Florence Chamber’s Emerging Leaders Program Coming this Summer

From Staff Reports

The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its 2019 Emerging Leaders Summer Business Institute.

This five-session summer program runs from June until August and is designed to identify, develop and empower local “Emerging Leaders.” Specifically, this program, sponsored by Wells Fargo, can be helpful for minority professionals, small business owners and innovative professionals poised to move on to the next level of community and business leadership.

The chamber is seeking individuals or company representatives who want to be more actively engaged in the Greater Florence community through unique leadership practices and experiences. Attendees will gain valuable opportunities to expand their sphere of influence and professional contacts.

Program strategies include visiting with community leaders and businesses, professional and personal leadership development and civic engagement, extensive networking with a diverse group of peers and discovering strengths and learning how to apply them as a business or community leader.

The program dates are June 18 (orientation and reception at the Florence chamber offices); June 19 (retreat at the Florence chamber offices); July 17 (technology, innovation and industry at various locations); July 24 (leadership development at various locations); and Aug. 7 (government/civic engagement at various locations.

Most sessions will last from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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

The nonprofit rate is $225. The small/minority business rate is $250. The corporate rate is $500.

For more information, contact Les Echols, the director of community and minority enterprise with the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce, at 843-665-0515.

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