SC Economists Estimate Increase in State Revenue

Last week, the South Carolina Board of Economic Advisors (BEA) increased the state’s revenue estimates by an additional $4.628 billion in forecasted recurring and nonrecurring revenues for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 fiscal years.

The increase is due to three major tax categories being above normal ranges: Sales, Individual Income, and Corporate Income Tax. The BEA’s announcement gives the Legislature more flexibility in crafting the government’s budget.

Frank Rainwater, executive director of the state Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office, said the state is going through unusual growth rates and expects the economy to level off at some point.

This better-than-anticipated economic news encouraged Governor McMaster and other Republican leaders to propose further tax cuts. 

Invitations to SC Tech & CyberSecure SC at the SiMT

SiMT is co-hosting a SC Tech and CyberSecureSC event with the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness on March 29th from 1-3 at the SiMT. It’s a “listening tour.” They are meeting around the state to brainstorm with business and industry and get a grasp on where the state stands with respect to cybersecurity, talent, and other issues; as well as how to improve security.

We want to make the Pee Dee Region’s needs evident. Please reach out to Tressa Gardner at SiMT for more information and your hopeful participation –

Chamber’s Spring Golf Classic Set For May 5

Join us for a day of golf at the Florence Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Golf Classic at the Traces Golf Club on Thursday, May 5th. This year’s Spring Golf Classic is being sponsored by Raldex Hospitality.  Lunch begins at 11:00 a.m. and tee off at noon.  Each registered golfer will be entered into a drawing to participate in a $25,000 cash shoot out!

Click here to download a registration form.

1st Tee Thursdays

Join RedSilk Media on Thursday, March 3rd from 5:00 – 9:00 PM at the 19th Green Indoor Golf Center for Business Networking Over Golf. Cost is $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.  This is a recurring event that takes place the first Thursday of each month.

To view the full flyer, click here.

Chamber’s Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon Set

The Greater Florence Chamber will again host its’ popular Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon on Wednesday, April 27th at the Florence Center. The festivities will begin at 11:00 am with many fun vendor exhibits sharing small gifts. The lunch will be served starting at 12:00 noon. The event is full of great door prizes and giveaways. Businesses can reward staff with a great lunch, while they hear an amusing message from this year’s speaker, Ron Glancy. His topic will be, Funny Things That Came My Way.

The Administrative Day Luncheon has been a favorite with area businesses and office managers to honor administrative professionals by treating them to a fun extended lunch event and an entertaining program in recognition of their contributions throughout the year.  There are more than 4.1 million administrative assistants in the United States making it one of the largest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays.

More than a dozen business vendors will be at the event sharing giveaways and displaying their products and services.  Tickets are $30 for Chamber members and $40 for non-members. Reserved tables are also available.

To register online, click here.

State Tax Relief Talks Get Serious

Dueling proposals to address South Carolina’s tax climate were released last week as lawmakers learned that the state has a more significant amount of surplus revenue than initially forecasted. On Tuesday, Governor Henry McMaster and members of House Republican leadership, including Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Darlington), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Murrell Smith (R-Sumter), and Majority Leader Gary Simrill (R-York), released a proposal that would simplify the state’s tax code and reduce the top marginal individual income tax rate.

The proposal would collapse the current six income tax brackets into two, with earners of $16,040 or less paying a rate of 3% immediately and earners of $16,040 or more paying a rate of 6.5%. Additionally, the 6.5% rate would be reduced to 6% over five years. Currently, South Carolina has the highest marginal individual income tax rate (7%) in the southeast.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Harvey Peeler (R-Cherokee) introduced his comprehensive tax relief bill (S.1087) on Thursday with many Republican and Democratic co-sponsors. Items in his proposal include:

  • An immediate reduction of the top marginal individual income tax rate from 7% to 5.7%
  • An immediate deduction of all military retirement income from South Carolina taxable income
  • A lowering of the industrial property tax rate from 10.5% to 6% while keeping the current fee in lieu system in place
  • A Taxpayer Rebate Fund and an allocation of $1 billion to the fund for a one-time rebate to taxpayers.

Leadership Florence Class Visits Columbia

Leadership Florence had the opportunity to join a tour of the SC State House and meet with Governor Henry McMaster and Representatives Phillip Lowe, Roger Kirby and Robert Williams.

The class heard from Madeline McGee of Together SC and Cynthia Bennett of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

The day ended with an informational tour of Williams-Brice Stadium.

The School Foundation Gala Set For March 24

The 21st annual School Foundation gala will be held on March 24, 2022. Francis S. (Bo) Godbold, a 1961 graduate of McClenaghan High School, is this year’s honoree. He is the Vice-Chairman of the board at Raymond James Financial, Inc., and a trustee-emeritus of Georgia Tech Foundation, Incorporated. Make your reservation today.

For more information, click here.

Growing Your Business Webinar March 10

Do you want to expand your business but don’t know how to finance that growth? Could your cash flow be better managed? Is new equipment, additional staff or a different location part of your future?

BB&T now Truist would like to help you grow your business. This Growing Your Business webinar will share ways to make sure your business is ready for growth. This webinar will discuss separation of business from personal finances, credit and borrowing options, accepting payments, insurance solutions, and more.

To join this webinar on March 10th at 11:30, click here:
Join WebEx meeting
Meeting number (access code): 2535 481 4819
Meeting password: HrWU8VBUw36 (47988828 from phones) 

Rural Spotlight: Promoting Small Business Development in South Carolina

Richmond Fed Research provides the latest economic analysis and data from the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. In their recent, Feb 16  podcast, Tressa Gardner, Associate Vice President of the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology provided an overview of what SiMT, the Gould Incubator and other programs that it operates, are doing in supporting small business development in Northeastern South Carolina. Check it out by clicking here.