Partner News | December 5

Announcing the Winners of the $10,000 #WhyIGiveSC Social Media Contest, hosted by Central Carolina Community Foundation

Central Carolina Community Foundation is pleased to announce the top three winners of the #WhyIGiveSC Social Media Contest. The top three winners received, in total, $10,000 to donate to their favorite charities.

Tina EmmersonTina Emerson was selected as the first place winner for her tweet “I give to @HealthyLearners*  because I want my children to see that there are always needs in the world greater than their own. #WhyIGiveSC.” Emmerson selected Healthy Learners to receive her $6,000 donation.

Ross ShealyRoss Shealy, the second place winner, donated $3,000 to Autism Academy of South Carolina. He tweeted, “WhyIGiveSC Because 1 in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder-that’s approximately two letters in this 136 character tweet.”

Mary Louise ReschThe third place winner, Mary Louise Resch, tweeted “#WhyIGiveSC I give because I have been so blessed to receive so much in my lifetime. . . It’s time to #PayItForward and make a difference!” Resch selected South Carolina Lions Charitable Services to receive the $1,000 donation.

The #WhyIGiveSC Contest was the largest, most visible ‘Act of Giving’ in Central Carolina Community Foundation’s 30th Anniversary initiative, 30 More Years of Giving. From November 3rd to November 10th, Midlands community members were invited to post their reasons for giving on Twitter or through the Foundation’s webpage. A jury of community volunteers judged the over 400 entries submitted and selected the three winners with the most compelling reasons for giving back to their community.

The contest was designed to inspire everyone to give. All contest entries can be viewed at www.yourfoundation.org/whyigivesc or using #WhyIGiveSC on Twitter.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CentralCarolinaCommunityFoundation
Twitter: @CCCFtweets | https://twitter.com/cccftweets
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/cccfpics
Website: http://www.yourfoundation.org

Midlands residents are encouraged to visit www.yourfoundation.org to learn how they too can get involved and give back to our community. The Foundation’s online guide, “Make the Most of Your Giving,” provides information about philanthropy and tools for charitable giving.

To learn more about Central Carolina Community Foundation and 30 More Years of Giving, please contact the Foundation at info@yourfoundation.org and (803) 254-5601, or visit www.yourfoundation.org.

*Nonprofit name was concealed during the judging process

Central Carolina Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601

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SMALL BUSINESSES FIND PURPOSE AND FULFILLMENT IN SKILLS-BASED VOLUNTEERISM
A Billion + Change, Blackbaud and Riggs Partners release new guide

SmallBizTwitter-TimelineA Billion + Change, Blackbaud and Riggs Partners released a new eBook, Small Business, Big Purpose: A guide to skills-based volunteerism to celebrate Giving Tuesday.

Small Business, Big Purpose provides a seven-step guide to implementing skills-based volunteering programs within small companies. The book features several case studies from small and mid-sized businesses such as Blackbaud, COTTON7, Harry’s, Mizzen+Main, Riggs Partners and others on how they have implemented skills-based volunteering programs.

“The small business case studies in this publication highlight the diversity and creativity of small business pro bono practitioners,” said Georgia Gillette, Lead Catalyst of A Billion + Change. “Over half of the companies in the Billion + Change network are small businesses, and we believe that Small Business, Big Purpose will help to galvanize more small businesses to get involved in skills-based volunteering.”

According to the Council on Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy’s 2014 Giving in Numbers report, the number of businesses that report having a pro bono program has increased from 30 percent to over 50 percent in six years. It’s the fastest trend in corporate employee engagement, and small businesses are part of this trend.

“We have a fundamental belief at Blackbaud that good is for everyone, that individuals, nonprofits, large companies and small businesses all play a role in creating a strong and thriving society. Our employees embrace pro bono work themselves and join us in seeing what a huge impact their peers at small businesses could make if they joined in the effort,” said Rachel Hutchisson, Director of Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy at Blackbaud Inc., which provides technology that powers the business of philanthropy.

Skills-based volunteering allows employees to use the skills they’ve acquired on the job to help others. It can be more meaningful for employees and it can have a bigger impact for community organizations. This type of employee engagement can favorably impact employee recruitment and retention rates while helping small businesses stand out in a competitive market.

