Entries by Bailey Avent

Senator Tim Scott, SC Chamber Take Questions from Business Owners About Economic Stimulus Package

by Cameron Crowe U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce held a teleconference to answer questions from state business owners on the economic relief package passed last week in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A big topic Scott discussed was the paycheck protection program, which is an SBA loan that is […]

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or […]

Pee Dee Regional Transit Authority to Discontinue Bus Service to Myrtle Beach Due to Covid-19 Threat

by WMBF News Staff Members of the Pee Dee Regional Transit Authority will discontinue its bus service to the Grand Strand in light of the threat from the coronavirus. “Due to the effects of the COVID-19 virus on the hospitality industry in Horry County, PDRTA believes it prudent to discontinue bus service between both Marion […]

Florence Chamber of Commerce Urges People to Support Small Businesses

by Cameron Crowe The Florence Chamber of Commerce is urging people to support small businesses during this uncertain time. The President of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Mike Miller spoke about Florence’s small businesses and some of the government assistance they need. The U.S. Small Business Administration approved Governor McMaster’s request Friday morning to […]

Gov Henry McMaster Allowing Curbside Sale of Beer and Wine by Restaurants During COVID-19 Closures

WMBF News Staff In an effort to help restaurants hit hardest by the shutdowns imposed amid concerns surrounding the coronavirus, the Palmetto State is relaxing regulations surrounding alcohol sales. Gov. Henry McMaster made the announcement Saturday, issuing an executive order “which directs the Department of Revenue to waive additional regulations in order to allow restaurants […]

Renovations for Carolina Theater

by Matthew Christian The historic Carolina Theater could soon become the next building to be renovated in downtown Florence. Florence City Manager Drew Griffin and Assistant City Manager Kevin V. Yokim presented information to the Florence City Council about a planned bond issue soon to be before the council for approval. The potential $31.5 million […]

Florence Chamber Still Assisting Members with Hurricane Relief Tax Credit

The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce has a free program to assist members in the evaluation of available Federal Hurricane Relief Tax Credits. On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 1865 (116)).  The tax relief legislation includes an employee retention credit to encourage employers affected by Hurricane […]