CACCE November 2020 E-Newsletter
CACCE Announces 2020 Award Winners
CACCE was pleased to announce the following award winners for 2020:
Innovative Programs & Continuing Education Grants
  • Lexington (SC) Chamber - $1,000 Continuing Education Grant for staff member to attend Southeast Tourism Society's 2020 Marketing College
  • Boone Area (NC) Chamber - $2,500 Innovative Program Grant for Show Your Love Campaign
  • Currituck (NC) Chamber - $2,500 Innovative Program Grant for virtual "Business Leadership Conference"

Accredited Chamber
  • York County Regional (NC) Chamber

2020 Chambers of the Year
  • Blowing Rock (NC) Chamber - Under 700 Members
  • OneSpartanburg, Inc. (SC) - Over 700 Members

2020 Executives of the Year
  • Elaine Spalding, Rowan County Chamber - North Carolina
  • Ted Pitts, South Carolina Chamber - South Carolina

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
  • Deborah Ashley Smith - formerly with Caldwell (NC) Chamber

2020 Service Awards
  • 5 Years of Service
  • Jena Ferguson, Greater Summerville/Dorchester Chamber
  • Shelia Owens, Anderson Area Chamber
  • Charlotte Tallent, McCormick County Chamber
  • Izzy West, Little River Chamber
  • 10 Years of Service
  • Lindsay Keisler, Catawba County Chamber
  • 15 Years of Service
  • Susan Freeman, Brunswick County Chamber
  • Tonia Stephenson, Burke County Chamber
  • Shannon Viera, Greater Statesville Chamber
  • Melissa Walker-Price, Lancaster County Chamber
  • 20 Years of Service
  • Fay Bell, Greater Summerville/Dorchester Chamber
  • Joann Brooks, Greater Summerville/Dorchester Chamber
  • Linda Parsons, Moore County Chamber
  • 30 Years of Service
  • Pamela Christopher, Anderson Area Chamber
  • Rob Youngblood, York County Regional Chamber

Congratulations to all of our 2020 CACCE award winners!
CACCE Chamber Exec Check-In Meeting
Please join us for our next CACCE Chamber Exec Check-In Meeting scheduled for:
Friday, November 13 - 10:00am

This will be an opportunity for our Chamber Execs to share updates and learn more about what's working in their communities.

To register for the event, please CLICK HERE.
CACCE November Webinars - Two New Associate Members
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

Wednesday, November 11 - 10:00am

Join us for this free webinar with Tim Gould, Director Field Advocacy - Mid-Atlantic, as he shares more on their business liability protection advocacy campaign.

You must register to participate in this free webinar. CLICK HERE to register for the event.

NAM is one of our newest CACCE Associate Members. Please contact Tim Gould at 406-861-1709 or for more information.
Target Marketing

Wednesday, November 18 - 10:00am

Join us for this free webinar with John Hensley with Target Marketing as he shares more information on how they can help your chamber with your publication needs.

You must register to participate in this free webinar. CLICK HERE to register for the event.

Target Marketing is one of our newest CACCE Associate Members. Contact John Hensley at 614-581-6958 or for more information.
Associate Member News
With 40 years successfully managing experiences in the travel industry, Leo Liu is the owner and founder of Citslinc International Inc. located in California. He has worked with over 1,200 chambers in all 50 states and handles up to 20,000 chamber passengers annually. CLICK HERE for more information.
When you're ready to offer travel programs to your members again, please contact Leo at 949-637-6688 or

POWER 10 recently presented a webinar titled, "Finding New Funding Solutions During COVID-19 and Beyond."
Click here to view the recording.
In a time when marketing and promoting your community and your members is increasingly important, PSP Group is ready to help. We are proud to provide Chambers with the highest-quality magazines and maps. 
DID YOU KNOW? A pandemic has not slowed down ad sales; actually, it's just the opposite! Advertising is up because your members now want and need to promote their businesses and organizations more than ever. (Hint: This means more non-dues revenue for your Chamber).
Contact Eli at to learn how we can partner together in 2021 on your next publication!
Click here for YGM's newest blog post - Is It 2021 Yet? Tips for Getting the Next Year In Order.
CACCE Member News
Aiken Chamber
The Chamber has launched a "Shop Aiken" campaign to urge shoppers to shop thoughtfully and boost the Aiken economy by spending locally this holiday season. From November 1 – December 31, “Shop Aiken” will celebrate locally owned businesses and work to increase spending locally. It is also a celebration and a tribute to the strength of Aiken’s small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Anderson Area Chamber
Pamela L. Christopher was sworn in on October 14, 2020 as South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commissioner representing the 3rd Congressional District. Commissioner Christopher was appointed by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and confirmed by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 3rd Congressional District. Commissioner Christopher is the first Chamber of Commerce Executive to be sworn in as a DOT Commissioner.

