Berkeley Chamber of Commerce News

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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Free Boat Inspections Set For Aug. 30

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 25, 2014 in
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Photo Provided DNR boat inspections will take place this week.

Photo Provided DNR boat inspections will take place this week.

In an effort to keep state waterways safe during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings this week, including one in Berkeley County.

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Emergency Planning for Business & Industry

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 24, 2014 in Business Tips
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ScreenShot002It’s important for businesses to plan and prepare for a hurricane or any emergency that could affect normal operations and employees. Businesses located along the South Carolina coast are not the only ones that could be affected by a hurricane or any other tropical storm system. Inland businesses could be affected by these storms if coastal businesses and suppliers have to stop production or temporarily close.

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Help Berkeley County become a Work Ready Certified Community!

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 22, 2014 in
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ScreenShot002Employers can help their communities build a stronger workforce with the right foundational skill set by supporting their states and counties in the Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) initiative powered by the ACT(r) National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). CWRC participating states, regions and counties offer a suite of ACT Work Keys assessments and the NCRC that measure an individual’s foundational workplace skills such as math, reading, information and locating skills required for a majority of today’s jobs. For more information,

Your participation in certified Work Ready communities benefits not only your company, but the entire community as it helps job seekers and local educators both prepare for success in their respective goals. Berkeley County has reached 97% of its goal of becoming Work Ready Certified. We need you, as employers, to help us achieve 100%! Now is the time to get your business registered for supporting the Work Ready initiative.

Go to to support Berkeley County as a Work Ready Community!

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Palmetto Goodwill to Hold E-waste and Free Shredding Event

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 12, 2014 in Press Releases
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bgm-logo-038This is an opportunity to donate or recycle computers and shred personal documents

North Charleston, SC – Palmetto Goodwill, in partnership with Cintas, will host an e-waste roundup and shredding event on Saturday, August 16 at Computer Works, 6813 Rivers Avenue, in North Charleston between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The free event allows people to donate and recycle computers and accessories, plus shred personal documents to guard against identity theft. Donors will receive a 10% discount at Computer Works for their computers.

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Haley to speak at Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 5, 2014 in Community Events
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File Photo Gov. Nikki Haley will be the keynote speaker at the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, Sept. 5

File Photo Gov. Nikki Haley will be the keynote speaker at the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, Sept. 5

The Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its success, and it has invited the governor to join that celebration.

The chamber’s annual meeting is set for Sept. 5 at the North Charleston Convention Center, and Gov. Nikki Haley will be the keynote speaker.

“Berkeley County is the only county in the state since 1977 to have more than two years of $1 billion in capital investments,” chamber chief executive officer Elaine Morgan said. “As a matter of fact, Berkeley has had four $1 billion years. We want to celebrate that success with Gov. Haley at our annual meeting.”
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Businesses Open as Construction Continues in Nexton Community

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 25, 2014 in Business Start-up
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Mead West Vaglobal_logo_redesignSUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) – A lot is going on in a massive Summerville community where 10,000 homes are planned over the next two decades.

Businesses are opening while others are still under construction in the Nexton Community just off exit 199.

The front area of the community will have offices, hotels, apartments and restaurants. The Carolina Ale House just opened their doors Monday.

Framing for over 300 upscale apartments set to be ready early next year is already underway.

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Walmart Neighborhood Market Headed to Goose Creek

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 18, 2014 in Business Start-up
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GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—People who call Goose Creek home will soon have another option for buying groceries.

According to Mayor Michael Heitzler, he and other city leaders met with representatives for Walmart Neighborhood Market approximately two months ago. Plans are now moving forward to build a store in the area.

“They were very impressed with Goose Creek,” Heitzler stated. “They think this is a dynamic community with a lot of opportunity here especially with the growth the city is experiencing.”

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Bookmobile to Roll Through Rural Berkeley County

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 11, 2014 in Community Events , Education
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bookmobile-225x145BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–Not everyone in Berkeley County lives close to a library. However, that doesn’t have to stop them from checking out a book or two thanks to the county’s very own bookmobile service.

While Berkeley County’s population has dramatically increased in the past fourteen years from 142,000 in 2000, to an estimated 194,000 now, 35% of the population still resides in the county’s rural areas.

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Fruit of the Loom to Double Size of Berkeley Co. Distribution Center

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 7, 2014 in Press Releases
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Fruit-of-the-loom-logo-225x145Expansion expected to create 49 new jobs in Summerville

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Fruit of the Loom announced today plans to expand the company’s Berkeley County distribution center. The addition will add 402,000 square feet to the current 350,000-square-foot building, more than doubling its size. The expansion is expected to create 49 new jobs by 2016 and will primarily help service Fruit of the Loom’s growing e-commerce and intimates businesses.

