Strides of Strength
Fort Lawn Community Center Fall Festival

Cotton Hills Farm-Farm Fair
Waste Collection Day
IRS Workshop & Google Map Workshop--these are FREE

The first workshop is coming up October 15 and it is for existing businesses. The workshop is taught by a registered IRS agent.
The second workshop is on November 8 and this workshop is to help businesses to get listed on Google Maps! – We will show them how they can claim their listing and get it ready for the holidays, so their customer can find their business. We will walk them through the process and by the end of the workshop, they would have listed their business on Google Maps and have a better understanding on how to manage and update their Google listing online.

Chamber Classic---Presented by Founders Federal Credit Union
RESCHEDULED due to Hurricane Michael. Now being played October 18th.

**PLEASE NOTE the Ladies Luncheon scheduled for Oct. 18th at the Golf Club is now being replaced with the tournament! Sorry!
Chester Downtown Development Association's HILLarity
Chester Regional Agribusiness Ribbon Cutting
Save the Date for our grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony for the Chester Regional Agribusiness Center. We would love for you to join us on October 24th at 2:00 pm for recognition of the donors, individuals, and organizations who have helped to make this center possible. We will offer a tour of the facility which includes our new state of the art commercial kitchen, farmers market, food hub, community garden and future outdoor pavilion.

CLICK HERE for details!
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.

October 25th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at The Market Building in Chester

CLICK HERE to learn more!
Hospice Care of South Carolina
November 15th

Waiter's Choice Holiday Specials

We at the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) ask you to assist us in getting the information out to your tourism business members that they can locate directional signage to their businesses in the highway right-of –way. The legislature recently passed a law (TODS) to allow private businesses to do this. We qualify tourism locations, and SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT) ultimately approves the exact location of the signs.
While there are other criteria to qualify, the main criteria is that the tourism businesses need to be located in a RURAL area. This program defines a RURAL area as an unincorporated part of the state or a town of 5000 or less.
THE COST for the business is $400 per sign (most businesses need two) and an annual participation fee of $100 to SCDOT.
The DEADLINE to apply to SCPRT is October 30.
If you have tourism businesses that are interested in the program, please ask them to email me or text/call me at 803-331-9933. George Estes <>