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CSU Receives Largest Single Gift in School History

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 23, 2013 in Member News
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Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership

President Jairy C. Hunter, Jr. has announced that Charleston Southern University has received a generous contribution from Shirley and Floyd Whitfield, longtime benefactors of the university.

The Whitfield family will be honored for their generous gift of approximately $3 million to the university during the Center for Christian Leadership building dedication ceremony on Wednesday, September 11. In recognition of this contribution, the university is naming the building the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership. The 26,500-square-foot facility serves as a catalyst for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving. The Center is the cornerstone project of the university’s $40 million Transform campaign. The ceremony will take place on the south side of the building beginning at 9:30 a.m., and the public is invited.

Hunter said, “Shirley and Floyd were the first people Sissy and I met when we moved to Charleston. The Whitfields are our trusted friends who continue to be loyal ambassadors for the university and faithful supporters of Christian higher education. Floyd is an astute businessman with a big heart whose counsel I continue to value. One of the comments he enjoys saying to me is, ‘I’m always ready and willing to do anything you can get me to do.’” For more than 50 years, Shirley and Floyd Whitfield have been involved in property development in the Lowcountry.

Michael Bryant, dean of the School of Christian Studies, said, “The Center for Christian Leadership will be a primary resource for faith integration, community outreach and leadership development. It will enable the university to become a leading voice of Christian thought that is biblical in content, transformational in nature and universal in scope.”

“The incredibly significant investment Floyd and Shirley Whitfield have made in the Center for Christian Leadership is a wonderful affirmation of the vision God has been developing at Charleston Southern,” said Doug Hunter, executive director of the Center for Christian Leadership. “It’s also a powerful testimony to the commitment they share for developing Kingdom Leaders for the next generation.”

“On behalf of the board of directors and leadership teams of both Lifeworks Charleston and God in the Workplace, I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you for this generous gift toward the Center for Christian Leadership. This gift will allow Kingdom Building to continue and be expanded upon by many local small business owners by attending many events that will be held in this new center,” said Mark Smith, vice president of McAlister-Smith Funeral Home.

The Whitfields are members of the Legacy Society, which recognizes those individuals who have named the university in their final bequests. They are life members of the President’s Club and have established the Whitfield Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for 50 students per year. “We are grateful to the Whitfields because their generosity provides opportunities for deserving students to attend Charleston Southern,” said Debbie Williamson, vice president for enrollment management.

The Whitfield Stadium Center is also among the Whitfields’ significant gifts to the university. The four-story stadium center opened in 2000 and is home of the CSU Buccaneer football, track and field programs.

Floyd Whitfield has served four terms on the Board of Trustees and was a member of the presidential search committee that brought Dr. Hunter to Charleston Southern. While serving on the Board, he was chairman of the finance and facilities committee and was vice chairman of the Board. The university awarded Mr. Whitfield an honorary doctor of humanities in 1991.

Shirley Whitfield has served as president and as a member of the Women’s Council at Charleston Southern for the past 20 years. The university presented Mrs. Whitfield with the Distinguished Service Award in 2009 for outstanding Christian leadership and service to the community and to the university.

The Whitfields are members of Grace on the Ashley Baptist Church.

Pure Life Chiropractic Ribbon Cutting

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on September 5, 2013 in Photo Galleries
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Charleston Riverdogs Berkeley County Chamber Members only Labor Day Weekend Special

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 28, 2013 in Community Events , Membership
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$5 Upper Reserve Ticket
Saturday or Sunday
Labor Day Weekend Special – 50% off tickets!

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Miller-Motte Technical College Summer Carnival and CDL Class A Program Open House

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 20, 2013 in Human Resources
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Miller-Motte Technical College is hosting a Summer Carnival and CDL Class A Program Open House on Thursday, August 22 from 11:00AM-3:00PM. This exciting and fun-filled event is an opportunity for the community to explore the many career-changing programs available at MMTC, including a brand new, Class A Commercial Driver’s License training program. read more »

Financial Etiquette Dos and Don’ts:

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 20, 2013 in Money & Finance
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Financial & Estate Advisor

Tis the season for graduations, weddings, family reunions, vacations and gift giving galore. If your packed summer event schedule is taking a toll on your financial health, it’s important to set expectations with your family and friends before hosting that block party together or pitching in on a graduation gift for your niece. Talking about money with family members and friends can feel awkward, but in some instances, not talking about financial expectations upfront can create stress and tension down the road. It could also leave you with a larger dent in your pocketbook than you expected. read more »

Hire the best. Hire work ready employees.

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 20, 2013 in Human Resources
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As we work to become fully recognized as a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC), employers have an opportunity through the CWRC program.  SC Works Trident is offering ‘free’ WorkKeys Job Profiles by a certified ACT Job Profiler.  The only cost incurred will be to the employer for the cost of the time spent by the employee (for that /those position(s) being profiled) with the Job Profiler which will equate to approximately 6-8 hours.  For additional information about Job Profiles, please visit www.act.org/workkeys/profiling or call 843-574-1800.

