Chamber Chat | September 4

Chamber FYIs
Chamber representatives attend a variety of meetings each week. These are some noteworthy meetings that might interest our partners: attended the Annual Conference of the S.C. Association of Counties for Economic Development; attended a meeting with the Small Business Administration on a potential venture focusing on Veterans interested in small business development; hosted a meeting with Health and Human Services and the Small Business Administration on insurance for small business.

Mixing business with pleasure
Join us at EdVenture on September 9, from 5 to 7 PM, for drinks, food, and some science fun! Extract DNA from strawberries using Bacardi, learn about Bearded Dragons, and climb through EDDIE. Register for this month’s Partner Engagement or miss out on all the fun!

Do you know what EMV technology is?
In a world of good and evil, technology can help or hurt you. Chip cards were created to help prevent fraudulent purchases from counterfeit cards, and they are arriving in your prospective customers’ wallets soon. During a 30-minute webinar, “Master Your Card,” you will learn the potential liability and how to take advantage of the additional benefits upgrading technology brings. EMV technology makes transactions safer for merchants and customers by changing the way information is stored on payment cards. Your business needs to be ready to accept them.

Growth today will change the skyline forever!
We had a great turn out for the Chamber Issues Forum with Matt Kennel, Amy Beth Franks, Meredith Atkinson, and Richard Burts as they shared information on growth in Columbia. While it is critical to blend the entertainment districts with the business and neighborhood communities, it is vital to be respectful of the diversity of each group and that relies heavily on communication. Keep your eyes peeled for more cranes!

Loving the spotlight
The Small Business Spotlight Winner for this quarter is Revente Consignment Shop at 737 Saluda Avenue in the Five Points area. This recognition included a presentation of a certificate by Mayor Benjamin, and Lee Catoe welcomed them as a new partner with the Columbia Chamber. Congratulations Revente!

Upcoming Events:
9/9 Partner Engagement – Edventure | 9/16 General Cloutier Welcome Breakfast | 9/17 Midday Connections | 9/24 113th Annual Gala

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