After months of uncertainty and postponing our Annual Meeting numerous times, we were able to hold our event in-person on October 20, 2020 at Green Pond Landing on Lake Hartwell. Socially distanced, we had more than 160 individuals from Anderson County businesses join us to celebrate our Year in Review and honor our 2020 Award Recipients in the following categories: Duke Citizenship and Service, Non-Profit Director of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, and Anderson Rising Young Professional of the Year. View our event photos here.
Charleston Metro Chamber
The Chamber is pleased to announce Lucy McNemey as Director of Executive Team Intelligence and Investor Affiliation.

The Chamber set forth on a diversity, equity and inclusion journey that would bring valuable conversations to the forefront, create much-needed change in our region, and within organizations, and help our Chamber serve as a resource around these critical issues. Our fully virtual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference created a space to listen, learn and take action. Over the course of three days, over 250 attendees journeyed together with the goal of leading our region's business community in creating a diverse and inclusive workforce where opportunities are equitable for all. Each day featured a thought-provoking keynote speaker along with breakout sessions and work groups that created a chat culture between attendees and speakers that overflowed with powerful conversations. Attendees left the conference with insight and resources that will be instrumental in undertaking the DE&I journey within their organization. "The line-up of speakers was phenomenal and each day, I couldn't wait to get started again….I took pages of notes, watched several sessions multiple times and am going to sit with this all as I figure out how to integrate this into our organization's work with our newly formed DE&I group."

Greater Fayetteville Chamber
Christine Michael's last day as the Chamber's CEO was October 16. Taneshia Kerr is now serving as Interim CEO.
Greater Winston-Salem, Inc.
The Chamber has named Terri Cummings as Vice President of Talent and Workforce. Terri will serve on the organization's leadership team and advance efforts to promote education and workforce alignment throughout Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
Greenville Chamber
The Chamber recently announced an initiative to provide COVID-19 testing to Upstate businesses with fast turnaround of results and exclusive, discounted rates. Through an exclusive partnership with Scalpel Solutions, Inc., participating businesses will receive employees’ COVID-19 test results at discounted rates, with the ability to save even more through volume pricing, with most results available in 12 to 48 hours.
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber
Hilton Head Island was named the #1 Island in the U.S. for the 4th year in a row in the Conde Nast Traveler 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Southwest Airlines recently announced its intention for service to the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in 2021. The Chamber works extremely closely with partners and local airports to attract additional air service to our area. 

The Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau was named among ConventionSouth Readers Choice Award for the eighth consecutive year.  
Montcross Area Chamber
The Chamber is seeking a new President. For more information and to apply for the position, please see the CACCE Careers Page.
North Carolina Chamber
In a year where remote work, virtual schooling, social distancing, anxiety, and chronic fatigue have almost become the norm, the Women > A Force in Business conference is more timely than ever. Join more than 1,000 professionals virtually November 17 for a half-day event that promotes leadership development, advocacy, mentorship, and personal wellness for women in the workplace, as well as their male peers. This conference features 2 keynote speakers, six breakout sessions, a virtual exhibit hall and bookstore, networking tables and more to help guests connect and advance their personal and professional fulfilment.
South Carolina Chamber
Ted Pitts has announced that he will be stepping down as the organization's President and CEO at the end of the year. He will become President & CEO of Wilson Kibler, a South Carolina based commercial real estate firm.
Wilmington Chamber
The Chamber celebrated its Second Annual 40 Under 40 Awards online, October 22. These awards are the Cape Fear region’s premiere event to celebrate the young professionals who are scaling businesses to new heights, making decisions that put their organizations on the map, or producing a seemingly infinite stream of impactful work in our community. The event was partnered with StarNews media. Registrants logged in to watch a fun and festive video of all the winners and received party bags with sips and snacks as part of their registration. 
In November, the Chamber will host an online webinar series on having difficult conversations. Responding to the demands of those who attended our event earlier this year about how to have difficult conversations about money, mental health, and racism, the Chamber is creating a three-series event to allow a deeper dive into each subject. Each of these events will be free for chamber members to attend and learn some key takeaways to improve communication skills and confidence with this difficult topic. 
York County Regional Chamber
Rob Youngblood has announced that after 30 years in the chamber industry, he will be retiring from the Chamber effective January 2, 2021.
National Partner Updates for our CACCE Members
Click here for ACCE's Resource Guide on Mergers and Alliances

Click here for a Weekly Roundup of What We're Reading

Articles of Interest - Bob Harris, CAE
Click here for an article on Membership Dues Grants

Click here for an article on Conducting Virtual Board Orientations

Click here for an article on Virtual Strategic Planning Process