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Merrimack Heights Ribbon Cutting

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 20, 2013 in Photo Galleries
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Member Spotlight: State Farm Agent, Les Cooper

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 20, 2013 in Member Spotlight
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Les Cooper and his team have served the residents of Moncks Corner and the surrounding areas for thirty two years. Their mission is to help the community manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams while providing remarkable customer service. read more »

New Members July 2013

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 20, 2013 in Member News
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Contact: Pam Farley
PO Box 61389
Charleston, SC 29419
pfarley@oltc.com
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Ribbon Cutting for Grand Opening Saint Leo University-North Charleston Center

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 20, 2013 in
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Saint Leo University- North Charleston Center
2430 Mall Drive, Ste. 185
North Charleston, SC 29406
(across from the N. Charleston City Hall)
September 4th 10AM – 11:30AM
Brunch will be provided
RSVP @ (843) 554-2111 or northcharleston@saintleo.edu

Summer Carnival and Commercial Driver’s License Program Unveiling

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 7, 2013 in Member News
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What: SUMMER CARNIVAL AND COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE PROGRAM UNVEILING

NORTH CHARLESTON – Miller-Motte Technical College is hosting a Summer Carnival and CDL Class A Program Open House on Thursday, August 22 from 11:00AM-3:00PM. This exciting and fun-filled event is an opportunity for the community to explore the many career-changing programs available at MMTC, including a brand new, Class A Commercial Driver’s License training program. read more »

Nexton Announces First Restaurant

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 5, 2013 in Business Start-up
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SUMMERVILLE, Sc., August 1, 2013 — MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), announced today that Raleigh-based, Carolina Ale House has signed a purchase agreement to acquire a site in the first phase of Nexton along Highway 17A. The regional favorite is expected to break ground in October and open in the spring of 2014. read more »

Old Santee Canal Park Business Mixer

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 1, 2013 in Photo Galleries
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South Carolina Chamber Grassroots Meeting and Reception in Mount Pleasant

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 17, 2013 in Community Events , Government Affairs
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Mark Your Calendar to Attend This Important Discussion and Networking Opportunity

Members of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Lowcountry Chambers of Commerce are already preparing for a successful 2014 legislative session to continue the mission to improve South Carolina’s business climate and global competitiveness. This important policy-changing work begins at home, at the grassroots level. read more »

Business Mixer, May 2013, Coastal Kids Dental

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 17, 2013 in Event Highlights , Photo Galleries
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Quick Poll: Do you still work while you are on vacation?

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 16, 2013 in Human Resources , Quick Polls
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Member Spotlight: Bullz-Eye Sales, LLC

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 18, 2013 in Member Spotlight
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Bullz-Eye Sales, LLC (BullzEye Supply), is a locally-owned distributor of quality construction, safety, and industrial supplies, based out of Moncks Corner, SC. We provide our customers supplies, and service while reducing the cost of doing business. We are here to help our customers succeed with top, trusted brands as well as house brands.ScreenShot001

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DuPont Named Among the “World’s Most Admired Companies” by FORTUNE Magazine Company Ranked in Top 50 for Fourth Consecutive Year

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 18, 2013 in Member News
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WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 28, 2013 – DuPont is among the world’s top 50 most admired companies for the fourth consecutive year, according to a study released today by FORTUNE magazine.attachment

DuPont is No. 41 on FORTUNE’s Top 50 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list – widely considered among the most definitive report cards on corporate reputation. For the second consecutive year, DuPont is the only company in its sector named to the list. The results, which are available online, will be in the March 18 edition of FORTUNE.

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How to add events to our Community Events Calendar

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 17, 2013 in Business Start-up , Business Tips , Community Events , Marketing , Productivity
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It’s FREE to add an event!

The Chamber has a new community events calendar.  The calendar is being promoted on berkeleysc.org, visitberkeleycounty.com, and all of our social media.  We encourage you to enter your events free of charge.  To enter an event, go to http://berkeleysc.org/chamber/community-events/ .

  1. Click “Add Your Event”
  2. Enter the Venue.  If the venue is already on file then you will not have to provide details.  If this is the first time this venue has been used, then you will need to enter the address into our database by clicking “Add New”.
  3. Complete each area of the submission form in the order presented.  You will not be able to skip around.
  4. Include a photo or video (optional)
  5. Enter your contact information
  6. Click Submit
  7. Your event will be reviewed and will appear on the calendar within 2 days.  You will receive an email confirmation.

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Breakfast of Champions 2013 Awards

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 17, 2013 in Event Highlights , Photo Galleries
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On May 21, 2013, the Breakfast of Champions 2013 Awards ceremony was held at Charleston Southern University. We recognized Berkeley County’s and St. John’s Christian Academy’s Outstanding Academic High School Students. This is an event photo gallery. read more »
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