This Week at the Chamber: June 8, 2016
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Thank you to these businesses who have joined the Chamber or renewed their membership in the past month. 
1st Choice Plumbing

Camp Bow Wow

Crosswinds Insurance Agency

Ibis Financial Planning Premier Tax Consultants Inc.

Re/Max Platinum

The Tipsy Barrel
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Upcoming Events
Ribbon Cutting - Charlotte Running Co.
Fri, June 10 | 12pm
729 Terrace Park Rd, Ste. 102, Rock Hill
New Member Orientation
Thurs, June 16 | 3:30pm
Technology Incubator at Knowledge Park
157 E. Main St, #501, Rock Hill
1046 Regent Pkwy, Ste. 104,  Fort Mill
Thurs, June 23 | 4pm
Cameron Creek Townhomes
104 Layla Dr, Tega Cay  
Wed, June 29 | 12pm
City Club of Rock Hill
140 E. Main St, Rock Hill 
Chamber News
Members to Gain Direct Access to Legislators on June 29th
The Chamber will host, along with presenting sponsor Comporium, its annual legislative update on Wednesday, June 29. The luncheon event will feature Congressman Mick Mulvaney and state legislators representing York County, who will discuss pressing state and federal issues and their application to the local business community.Attendees will hear the perspectives of government leaders and have the opportunity to ask questions of the elected officials during or after the event, which will be 12:00-1:30 p.m. on the 29th at the City Club of Rock Hill. Additional details and registration information is available  here.
Chamber Kicks Off Regional Technology Initiative 
at Rock Hill Event
In addition to the exciting news about the city's growth and its evolution as a knowledge-based community at the Rock Hill Area Council's State-of-the-Community Breakfast, the event was the launching pad for the Chamber's technology initiative. Regional Chamber Board Chair, Harvey Hawkins of South State Bank, announced that the consortium would function as an ongoing collaborative forum that would bring together representatives from technology-focused companies, as well as educational institutions, governmental entities, and other key members of the Chamber and York County community. He noted that a primary goal of the Consortium is to generate valuable new ideas and insights to enhance our area's growth in the knowledge economy. For more information about the Technology Consortium, contact Krimson Wilson at 803-324-7500.
Chamber Demonstrates Support of Community at Fort Mill's Strawberry Festival
Members of the Chamber's area councils, along with Chamber staff and other volunteers, demonstrated the organization's support of the community at last month's Strawberry Festival.  During the two day event, the Chamber assisted the Town by recruiting 23 volunteers to serve soft drinks to festival-goers. While a majority of the Chamber's commission from the sale of the beverages will support Chamber programs and initiatives, a portion of the funds were donated to the Fort Mill Schools Foundation to promote academic excellence in the Fort Mill and Tega Cay areas.
Small Business Council Seminar Series Continues
The Small Business Council (SBC) recently hosted one in a series of luncheon seminars at the City Club of Rock Hill. The event, sponsored by Thomas Gymnastics, featured Planet Ballroom co-owner and spokesmodel, Elizabeth Minieri, who shared her compelling story of achieving success, despite facing a variety of challenges along the way. Minieri shared strategies that include a focus on one's natural talents, the consistent development of new skills, and the strategic implementation of each. Stay informed about upcoming SBC programming through the Chamber's  online calendar .
Member Spotlight

This month, we are shining the spotlight on one of our newest members, Carolina Creative Expressions.  
Chamber Graduates Latest Class of County Leaders
Congratulations to the Leadership York County Class of 2016! The group officially completed the 9-month program last month after presenting an overview of their community service project. Besides gaining a comprehensive understanding of all that York County has to offer, the 30-member class has worked tirelessly with local agency Renew Our Community to bring the National Safe Place program here to York County, and has raised over $11,000 to ensure its sustainability. Learn more about their  project  here . 
Applications  for the 2016-2017 Leadership program will be available on June 15.

  Visit this link for a full class roster and other LYCO alumni. 
Chamber Thanks Local Businesses
Comporium's Stefanie Stacks, Chairperson of Buy Into It! York County, the Chamber's buy local program, recently visited several local businesses to present gifts of appreciation in celebration of Buy Local Day: Day of Thanks. Stacks and Chamber staffer Antonette Huell surprised 13 businesses in one afternoon to thank them for their contributions to the York County community, and encouraged other shoppers to do the same. Additional photos from the day can be viewed here, and information about the buy-local program is available at this link.

For and By Our Members
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Do you have business expertise and advice to share with your regional business peers ? News about business expansions, product advancements, staff promotions or new hires? Is your company is making a difference in the community? Submissions may be emailed along with your contact information to Antonette HuellRelevant news will be shared here as space allows and/or via social media.