Member News | July 4 – July 8

Free medical event coming to the Midlands
Dental care provided for 32 hours straight

Columbia, S.C. –   Adults who do not have access to health care services can receive free medical, eye and dental care August 5 and 6 at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia.

A community-wide effort will bring together providers from throughout the state to present SC Mission 2011: Midlands. Working together, licensed health practitioners will provide dental, medical, and eye care services to underserved or uninsured adults on a first-come, first-served basis. Behavioral health services, sexually transmitted disease counseling and patient education on the most common chronic health conditions will also be available.

A number of community providers, including Access Health SC, BlueCross BlueShield Foundation, DHEC, Fairfield Memorial Hospital, Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health, Providence Hospitals, South Carolina Hospital Association, South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association, United Way of the Midlands, the University of South Carolina and Welvista are also providing support.

The sponsors expect more than 1000 volunteersincluding physicians, nurses, dentists, optometrists, pharmacy and lab specialists, medical and nursing students and lay personsto participate in the two-day event. Some volunteers will also assist with patient registration and records. As of now, general volunteer responsibilities are covered. Interpreters and clinical volunteers are still needed and anyone interested should go to to register.

Medical and eye care will be available from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Aug. 5 and 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Aug. 6. Dental services will be available for a continuous 32 hours from 6 a.m. on Aug. 5 until 2 p.m. on Aug. 6. Persons seeking services are encouraged to get there as early as possible, bring water and be patient.

While providers will see as many persons as possible, organizers expect the demand to exceed capacity. This event is planned specifically for adults because services and coverage for children are more readily available in the community.

“There is an enormous unmet demand for health services among the underserved and uninsured of our state,” said Vince Ford, Senior Vice President of Palmetto Health Community Services.” Our goal is to provide assistance to those in need; we are determined to see as many people as possible.”

This is the second year a community-wide event has been planned. Last year, AccessHealth SC and the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association joined with providers in the Upstate to provide SC Mission 2010: Greenville at the Carolina First Center in Greenville.

SC Mission 2011: Midlands is partnering with hospitalbased clinics, federally-qualified health centers and other free clinics to encourage follow-up care, said Melanie Matney, AccessHealth SC executive director. 

“Beyond the care they receive on these two days, we want people to walk away from this event with better avenues to continuing care,” said Matney. “Every South Carolinian needs a medical home where they can get consistent proactive care rather than depending on the local hospital emergency room.”

About AccessHealth SC
Administered by the South Carolina Hospital Association with financial support from The Duke Endowment, AccessHealth SC works to create and sustain coordinated, data-driven community-based networks of care that provide medical homes and ensure timely, affordable, high quality health care services for low-income uninsured people in South Carolina. For more information, visit




Steve Rao, Alphanumeric Systems, Inc. business development manager, works with NC REAL Enterprises to stimulate entrepreneurship among rural N.C. youth

RALEIGH, N.C. Alphanumeric Systems, Inc. is proud to commend the accomplishments of one of its own: business development manager Steve Rao has been named the newest member of the NC REAL Enterprises Board of Directors. He began his three-year term on June 29.

Rao joined the Alphanumeric team in January, 2011. In his time with the 32 year-old IT services company, Rao has been able to effectively steer new business opportunities to the company, leveraging the broad network he built through his experience as a 2010 candidate for Wake County Commissioner, and as an entrepreneur (He founded the sports management company TSG Academies, now run by Tim Wilkison Academies). In his role with NC REAL Enterprises, Rao will help to inspire entrepreneurial spirit among mostly rural youth, extending his expertise to the next generation.

“I am honored to spend the next few years working as an NC REAL board member,” Rao says. “I hope to help create jobs in rural North Carolina by fostering innovation and entrepreneurship throughout our state, and by helping our youth aspire to be the generation which leads us back to economic prosperity.”

NC REAL Enterprises’ interim executive director, Dr. Eleanor Herndon, looks forward to the entrepreneurial insight Rao will bring to the organization. “NC REAL is a 25 year-old nonprofit governed by a Board of Directors that represent all geographic areas of the state, who are interested in entrepreneurship education among youth and adults, who believe that innovative thinkers are critical to job creation, and who support our work in the most rural areas of the state,” she says. “As an entrepreneur, Steve Rao will add value to our board and our organization, and we are pleased he has accepted this invitation.”

Alphanumeric is proud to support Rao in his new role at NC REAL Enterprises as part of an ongoing commitment to serving the community and encouraging employees to do likewise. Whether organizing office-wide food drives for organizations like Raleigh’s Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, or leading teams at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, Alphanumeric aims to engage with organizations dedicated to improving our communities and our world. Our employees volunteer for causes including animal rescue, cancer research, and community outreach.

About Alphanumeric
Alphanumeric Systems, Inc. is a world-class technology provider with core strengths in the efficient delivery of comprehensive business technology solutions. The privately held, woman-owned enterprise has served pharmaceutical, state and local government, education, healthcare and professional services clients for more than three decades. Alphanumeric has received numerous awards and recognition, including 15 years as a CRN Magazine VAR 500 Solution Provider, Triangle Business Journal’s Top IT Networking Company, and many others.

