Junior Leadership Florence County Welcomes 2016-2017 Class

(2016-2017 Junior Leadership Florence County Class)

This year’s class of Junior Leadership Florence County met for the first time this week.

The leadership program enables high school students from public and private schools across the county, to come together to get an inside look at the business and government communities in Florence.

Please stay tuned for updates on this exciting program that is presented by Clemson Extension, the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and Francis Marion University.


We can’t wait to see what unfolds this year!

For a look at the entire album from the orientation session, click on the link below:

Junior Leadership Florence County Facebook Page

Florence Civic Center to Host National Horseshoe Event in 2018

(image: National Horseshoe Pitcher’s Association recent tournament in Alabama, courtesy: National Horseshoe Pitcher’s Association FB Page)

From the Morning News:

“FLORENCE, S.C. – In July of 2018, thousands of professional horseshoe players and enthusiasts from across the world will converge at the Florence Civic Center for the National Horseshoe Pitching World Tournament.

The tournament is a two-week event and is expected to draw more than 1,200 participants from all 50 states, Canada and several other countries. It is scheduled for July 9 to July 21 of 2018.

Civic Center General Manager Kendall Wall said an event of this magnitude is good for the entire region, and it will move Florence toward becoming a destination rather than just a stop on I-95.”

Read the entire article by clicking on the link below:

SCnow.com web article- Horseshoe Event Coming to Florence

Rainwater Building preserves history, brings jobs downtown: SCnow.com Web Video


Rainwater Building

(image courtesy: macrostiehistoric.com)

From the Morning News:

“FLORENCE, S.C. – The Rainwater Building serves as an example of what can happen when private and public partnerships form to revitalize historic properties and bring jobs and further investment to downtown with sister companies EmployReward Solutions and Med-Enroll.”

See interviews with those involved by clicking on the link below:

SCnow.com web video- Rainwater Building

Downtown Florence Apartments to Welcome Residents in Next Two Months


Rendering of completed Emerson Apartment Building

(Image courtesy: apartments.com)

From the Morning News:

“Florence’s Emerson Apartments expected to get first residents soon.

In about two more months, downtown will bustle anew. The first phase of The Emerson apartment complex is expected to welcome residents.

The 83 units are wrapped around a four-story parking garage in the heart of downtown.”

See more about the apartments’ opening by clicking on the link below from SCnow.com:

SCnow.com web article- Emerson Apartments

Facebook Live: The New Tool Leaders are Using to Grow Their Businesses

(image courtesy: Facebook Live)

From Inc Magazine:

“The social giant is making the case that business leaders can benefit from engaging customers in a personal way, in real time.

Watch your back, LinkedIn and Twitter…here’s how using Facebook Live can change the game for your small business.

Facebook has been actively recruiting business leaders since last year to use the social network as a means to connect with their customers, employees and shareholders. The company “activated” 20 business influencers in the final six months of 2015, and through the first six months of 2016, Facebook has ramped up its efforts, signing up 80 business leaders, the social media giant told Inc.

“Facebook in many ways is the new town hall for business leaders,” said John Cantarella, the social network’s head of global influencer partnerships. “It really allows business leaders to engage in an authentic way with their key audiences, whether its employees, customers or even shareholders.”

This initiative is part of Facebook’s greater effort to promote Facebook Live, which is the company’s most notable new feature in the past year and a half. Facebook has been paying numerous news outlets and celebrities to use live streaming feature as a way to inspire everyday Facebook users to do the same.”

Read the full article by clicking on the link below:

Inc Magazine Article: Facebook Live and Small Businesses

City Officials Work to Reopen Delta/ Florence Regional Airport Conversation


(images courtesy: Florence Regional Airport and Delta)

From WMBF News:                                                                                                                                              current_widget

“The City of Florence wants Delta Airlines to service the Florence Regional Airport again. This (move comes) five years after the airline left the airport. American Airlines has been the only carrier ever since.

Robby Hill serves on Florence City Council and on Wednesday morning, he presented a recruitment package to the Florence County Economic Development Partnership, the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and the Florence Regional Airport staff. It marks the beginning of the next 12 months of intense recruitment the city will take part in, with Delta Airlines.”

Read the full article by clicking the link below:

WMBF news article: Delta and Florence Regional


Young Professionals of Florence: Become a Member!

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Are you a Young Professional who doesn’t quite know how to get involved and “plugged in” to the Florence business community? Well, look no further than the Young Professionals of Florence group.

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You can find more details about the organization on the Chamber’s website and you can even apply to take part!
Click on the link below for more details:

Young Professionals of Florence


Tidal Wave Auto Spa Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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The Florence Chamber helped officially welcome Tidal Wave Auto Spa’s newest location today, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. We even had help on hand from a couple very popular dolphin mascots!
Tidal Wave Auto Spa is an express car wash that uses a self-contained conveyor-belt system to push the car through the wash apparatus. The driver places the vehicle in neutral on the conveyor track and simply allows the belt to move the vehicle through each of the wash stations within the building.
In addition, Tidal Wave offers the opportunity for customers to vacuum their vehicles for as long as they wish for no additional charge.
The newest location is at the corner of S. Irby Street and Second Loop Rd. and memberships are valid at both Tidal Wave locations!
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Gibson-Hye Moore to Represent District 2 on Florence City Council

(Image courtesy: Morning News/ Joshua Lloyd)

Congratulations to Florence’s newest City Council member- Pat Gibson-Hye Moore! Moore will now represent District 2.

According to the Morning News, “Moore said a swearing-in ceremony is in the works and has been tentatively been planned for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Florence City Center.

Moore will relinquish her spot on the board of Florence School District One, which was up for re-election this year. Election officials said that seat will be on the ballot in the November general election.”

Read the full article by clicking on the link below:

SCnow.com web article- Moore Wins District 2 Seat

Profection Physical Therapy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

(Images courtesy: Joe Perry/MORNING NEWS)
The Florence Chamber was happy to help officially welcome one of its newest members, Profection Physical Therapy, with a ribbon cutting ceremony late Tuesday afternoon.
Special thanks to Joe Perry and the Morning News for their continued coverage of the opening of new businesses in our community.
Profection Physical Therapy is committed to providing a high quality, easy access, and cost efficient outpatient physical therapy experience and is located at 315 N. Beltline Drive, Suite D in Florence. They are open the following hours:
7:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
7:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
7:00 am – 5:00 pm
You can reach Profection Physical Therapy at (843) 407-7010 or find them on Facebook at:
To view more images from the ribbon cutting ceremony, click on the link below: