FDTC to Host Monthly Employers’ Toolbox Series

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Join FDTC for their upcoming Employer Toolbox Series! Meeting once monthly,the series will begin with a networking breakfast followed by a seminar on a relevant human resources topic. The series kicks off on September 15th and concludes in April of next year. You can get more details or register to take part by contacting Amy McDaniel at FDTC Corporate & Workforce Development at (843) 413-2715 or amy.mcdaniel@fdtc.edu.

McLeod Health Earns 24 National Awards

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McLeod Health earned 24 national awards that were unveiled Tuesday as the healthcare system took top honors in several areas.

From the Morning News:

“Charles Bethea, chairman of Mcleod’s board of trustees, said such accomplishments are ” the culmination of a laser-sharp focus on continuous improvement on the quality and safety of everything we do at McLeod.”

Bethea welcomed a room full of people at lunchtime Tuesday to celebrate the national awards bestowed upon the health care system, and was quick to give credit to the culture that’s shaped a winning workforce.

“Every morning our folks get up looking to find ways to provide a better service to our patients and families,” he said. “It’s a culture and an ongoing way of life that continues to deliver outstanding benefit to our Pee Dee community and the citizens.” Bethea asked those present to “share with me the great pride we have in this institution,” and see that McLeod remains the true choice for medical excellence.

Dr. Dale Lusk welcomed everyone to “our pause for celebration,” as he acknowledged the many people present who “made a huge difference in the health and well-being of those who we serve.”

“It’s to you we owe the most accolades to,” said Lusk, vice president of McLeod Medical Services. He noted that those who received the award represent “a huge number of those who are sitting in the audience today as well.”

Lusk said that when Dr. F.H. McLeod opened an infirmary in 1906, “his vision was to bring the best of the best.”

“Today it’s fitting that we remember that. And celebrate as we have made huge strides,” he said.

From nurses and technical support to grounds staff and food service, Lusk underscored the different roles played in bringing about “a team effort.”

“That is a hallmark of what we do here at McLeod Regional Medical Center,” he said. “Our mantra is that it’s physician led, evidence-based and data-driven, so these awards are a culmination of those efforts.”

Healthgrades, the Colorado-based ratings organization bestowing the awards, sees 1.2 million visitors each day to its website, said Katharine Mongoven, Healthgrades’ associate director of quality solutions. She said the idea is to provide patients “with tools and information” to help them make an informed decision on where to seek medical care.”

You can read more about the honors by clicking on the link below and viewing the full article on SCnow.com:

SCnow.com web article- McLeod Honors

Register Your Team or Sign Up as a Sponsor for the 2016 Fall Golf Classic

Don’t miss your chance to take part in the premier golf event of the season- the Chamber’s 2016 Fall Golf Classic on Thursday, October 6th!
Register your team now or sign up as a sponsor and get the chance to mingle with members of the Pee Dee business community.
You can get all of the details on the event’s Facebook page by clicking on the picture link below. You can also go straight to the page on our website to sign up by following this link:
We can’t wait to see you there!!

Oktoberfest Set for October 8th in Downtown Florence

From our friends at Downtown Florence:
“The date is set for the 4th Annual Downtown Florence Oktoberfest! Join us for a fun evening filled with German-themed entertainment, libations, and more!

The event will take place on Saturday, October 8th from 5:30-10 pm in Downtown Florence.

Stay tuned for our full event schedule, and in the meantime, our food and arts + crafts vendor applications are open on our website:

www.florencedowntown.com “

City Accepting Vendor Applications for 2016 Pecan Festival

The City of Florence is currently accepting vendor applications for the upcoming Pecan Festival that will take place on November 5th.

Vendor spaces are extremely limited and the crowds for this annual, downtown event tend to be huge, so apply early to snag your spot!

The SC Pecan Festival is hosted by the Florence Downtown Development Corporation and The City of Florence.

The festival is on THE  FIRST SATURDAY OF NOVEMBER EACH YEAR in Downtown Florence.

City officials say crowds for the festival are estimated at more than 50,000 and this year’s event will feature live entertainment with more than 250 food & craft vendors, special art demonstrations, a free Kids’ Zone, amusement rides, an antique tractor show, car show & competition, a cook-off competition, chalk art competition, corn hole competition, 10K, 5k, and Half Marathon Races, a Half Metric Century Bike Ride and much, much, more!

Click below to find out more about the event and how you can apply to become a vendor:

2016 Pecan Festival

YP of Florence Kick-Off Tailgate this Thursday at Muscovy’s

Join the Young Professionals of Florence now and get access to the Kick-Off Tailgate event and all other events of the 2016-2017 season, for only $35! You can become a YP member by clicking this link:

Become a member of YP:
Young Professionals of Florence Registration

You can find out more about the YPF Tailgate Kick-Off coming up on Thursday, by clicking the link below and visiting the FB event page. We hope to see you there!!

More information on the event:
Join YPF on Thursday, September 1 to kick off the 2016 college football season during the USC v. Vanderbilt game!

YPF Members get in FREE!!!
Tickets for Non-Members are $30 for 1 or $50 for 2

Prettier than Matt will be playing before the game and during half-time.

Event will take place in the open lot adjacent to Muscovy’s – bring your own tent and tailgate supplies to represent your favorite team (does not have to be USC or Vanderbilt!!!).

Contest for FAVORITE FAN! Winner will receive 2 tickets to the Darlington Bojangles Southern 500 NASCAR race (winner to be announced after the game).

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Honda of SC Announces $45 Million Expansion

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From the Morning News:

TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. — Honda of South Carolina announced Thursday that it is making a $45 million investment with a 115,000-square-foot-expansion that will bring 250 new jobs.

Growing to meet demand for Honda’s side-by-side vehicles produced exclusively in its South Carolina plant required a focus on creating a more flexible and efficient production facility, said Gary Mabrey, president of Honda of South Carolina Mfg. Inc.

“The step-by-step growth of o ur operations in South Carolina is really a testament to our outstanding associates and the great products they create for our customers every day,” he said. Company officials said that prior to Thursday’s announcement, Honda had invested $93 million and added 150 new jobs in South Carolina over the past five years related to side-by-side production alone. Honda of South Carolina is the exclusive global producer of Honda Pioneer side-by-sides, including the 500, 700 and 1000 series models. The expansion focuses on the paint, weld, final assembly and material service areas as the company looked to improve manufacturing efficiency, parts flow and logistics.

“Our associates are very proud of the ATV and SxS products we make at Honda of South Carolina. This investment and plant expansion reaffirms our commitment to our customers, the state of South Carolina, and our local communities,” Mabrey said in the announcement.

State Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. hailed it as “outstanding news” for Florence County and South Carolina.

“ We applaud Honda of South Carolina for their continued product line and workforce growth — both boldly underline that Florence County is at the forefront of economic growth,” Leatherman said. Congratulations Honda of South Carolina.”

Florence County Council Chairman Roger Poston said the investment “is a testament to Florence County’s economic vitality and strong workforce.”

“Honda of South Carolina’s expansion announcement is great news. Quality, associates, and customer satisfaction is what Honda is all about,” said Frank J. “Buddy” Brand, Florence County Economic Development Partnership chairman. “We congratulate everyone involved and look forward to Honda’s continued success in Florence County.”

Gov. Nikki Haley called Honda a “fantastic partner for nearly two decades,” and characterized news of the expansion as “another huge win for team South Carolina.”

World-class manufacturing firms continue to thrive in South Carolina, said Bobby Hitt, S.C. secretary of commerce, and bring new jobs to all corners of the state. He offered congratulations and said he looks forward to the company’s continued success in Florence County.”

Read the full article by clicking on the link below:

SCnow.com web article- Honda of SC Expansion

12th Annual Car Hauler Parade & Festival Set for Next Week


The 12th annual Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Festival will take place next week and will feature all kinds of fun at the Florence Civic Center and the Darlington Raceway! The Civic Center portion kicks off at 4 pm on Thursday, Sept. 1 and will have a Kids’ Zone, live music and even a game truck!

The Car Hauler Parade will leave the Civic Center at 7 pm, head through Darlington’s Square where a RaceFest event will be taking place and will eventually arrive at the track leading up to the Bojangle’s Southern 500.

You can get all of the details on the event by clicking the link below:
Darlington Car Hauler Parade Website

YP & Chamber Lunch and Learn: Fair Labor Standards Act Second Session

Thanks again to everyone who attended our second Young Professionals and Florence Chamber Lunch & Learn on the new Fair Labor Standards Act.
We’d also like to offer a big thank you to Reynolds Williams and Mark Buyck who presented details on how the new overtime rule will impact area business owners.
You can view the full album from the event by clicking here:
You can find more information on the FLSA by clicking the link below:

Dale Carnegie Business Training to Take Place in Florence


A Dale Carnegie Course Free Session will be held on September 20th from 5pm to 7:30pm at SiMT, 1951 Pisgah Rd. Florence, SC 29501.

Session 1 will start the following Tuesday and continue for 8 weeks.

The Dale Carnegie Course is an organizational communication training programs that works to boost employee engagement levels.
According to the course organizer’s website, the “effective communication training course will help you master the human relation skills demanded in today’s tough business environment. You’ll learn to improve human relations skills, increase communication effectiveness, strengthen interpersonal relationships, manage stress and handle fast-changing workplace conditions. You’ll develop more effective communication skills and be better equipped to perform as a persuasive communicator, problem-solver and focused leader. What’s more, you develop a take-charge attitude to initiate with confidence and enthusiasm.”
For more information on the Dale Carnegie Course offerings, visit: