for the grand opening of their newest location in West Ashley.

Coastal Kids Dental & Braces’ new office will combine 5,000 sq. ft. of state of the art dental equipment with rooms decorated in various scientific themes that cater to their pint-size patients. Patients can also watch movies on flat-screen televisions while they swish with fluoride and open wide.

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It’s October Fest Time in St. Stephen

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 7, 2014 in Community Events
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The annual Town of St Stephen October Festival begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. and continues on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy amusement rides, vendors, fire fighter competition, entertainment, puppets and so much more.

Vendors are still needed for the festival. If you are interested in an application for vendor or any questions, contact Cindy Wadford at 567-3565.

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Friends of Library Meeting Oct. 14

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 7, 2014 in Community Events
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The Friends of the Berkeley County Library System are excited to announce that the group’s Annual Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Goose Creek Library, 325 Old Moncks Corner Road.

This event is free and open to the public. It will feature a presentation by the Lowcountry Liar, Brian McCreight, who is a storyteller, narrator, and musician. His books will be available for purchase at the event.

The group will also address matters of business at the meeting, including electing new officers and approving revised bylaws.

For more information, please contact the Goose Creek Library at 843-572-1376.

Free Healthy Living Expo set for Oct. 13

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 7, 2014 in Education
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Summerville Communications – the Berkeley Independent, Goose Creek Gazette, and Summerville Journal Scene – is hosting the Lowcountry Healthy Living Expo on Monday, Oct. 13, and you are invited!

The event will take place from 4-7 p.m. on the campus of Charleston Southern University, in the school’s dining room. Admission is free.

The expo will feature a host of informative exhibits. There will be live presentations, interactive demonstrations and information from even sponsors and exhibitors.

Door prizes will be given away, with everyone in attendance eligible to win.

For more information on this event, including information about sponsor and vendor opportunities, call (843) 486-1081.

Goose Creek Employee Wins State Award

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 3, 2014 in Announcements
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GOOSE CREEK, S.C.–City of Goose Creek Recreation Superintendent, Cheryl Heiselman, was awarded Professional of the Year by the South Carolina Recreation & Parks Association at this year’s annual conference in Hilton Head, S.C.

Heiselman has worked with Goose Creek Recreation since 1985 when she started her career as the department secretary.

Over the past 30 years, Cheryl’s work and influence has affected generations of children and adults in Goose Creek who participated recreation.

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Drivers Excited, Relieved After Cypress Gardens Road Bridge Reopens

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 3, 2014 in Government Affairs
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) –
The new Cypress Gardens Road Bridge opened at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

SCDOT Spokesman James Law says the bridge was completed earlier in September, but work was necessary on the access roads leading to the bridge as well as adding line markers.

Law said the bridge would have been opened sooner, but several rainy delays delayed the project. Even with the rain delays, the project remained nearly a month ahead of schedule. He says there was a substantial incentive in place for Cape Romain Contractors to finish before the October 25 deadline.

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Berkeley County Schools Awarded Blue Ribbons

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 2, 2014 in Education
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Schoolboy Writing in NotebookBERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–The United States Department of Education announced today that Hanahan Elementary School and Hanahan Middle School were chosen in the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Hanahan Elementary was one of only five for school throughout the state to be honored and Hanahan Middle is the only middle school in the state to be nominated for the prestigious award.

Hanahan Middle follows its Berkeley County neighbor, Marrington Middle, which won in 2012, as the only two South Carolina middle schools to be honored as Blue Ribbon Schools in the past sixteen years. In 2010, Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School was honored with the Blue Ribbon for its achievements in the elementary school category.

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Harlem Globetrotters Headed to the Lowcountry

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 2, 2014 in Community Events
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Player Attempting to Get ReboundThe world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, will bring their unrivaled family show to North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston on March 10, 2015 at 7:00PM during the Harlem Globetrotters 2015 “Washington Generals’ Revenge” Tour.

The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to match the franchise’s historic last victory over the Globetrotters nearly a half century ago. It has been five years since the Globetrotters and Generals have faced off, as the Generals have been searching far and wide for the best players to retool their roster and have been preparing for one thing: victory over the Globetrotters.

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Berkeley County Students Excel in Statewide Testing

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 2, 2014 in Education
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Teacher and Student In A Classroom At SchoolBerkeley County students have exceeded the South Carolina average class scores on end-of-course exams for the fifth year in a row, according district school officials. The South Carolina Secretary of Education released the 2013-2014 results on Tuesday, September 30.

The district has balanced its continued growth and expansion with concentration on maintaining rigorous classroom standards. This focus has helped Berkeley students continue to outpace the state’s median standards. Performance analysis indicated that students exceeded the state averages in almost every grade in almost every category.

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Lowe’s Employees Lend a Helping Hand to Local Homeless Shelter

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 30, 2014 in Announcements
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For two days in a row, Lowe’s employees throughout the tricounty, including the Goose Creek location, joined forces to give 180 Place, a shelter in Summerville, a much needed makeover.

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Santee Cooper to Give Away Energy-Efficient LED Bulbs

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 30, 2014 in Education
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ScreenShot002MONCKS CORNER, S.C. — Santee Cooper will be giving away highly efficient LED bulbs to its residential customers beginning Monday, Oct. 6, as a way to promote energy efficiency and celebrate Public Power Week and Customer Service Week, both of which occur the week of Oct. 6. In addition, Santee Cooper will greet customers with free refreshments in retail offices on Thursday, Oct. 9.

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10 Intriguing Facts About Berkeley County

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 30, 2014 in Marketing
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Berkeley County is not only the biggest and fastest growing county in South Carolina, it is also a pretty fascinating place that is rich in history. While this is by no means a complete list, we’ve included ten facts, some bizarre, about the area which first established itself as a county in 1882.

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Home Telecom’s Oliver Elected to National Board

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 30, 2014 in Government Affairs
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The Rural Broadband Association recently elected Home Telecom Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations Keith Oliver to serve on their board of directors.

NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association advocates in the legislative and regulatory arenas on behalf of nearly 900 independent, telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural America.

The announcement was made at the NTCA 2014 Fall Conference held last week in San Francisco.

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Mystery Company Promises $35m Investment, 30 Jobs

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 25, 2014 in Announcements
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Berkeley County has finalized an economic development agreement to offer to a monickered company known as Project Douglas.

According to the agreement, which has passed the second of three readings, the company intends to bring 30 jobs and investment $35 million over five years.

A nom de plume, like Project Douglas, is common in public economic deals to protect the company’s identity during talks. One of the more famous monikers in the county is Maguro Enterprises, which was the front for Google Inc. when it went into talks with the county in 2007.

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Public Parks Approved for Berkeley County

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 25, 2014 in Government Affairs
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ScreenShot003A special tax will be levied on the planned Nexton community to develop public parks and a 50-mile trail system.

Berkeley County Council approved the third and final reading for creation of the Nexton Improvement District that will fund the system at the private development near Interstate 26 and 17-A.

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South Carolina Innovation Challenge: Notice of Funding Opportunity

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 25, 2014 in Government Affairs
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