Berkeley Chamber of Commerce News

Literacy Program Receives $2,000 Grant

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 15, 2014 in
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A program exposing children to books before they enter elementary school has received $2,000 from a major retailor.

Target Corp. awarded the grant to Berkeley County First Steps.

The grant will be used to support the Berkeley County Early Readers Fund, Berkeley County First Steps Executive Director Adrienne Troy-Frazier said.

“We are grateful to Target for their investment in Berkeley County children and families,” she said. “We look forward to sharing outcomes as we progress with this program that will go beyond only providing books to children.”

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Acting Classes Now Available!!!!!

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 9, 2014 in Opportunities
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The South Carolina Film Institute along with Above The Line Talent is excited to offer Acting Coaching in Columbia, SC.

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Seeking Husband/Wife Team to Host New Small Business Docu-series!

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 9, 2014 in Opportunities
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The couple/hosts can own and operate any type of business – restaurant, farm, construction, real estate, etc.

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New Movie/TV Series Seeking Writers!!!

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 9, 2014 in Opportunities
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New Series Titled “1876” Seeking Writers

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Haley Stresses Training for South Carolina’s Workforce

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 8, 2014 in
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ScreenShot002Gov. Nikki Haley emphasized preparing South Carolina’s workforce for the jobs of the future at a luncheon in North Charleston.

Haley was the featured speaker at the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at the North Charleston Convention Center this morning. More than 200 people were in attendance, including several local lawmakers.

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Casting Call for (Proverbs) Main Characters

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 8, 2014 in Opportunities
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Looking for actors/actresses to be a part of a new movie.

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Vendors Needed for St. Stephen’s October Fest

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 8, 2014 in Community Events
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Vendors are needed for the upcoming October Festival in St. Stephen, which will take place Oct. 10 and 11.

If you are interested in an application for vendor or if you have any questions, contact Cindy Wadford at 567-3565.

Community Lunch

The St. Stephen Community History Room and Café will be open on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 11a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The menu will consist of spaghetti with meat sauce, garden salad and garlic bread.
The cost of lunch is $7. Dine in or take out plates are available.

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Gov. Nikki Haley Celebrates County’s Economic Growth During Chamber Event

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 8, 2014 in
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ScreenShot003BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–On Friday, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce formally celebrated Berkeley County and the companies and individuals who have been a mainstay in the success of the area.

According to chamber officials, Berkeley County has been recognized as the fastest growing county in South Carolina this past year.

In addition, since 1977, Berkeley County is the only county in the state to have four individual years with more than $1 billion dollars in capital investments, enabling future developmentand progress for the county, chamber officials stated.

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Haley Touts Berkeley’s Business Success

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 8, 2014 in
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ScreenShot003Business is good in Berkeley County.

The home to Alcoa, Nucor, Google, DuPont/Kevlar and other large corporations, the largely rural county has a history of attracting businesses that bring high-paying, stable jobs.

It’s a track record not lost on Gov. Nikki Haley, who spoke Friday at the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at the North Charleston Convention Center.

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Incumbent Worker Training Program Funding Available

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 2, 2014 in Community Events , Education
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ScreenShot003Incumbent Worker Training Assistance (IWT) is being made available under provisions of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The purpose of the IWT Program is to assist employers in training currently employed workers in an effort to keep businesses & workers competitive. Private Sector South Carolina employers located in the counties of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties in need of training for incumbent workers due to expansion & changing skill requirements caused by new technology, retooling, new product lines, & new organizational restructuring may be eligible for IWT assistance.

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Very First BBQ Festival & Competition Planned for Moncks Corner

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 29, 2014 in Community Events
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Pictured: Pulled BBQ Pork

Pictured: Pulled BBQ Pork

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.–Who in Berkeley County doesn’t enjoy some good barbeque? That’s what we thought. Here, EVERYONE loves some good BBQ. In fact, it’s about as common as sweet tea. Heck, the two even go perfect together. For those who can’t resist this good stuff, you’re in luck.

The Town of Moncks Corner will be hosting the 1st Inaugural Town Festival and BBQ “Cooker of the Year” competition.

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Chamber, Haley Ready to Celebrate County

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 29, 2014 in
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Photo Provided Gov. Nikki Haley will address chamber members on Friday, Sept. 5.

Photo Provided Gov. Nikki Haley will address chamber members on Friday, Sept. 5.

The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce will formally celebrate Berkeley County and the companies and individuals who have been a mainstay of its success on Friday, Sept. 5.

Gov. Nikki Haley will be the featured speaker at the chamber’s Annual Meeting, set for 11 a.m. at the North Charleston Convention Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston.

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Area Leaders Celebrate Grand Opening Of CresCom Bank’s Cane Bay Branch

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 28, 2014 in
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ScreenShot002BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.—Another business has opened its doors to the public in Berkeley County.

Today, CresCom Bank celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony following by lots of good food.

