First Bank To Host Smart Start Savings Day

Join them on July 11th, at Florence First Bank as they host a Smart Start Savings Day! This is a time for you to bring in your children or teenagers & their piggy banks to open their MyFirst Savings account!

We want to spend time teaching them how to make a deposit and why it’s important to save.

There are no fees and no balance requirements. They must have a parent or guardian on the account with them.

To see the full flyer, click here.

Pee Dee Land Trust Featured On ChamberLink Radio

Lyles Cooper, Executive Director of Pee Dee Land Trust, was the Florence Chamber’s guest this past weekend on ChamberLink Radio talking about Pee Dee Land Trust partnering with private landowners to permanently protect 108 properties that encompass over 43,000 acres across the area watershed. We encourage you to tune-in every Sunday from 12:00-12:30pm on LIVE 95.3FM in Florence, SC.

This program is brought to you by the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.

Live Oak Metal Works Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

William Scruggs, owner of Live Oak Metal Works & Supply, along with employees and Chamber Ambassadors cuts his ribbon joining the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.

Live Oak Metal Works & Supply has officially opened its doors, offering American-made and sustainable metal roofing and siding solutions to the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. The company provides a manufacturer-direct source for a full line of high-quality metal products designed to fit any budget. Live Oak Metal Works & Supply serves a diverse customer base, including homeowners, residential installers, agricultural, commercial, and industrial building owners. Scruggs emphasized that metal roofing’s longevity, energy efficiency, and environmental benefits make it a smart investment for any building owner.

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A Salute To PDRTA On Their 50th Anniversary

In case you missed it, PDRTA Celebrated their 50th Anniversary and held a reception at SiMT this month.

The evening brought together partners, government officials and community members to celebrate PDRTA’s impact on Healthcare, Workforce and Education in the six counties it serves: Florence, Darlington, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon, and Marion.

PDRTA says thank you to the countless individuals who have championed public transportation in the Pee Dee region over the past five decades!

To read the full story, click here.

American Airline Adding New Flights To Florence Regional Airport

Great news for Pee Dee area business and leisure travelers. It appears that American Airlines will be adding an additional daily flight into and out of Florence Regional Airport beginning August 7th.

Now, area airline travelers will have better connections times in Charlotte to go along with the convenience and cost savings of using the local Florence airport. With early morning, midday and evening flights through Florence, layover times will be shorter and provide more flexible connect options.

American Airlines using Florence Regional Airport delivers superb on-time performance along with the ease of close-in parking and faster passenger check-in for your flight to Charlotte and then on to nearly any market in the world.

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You can contact the Florence Regional Airport or the Florence Chamber of Commerce for more information.

The Salvation Army Holds Back To School Supply Drive

Donate today to help send YOUR communities kids back to school without worrying about supplies. Donations may be dropped off at our office or you can make a financial donation towards Back-to-School supplies! Thank you and God Bless!

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Florence Chamber Now Accepting Business Person of the Year Nominations

The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Business Person of the Year. If you know someone you feel is a successful businessperson with a record of responsibility toward employees, customers, and members of the community, you may want to consider nominating them for the Businessperson of the Year. This person must be a member of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and be associated with a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or professional practice in the Florence area. Elected officials and employees of government or not-for-profit organizations are ineligible unless they are also involved in business and meet eligibility requirements. Last year’s recipient was Kyle Gunter of FBi Construction. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s Fall Membership Luncheon on September 25th at Florence Center. To submit your nominations or for more information, please email Susan Farver at or Michael Miller at The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 2nd.

2024 Kickin’ Chicken Wing & Chili Fest Cooker Applications Now Open

The Chamber’s Kickin’ Chicken cooking applications are now available for local individuals and companies that want to enter the festival cook-off scheduled for October 18th in downtown Florence. Wing team registration is $100 and chili registration will be $25. 1st Place winner in the wing’s competition will receive $500 and the 1st Place chili winner will receive $150. There are awards for runner-up in each category. Certain requirements are needed to meet the minimum volume for wings and chili cooking. Chicken wings will be provided to the wing cookers. To register, please contact Jay Lavrinc at the Chamber. (843) 665-0515.

HopeHealth Welcomes New Provider

HopeHealth welcomes Charles Webb, MD, FACOG, an OB/GYN providing women’s health services at the HopeHealth Medical Plaza.

Dr. Webb graduated from Francis Marion University with a Bachelor of Science, from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, and from the Medical University of South Carolina with his medical degree. He completed his internship and residency at the University of South Carolina Palmetto Richland, where he also served as Chief Resident.

He is a member of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, and the South Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. His clinical interests are pelvic floor abnormalities.

Now Accepting 2024 Leadership Florence Applications

Leadership Florence is the area most comprehensive business leadership program available in Northeastern South Carolina. The once a month, nine-month program, is designed to identify, cultivate and motivate new leadership in our businesses throughout the Greater Florence area.  Participants will increase their knowledge of our communities and enhance their involvement in civic and government activities while further developing their future leadership skills and business relationships.

The program begins with a meet & greet session in mid-August and ends with graduation in May 2025.  Sessions are one full day per month. Click below for more details and the application or call Les Echols at the Chamber. (843) 665-0515.

To register online or print an application, click here.