Information Session Held On SCORE Mentor-ship

On Tuesday, May 11th the Florence Chamber held an informational session on how seasoned business leaders could learn more about volunteering and sharing their business experience to help area small startup businesses. This effort was made possible by the new Pee Dee branch of SCORE which provides support for new and existing small businesses in the area. Small businesses need help now more than ever. As our small business communities recover from the pandemic, local volunteers can be a part of helping them return as a prosperous and thriving establishment. Jim Helfgott, SCORE Grand Strand Chapter Chair, helped conduct the meeting, along with local business owner and Chamber chair, Mike Reichenbach. The local SCORE Pee Dee Branch offices are located at the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce – 100 West Evans Street in Downtown Florence. For more information on SCORE mentorship, please contact the Chamber at 843-665-0515 or click here: https://grandstrand.score.org/peedee

Camellia’s Home Care Holds Ribbon Cutting

Camellia’s Home Care celebrated its membership in the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, May 11th with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Owner Shiandra Davis cut the ribbon and celebrated with family, friends and Chamber staff and ambassadors. The non-medical home care business is located at 3656 S. Irby St. in Florence. Davis said she provides non-medical home care services, catering to the disability and senior community. She works with a staff of five, including nurses and personal care aides.

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Influence Digital Agency Holds Ribbon Cutting with Florence Chamber

Influence Digital Agency celebrated its Florence connection and joining the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce on Monday, May 3rd. The ribbon cutting was held in the James Allen Plaza on Dargan Street. Joining owner Lance Lewis were Chamber staff, Chamber Ambassadors and Josh Richardson, Sales Director, and Richardson’s wife, Erika. Influence Digital Agency is a small ad agency focusing on small to medium size businesses based in North and South Carolina, Lewis said. The company was established in North Carolina and most recently branched out into the Florence area. Lewis said 100 percent of their focus is on the Florence market at this time. Richardson will be serving the Florence/Myrtle Beach area. He has nearly 25 years of digital advertising sales. Lewis said Richardson previously worked for one of the top three media groups. He said Richardson’s experience in digital advertising will be invaluable to this area.

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Leadership Florence Class Helps Community Nonprofits During COVID For Service Project

The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Florence class is forging ahead despite the COVID-19 pandemic with its service project this year. Members have benefited in many ways from participating in Leadership Florence. Some have had to restrict their attendance to Zoom while others have had limited interaction. The 2020-2021 class is working on a “Helping Florence Bounce Back” donation drive. The donation drive continues until May 21 and is the class project for this year’s Leadership Florence group. The class has collection bins at more than 70 locations throughout Florence to collect everything from personal hygiene items to school supplies. The supply drive will culminate in a Leadership Day of Service from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 22, at First Presbyterian Church, located at 700 S. Park Ave.

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Notch 8 Catering Hosted A Business After Hours on April 29th

The first Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours since the COVID-19 pandemic restricted large gatherings was held on Thursday, April 29th at Victors in downtown Florence and was hosted by Notch 8 Catering. “It’s a good crowd,” said Jay Lavrinc, Director of Membership Relations with the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. Jayne L. Murray, Director of Catering, and her crew at Notch 8 prepared samples of their catering menu for the chamber members.  Their catering service offers budget-minded menus for breakfast, box lunches, and large social gatherings.

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Florence Wildcats Join Chamber

The Florence Wildcats organization, operating out of the Pearl Moore gymnasium on Barnes Street, celebrated joining the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting.  They were joined by chamber ambassadors at the event on Wednesday, April 28th.  The organization began playing in Florence in 2017 as a nonprofit.  Zach Alleyne, a founder and native of Florence, said it is an organization that has a minor league basketball team.

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Leadership Florence Class Hosting A Supply Drive

Leadership Florence is Helping Florence Bounce Back! The Leadership Florence Class of 2021 is excited to kick off their class project “Helping Florence Bounce Back”, a multi-faceted fundraiser and supply drive which aims to support three local nonprofits this year for our class project: HopeHealth, The Manna House, and United Way of Florence County. We are hosting a supply drive to benefit these organizations through May 21st. All monetary and/or supply donations will help the community by assisting local children, adults and families. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Les Echols at lechols@flochamber.com.

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Beauty and Beyond Salon & Spa Holds Ribbon Cutting

Beauty and Beyond Salon and Spa held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 20th celebrating its opening and membership in the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.  Co-owners Monaisha Gilmore and Christy Reed were joined by chamber ambassadors, family and friends for the occasion.  The full service salon opened in February at 797 N. Cashua Dr. in Florence. The partners operate the business by themselves at this time. More staff will be hired later.  Beauty and Beyond offers an array of services including natural hair styling, blowouts, wraps, hair extensions, relaxers, hair color, waxing, nails, makeup, body contouring, lashes and brows.

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Chamber hosts Administrative Professional Day Luncheon on Wednesday, April 21st

More than 235 people attended the Chamber’s Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon at Florence Center on Wednesday, April 21st. The event included an expo where guests learned about participating businesses’ services, were treated to token gifts and even had their photos taken. Local businesses offered 75 different prize drawings throughout the luncheon program. Guest speaker Gina Trimarco said she wanted to give a motivational and uplifting speech, because that is what everyone needs. Her topic was “Oh Yes She Did” but is really “Oh Yes She Can.”

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RedWolves’ New Home Will Be Carolina Bank Field

The Florence RedWolves and Carolina Bank jointly announced a 10-year partnership Tuesday, April 13th for the naming rights of the new stadium at the Florence Sports Complex, which will be known as Carolina Bank Field.  Additionally, Carolina Bank will serve as the presenting partner of the RedWolves’ upcoming season, the Coastal Plain League team’s final one, at Francis Marion University’s Sparrow Stadium.  The stadium will be the centerpiece of a new $16 million city of Florence sports complex that is under construction. A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new complex on March 22.

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