The new branch is located within The Market, a retail-shopping complex in Berkeley County.

Representatives from the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce participated in the special ceremony. Berkeley Co. Supervisor Dan Davis was also in attendance and made several remarks on behalf of the county.

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TriCounty Link Explores New Routes That Bring Hope To Many

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 28, 2014 in
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Fruit-of-the-loom-logo-225x145BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) –
A new ride to work could be on the way for hundreds of people who rely on public transportation to get to their jobs.

New routes and new stops are in the works for the TriCounty Link bus system.

It works in partnership with CARTA to bring riders from rural parts of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties into cities like North Charleston, Charleston and Summerville.

For Brenda Salley, of Summerville, getting to work is something she doesn’t take for granted.

“I’m a mother with a teenage son,” said Salley. “We have only one vehicle and he has a job. So somedays, it’s frustrating for me because I can’t get here.”

Salley has worked at Fruit of the Loom Distribution Center, in Summerville, for almost 8 years. She’s always wished she could take a bus to work.

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Francis Marion National Forest Management Plan

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 28, 2014 in
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Rick Lint, Forest Supervisor, and the planning team invite you to Preview the Management Plan for the Francis Marion National Forest.

Preview the Management Plan for the Francis Marion NF on Tuesday
9/23 9-2 pm in North Charleston

Member Spotlight – The UPS Store

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 28, 2014 in Member Spotlight
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x080The UPS Store® #6505 of Moncks Corner is a small business franchise that is locally owned and operated by Derrick & Karen Hodge. This location opened on May 5th, 2014 and the hours of operation are M-F 8:30am – 6:30pm, Sat 8am-4pm and closed on Sunday. The UPS Store® of Moncks Corner is conveniently located in the Tail Race Shopping Center in front of the Wal-Mart and right next to the Game Stop. We specialize in packing and shipping, but we also offer a variety of other services. We are an Authorized Postal Provider, so we cut out the need to go to the Post Office while saving time for our customers. Our Mailbox Solutions are top notch, offering:

  • A Real Street Address (not a P.O. Box Number)
  • 24/7 Access
  • Package Acceptance (any carrier)
  • Package Notification (email or text)
  • Mail forwarding
  • Call-In Mail Check

If you purchase a six month mailbox contract before 12/31/14 you will receive one(1) free month of service or purchase a one year contract and receive three(3) free months of service.  You can meet Derrick & Karen at our September Business Mixer, in which they are a co-sponsor.

The UPS Store®
505 N Hwy 52, Ste D
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
843.899-2955 Phone
843.899.2957 Fax
Click here for The UPS Store Website

Santee Cooper Approves $10.85 Million in Loans for 4 Industrial Development Projects Serving Rural SC

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 26, 2014 in
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ScreenShot004MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – The Santee Cooper Board of Directors approved $10.85 million in loans today to advance four commercial and industrial development projects that will benefit rural South Carolina.

Today’s loans support projects representing a total $23.5 million in infrastructure investment when local financing is included. Projects receiving the funding are located in Beaufort, Orangeburg, Calhoun and Jasper counties.

“Industrial site selectors tell us over and over that what they need most in locating a new plant is a building that’s already in the ground,” said Lonnie Carter, Santee Cooper president and CEO. “Santee Cooper’s board demonstrated again today its commitment to helping create opportunities for industrial expansion and good, high-paying new jobs, especially for rural communities that so critically need them.”

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Manufacturer Eyes Berkeley County

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 26, 2014 in
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ScreenShot003More technician jobs could be coming to Berkeley County.

A manufacturer, known only by the moniker “Project Douglas,” is in economic development talks with the county. On Monday, Berkeley County Council read into record the first of three readings to offer Project Douglas a fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement.

Details on the company are limited as the county and Project Douglas hash out the details in the coming weeks.

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Habitat Partners With Town to Revitalize Wall St. Community

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 26, 2014 in
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ScreenShot002The popular cliche “It takes a village,” carries some substance in this instance.

Partnering with the Town of Moncks Corner, the Berkeley County Habitat for Humanity is in the process of making yet another local family’s dreams of owning a home come true.

“I think Moncks Corner is the leader in Berkeley County in building Habitat for Humanity homes,” said Mayor Bill Peagler. “Our goal with the Town of Moncks Corner has been to improve the quality of life for our residents. Partnering with Eastwood Homes and Habitat for Humanity goes a long way in revitalizing our communities and improving the quality of life for our residents.”

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Google’s ‘CS First’ Continues to Grow

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 25, 2014 in
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ScreenShot003One year ago, a team of Googlers started working with a handful of schools in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

Today, Google’s “CS First” has continued rolling out to new schools across the nation as a full-blown computer science toolkit that is inspiring students across America.

From Charleston to San Francisco, over 1,400 students have taken part in more than 100 unique programs. What’s more, there isn’t a cost for students to take part in CS First.

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