“Pro bono service is an important part of America’s new business culture,” said Teresa Coles, CEO of Riggs Partners. “It’s a great way to engage employees in important causes while helping to build leadership skills within the organization and distinguishing the company’s brand.”

Small businesses around the country are uniquely positioned to engage their employees by using their skills to make a difference in their community.  Small Business, Big Purpose can help employers tap into the skills of their employees, so they can turn their passion into purpose and their skills into impact.

For more information on small business resources or to download the Small Business, Big Purpose eBook, visit www.abillionpluschange.org.

A Billion + Change is a movement to inspire companies of all sizes and sectors to do skills-based and pro bono service, and to mobilize billions of dollars’ worth of skilled service activities to address core issues in our communities. A Billion + Change is housed and managed at Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. The initiative is under the honorary chairmanship of Senator Mark Warner, powered by the support of the Advisory Board Company, the Corporation for National and Community Service, Capital One, DEFENDER Direct, Deloitte, HP, and IBM, with additional founding support from McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. Learn more at: www.abillionpluschange.org.

Riggs Partners is a marketing and communications consultancy that develops cross-channel communications programs for socially conscious companies and nonprofit organizations. A charter member of A Billion + Change, Riggs Partners also is founder of CreateAthon®, one of the nation’s top programs engaging the marketing industry in pro bono service.  For more information, visit http://www.riggspartners.com/.

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Anthony Carden Named Director of Security Services for EDTS

Anthony Carden Joins EDTSSenior information systems security executive Anthony Carden has joined EDTS, a regional IT services company specializing in managed IT services, network security, and advanced infrastructure for Southeastern businesses, as Director of Security Services for the rapidly growing technology firm.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Carden brings over two decades of experience in governance, risk management and compliance with a focus in cyber security to EDTS.  He joins the organization from NIIT Media Technologies where he served as senior manager of information security, and was responsible for threat monitoring, analysis, investigation and mitigation.  He previously has served in senior systems security roles with Philadelphia Gas Works, SunGard Availability Services, NCO Financial Systems Inc., and USER, Inc. (Fiserv) Financial Services.

In his new capacity with EDTS, Mr. Carden will direct all compliance, monitoring, risk management, forensics, and event correlation activities for EDTS and its customers across the organization’s growing Southeastern footprint in HIPPA / PCI compliance, while contributing to the EDTS management team in customer service, service development, strategic planning and managed security services capacities.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.B.A. degree in Entrepreneurship, Mr. Carden holds numerous professional certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Certified HIPPA Security Professional (CHSP) and Tier Four Senior Security Engineer.  He is an active member of InfraGuard, Information Systems Security Association and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, among others.

“Anthony is a highly skilled and experienced IT security professional, and brings tremendous capabilities and credentials to the EDTS organization,” said Charles Johnson, EDTS CEO.  “As we continue to identify and add the best talent available, we are pleased to have Anthony join our EDTS family and to play a key role in the implementation of our customer-first strategy.”

Founded in 1999, EDTS has over 50 professionals serving clients 24/7/365 across the Southeast from offices in Augusta, GA and Columbia and Greenville, SC.  A full service technology consulting firm, EDTS specializes in networking, security and managed IT services for business.  The firm helps customers increase productivity and reduce cost associated with information technology.  EDTS was recently named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for the fifth consecutive year, and honored as one of the fastest-growing companies in South Carolina on multiple lists.  Visit them at www.edtsolutions.com.

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Spirit Communications to Become Naming Rights Partner for Multi-Use Venue at Columbia Common
Spirit Communications Park Coming to Downtown Columbia

Main EntranceThe City of Columbia and Columbia Professional Baseball, announced today that they have reached an agreement with Spirit Communications to name the new, state-of-the-art multi-use sports and entertainment venue at Columbia Common in downtown Columbia. The venue will be known as “Spirit Communications Park.”

Spirit Communications is based in Columbia- with its headquarters on Bull Street, just blocks from the Columbia Common development.  Spirit was born and raised in Columbia and is one of the 25 largest privately held firms in the state of South Carolina.  Spirit was formed in 1984 by the eleven independent telephone companies and cooperatives across the state.

