Press Release: Florence Chamber Seeking Applicants for Summer Leadership Program

The Florence Chamber is currently seeking applicants for a unique and innovative leadership program. The Emerging Leaders Summer Institute is a program designed to generate professional training and development, mentorship, community engagement and recruitment opportunities. The purpose is to identify, develop and empower “Emerging Leaders,” specifically minorities, small business owners and innovative professionals poised to move into the next level of community and business leadership.


  • Visit with community leaders and businesses
  • Professional and personal leadership development and civic engagement
  • Extensive networking with a diverse group of your peers
  • Discovering your strengths and learning how to apply them as a leader in your business and/or community


Sessions will last from 8 am – 1 pm. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.  

  • Tuesday, June 14th: Orientation & Reception

            Location: TBA

  • Wednesday, June 15th: Session 1- Retreat

            Chamber offices

  • Wednesday, July 13th: Session 2 – Technology, Innovation and Industry

OTIS, SiMT and Morning News

  • Wednesday, July 20th: Session 3 – Leadership Development

            North Dargan Innovation Center and several local businesses

  • Wednesday, August 3rd: Session 4 – Government/ Civic Engagement

            City Center, Floyd Conference Center at Carolinas Hospital and area Parks & Recreation Sites


Cost includes food and program materials. While many candidates are sponsored by their employer, a limited number of partial scholarships are available.

Non-profit rate: $200

Small/Minority Business rate: $250

Corporate rate: $500

For more information, contact: Les Echols, Director of Community & Minority Enterprise, Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. (843) 665-0515. Applications and further information available online by following the link below:

Emerging Leaders Registration