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JBE Inc. to Expand Into Berkeley County

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 25, 2014 in Press Releases
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The investment is expected to create 20 new jobs in Hanahan, S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. –JBE, Inc., a supplier to the automotive, aerospace, and industrial electrical industries, today announced
its decision to expand into the City of Hanahan in Berkeley County. The investment is expected to create approximately
20 new jobs in the Charleston region.

As part of this expansion, the company plans to grow its aerospace work and better serve the Port of Charleston and all
of its customers.

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Palmetto Goodwill to Host Hire Me! Job Event

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 3, 2014 in Community Events
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bgm-logo-038Hiring event to be conducted June 5th for positions with Best Buy.   Registration is required.

North Charleston, SC – Palmetto Goodwill has been selected by Best Buy to conduct a hiring event for 60 job openings in their West Ashley, Summerville, and North Charleston store locations. The June 5th event will be held at the Palmetto Goodwill Community Service Center, 5150 Eagle Drive in North Charleston, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Interested applicants must register for the event by emailing no later than June 4. The event is limited to 75 applicants.

Employment specialists and hiring managers will be onsite to explain open position requirements; answer specific questions; and job seeker will have the opportunity to engage with products prior to the interview process.
If job seekers can’t attend the Hire Me! events, they may apply for jobs at Job Link Centers, create or update resumes, seek employment training, and search for jobs Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Applicants should dress professionally.

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina is a nonprofit social service organization whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. Over 90 percent of Goodwill’s revenue goes to fund mission related services. Goodwill serves their mission by providing career counseling, job training, and other employment related programs to people with barriers to employment. Last year, Goodwill placed over 1,301 people into new jobs and provided services for over 53,084. For more information about Goodwill’s programs and services, please visit

Can Your Business Handle a 50% Increase in Your Electricity Bills?

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 23, 2014 in Government Affairs
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Needed… Energy Reliability, Fuel Diversity, Fuel Security, Rate Stability
EPA’s new climate regulations could ban existing coal plants by requiring carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to be eliminated through technology that’s not commercially viable and prohibitively expensive leading to higher rates and decreased reliability.

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Breakfast to Celebrate Berkeley County’s Leading Students Planned

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 22, 2014 in Community Events
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BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–This Friday, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce will formally recognize Berkeley County’s brightest high school students. The top senior will also recognize a teacher who has been most influential throughout his or her school career. Charleston Southern University will host the breakfast in their Strom Thurmond Building. “As always, we are pleased to have SCANA and Trident Health’s support and participation in making this event a success,” said chamber spokesperson, Lindsey Culley. “Among recognizing each student from nine Berkeley County schools as well as St. John’s Christian Academy, this event is a catalyst in stressing the importance of education for the young people of Berkeley County.”

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Southern Wesleyan University Open House 5/22/14

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 9, 2014 in Featured , Member News
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Googlefest Grows to Two Days – Free Workshops Coming in June

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on May 2, 2014 in Community Events , Education , Marketing , Member News
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ScreenShot002BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. – Teachers, small business owners, non-profit employees, veterans and emergency preparedness officials from across South Carolina will arrive in the Lowcountry for the state’s first two-day GoogleFest on June 17th and 18th. The third annual conference is free and open to the public at Trident Technical College.

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Networking Seminars

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 22, 2014 in Networking
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1-248With the assistance of Jim Geffert, President and CEO of the Dale Carnegie Training of South Carolina,  the Berkeley Chamber has developed a four part series on maximizing networking and building your personal “Value Proposition”.

The sessions in the series are:

  1. ‘How to Remember Names’ – May 2nd at 8 a.m.
  2. ‘Creating a Memorable Value Proposition’ – June 6 at 8 a.m. 

These will be one hour sessions and limited to 30 participants and only one per organization.  All sessions will be held at Berkeley Electric Cooperative – Community Room, 2 Springhall Drive, Goose Creek, SC.  The cost is free to Chamber Members and $35.00 per session to non-Chamber Members.

Please contact the Chamber at 761-8238 or 577-9549 and sign up for all individual sessions. Enrollment will be on a first come basis.

Riverdogs Moncks Corner Night, May 3, 2014

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 21, 2014 in Community Events
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Early Registration Underway for 2014 Eutawville 5K Family Fun Run and Walk

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on April 7, 2014 in Member News , Press Releases
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Annual race in Eastern Orangeburg County town expecting significant growth in second year

Eutawville, SC—Continuing the mission of “making a difference one step at a time” in the community, CJB Productions proudly announces that registration for the 2014 Eutawville 5K Family Fun Run and Walk began on April 1, 2014. The race will again be managed by the aforementioned in conjunction with the town of Eutawville and will be held during the Labor Day holiday weekend. This is the second year of the event and while the inaugural race saw great community participation, race director Corin Gillens expects an even larger turn out this year.

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