Entries by Bailey Avent

Griffin: Great Deeds Have Improved the City

by Matthew Christian Florence City Manager Drew Griffin stood in the corner of a plaza on South Dargan Street that was named after him and took stock of the city’s revitalization efforts. Speaking at the dedication of the plaza, Griffin credited the councils he has worked with, his staff, his friends and his peers. Those […]

GEICO Joins Chamber

by Ardie Arvidson Geico in Florence has joined the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. To mark the occasion, a ribbon cutting was held Tuesday with chamber ambassadors joining the celebration. Roger Armfield is the local Geico owner. The insurance company is at 2151 W. Evans St., Suite D. Geico has been in Florence for approximately […]

Fall Chamber Classic Was a Success

The Chamber Staff wants to thank all of our sponsors and players who helped make our 2019 Fall Classic a huge success! Especially Raldex Hospitality for being the overall sponsor. We also want to congratulate our winners: Coming in First Place was Synovus And in Second Place was Carolina Bank

Chamber Membership Luncheon Set for Thursday

by Ardie Arvidson The 2019 Business Person of the Year will be revealed and Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela will speak about the state of the city of Florence and its current growth plans at the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Fall Membership Luncheon on Thursday at the Florence Center. The Business Person of the Year […]

Big Plans at Sneed as Principal Proposes a STEM Magnet Middle School

by Lauren Owens Fellows in Education participants heard Sneed Middle School Principal Bentley Oates talk Tuesday about his plans for a STEM magnet middle school at Sneed. The Fellows in Education program is sponsored by Florence One Schools, The School Foundation and the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. The program allows businesses and community leaders […]

“Money Saver” Thrift Store Joins Chamber of Commerce

by Ardie Arvidson Brenda’s “Money Saver” Thrift Store at 1553 W. Palmetto St. in Florence held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning to celebrate its opening and membership into the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. Chamber ambassadors joined owner Brenda Branham and her staff for the occasion. It is a family-run business with Branham’s sister, Laurie […]

Restaurant Opens on East Palmetto Street

by Ardie Arvidson A new restaurant has opened on East Palmetto Street, across from the S.C. Highway Department. A ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce took place Monday morning for Qulture Bistro at 3027 E. Palmetto St., which celebrated the restaurant’s membership in the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. Owner Consuelo Casey […]

Chamber Announces 2020 Leadership Florence Class

From Staff Reports The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce has announced the beginning of its largest Leadership Florence class ever, with 43 participants in the Class of 2020. Leadership Florence is a comprehensive nine-month program designed to motivate and cultivate leadership for the Florence area. Participants will attend various events during the program that will […]

Local Leaders Get to See Day-to-Day School Operations with Fellows in Education

From Staff Reports The Fellows in Education program, designed to give business and community leaders a unique, behind-the-scenes look into Florence One schools, is preparing for its fifth year. The program is a partnership between the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce, Florence One Schools and The School Foundation. “Having our community leaders visit today’s classrooms […]