Tuesday, February 19th
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
207 West 5th Street
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.
Miller-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.
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
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.
- 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.
The free tax assistance is available at Goodwill’s Community Service Center (2150 Eagle Drive, North Charleston) by appointment only to individuals with an income of $49,000 and below. Individuals who qualify can schedule an appointment by calling 843-566-0072. Individuals are asked to bring the following to their appointment:
Since its inception in January 2011 the Berkeley County Camber of Commerce’ “Buy Local” promotion has effectively raised awareness of the benefits of buying local. For the past two holiday seasons the Chamber has put its money where its mouth is. Berkeley County residents who spent $300 or more in local businesses could enter a Chamber sponsored drawing for $1,000. Berkeley Chamber’s “Holiday Buy Local” campaign winner for 2012 is Linda Kohl, a nine year resident of Goose Creek.
Attending as many chamber events in your community as possible enables you to get to know the other businesses in the area and stay top-of-mind with key networkers. The time commitment is negligible throughout the year, but the payback can be quick since most chamber members share the same trade area as you and are very well-connected throughout it.
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A national survey* of 2,000 adults reveals that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy because two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community. If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., is a chamber board member), consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.
Small businesses represent the largest segment of most local chamber membership rolls, and the study indicates that chamber membership has consistent and powerful benefits for small business members. If respondents know that a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys:
* The study was conducted by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm. It was commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), in cooperation with the Western Association of Chamber Executives. The study was sponsored by Insperity, a Houston-based company that provides human resources and other business services to more than 100,000 businesses nationwide.
When consumers know that a national restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are:
Among consumers who do not eat at the franchise so often, those who are aware that the franchise is a member of the chamber are 33% more likely to hold favorable opinions of the franchise. Among consumers who hold less favorable opinions of the restaurant franchise, those who are aware that the franchise is a member of the chamber are 65% more likely to eat there in the coming months.
When consumers know that an auto manufacturer is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are:
Among those who have ever considered buying a car from a particular auto manufacturer, chamber membership leads to a 44% increase in consumers’ likelihood of purchasing a car there in the future.
When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are:
Among those who have not considered purchasing insurance there in the past, chamber membership increases that likelihood by 37%.
Regionally, we focus on the Carolinas as well as Georgia. County South employs as independent contractors, multilingual and talented brokers with combined 40 plus years experience with sales and service. The business websites at www.countysouth.biz or www.canebayrealty.biz are very efficient, easy to use, and daily updated websites for our clients. We pride ourselves in customer service, satisfaction, repeat business, and referrals.
Perhaps you or someone you know is facing “Foreclosure” or you would like to know more about buying a distressed property…our brokerage firm at Cane Bay Realty has an active NAID number to help you place a bid online for individuals or investors alike. Please contact us direct or visit our loss mitigation website at www.prepmysale.com for these types of transactions.
We help buyers and sellers alike; Residential or Commercial, including businesses with or without property to successfully fulfill their needs. For “business owners”, you can be assured of complete confidentiality when listing with us to ensure your business continues to thrive as usual without disclosing a sale. Any qualified buyers must first sign our non-disclosure form prior to releasing available information from any of our sellers. Your confidential information may only be available upon request from those “legitimate” buyers.
The choice is yours! Through our MLS access for the Tri-county area we can also help you locate residential rentals, vacant properties or listed commercial sales or leases. As members of the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce and Tri-County Business Boosters we pledge the utmost professional services to your business or real estate needs. Thank you to all who have placed their confidences in our brokerage firm and to the many supporting roles given by our business partners.
Michael Polomski, Realtor®, North/South Carolina Broker, CDPE, FIS, LMC
and Broker in-Charge of County South Cane Bay Realty
Leadership Berkeley provides a unique education, while helping you develop important connections. The lifelong relationships you establish with your Leadership Berkeley classmates with carry over to both your business and personal life. Additionally, the opportunities to meet and discuss with the business/community leaders and elected officials gives you the insight to better understand and even help address critical issues affecting our region and state.
For more information, contact Simone Thornton at (843) 761-8238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berkeley County is one of the fastest growing areas in the state. Berkeley County saw it’s first true industry in 1954, and has since emerged to catch the eyes of multi-billion dollar national and international companies who have chosen to either move or expand their operations. As Berkeley County continues to attract international attention, they proudly acknowledge the accomplishment of achieving 1 billion dollars in capital investments during two separate years.
Berkeley County continues to prosper and grow with new industries and new developments. This presentation presented by Supervisor Dan Davis outlines county’s plans for the upcoming year, providing attendees valuable insight into of the future plans of Berkeley County and how those plans will impact both citizens and businesses.
Cost: Members: $20.00
761-8238 or 577-9549
SPONSORSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE!
This year we are looking for what makes Berkeley County unique along with innovating programs and projects. We will also be including a few testimonials on why you located your business here in Berkeley County.
If you have suggestions, please write a description along with contact information. If you have any questions, please contact us at the Chamber Office.
SC individual taxpayers should do the following by Jan. 31, 2013:
All services are free of charge. For more information, please contact the SC Department of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-922-1594 or visit www.consumer.sc.gov.
O’Brien & Gere Engineers, Inc.
Ms. Janette Alexander
2170 Ashley Phosphate Road, 5th Floor
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: (843) 553-6670
Fax: (843) 553-0755
Sanders Brothers Construction Co., Inc.
Mr. Gregory Sanders
1990 Harley Street
North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: (843) 744-4261
Fax: (843) 554-2095
Husband and wife team, Diana and Rich Rogers, opened D&R Gunsmithing and Sales to fill in missing service in our area, gunsmithing. They offer gunsmithing services, sale of handguns, rifles both new and your consignments. They further offer training classes in various fields. Their main emphasis is on gunsmithing allowing them to be the one true gunsmith shop in the area.
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