The winners of our 2018 Chamber Classic, presented by Founders Federal Credit Union, were....our county's students! We are proud to announce, thanks to the generosity of so many, we raised the money needed to fund the three college scholarships we will present this spring to seniors at Chester, Great Falls and Lewisville High Schools.

As for golf champions, Founders Federal Credit Union Team One took top honors with second place going to the team from Hospice of South Carolina. Congratulations to these players.

FFCU Team: John David Williams, Clay Barbour, Joe McIsaac, Heath Williams
Hospice of SC Team: Cal Caldwell, Crawford Hughes, Julien Jenkins, Bradley Oates
Thanks to each and every company/individual who donated money and time to our event. Please read the list below to see who made our success possible:

Title Sponsor: Founders Federal Credit Union

Teams: C&D Trash Service, Chester County 1 & 2, Chester County Natural Gas Authority, Chester County Wastewater Recovery, Chester Regional Medical Center, Chester County School District, Classic Metals, Fairfield Electric Co-op, First Citizens, Founders Federal Credit Union 1 & 2, Giti Tire, Hospice Care of SC, Landscaping & Mower, Ring Container, Riverview Medical Center, Sharonview Federal Credit Union, Spratt Savings & Loan, Sun Fiber, Tri County 1, 2, & 3, Worldwide Protective Products

Raffle Ticket Prizes: Founders Federal Credit Union & Kimbrell’s Furniture

Hole in One Sponsor: Winters Law Firm

Exclusive Hole Sponsors : Momar Inc.-golf cannon, Battered But Not Broken & Hughes Chiropractic 

Lunch: First Citizens Bank, Buttermilk’s BBQ & Roddey’s BBQ—with special thanks to Tony Pope for coordinating our meal

Door Prizes, Food, and Special Services/Discounts: Academy Sports, Advance Auto, Auto Zone, Bilo, Black’s Drug Store, Chester Golf Club, Cotton Hills Farm, The Cyclone, EdgeWater, Ezell’s Hardware, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Farmer’s Home Furniture, First Citizens, Founders Federal Credit Union, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Gaston, Marion & Stubbs, P.A., Hospice of South Carolina, KJ’s IGA, Kona Ice, Lancaster Golf Club, Land’s Tire Center, Lowes-Rock Hill, Ms. McCorkle’s Bakery; O’Reilly Auto Parts, Passmore Restaurant, Riverview Medical, Sparkledog Spirits, Tractor Supply, True Value, TruVista Communications, Walmart, YMCA

Banner & Hole Sponsors: Ace Screen Printing, AME, ATI Allvac, Boise Cascade, C & D Trash Service, LLC, Canco, Chemtrade Logistics, Chester County, Chester County Natural Gas Authority, Chester County School District, Chester County Soil & Water Conservation, Chester Development Association, Chester Healthcare Foundation, Chester Metropolitan District, Chester Regional Medical Center, Chester Rental Uniform, Chester Wastewater Recovery, City of Chester, Classic Metals INC, COATEX, Anne Collins for School Board, Cudd Heating & Air, Duke Energy, Fairfield Electric, First Citizens Bank, Founders Federal Credit Union, GAF, Gaston, Marion, & Stubbs PA, Giti Tire, Glenn Associates Surveying, Guardian Industries, Hamilton, Delleney, Grier, & Cotton, PA, Hospice Care of SC, Hy-Gloss Paint & Body Shop, Joe’s Truck & Auto Repair, Jones-Hamilton, Lancaster & Chester Railroad, Landscaping & Mower, Randy Ligon for House, MCON Construction, Nippon Electric Glass, OMNOVA Solutions, Performance Staffing Solutions, Richburg Supply, Ring Container Technologies, Riverview Hospice & Palliative Care, Roddey’s BBQ, Roseburg Forest Products, Roses Express, Sharonview, Will Smith Nationwide, Specialty Polymers, Spratt Savings & Loan, Springs Creative, Stone Insurance Agency, Sun Fiber LLC, TruVista Communications, Wade Security, Walker Electric Company, Walmart, Ron Wyatt Nationwide, YMCA

Our events are successful because of the hard work of these individuals: 
Hall Atkinson, Chester Golf Course; Liz Avery, First Citizens Bank; Ellis Beam and Walter Turner, 321 Graphics; Bill Bundy, Chester Healthcare Foundation; Autumn Castles, TruVista Communications; Angela Cook, Chester County; Ace Hembree, Chester County, Wes Jones, Chester Golf Course; Bailey Mobley, Founders Federal Credit Union; Ashley Helms, Chamber of Commerce Office Administrator; Kira Levister, Founders Federal Credit Union, Mary Ridley, First Citizens Bank; Paul Singal, Multi Items Exim; Shane Stuart, Chester County; Grace Wheeler, First Citizens Bank; Christy Wilburn, Hospice of SC; Hannah Wyatt, Fairfield Inn & Suites

