Chamber to Recognize Small Biz May 1-7 During National Small Business Week

National Small Business Week is coming up May 1st-7th! The Florence Chamber will soon be announcing some special initiatives we’ll be taking that week to recognize local, small business owners and the contributions they provide to our thriving community. Stay tuned for updates and find out more now about Small Business Week, upcoming webinars and how you can take part in the movement to Shop Local and support Small Business by visiting:

Three Expansion Projects Set to Bring $25 Million in Investments to Florence County


Image courtesy: Florence County Council

Florence County Council recently approved measures that allow three yet-to-be-named projects to take the first steps toward becoming a reality.

Though officials have not yet identified what the investments will entail, they are calling the efforts “Project Launch,” “Project Mirror” and “Project Dogwood.”

According to the Morning News, County Council members last week approved ordinances to allow Projects Dogwood and Launch to make preliminary investment expenditures as part of forthcoming fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreements with the county.

You can read more about the projects and what they will mean for Florence County, by clicking on the link below and reading the full article from the Morning News:

Three Projects to Bring $25 Million in Investments- article

Reserve Your Spot Now at the Chamber’s 2016 Spring Golf Classic!

We are only two weeks away from one of the biggest and best events on the Chamber’s calendar- the Spring Golf Classic! This year’s event will pack all of the action into a single tee time on Friday, May 6th at Traces Golf Club. We have a couple of spots still left open, but they will not last long! If you’re interested in playing, visit the link below for more information or contact the Chamber at (843) 665-0515. We also have just one hospitality cart sponsorship still available for the tournament. There won’t be a better opportunity to reach a large number of business professionals in the Pee Dee, all in one place…and did we mention it’s a lot of fun?! Click on the link below to find out how you can join us.

Sign up for the 2016 Chamber Spring Golf Classic

WMBF News’ Coverage of the 2016 Chamber Legislative Trip

This past week, a group of local business and community leaders embarked on a trip to Washington, D.C. for the Florence Chamber’s biannual visit to the Pee Dee region’s Legislative Delegation. The visit provides time to discuss
present issues and topics of concern in the area and gives leaders much-needed “face time” with those directly involved in the governmental decisions that impact our state.

During the trip, the group of 14 local leaders met with several of our area’s most influential lawmakers including Sen. Tim Scott, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Congressman Tom Rice and others.

The Legislative Trip is a fantastic opportunity for the Pee Dee business community to have face-to-face interactions with key decision-makers in Washington.

Please check out the video below to learn more about what took place on the trip courtesy of coverage from WMBF News, hear directly from those who took part in the experience and find out why it was so important when it comes to changing the way we do business in the Pee Dee.

Pee Dee business, community leaders travel to Washington, D.C.

SC Ports Authority Eyes Dillon County for Second Inland Port Location

Big economic news for the Pee Dee as the state Ports Authority announces plans to locate a second inland port, this time in Dillon County! The port could be up and running by 2018 and would mean a total investment of $30 to $35 million. Click on the story below for more details on the exciting announcement. web article- Dillon chosen for second inland port

Apply to Become a Vendor at Florence’s Downtown City Center Farmer’s Market!

You can now apply to become a vendor at the Florence City Center Farmer’s Market! The outdoor market runs from 9 am-1 pm on Saturdays from April to October. It will feature fresh vegetables, meat, dairy and artisan goods and will be located at 369 W. Cheves St. (across from the Florence-Darlington Tech parking garage.)

You can find all the details on the market and the application to become a vendor, by clicking on the link below:

Florence City Center Farmer’s Market

Register Now for Your Spot at the Downtown Business Expo!

The Chamber’s downtown Business & Networking Expo is coming up! Don’t miss this chance to join with several other local businesses to showcase what you have to offer, sell your products, network with like-minded professionals and gain new referrals.

The Expo takes place at 5:30 pm on Thursday, May 12th. Exhibitor tables are:
Non-Profit: $40
Small Business: $75
Corporate: $125

The event is FREE to the public.

Vendor space includes a table and two chairs.
To register contact the Chamber at (843) 665-0515 or follow this link:

Register for the Business Expo

Administrative Professionals’ Day Set for April 27

It’s nearly time for this year’s big Administrative Professionals’ Day Luncheon & Expo! Make sure to buy your tickets now to join the Florence & Darlington Chambers at SiMT on Wednesday, April 27th for the fantastic event featuring WBTW News13’s Bob Juback! There will be vendors on hand, free goodies, door prizes, lunch and the keynote speech by Juback. Tickets are going fast and there are only a few vendor spaces left.

Go online to purchase tickets by clicking here:

2016 Administrative Professionals’ Day Tickets

or call the Chamber at (843) 665-0515.

Business After Hours with Hampton Inn

Big thanks to everyone who came out on Thursday evening, March 31st, for Business After Hours with Hampton Inn & Suites Civic Center! We had a fantastic crowd and are very thankful for the business coverage provided by the Morning News and You can read more by clicking on the article below and see the full gallery of 18 images from last night’s event:

Morning News Coverage of Business After Hours with Hampton Inn