The Blood Connection Hosts Ribbon Cutting

The Blood Connection (TBC), a Greenville-based community blood center, officially opened a donation center in Florence on Tuesday, March 3rd with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  The ribbon cutting was hosted with the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. Its ambassadors joined the staff of The Blood Connection and others in the community for the celebration.  The newly renovated donation center includes a spacious waiting area, screening rooms, a four-bed donor room and refreshment area, all equipped with brand new equipment and furniture.

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We Are Sharing Hope SC Joins Florence Chamber

We Are Sharing Hope SC, South Carolina’s Organ and Tissue Services, celebrated joining the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 4th with a ribbon cutting in the courtyard at the Chamber in downtown Florence. Six members of the organization were joined by Chamber ambassadors for the ribbon cutting.  The nonprofit organization was founded in 1984 with the hope of advancing organ, eye and tissue donation transplantation and research in South Carolina. We Are Sharing Hope SC, has offices in three locations in South Carolina — Charleston, Columbia and Greenville.

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IntelAssist Holds Ribbon Cutting With The Chamber

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday, February 16th at the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the new membership of IntelAssist Inc.  Cutting the ribbon was Chris Stokes, the Director of Product Management. Taking part in the celebration was his wife, Ashley Stokes, Chamber ambassadors and Chamber staff.  IntelAssist was founded in 2007. IntelAssist is an offshore staffing business that hires people from the Philippines to fill positions such as nurses and other health care positions, engineers, construction industry and other jobs with highly trained individuals, Stokes said. He said they staff U.S.-based companies with educated and experienced professional employees in the Philippines.

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Retired Educator and Healthcare Organization Receive Marion Medallion Awards

A revered educator and community leader and a nonprofit health care organization — one dedicated to equal education for all children, the other dedicated to providing equal health care for all, regardless of ability to pay — were honored on Friday, February 26th as recipients of the 2021 Marion Medallions. Retired educator Allie Eugene Brooks Jr. of Florence and Florence-based nonprofit health care provider HopeHealth were recognized for their service to the community. The ceremony was held at the FMU Performing Arts Center.

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SC Vaccine Supplier Starts Upstate Production In May

As part of the company’s $114 million global expansion at six facilities in Europe and the United States announced in January, Pall Corp. selected Spartanburg as its newest biopharma manufacturing base. The $30.2 million investment at the 816 Berry Shoals Road site in Duncan, formerly known as “Project Stone,” is expected to create 425 jobs and start production in May, according to a news release.

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SC Tourism Revenues Down $5.2 Billion

South Carolina’s tourism revenues have dropped by $5.2 billion since February 2020, a 43% decrease year-over-year, according to data from Tourism Economics, a global tourism research and consulting company. For the week of Oct. 25-31, state visitor spending dropped 32% to $99 million compared to the same week in 2019. That was a $3 million decrease from the week ending Oct. 24. The state’s recorded hotel occupancy for the week ending Oct. 31 was 45.6%, 1.2 percent points above the national average, S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism said in its weekly update. Anderson County led the state at 72.7%, most likely because of visitors for Clemson University’s home football game.

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Florence Receives Highest Main Street America Status

Florence’s downtown is going Main Street.  The downtown development office announced Thursday, February 25th that it had received accreditation status from Main Street America via Main Street South Carolina.  “Downtown Florence has successfully demonstrated their thoughtful, intentional approach to strengthening their community,” said Jenny Boulware, Main Street South Carolina manager. “As an accredited Main Street America program Downtown Florence is being recognized for generating strong economic returns, preserving community character and celebrating local history. Main Street America Accredited communities are part of a powerful, impactful movement of asset-based, placemaking economic development.”


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Darlington Raceway To Have Limited Fans For NASCAR Weekend In May

As NASCAR returns to the track Too Tough to Tame at Darlington Raceway, the track will host a limited, reduced number of fans throughout the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR on the new spring race weekend of May 7-9.  Darlington Raceway will host the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series May 7 at 7:30 p.m., the NASCAR Xfinity Series May 8 at 1 p.m. and the NASCAR Cup Series on Mother’s Day, May 9 at 3:30 p.m.  The reduced capacity for the 2021 spring event weekend is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continues in accordance with enhanced safety protocols and procedures to provide a safe environment for fans, competitors, employees and industry personnel.

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HopeHealth At Francis Marion University Celebrates 10th Anniversary

HopeHealth at Francis Marion University celebrated the 10th anniversary of the partnership between HopeHealth and FMU as well as expansion of clinical and office space with a ribbon cutting Thursday, February 25th at 121 S. Evander Drive in Florence.  The partnership began with Dr. Paul DeMarco as the lone physician. Now he is joined by two HopeHealth nurse practitioners, Meagan Bennett and Regina Stanley, and FMU student health nurse practitioner Sharon Walters.

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Florence Chamber Makes SCORE Mentor-ship Available in The Pee Dee

SCORE PEE DEE is now made possible with the support of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. Florence is a terrific community in which to work and live and the Florence Chamber is privileged to be a vital part of so much that happens in our community. We’re like a neighbor to all; bringing news, activities and support to businesses across the Pee Dee region. The SCORE PEE DEE mentorship programs offer experts with experience in areas such as; accounting, finance, human resources, consulting, import/export, law, operations, production, retail, wholesale, manufacturing, sales, marketing, management, business plan preparation, strategic planning, and many other business disciplines. For more information, click on the link below or call the Chamber offices at 843-665-0515.

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