Board of Directors: Earl Moore, Golf Tournament Committee Chair, WGCD Radio; Clay Barbour, Tourn. Assistant Chair, Founders Federal Credit Union;
Abby Brunson, Board Chair, Chester County School District; Albertha Woodard, Board Chair Elect, Chester Regional Medical Center; Chris Winters, Past Chair, Sun Fiber; Brooke Clinton, President, Chester County Chamber of Commerce; Matt McCrorey, Board Treasurer, Spratt Savings and Loan; Valencia Bolden, Boise Cascade; Stacy Scott, York Technical College Chester Center; Everett Stubbs, Gaston, Marion & Stubbs, P.A.; Chet Tucker, Chester County YMCA
Member Reminders!
BORROWING 101
October 25th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
FREE

Join South Carolina Community Loan Fund to learn about applying for and obtaining financing for your community development project. At Borrowing 101, you will learn about the loan application process, the basics of project financing, and see examples of successfully financed projects from across the state. This event is free to attend and appropriate for participants at all stages of project development.

Would you please share this flier throughout Chester county for our upcoming iMAGINE STEAM Festival? The festival is for our tri-county area (York, Lancaster and Chester) to promote STEAM careers. I’d appreciate any help you may be able to offer in spreading the word throughout the community!
 
Also, we still have space for volunteers for the festival in these areas:
  • Exhibitor Check -In: Assist staff with checking in vendors and passing out vendor packets upon arrival
  • Food Truck: Ensures that food trucks are directed to their assigned location and serves as a liaison to address questions and concerns.
  • Parking Assistant: Ensure safe, secure and organized parking for all festival attendees. A valid driver’s license is required. Parking assistants are ambassadors for the festival - first impression of festival for most attendees.
  • Info Booth (may have 1-4): Greet festival patrons, help promote festival game (a board member will be at the booth helping with this), promote the shows, and pass out programs and brochures. Ask patrons to fill out survey
  • Festival Concierge/Survey Assistants: Greet festival patrons, pass out programs and brochures. Assist the public with questions, maps, and directions.
  • Exhibitor Load-Out/Cleanup: Assist staff with checking out vendors and passing out vendor load-out sheets before vehicles can re-enter the site. Help direct cars coming into the site AFTER the festival to load their supplies and equipment beginning at 4:00 pm. Assist with clean-up of messes on the street and pick up trash.

If anyone is available or interested, they can sign up here:  http://www.imaginesteamfest.org/get-involved/volunteer/
      
Susie Teague, M. Ed., NBCT
Regional Coordinator , Upcountry S2TEM Centers SC 
Executive Director , STEM Development Foundation 
Phone  (803)  517-4466

GOOGLE WORKSHOP from SBDC

NOVEMBER 8th from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Winthrop University

FREE but must register as spaces are limited.

Can YOUR CUSTOMERS FIND YOU
this shopping season?


Make sure they can! Attend this FREE Google Workshop to GET YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE.

This workshop will walk you through the process of listing your business online with Google. When the workshop concludes your business will be online with Google and accessible to your customers!

Get Your Business Online with Google brings community members, business owners, and civic leaders together to help small businesses succeed on the web.   

“4 out of 5 consumers use search engines to find local information nearby, yet only 37% of businesses have claimed their listing on a search engine,” says Soo Young, Manager of Google's Get Your Business Online program. “Small businesses are the engine of local economies and when they flourish, their communities do as well.”


November 13 | Columbia
 
The Job Safety Analysis Training course offers a proven process for controlling operating hazards and costs. You'll learn how to manage a JSA program and gain a better understanding of your role in making it effective, as well as how to enlist participation from frontline employees, supervisors, and upper management. The result: efficient procedures that help reduce personal injuries and operating costs.

November 14 | Columbia
 
The Incident Investigation Training course focuses on techniques for gathering complete, accurate, and objective incident data, establishing root causes, reporting findings, and determining corrective action. Participants will learn how to uncover the who, what, why, when, and how of each incident, and how to analyze data to prevent injuries, property damages, and financial losses.


The Town of Great Falls has its annual Christmas parade on November 18th at 3:00 p.m. (with line up at 2:00 p.m.). Call Town Hall to register. 482-2055.

The City of Chester's Christmas Parade is November Monday, November 26th at 4:00 p.m. Visit their website for registration details!

Christmas in Chester is November 30th (tree lighting) and the morning of December 1st--Downtown Chester!

The Town of Richburg hosts its annual parade at 11:00 a.m. on December 8th. Call the Fire Department to register (789-3636). The Town of Fort Lawn's parade is December 8th at 2:00 p.m. (rain date is the 9th at 3:00 p.m.)

The Lowrys Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade is December 15th at 1:00 p.m. They ask that participants register at www.townoflowrys.org Thanks!