Alphanumeric maintains its corporate headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., and provides its full-range of services from satellite offices in North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom. Further information about Alphanumeric is available at





Charleston, S.C. (July 7, 2011) – NAI Avant is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas Otis, CCIM to its Brokerage Group in Charleston. Otis began his real estate career in 1994, and specializes in office and investment properties. Over the last 18 years, Otis has gained extensive experience in banking, commercial real estate brokerage and development, operations management and financial management.  He also holds the prestigious Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. During his real estate career, he has been involved in transactions or debt financings in excess of $110 Million. Otis received his Undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and his Masters degree from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.


About NAI Avant

NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.  For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with over 350 offices and 5,000 professionals in 55 countries across the globe.  NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at


Marathon Staffing Offers Solutions to the Columbia Area

“We Keep Your Business Running”


Marathon Staffing provides customized staffing solutions for all your hiring needs such as sourcing, screening, and staffing.  With over 25 year’s experience, Marathon has dedicated our efforts to working hand-in-hand with our clients to deliver qualified and capable personnel.  We offer various types of employment – Temporary, Seasonal, Direct Hires, Contract Hires, Payroll Transfers as well as On-Site Staffing Programs.  We are currently providing staffing services to the State of South Carolina in two capacities:  Custodial Support and approved vendor for IT personnel.


Our areas of service extend but not limited to:

  • Manufacturing
  • Convention & Hospitality
  • Call Center
  • Distribution & Warehouse
  • Medical & Dental Administration
  • Clerical & Administrative
  • Horticulture
  • Janitorial

Located in the heart of the Vista, in downtown Columbia, we welcome you to stop in and see us to find out how we can assist you in first-class staffing solutions. Our more than qualified staff is always ready and willing to let our resources and experience help you meet all your business needs.

We are proud to be in Columbia and look forward to building a networking business relationship that offers unparalleled service with satisfaction guaranteed.  After all, your success is our top priority!



17th Annual Home Improvement Show This August in Columbia

The HBA of Greater Columbia Remodelers presents the Home Improvement Show August 19 – 21, 2011 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia.  The 17th annual show features exhibitors in home improvement, remodeling, construction and related industries.

Whether you’re just thinking about remodeling your home, or if you’re in the middle of a project and looking for the latest in home improvement technology, you’ll enjoy a one-stop shopping and learning experience with this show.  Exhibitors will present in-depth seminars about remodeling your kitchen and bath and on a variety of home improvement products and services throughout the weekend.

In addition to the many exhibitors, the show will have some Special Features throughout the weekend.  Central SC Habitat For Humanity will once again present the Habitat For Humanity ReStore where attendees can find great bargains on a wide array of home improvement items.  The ReStore will be held throughout the show.

Attendees will also have the chance to win door prizes from exhibitors with drawings held every 20 minutes of the show.  Prizes are donated from exhibitors in the show and include $25 cash, gift baskets, home décor items, tools and much more.

Exhibit space is now available, but going fast.  Contact the HBA of Greater Columbia Remodelers at (803) 256-6238 or visit their website at for more information on the show and to sign up for exhibit space.

The Home Improvement Show is presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia Remodelers and is sponsored by Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, The State newspaper and The Home Improvement Resource Guide of Greater Columbia.


An Inverted Ideal Photography Exhibit Extending Through August 24

Columbia, SC – The Richland County Public Library will host An Inverted Ideal,” a collection of photographic images drenched in natural materials by artist Diane Hughes, in the Wachovia Gallery of the Main Library, 1431 Assembly St., through August 24. 

Hughes composed this collection from photographic images drenched in natural materials—from blueberries to beeswax. These carefully crafted recipes create a unique assortment of artistic pieces.

The Wachovia Gallery on the Garden Level of the Main Library, located in downtown Columbia, is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Thirty percent of the proceeds from all purchased art pieces will be donated to the RCPL Foundation.

For more information on RCPL, visit


Strong Leadership Academy

July 11-15, 2011

Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC


The Celebrate Freedom FoundationTM ,in conjunction with the West Point Society of Columbia, is proud to host the Strong Leader Academy. The Strong Leader Academy will be hosted at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina this July. The week long summer program provides college-bound high school juniors and seniors with invaluable leadership training under the supervision of West Point Cadets and Alumni. The program is an effort to continue to build our nation’s next generation of leaders. The program was first started by West Point graduates and is an extension of the community outreach of the West Point Society. The Celebrate Freedom FoundationTM is honored to sponsor several student scholarships in an effort to equip emerging leaders of America.

Celebrate Freedom FoundationTM Board Members will be present at the Strong Leader Academy’s Family Day, July 15th, to honor all those graduating from this prestigious summer program.


For additional information please contact Jack Poole at (803)446-3462


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