Spirit offers innovative business solutions to a cross section of businesses, government agencies, schools and healthcare organizations throughout the Carolinas.  Spirit provides high tech solutions for voice, data, Internet, managed and hosted IT Cloud services that meet the demands of business today and into the future.

“Spirit Communications is delighted to make this investment in what we are sure will be one of the most important and transformative projects our home town of Columbia has seen,” said Bob Keane, President and Chief Executive Officer, Spirit Communications.  “Spirit and our owner companies have been a part of many big things here in South Carolina–assuring that modern technology is available to grow businesses throughout our state as well as bringing that technology to underserved rural areas and schools.  Supporting Columbia Common and our new hometown team is a natural fit.”

“Spirit Communications is a successful, home-grown Columbia business that, along with its member companies, has done so much for South Carolina,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin. “They are helping position Columbia as a true center of global innovation and I can’t think of a better partner for our new community venue.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with a cutting edge company like Spirit Communications,” said Jason Freier, CEO, Hardball Capital. “Spirit is a great local company with a tremendous backstory.  Spirit is a leader in innovation, collaboration, and customer service and has been a great community partner.  Our goal is for this park and professional baseball in Columbia to be recognized the same way.”

Sitework for Spirit Communications Park is scheduled to begin in late December and a ceremonial groundbreaking will occur in early January.  Populous, the world’s premier venue architectural firm, has designed the ballpark.  The construction of Spirit Communications Park will be managed by CCEB Partners, a joint venture between local firms Contract Construction, Construction Dynamics and EnviroAg Sciences and national ballpark experts Barton Mallow Construction.

Spirit Communications Park will anchor the Columbia Common development, the new gateway to downtown Columbia.  Under the guidance of master developer Hughes Development, Columbia Common will transform the 181-acre former state mental hospital site into the premiere live-work-play community in the region.

“This heralds the start of big things for Columbia Common,” said Bob Hughes, President of Hughes Development.  “The show of faith by one of our state’s leading companies, Spirit Communications, along with the capabilities they will bring to the project, is just further confirmation that Columbia Common will become a unique and exciting place for the citizens of the Midlands.”

Spirit Communications Park will play host to far more than just baseball. The facility, which is being developed via a partnership between the City of Columbia and Hardball Capital, will serve as a public gathering space with multiple uses for both indoor and outdoor events.  From concerts to parties to business meetings and charitable functions, Spirit Communications Park will host hundreds of community events every year.  The park will hold approximately 8,000 fans for baseball games and 14,000 for concerts.

“This is a unique opportunity for us to have the Spirit Communications name echo throughout the Midlands,” added Bob Keane. “We’re confident professional baseball in Columbia is going to be a home run.  But more than that, Spirit Communications Park will be a venue for the entire community to enjoy.”

“It’s exciting and gratifying to have a great partner like Spirit Communications step up to the plate and support one of our most important projects,” said Mayor Steve Benjamin.  “The momentum in our city is contagious.  Uniting one of our strongest local companies with one of the region’s top developers and Minor League Baseball’s top owner/operators will only strengthen that momentum.”

Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, Spirit Communications provides voice, data, Internet, and fiber optic solutions, along with a full suite of Cloud services to commercial businesses and government agencies across the Southeast. The company’s ownership group includes Chesnee Communications, Comporium, Farmers Telephone Cooperative, Hargray Telephone Company, Home Telephone Company, Horry Telephone cooperative, Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative, Piedmont Rural Telephone Cooperative, Sandhill Telephone Cooperative, TruVista Communications and West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative. Spirit’s mission is to enable customers to transform their operations through fast, stable, and secure offerings that flex with business demand. Ranked among the top 25 privately held firms in South Carolina, Spirit serves thousands of customers in over 150 service locations throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. For more information, visit www.spiritcom.com.

Founded by the General Assembly in 1786, Columbia was South Carolina’s first planned city and among the first planned cities in the nation. Columbia is the largest city in South Carolina with a population of 129,276 (2010 U.S. Census) and a metro workforce of over 375,000 (SC Department of Employment and Workforce) and serves as state capital while hosting multiple colleges and universities including the state’s flagship Carnegie Research 1 facility the University of South Carolina. Columbia is also home to the nationally renowned Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, the largest children’s museum in the Southeast Edventure and the largest U.S. Army training facility in the world at Fort Jackson. The City of Columbia works closely with neighborhood organizations to increase the lines of communications between the community and City Hall and, with approximately 2200 employees on staff, is dedicated to providing the highest quality services to all of our citizens.

