Board Meets in Great Falls
The Chester County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors held the first of several meetings away from the Chamber office at Great Falls Middle/High School this week. Rotating Chamber board meetings around the county was a goal for chair Abby Brunson, “The meetings are open to the public, so I thought what better way to reach out to some of our Chamber members who are outside of the Chester City limits,” Brunson said. “Then I thought why not invite some of our 12th grade students who are interested in careers held by our board members.” Mrs. Brunson, who works for the Chester County School District as a Global Career Development Facilitator, leads a grant program funded by the Springs-Close Foundation called Lunch with Leaders. Students are invited to have lunch with Community Leaders and get advice about their particular career interests. “All of the Chamber Board agreed to come early for their regularly scheduled meeting and have lunch with the students. I told the Board to think back to when they were getting ready to graduate from high school and tell the students some advice they wish someone had told them.” “It was a perfect time to hold a Lunch with Leaders with such a wealth of knowledge all in one place at one time.” Students were able to learn about careers such as Manufacturing, International Business, Higher Education, Finance, Marketing, Public Relations, Hospitality and Tourism, and Medical Health Science. Student Matthew Trent stated that he really enjoyed talking with Chris Winters from Sun Fiber. Matthew is planning to pursue a degree in Business, perhaps International Business from the University of SC and he had no idea that Sun Fiber was an International Business right here in Chester County. Another student, T’Onia Hobson plans to go into Accounting and enjoyed learning tips on soft skills from Chamber Office Administrator Angela Cook.
The students were also invited to stay after lunch concluded to watch Mrs. Brunson lead the Chamber Board meeting and learn how businesses work together to promote responsible business development, tourism and growth for the citizens of Chester County.
Superintendent Dr. Angela Bain and the Springs Close Foundation's Bobby Holcolmbe were also special guests. Chamber Members in the Great Falls area were invited to attend the meeting; member Sally Hudson from Gladden Hudson Reality offered her advice to several students and stated she enjoyed seeing the new board members in action and appreciates all the board does and to “Keep Up the Good Work”.
Pictured is Stacy Scott, Director of York Technical College Chester Center (left) speaking with senior Hayva Trotter (right) about higher education as Chris Winters of Sun Fiber (back right) talks with student leaders about international business. Other Chamber board members in attendance included Chet Tucker with the YMCA, Clay Barbour with Founders Federal Credit Union Richburg, Earl Moore with WGCD Radio, Albertha Woodard with Chester Regional Medical Center, Matt McMrorey with Spratt Savings & Loan Great Falls and Chamber President Brooke Clinton.
Website Start-up Workshop
York Technical College Chester Center hosted a Lunch & Learn on Fast Start Website Design. Participants ranged from small business owners looking to create their first site to business managers hoping to create in-house websites for better control of content. Thank you to the Chester Center for allowing the participants use of the wonderful classroom and computer lab!
Check out TJ's Driving School's new website, designed during the workshop by owner Vivian Young-Jackson! www.drivingSC.com
Welcome to Chester County
Chester Regional's new doctors, Dr. Gregg Mason (orthopedics) and Dr. Siddharth Malholtra (general surgery) were honored with a special Business After Hours hosted by hospital staff. These men are bringing quality health care services to our community and their choosing Chester County is definitely worth celebrating!
Ribbon Cutting
The Palmetto Women's Center mobile unit serves expectant mothers and will be at the Chester Walmart the 1st Tuesdays and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.  Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Visit www.palmettopregnancycenter.com/ or call 803.746.4946. You do not need health insurance to receive their services!

*At right...community members celebrated the arrival of the mobile unit to Chester County. Refreshments were donated by Chamber member Our Kitchen.
SAVE THE DATE
JUNE 7th: Chester Golf Club Business After Hours. 5:00-7:00 p.m. All Chamber members welcome.

JUNE 11th: Business Financials and Record Keeping with CPA Diane Yarbrough at YTC Chester Center

JUNE 21st: Fairfield Inn & Suites Business After Hours. 4:00-6:00 p.m. Chester County Chamber members are invited to this networking event with York County Chamber members.

JUNE 25th: HR Café with Joanie Winters. Preparing Your Workplace for Culture Changes. Sponsored by Winters Law Firm, Chester County Economic Development, & SC Works

JULY 19th: Chamber Women's Luncheon with Dr. Iva Hughes. 11:30 a.m. York Technical College Chester Center
Member Announcements
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division will be hosting two training courses on August 28, 2018 to educate and promote earthquake safety and preparedness.
 
The first course, FEMA 395, is  Earthquake Safety and Mitigation for Schools . The second, P 909, is on  Home and Business Earthquake Safety and Mitigation . The courses will run from 8am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm respectively. They will be held on-site at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division located at 2779 Fish Hatchery Road West Columbia, SC 29172.
 
You can register for one or both of these courses through SCEMD’s Learning Management System, located at  http://www.scemd.org/em-professionals/training/courses-and-workshops/ .
 
Please contact SCEMD’s Earthquake Program Manager, David Perry, at  dperry@emd.sc.gov , or 803-609-3644 with any questions.

AG & Art Tour
Get your tickets for the Chester County Ag & Art Tour Kick-off on June 8th.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chester-county-ag-art-kickoff-

You can also stop by and get your tickets at the OED Visitor Center at The Gateway or the  Chester County Chamber of Commerce .
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