Chamber Chat | April 3

News
This week, the Chamber met with Fifth Solicitor Dan Johnson, to discuss his Worthless Check Program aimed at helping the victims of worthless checks. The program is free to victims and operated from fees collected from offenders.

Partnership
The Chamber has a variety of programs and committees that meet monthly. This week, the Marketing and Communications Committee joined forces with Diplomat Link in order to identify and execute better contact with our Partners. The goal of Diplomat Link is to gain feedback from Partners so that we can enhance their relationship with the Chamber.

Celebration
The Chamber is always excited to welcome new and growing business in the Midlands. On Wednesday, the Chamber joined Belk – Columbiana Centre in celebrating their grand opening of the new men’s store. Our president, Carl Blackstone, was invited to make comments among leadership of Belk and Columbiana Center. Cocky, the Chick Fil A cow, USC Cheerleaders and over two hundred excited shoppers were among the lucky ones to receive gift cards.

Upcoming
As the Education Rocks! event approaches, the Chamber events team has been working closely with MEBA to recognize and celebrate the Teachers of the Year from eleven South Carolina school districts including Richland 1, Richland 2, Lexington 1, Lexington 2, Lexington 3, Lexington 4, Lexington-Richland 5, Fairfield County, Kershaw County, Newberry County and the Department of Juvenile Justice. More information about the event can be found here.

This year, Small Business Week will be held May 4-8. During this week, the Columbia Chamber, the City of Columbia and Richland County join together to celebrate the importance of small business! As dates and programs are finalized, we will release more information.

Leadership
Our Leadership Columbia Alumni Association held its monthly luncheon series featuring U.S. Senator Tim Scott. Senator Scott discussed his plans for job creation and workforce development and ended the program taking questions form the attendees.

Save the Date:
4/7 Chamber Issues Forum | 4/14 Small Business Workshop Series | 4/15 Partner Orientation | 4/16 Education Rocks! | 4/23 Coffee Connections

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