Harvest Hope Volunteer Event

Harvest Hope invites you and your family to join them for a Volunteer Event on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:00 – 11:00 AM to help pack food boxes, assist in product rescue, and learn about the many ways the food bank partners with the community.

For more information, click here.

New Faces, Same Service At SPC Credit Union

The SPC Credit Union team is thrilled to introduce four new additions to its community-oriented team. SPC firmly believes that these individuals bring immense value to the organization, as well as to its members, business partners, and surrounding communities.

Neil Jackson is SPC’s new Residential & Commercial Lending Manager based in the Hartsville office. Neil brings more than 16 years of experience in the mortgage and lending industry to the team and is eager to contribute to SPC’s growth in Hartsville.

Carmen Jackson joins the team as a Residential Lending Manager in the Hartsville office. Carmen is a Hartsville native who has spent more than twenty years of her career helping to fulfill the financial needs of individuals in our community.

In addition to Neil and Carmen, SPC has added two more members to the team through the institution’s partnership with IBS (Innovative Business Solutions), a credit-union owned service organization that supports the organization’s commercial underwriting and reporting. As a part of this relationship, SPC is pleased to introduce Jonathan Chandler and Jalaysha Bright.

To read the full press release, click here.

USC To Host Economic Outlook Conference

The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina is set to host their 43rd Annual Economic Outlook Conference on Tuesday, December 5th, 2023. This event will delve into topics related to South Carolina’s economy such as the rate of economic growth, unemployment levels in the state, infrastructure development, inflation, interest rates, and much more.

Experts from around the Palmetto State will be in attendance to address what the S.C. and U.S. economies are likely to look like in the coming year. Attendees have the option to attend this event either virtually or in person, and all can expect to receive eye-opening information on the state of our state’s economy through different presentations, panels, and Q&A opportunities.

To register for this event, please click here.

Inflation Cools in October

In a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) last week, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed that inflation slowed during the month of October, even decreasing in many areas. From September to October of last year, overall inflation rose 3.2 percent compared to 2023 when no increase was recorded during the same time period. Food and energy prices, also known as core inflation, were only 0.2 percent last month, which is slightly lower than the two months prior. Specifically, the energy index fell 2.5 percent which included a 5 percent decline in the gasoline index. Inflation for all items other than food and energy also slowed from months prior with only a 0.2 percent increase being seen in October.

To read the full story, click here.

State Economists Issue Updated Revenue Forecast

Last week, the South Carolina Board of Economic Advisors (BEA) issued revised General Fund revenue forecasts for FY2023-24 and FY2024-25. Thanks to continued economic growth and prosperity throughout South Carolina, the state’s General Fund revenues continue to exceed expectations prompting the BEA to raise its estimates for both fiscal years.

For FY2023-24, the BEA increased its estimate by $426.8 million to $12.89 billion. The new estimate for this fiscal year will leave state budget writers with a one-time surplus of $448.1 million. Combined with the prior year’s surplus and the FY2023-24 Capital Reserve Fund, lawmakers will have $896.1 million in one-time funds available to appropriate for non-recurring purposes.

For FY2024-25, the BEA increased its forecast to $13.21 billion meaning that budget writers will likely have $673.1 million in new recurring revenues to appropriate during this year’s budget process. The BEA notes that the growth projected in the revised FY2024-25 revenue forecast “…is sufficient to trigger the next individual income tax rate reduction from 6.4 to 6.3 percent for tax year 2024.”

Key contributors to the continued stronger than expected revenue collections include wage growth, sales tax collections, and corporate income tax collections. More information on the revised forecast can be found here.

FMU PAC Presents A Christmas Concert December 3rd

Join FMU at the Performing Arts Center on Sunday, December 3rd at 4:00 PM as the various performance ensembles of the FMU Music Industry program will join forces for a bit of holiday hoopla! Tickets are available to FMU students, faculty, and staff at no charge upon showing an FMU ID. Tickets to the general public are $10, as space allows.

For more information, click here.

QUICK CLIPS Joins Florence Chamber Of Commerce

QUICK CLIPS unveils its Stylish Haven for Effortless Grooming in Florence along with its owners Clayton Powell, Michael Player, their staff, family, friends and Chamber Ambassadors cut their ribbon joining the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.

QUICK CLIPS, the epitome of efficient grooming, proudly announces the grand opening of its brand-new salon in Florence, SC. Nestled at 2112 S. Irby Street Suite B on the entrance/exit to Walmart, their salon is set to redefine your grooming experience, ensuring precision haircuts that align with your budget.

At QUICK CLIPS, they specialize in delivering top-notch looks that won’t break the bank. Their team of skilled and experience stylists provide personalized and stylish cuts that exceed your expectations. Whether you’re looking for a classic trim or a trendy makeover, they have you covered.

To read the full story, click here.

SC Works To Hold Job Fair At McClenaghan

SC Works will be hosting a job fair at the McClenaghan Building (500 S Dargan St, Room 301) on Wednesday, November 29th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Interviews for Veterans Only will be held from 9:00 – 9:30 AM.  The event is open to students, service members, veterans and the general public. For more information, call (843) 519-1245.

Volunteers Needed For United Way Of Florence County’s VITA Program

In partnership with the IRS, United Way of Florence County’s VITA site offers free tax services to people who need assistance in preparing their tax returns.

United Way of Florence County plans to open its site on January 22, 2024 through April 5, 2024.  In past years, the site has operated from 1-4pm Monday through Thursday by appointment only.  Depending on volunteer availability, the hours may vary week to week.

United Way of Florence County’s site has a need for volunteers in the following positions:

  • Greeter/Screener (also known as an intake questioner)
  • Basic Tax Preparer – assists individuals with basic tax returns
  • Advanced Tax Preparer – assists individuals with more advanced returns

*At least two advanced preparers are needed to operate, so volunteering for this position increases United Way’s capacity to serve more people.

If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Deb Mantone at dmantone@uwflorence.org or 843-662-2407.

Ice Skating Returning To Florence Center

Ice Skating is back at the Florence Center from December 15-21!

Lace up your skates and join us for a week of winter wonder and festive fun! Glide into the holiday spirit with friends and family at the coolest spot in town. Mark your calendars and get ready to make magical memories on the ice!