Chamber to honor more than 40 Business Advocates   

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the state’s unified voice of business, will present 41 South Carolina legislators with the fourth annual Business Advocate Award. The awards will be presented on January 29 at the South Carolina Chamber’s Business Speaks event to members of the General Assembly who scored 100 percent on the Chamber’s 2012 Legislative Scorecard.

2012 Business Advocate Award Winners:

Senator Thomas Alexander (Oconee)
Senator Paul Campbell (Berkeley)
Senator Ronnie Cromer (Newberry)
Senator Greg Gregory (Lancaster)
Senator Hugh Leatherman (Florence)
Senator Larry Martin (Pickens)
Senator Billy O’Dell (Abbeville)
Senator Greg Ryberg (Aiken)
Senator Nikki Setzler (Lexington)
Senator David Thomas (Greenville)
Senator Danny Verdin (Laurens)

Speaker Bobby Harrell (Charleston)
Representative Todd Atwater (Lexington)
Representative Nathan Ballentine (Lexington)
Representative Bruce Bannister (Greenville)
Representative Eric Bedingfield (Greenville)
Representative Kenny Bingham (Lexington)
Representative Alan Clemmons (Horry)
Representative Kris Crawford (Florence)
Representative Bill Crosby (Charleston)
Representative Greg Delleney (Chester)
Representative Tracy Edge (Horry)
Representative Dan Hamilton (Greenville)
Representative Phyllis Henderson (Greenville)
Representative Bill Herbkersman (Beaufort)
Representative Bill Hixon (Aiken)
Representative Dwight Loftis (Greenville)
Representative Phillip Lowe (Florence)
Representative Jay Lucas (Darlington)
Representative Peter McCoy (Charleston)
Representative Wendy Nanney (Greenville)
Representative Ralph Norman (York)
Representative Phil Owens (Pickens)
Representative Kevin Ryan (Georgetown)
Representative Murrell Smith (Sumter)
Representative Garry Smith (Greenville)
Representative Roland Smith (Aiken)
Representative Tommy Stringer (Greenville)
Representative Bill Taylor (Aiken)
Representative Mark Willis (Greenville)
Representative Tom Young (Aiken) 

Darrell Scott 803-255-2639

Business Speaks: Submit your questions!

Business Speaks, sponsored by Elliott Davis LLC, is set for January 29 at 4 p.m. at the Marriott in Columbia. All participants wishing to ask questions of the legislative panel may submit questions electronically by visiting or bring your smart devices to the town hall meeting.

This must-attend event will feature a town hall gathering of more than 400 of South Carolina's leading business people, constitutional officers and members of the General Assembly. Various sponsorship levels are still available and provide a great way for businesses to show support for statewide legislative business issues. Key state Senate and House members will discuss tax reform, health care costs, infrastructure needs, energy concerns and workforce development.

Don't miss this informative event! Register or sponsor today!

Alexa Stilwell 803-255-2621

Theresa Williams earns Chamber Gold Star

Congratulations to our newest gold star recipient, Theresa Williams, for helping grow the Chamber’s membership. Theresa (Terri) Williams is the Director of Career Services for ITT Technical Institute. Terri earned a gold star for referring Scott King with C3 King Consulting, LLC.

Building the Chamber’s voice and strength in numbers, is critical to keeping the ‘unified voice of business’ strong. To acknowledge members who actively promote our organization and advocacy efforts, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce has established the Gold Star recognition program. This Gold Star is given to any current member whose referral results in a new membership. The Gold Star is a small token of appreciation for commitment to the Chamber and strengthening the voice of South Carolina’s business community.   

Barbara Beckham 803-255-2620

HR Conference: Request for speaker proposals expires Friday

The Chamber is currently accepting proposals through Friday for possible presentations at the upcoming 23rd Annual Human Resources Conference scheduled for May 15-17, 2013 in Myrtle Beach. You are invited to submit a proposal to speak at the conference by Friday, January 25, 2013. Submit your proposal to speak here. Conference sponsorship opportunities are also available.    

Tish Anderson 803-255-2627

Manufacturers Conference: Hotel cut-off expires in less than a week

The 3rd Annual Manufacturers Conference: Advanced Manufacturing—Using Technology to Secure SC’s Manufacturing Future, presented by Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP and McNair Law Firm, P.A., will take place February 20-22, 2013 at the Francis Marion Hotel, in Charleston. The discounted rate of $139 per night at the Francis Marion is set to expire Monday, January 28. Please call the Francis Marion directly at (843) 722-0600 to reserve your room. In addition, all attendees registered before Jan. 29 will be entered to win an Apple iPad! Register to attend this conference designed for manufacturing company executives, financial officers, plant managers, sales managers and other company decision makers.

Alexa Stillwell 803-255-2621