Connect.  Educate.  Advocate.

The Chester County Chamber of Commerce exists to improve the quality of life in Chester County, specifically by addressing and serving the needs of our businesses, small and large.  Business owners, individuals and not-for-profits are all important Chamber members.   Our goals for the next year are to create connections, provide valuable educational information to our members, and advocate for businesses that are based in Chester County, work within our borders or are considering investing in our local economy.   Join the Chester County Chamber of Commerce to promote our county and all it offers!

Chamber Happenings that 
Connect. Educate. Advocate.

Free Lecture. Free Lunch. Excellent Information. Excellent Presenter. Professional Setting. Yes---HR Café at The Gateway in Richburg! Laws are constantly changing and no business wants an unwelcome discrimination lawsuit. Joanie Winters of Winters Law Firm gave detailed information to help area HR directors and business leaders get up-to-date on federal discrimination standards. Specific topics covered included grievance procedures, background screening, sex hiring discrimination, LGBT coverage, immigrant workers, pregnancy discrimination, and religions discrimination. Relevant and extremely useful information for businesses small and large! Next meeting--July 21st. Want more information on HR Café? Contact your Chamber today! 

The Chester County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, along with Nikki Young--daughter of the late Tommy Davis, met at Lewisville Elementary School to review scholarship applications. With profits from the annual October Golf Tournament, the Chamber awards three $1,000.00 scholarships--one to a senior at each of the three county high schools. 

The family of Tommy Davis also awards the "Heart of a Servant" scholarship in his memory to a deserving student from Chester High School. This special $1,000.00 scholarship is given annually to a student who demonstrates a strong desire and willingness to serve others, just like Mr. Davis did during his time as a devoted member of the community and Chamber.  Winners will be announced during next week's senior awards nights.  

If you, your family or company is interested in sponsoring an annual scholarship, please contact the Chamber.  Our local Adult Education program has requested scholarships ($250 and up) for adults looking to further their education.  A strong workforce builds a strong economy!
Welcome New Members!

Mike McBrayer, operations manager
2827 Lancaster Highway
Chester, SC 29706
We are an antiques & collectibles business with an emphasis on one-of-a-kind items and vintage signs.  We also carry four major brands of footwear to include Georgia, Wolverine, Muck, and Belleville.  Open Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 
THANK YOU to our loyal members who renewed their Chamber memberships this week!

Friends of the Animals
B & B Stump Grinding
Lantern of Love
Joe's Towing
Hunter's Creative Florist, Inc.
Edge Trucking, LLC
Richburg Supply Company
Specialty Polymers, Inc.
Fort Lawn Animal Hospital
*Our credit card machine is being replaced and should be operational next week. 
Member Spotlight
Beginning next month, our newsletters will spotlight Chamber members.  We will RANDOMLY select members to be highlighted--we'll literally draw names from a hat.  Watch for your business!

This week, we would like to highlight our Board of Directors.  These are volunteers who donate their time and talents to the betterment of the Chester County Chamber. Thank you to these individuals and to their businesses for allowing them to participate on the Board of Directors.  

Chair, J.T. Smith, Richburg Supply Company
Past Chair, Joanie Winters, Winters Law Firm
Chair-Elect, Chris Winters, Sunfiber
Treasurer, Kathy Davis, Spratt Savings and Loan

Steve Dobson, Specialty Polymers, Inc.
Rachael Elliott, Boral Stone
Patrick Whitesides, Chester Rental Uniforms

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Summer Workshop and Pontoon
(or Kayak) Outing!
How to Market on a Dime?   Jason Snyder of Learfield Communications will join us to discuss how to best market your organizations on a dime and share updates on digital re-targeting.
Hosted by the Great Falls Home Town Association at the Great Falls War Memorial Building, 401 Dearborn Street, Great Falls, SC 29055
June 2, 10:00 am.  Cost $12.00 includes workshop, lunch and pontoon trip!
  After lunch, we will head out on pontoons to Cedar Creek Reservoir (aka Stumpy Pond) for a beautiful afternoon on the water!
Register by May 26th so we can make sure we have enough lunches and arrange the boat details!

Reminders & Mark Your Calendars!

Big Green Fishing Tournament is this Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Chester State Park.  

4-H Spring Celebration, May 23rd, 6:00 p.m. at the Farmer's Market

June 9th is  Rocky Creek Sporting Clay's 
next Shoot and Dine. We will be serving Grilled Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Macaroni and Cheese and Green Beans. Dinner served at 7pm. Members $42.00 and Non-Members $56 (included in fee is 100 targets and dinner). Call to R.S.V.P. 803-482-2070.  Donny Roth will be here for lessons on May 21st. Call to schedule.

Arts Council of Chester County Upcoming Events:
May 19 - Adult BYOB Painting Class:  Magnolias
June 2 - Youth Art Class:  Flower Pots (2:30-4:30 p.m.)
June 2 - Adult Art Class:  Flower Pots (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

Foster Care Informational Meeting , July 9th, 10:00 a.m., Chester Parks & Recreation Building on West End Street.

Clemson Extension:
7/11/16 - Getting Started with Chickens -  Backyard Poultry Workshop - Lexington
$70.00, includes lunch.  See link for details:
Register with your local Clemson Extension Office, or contact Alivia Gunter at 803-359-8515 ext. 111 or for more information.

8/13/16 -- Small Flock and NPIP Certification workshop - Clemson
Look for registration information at this link in July

Annual Chamber Scholarship Golf Tournament is October 13th!