Delta Building System Holds Ribbon Cutting

Delta Building System owners Hunter Long, Jody Kelly, Keith Hill along with their wives, staff, friends, and Chamber Ambassadors attend ribbon cutting for the opening of their new facility at 3116 N Sally Hill Rd, Timmonsville, SC 29161.

Delta Building Systems has built its reputation by providing quality workmanship and competitive pricing to new construction ventures. Their project abilities run the gamut. They range from industrial to retail and from office buildings to factories – both large and small, simple, and complex. They have an unlimited license as general contractors. This means they can serve in multiple capacities to fulfill your new construction projects from design to final construction.

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The Florence 1 Schools Job Fair – Drop In

Drop in on Tuesday, November 7th from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for the Florence 1 Schools Fall Job Fair event. It will be held at the McClenaghan Building, 500 South Dargan Street.

Custodians, Maintenance Workers, Classroom Assistants, Transportation, and others are the positions for which Florence 1 Schools is hiring.

Tax Foundation Releases 2024 State Business Tax Climate Index

Last week, the Tax Foundation published its annual State Business Tax Climate Index, which compares states on several key tax metrics including corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales and excise taxes, property and wealth taxes, and unemployment insurance taxes. The Index is relied upon by policymakers and advocates to understand how their state’s tax code stacks up relative to peer states and identify areas for improvement.

South Carolina saw modest improvement in its overall tax climate ranking in this year’s version of the Index, going from 31st to 29th. This marks the first time that the Palmetto State’s ranking has dipped into the twenties since 2014.

Looking across the Southeast, South Carolina’s overall tax climate ranking rests squarely in the middle of neighboring states with Florida and North Carolina both inside the top ten at 4th and 9th respectively, Tennessee at 15th, Georgia at 32nd and Alabama at 39th.

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Chamber Participates In Alfred Rush Academy Presentation

The Greater Florence Chamber joined SC Works on October 11th and 16th to present to over 60 students at Alfred E Rush Academy. The presentations provided positive motivation for Rush Academy students to learn about career skills, opportunities and professionalism from local leaders, professionals and educators.

AI Workshop Series

Join the FMU Kelley Center for Economic Development for their upcoming workshop series: AI for Small Business. The first two sessions will be held virtually on the first two Tuesdays in November and the final session will be a hands-on workshop on the last Tuesday of November. The fee to register is $35 per session and all registered attendees will receive a recording of the session and any presentation materials.

Artificial intelligence (AI) Chatbots like ChatGPT have taken the world by storm. With over 100 million users in less than two months, it is the fastest-growing computer application to hit the world, EVER! It continues to grow exponentially not only in the number of users but in its power and flexibility. In these sessions, we will share with you some background information to understand this amazing tool while also sharing insights about applying its power directly in your small business. We will discover the opportunities and limitations of this life-changing resource as we “go live” in asking questions (prompting) and getting answers that could help us all be better at what we do. Join us to discover what ChatGPT can do for you, your organizations, and the customers you serve.

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HopeHealth Earns Gold Status For Advocacy Efforts

HopeHealth has been named a Gold Level Advocacy Center of Excellence by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), one of only two Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in South Carolina to earn this status.

The Advocacy Center of Excellence (ACE) program recognizes and rewards Community Health Centers that demonstrate excellence in formalizing their advocacy program to make it an integral, institutional part of their health center operations. These Community Health Centers create a culture of advocacy to ensure policymakers at all levels of government commit to investing in the affordable, equitable, and innovative care they provide.

As a Gold ACE, HopeHealth serves as an example to other organizations striving to achieve advocacy excellence. Ken Burgess, chief operating officer, shared, “I’m proud of our organization for achieving Gold level ACE status. We work every day to live out our mission statement, committing to excellence through service that exemplifies love for people and passion for their well-being.”

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St. Anthony Catholic School Unveils New Prayer Garden

This fall, St. Anthony Catholic School’s prayer garden was renewed with blooming flowers, a fountain, saint statues, and a pathway with benches for all to use for prayer and to enjoy God’s creation. As a part of the St. Anthony School Advisory Catholic Identity Committee, the garden was conceptualized to give the ability to reveal Christ to students, teachers, parishioners, and parents making sure our Catholic traditions are visible outside of our school campus.

“This garden is a visual that represents an extension of our school’s pillars: faith, family, knowledge, and service. We wanted these core values that are present inside of our buildings to reflect outside of our building in a space that celebrates beauty and creation,” shared Principal Kristine Galemmo.

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CARE House Of The Pee Dee Joins Santa In Spreading Holiday Cheer

Santa’s helpers at the CARE House of the Pee Dee brighten the Holiday Season with Letters from Santa campaign through December 1, 2023.

The CARE House of the Pee Dee is kicking off their annual Letters from Santa campaign, a fundraiser in which children receive personalized letters – and Nice List Certificates – from Santa Claus with the help of the elves at the CARE House. The tradition, which benefits the work of the local Children’s Advocacy Center, started in 2016 and has become a seasonal favorite for many local families and children in foster care.

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Cumulus Media Business Boost Event

Don’t miss the chance to attend the Boost Your Business Seminar, a free and exclusive event for entrepreneurs like you!

This is a rare opportunity to learn from the best in the industry how to take your business to the next level. Whether you want to grow, maintain, or manage your business, you will get valuable insights and tips from professional online business experts. And you don’t have to pay anything to attend this seminar!

The event will take place on Thursday Nov 16th in the Community Room at the Florence Chamber of Commerce (100 W Evans St). There will be two sessions: 9:15 am and 12:00 noon. The event is hosted by Cumulus Media & The Florence Chamber of Commerce. You will also enjoy a light breakfast in the morning session and a Jimmy John’s lunch in the noon session.

But wait, there’s more! You will also have a chance to win amazing door prizes.  Also a chance to win $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 advertising campaigns.   And that’s not all, you will also get access to special incentives if you sign up for our programs. This is an incredible opportunity to boost your business and network with other successful entrepreneurs

To RSVP, email Ted Becker at or Dennis Bankson at today! Hurry, space is limited! Ted and Dennis are looking forward to seeing you there!

Fellows in Education Visit Lucy T. Davis Elementary School

On October 10th, Lucy T. Davis Principal Mrs. Sonya Graves, along with staff and students, welcomed the 2023-2024 Fellows in Education group as they enjoyed a special lunch, classroom passports and guided travel around the school sharing the school vision of being a system of excellence and equity in educational practices for each learner.

Each month’s program centers on a different educational experience that is unique to the classroom. It offers opportunities for community leaders to contribute to the development of better education policies in the communities in which they live and work.

The Fellows in Education Program is a partnership between The School Foundation, Florence 1 Schools and The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.

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