Columbia Professional Baseball is returning professional baseball to Columbia for the first time in a decade.  It is partnering with the City of Columbia and Hughes Development to construct a multi-use outdoor venue at the center of the Columbia Common development.  Columbia Professional Baseball is owned by Hardball Capital, the owner of the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League and the Savannah Sand Gnats of the South Atlantic League.  For more information visit www.ColumbiaProBall.com or www.SpiritCommunicationsPark.com.

Hughes Development Corporation is a 76-year old, family owned real estate development firm based in Greenville, SC. It has developed projects across the southeast, from Alabama to Virginia, in virtually all types of real estate. Over the last 15 years, Hughes Development has refined its focus to mixed-use, urban developments, where its expertise and experience can be used to transform districts and make a lasting impact. Hughes Development continues its tradition of broad development expertise, long-term ownership of its projects, and a commitment to adding value to local communities.

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Hugh McAngus Receives SCDTAA’s Hemphill Award

HughMcAngusWebMcAngus Goudelock & Courie, a regional insurance defense firm, is pleased to announce that Hugh McAngus, founding member of MGC, is the recipient of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association’s (SCDTAA) Hemphill Award. The award was given at the SCDTAA’s annual meeting in Pinehurst, NC on Friday, November 7.

The Hemphill Award is given to a member or former member of the SCDTAA who has shown distinguished and meritorious conduct or service to the legal professiona and/or the public. This person has been instrument in developing, implementing and carrying through the objectives of the SCDTAA. In the 46 year history of the SCDTAA, Mr. McAngus is the 16th recipient of the Hemphill Award.

“Hugh has served the legal community and the SCDTAA selflessly,” said Jay Courie, MGC’s Managing Member. “I am proud to call Hugh not only a dedicated colleague, but also a friend. He demonstrates integrity and professionalism to all of us in the legal profession.”

Mr. McAngus has been an active member of SCDTAA for over three decades, serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, as well as President. He remains active on the nominating committee. Mr. McAngus has been practicing workers’ compensation defense for over thirty years, focusing on defending complex workers’ compensation claims, catastrophic losses, toxic exposure and  occupational disease claims as well as mediation. He is recognized by the Supreme Court of South Carolina as a certified mediator, and has been actively involved in the development of workers’ compensation law on both a state and national level.

McAngus Goudelock and Courie is a metrics-driven law firm built specifically to meet the needs of insurance companies and their customers. From 11 regional offices, we serve clients across the Southeast. For more information, please visit www.mgclaw.com.

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South Carolina Women in Business (SCWIB) Announces New Website

scwibSouth Carolina Women in Business (SCWIB) is thrilled to announce its new and improved website at scwib.com. We are very excited for the new look and easy to use access throughout the pages! Current members are able to access our calendar of events including networking opportunities, seminars, and services for small businesses. The website also allows you to view the list of benefits and facts about being a member of SCWIB along with a page for submitting questions to us that we will return immediately. On the website, you will discover that SCWIB works closely with many partners and offers helpful resources making it very beneficial for our membership. The current members are able to keep updated about our calendar of events and upload it seamlessly to their computer or smartphone using our new Google Calendar interface.

On our website, you can find our mission statement which is the life and blood of SCWIB. It states “The South Carolina Women in Business (SCWIB) is a non-profit corporation increasing the economic development of female business owners by offering resources to start and grow businesses, providing mentoring programs, as well as establishing strategic alliances between members and community business leaders throughout diversified geographical areas in South Carolina.” Launching our website creates huge steps towards accomplishing our mission of increasing the economic development of female business owners. SCWIB has made it easier than ever for our members to get involved in the community and take advantage of our programs we offer.

Review scwib.com, and contact our Founder, Rose E. Jackson, at 803-360-2468 or scwib2@yahoo.com if you have questions about SCWIB.

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