Congratulations to the Winners of the Chamber’s 2016 Spring Golf Classic!


The Florence Chamber would like to congratulate our winners from the 2016 Spring Golf Classic and thanks again to everyone who took part!
First Place:
Monster Worldwide Team
Players: Drake Hoffman, Eric McLamb, Travis Gantt & Bradley Hamilton
Second Place:
Safelite Auto Glass Team
Players: Billy Hoyle, Michael Cox, Matt Ethridge & Mark Hanna
Other winners:
Closest to the Pin – Meadows #4 – Tommy Bryant, SPC Credit Union
Closest to the Pin – Meadows #7 – Garrett Spivey, Efird Chrysler Jeep Dodge
Closest to the Pin – Creekside #2 – Tim Bell, Dilmar Oil
Closest to the Pin – Creekside #6 – Will Willis, WBTW TV-13
Longest Drive – Meadows #2 – Roger Allen, Raldex Hospitality Group

Greek Festival Set to Return to Florence for 34th Year

One of the area’s favorite festivals is set to return to the Pee Dee with all of the food, fun and Greek culture a person could want!

The festival kicks off on Thursday at 11 am and runs until 8 pm, continues on Friday from 11 am to 9 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 pm at the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church on N. Cashua Drive in Florence.

Among the more popular attractions during the festival, will be traditional Greek food and pastries, children’s entertainment and rides and a car show.

You can get even more details about the Festival by clicking below and reading the story from the Morning News: web article- 34th Annual Greek Festival

Victors Hosts PRISM & Minority Business Spotlight


To celebrate Small Business Week, Victor’s hosted the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Wednesday evening for an open house.

The business spotlight showcased the PRISM committee and their efforts to help small and minority business owners. Thanks to everyone who came out!

You can find out more about the Chamber’s Small Business and Minority Business efforts by clicking on the link below:

Florence Chamber Small & Minority Business Initiatives

Chamber Spring Golf Classic Set for Friday at Traces Golf Club

Please join the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce for a fantastic day on the links! The 2016 Spring Golf Classic presented by Safelite, will be bigger and better than ever with one flight, lots of vendors and networking opportunities and of course, plenty of golf! Join us on Friday, May 6th beginning at 11 am for lunch and tee off with other area business professionals at noon.

Spots are very limited so be sure to sign your team up today! There are also tee, birdie and hospitality hole sponsorships available. Contact the Chamber for more information at (843) 665-0515 or visit

Register to take part by clicking here.


Morning News Coverage of Small Business Week Press Conference

Thank you to the Morning News for their coverage of the Chamber’s Small Business Week press conference on Tuesday.

Several small business owners were on hand to talk about their experiences setting up shop in the community and Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela issued a proclamation officially declaring the week of May 1-7 as National Business Week.

In addition, Chamber President Mike Miller and Director of Community & Minority Enterprise, Les Echols, both delivered remarks about the impact that small businesses make on the economy in the Pee Dee.

Read the full story and view video by clicking the link below: web article- Florence Marks National Small Business Week

Chamber Hosts Growth & Opportunities Forum for Small Businesses

Thanks so much to everyone who joined the Florence Chamber today for the Small & Minority Business Growth and Opportunities Forum!

The forum gave Chamber members and non-members alike, access to information on procurement opportunities, access to capital and small business marketing.

Also, a special thanks to Honda, First Reliance, Pinnacle, SCDOT, the North Dargan Innovation Center, ABB, Florence County and SVG Digital for your involvement and sponsorship of today’s program.

Chamber, Business Owners and City Leaders Kick Off Small Business Week with Press Conference


Small Business owners, Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela, representatives from the Florence Chamber and several community leaders gathered Tuesday morning for a press conference to kick off Small Business Week.

During the event, Mayor Wukela presented a proclamation honoring the contributions of small business owners in our area. Thank you so much to everyone who attended and to view the entire album, click on the link below:

2016 Small Business Week Press Conference

National Small Business Week Kicks Off with Presidential Proclamation


Happy National Small Business Week! Celebrations kicked-off today in the nation’s capital with more than 80 national award winners from across the country and U.S. territories convening to be awarded and recognized for their major accomplishments.

The annual event is hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is designed to recognize the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, and business advocates. The week-long event will continue through May 6.

If you’ve thought about starting a‪#‎smallbiz‬, this week, filled with vital information, is for you:

Small Business Week Information

You can also read more about President Obama’s National Small Business Week proclamation by clicking here:

President Issues Proclamation in Honor of Small Business Week

HopeHealth Cuts Ribbon on Nearly 50,000-Square-Foot Facility Downtown

(Image courtesy: Joe Perry/Morning News)

Officials gathered Thursday to officially cut the ribbon on the new HopeHealth facility at 360 North Irby Street. The nearly 50,000 square-foot building houses eight medical suites, a laboratory, radiology, pediatrics department, pharmacy and administrative offices.

A second phase of construction will bring with it 40,000 square feet of supplemental services and will include a cafe. The Chamber would like to wish a big congratulations to HopeHealth on this major accomplishment for their company and the community as a whole.

You can read the entire Morning News article on the event by clicking on the link below:

Morning News article on HopeHealth Ribbon Cutting

Morning News: Florence principals want more teachers, curriculum coordinators

From the Morning News…Florence School District One principals talk about the need for more teachers and curriculum coordinators during a budget meeting Thursday evening. You can read the entire article and find out how the district plans to address the needs by clicking on the link below: web article- Florence principals want more teachers, curriculum coordinators