October 2018 Features

  • Corporate Giving Increased for a Third Consecutive Year, Up 15% Since 2015

    October 31, 2018

    In the largest, most robust, industry-leading and internationally-recognized research of corporate social investment, CECP: The CEO Force for Good, in association with The Conference Board, found in their annual Giving in Numbers: 2018 Edition report that leading corporations are intensifying efforts to meet key societal needs around the world.

  • Bank of America Invests over $420,000 to Close the Skills Gap in South Carolina

    October 30, 2018

    Bank of America announced $421,000 in funding in workforce development programs across the state at the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Workforce Development Symposium.

  • SC BlueCross Only Health Plan Operating in All Counties for Open Enrollment

    October 29, 2018

    BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the only Affordable Care Act health insurance provider in every South Carolina county since 2016, is encouraging residents to sign up for health insurance during this year’s open enrollment period, which begins Thursday, Nov. 1 and ends Saturday, Dec. 15. The coverage becomes effective Jan. 1, 2019.

  • South Carolina Students Outperform Nation on SAT and Advanced Placement Examinations

    October 26, 2018

    The College Board released national and South Carolina specific results for their SAT and Advanced Placement assessments. South Carolina students scored fifteen points above the national average on the SAT exam and exceeded the nation on eight out of the top ten tested subjects of Advanced Placement exams.

  • South Carolina Experiencing Strong Economic Growth, Bank Lending Rises

    October 25, 2018

    Several leading executives and community leaders participated in a White House conference call concerning South Carolina’s economy. From the information that was provided, South Carolina is experiencing strong economic growth over the past year. The major point that was made is that South Carolina has 3.3% unemployment which is the lowest in recorded history. Hat tip to David Jameson, President of the Aiken Chamber.

  • Clemson Virtual Reality, Environmental Research Boosted by NSF Grants

    October 24, 2018

    A customizable, hands-on virtual reality and advanced display system is under development at Clemson University that could change how scientists across the country share information and collaborate, as well as how students learn.

  • ManuFirst SC Helps Workers Accelerate into Manufacturing Jobs

    October 22, 2018

    A training program originally developed for Volvo Car USA in the Lowcountry is being expanded statewide and rebranded as ManuFirst SC. The 62-hour program introduces workers to lean manufacturing and provides safety training.

  • SBA Small Business Lending Momentum Continues in FY18

    October 19, 2018

    The U.S. Small Business Administration announced FY18 lending numbers showing that it guaranteed over $30 billion to small businesses that otherwise would not have had access to capital.

  • SC 25 Fastest Growing Companies Honored

    October 18, 2018

    South Carolina’s TOP 25 Fastest Growing Companies were honored at a luncheon October 10th, 2018 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. To be eligible for the SC 25 Fastest Growing Companies Award, the company must be headquartered in South Carolina, be in business for at least three fiscal years and show revenues of over $3M in the most recent reported year.

  • SC Chamber Announces 2018 Business Leader and Public Servant Award Winners

    October 17, 2018

    The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the honorees for the 2018 Business Leader of the Year and Public Servant of the Year awards. The South Carolina Chamber’s Public Servant of the Year award recognizes an individual who has served, or currently serves, as a key official in state government and has contributed to the overall well-being and health of the state as a whole.

  • Senators Scott, Graham Statement on U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's Resignation

    October 15, 2018

    U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott released statements on U.S. Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley's resignation.

  • FICO and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Release First U.S. Cybersecurity Assessment

    October 15, 2018

    Seventh Annual Cybersecurity Summit -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and FICO released the first national cybersecurity assessment at the Chamber's Seventh Annual Cybersecurity Summit. The U.S. Chamber's Assessment of Business Cybersecurity, powered by the FICO Cyber Risk Score, measures the cybersecurity risk of the entire business community and risk across key sectors.

  • Luanne Runge Named COO of Elliott Davis

    October 12, 2018

    Elliott Davis, a leading business solutions firm with nine offices across the Southeast, announces that Luanne Runge has been named chief operating officer. She is based in the Greenville, South Carolina headquarters, and will provide strategic guidance and oversight for the entire company.

  • Exclusive: Report Shows S.C. Aerospace Industry Continuing Rapid Job Creation

    October 11, 2018

    South Carolina’s aerospace industry continues to produce jobs much more quickly than the state’s overall economy, according to updated research released by the S.C. Council on Competitiveness. The core aerospace cluster in South Carolina includes aircraft manufacturers as well as air transportation and related support services. There’s also a significant aviation-related military presence in the state.

  • Exclusive: Gasoline Credit Coming to 2018 S.C. Tax Returns

    October 09, 2018

    The motor fuel income tax credit is designed to lessen the impact of South Carolina’s rising gas tax. The effective amount of the credit will be less than 2 cents per gallon for many taxpayers.

  • S.C. Chamber Honors Manufacturing Employees of the Year

    October 08, 2018

    The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce celebrated the winners of the S.C. Manufacturing Employee of the Year Awards with an awards luncheon and panel discussion regarding the future of manufacturing in South Carolina.

  • Exclusive: Area Development Magazine Ranks S.C. No. 5 for Doing Business

    October 05, 2018

    Area Development magazine ranked South Carolina No. 5 in its annual Top States for Doing Business. Georgia was No. 1 for the fifth year in a row. North Carolina ranked sixth. South Carolina is a perennial inhabitant of the magazine’s top 10, having finished second in 2017, 2016, 2013 and 2012, and third in 2015 and 2014.

  • Five South Carolina Schools Recognized as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools

    October 03, 2018

    South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman has announced that five South Carolina schools were recognized by the United States Department of Education as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

  • Amazon Raises Minimum Wage to $15 for All U.S. Employees

    October 03, 2018

    Amazon announced it is increasing its minimum wage to $15 for all full-time, part-time, temporary - including those hired by agencies, and seasonal employees across the U.S.—effective November 1st. The new Amazon $15 minimum wage will benefit more than 250,000 Amazon employees, as well as over 100,000 seasonal employees who will be hired at Amazon sites across the country this holiday.

  • Exclusive: More Details About USC's New Lab and Corporate Research Partnerships

    October 01, 2018

    The University of South Carolina continues to rack up corporate research partnerships and is now showing what some of that research looks like. The school announced Thursday expansions of agreements with IBM, Samsung, Siemens and Yaskawa. USC also conducted tours of its Digital Transformation Lab, which contains everything from an Apache helicopter to a neonatal incubator.