(image courtesy: FedEx.com)
Small Business Owners, check this out: FedEx is currently accepting applications in its Small Business Grant Contest, where you could win the grand prize of $25,000 for your business!
In addition, the company will give away several other grants to the runners-up. In total, the awards amount to $100,000.
During the Judging Period, the Top 600 entries will be judged by the sponsor of the contest or its designated representatives and narrowed down to 100 finalists. The sponsor will consider the following in determining the Top 100:
- Clear, compelling and engaging essay answers and video
- How Entrant proposes to use the Grant money
- Use of social media to develop Entrant’s brand voice, including use of visuals, cohesiveness, humor, engagement and uniqueness
- Website ease of navigation, ease of ordering services or products (if applicable), product availability (in stock or not, if applicable)
- How well the Entrant’s brand aligns with the FedEx brand
- Whether the Small Business Owner is prepared to be a Small Business Ambassador or mentor to other small businesses
Extra credit will be given for those Entrants exhibiting any of the following elements:
- Unique or innovative product or service offering
- Sustainability/environmentally friendly business
- Positive impact on the community
Sponsor will announce the Top 100 on or about June 20, 2016.
Click on the link below to find out more on how you can apply.
(images courtesy: FDTC Facebook)
Florence-Darlington Technical College graduated its biggest class yet on Thursday evening, with more than 500 students attending the ceremony.
FDTC President Ben Dillard said the majority of students included those who were either the first person in their family to graduate, an employee or a parent who pursued a degree.
According to the college’s website, 79% of full-time, first-time students at FDTC were awarded some sort of financial assistance to help them pay for college.
In addition, there are 22 FDTC programs that have at least a 75 percent student job placement rate upon graduation in a field related to their major.
The Chamber would like to congratulate all of those who worked so hard to earn their degrees and wish them continued success as they make our community an even better place to work and live.
You can read the full Morning News coverage of the graduation ceremony by clicking the link below:
(images courtesy: Joe Perry/ Morning News)
Thank you so much to everyone who attended the Florence Chamber’s 2016 Business & Networking Expo!
The event took place on Thursday, May 12th at the downtown studios of Reflection Images- Photography by Tracy Rowell.
If you’d like to view the full Morning News gallery from the event, click on the link below and make sure to follow and “like” the Florence Chamber on Facebook (Florence Chamber Facebook) to stay up-to-date on upcoming expos and events.
A big congratulations goes out to the inaugural class of Junior Leadership Florence County, who will graduate this evening!
The project is a joint partnership between the Clemson Extension Agency, the Florence Chamber and Francis Marion University and has been supported by many sponsors throughout the year.
We are very proud of the work that these young leaders have done and all that they will undoubtedly accomplish as the years go on. Congrats grads!!
For more information on Junior Leadership Florence County visit:
The City of Darlington got a big boost Wednesday morning as the new Walmart location officially opened its doors to the public.
The 122,000 square-foot supercenter will initially employ more than 200 people and is a project that’s many years in the making.
The store is located near the intersection of U.S. 52 (South Main Street) and South Governor Williams Highway (52 Bypass.)
Besides the Walmart, the center was expected to have up to 20,000 square feet of new retail shops and six outparcels available at the same intersection, according to previous reports.
Read the full article on Wednesday’s grand opening celebration by clicking on the link below:
From the Morning News: “Ground has been broken for a new fuel farm at Florence Regional Airport as fixed-base operator Precision Air looks to make its imprint with renovations and construction.Central to (the involved) changes are the new 40,000-gallon fuel farm that will include self-serve pumps for after-hours service of smaller planes.”
You can read more about the fuel farm and view the article on the exciting developments by clicking on the link below:
The Florence Chamber officially welcomed Vivid Network Solutions with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 10th in the James Allen Courtyard downtown.
Vivid is a professional firm specializing in LAN/WAN integration with focus areas in Networking, Security, Managed Services and PC/Laptop Repair. The company also specializes in the Healthcare Vertical and the SMB space.
To find out more about Vivid, give them a call at: (843) 601-2026, shoot them an email at email@example.com or check out their website at:
To see the entire Facebook album of the ribbon cutting visit:
From the Morning News: The City of Florence has approved an initial agreement for “The Grove at Ebenezer,” a 240-acre development that will bring with it 55 single residential lots and commercial developments and will potentially tie into the planned soccer complex and the rail trail. The development will go up near the intersection of Ebenezer and Pine Needle Roads in Florence. Full details can be found in the link below:
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