HONDA: Investing In People, Not Just Technology

Travis Lee, Plant Lead, Honda South Carolina Manufacturing says he joined the Honda team in South Carolina in 2001, just four years after Honda began building all-terrain vehicles (ATV) here in 1998. “My journey has included a variety of roles, leading to my current responsibility as plant lead at Honda South Carolina Manufacturing. Throughout my career, the key to our success has been what we call The Honda Way – a culture based on teamwork, respect and open communication.”

From time to time, there are suggestions from outside the company that there is a better approach. Yet, for more than 25 years, our success has been driven by the efforts of our associates, now some 1,000 strong in Timmonsville.

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Pee Dee State Farmer’s Market Host “Bring Mom To The Market”

The Pee Dee State Farmer’s Market is celebrating Mom at the Market! Come down Saturday, May 11 and all moms will receive a personal size strawberry shortcake courtesy of McLeod Farms (while supplies last).

Senior Citizens Association Featured On ChamberLink Radio

Joyce Black and Patricia Parr with the Senior Citizens Association, was the Chamber’s radio guest on ChamberLink Radio this past weekend, sharing details about the full range of services they offer to promote the physical, mental, and social well-being of our senior citizens.. You can catch the conversation each Sunday from 12:00 – 12:30 pm on LIVE 95.3FM in Florence, SC.

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

Sky Pinnacle Signing Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Tiffany Baker, owner of Sky Pinnacle Signing, along with her mom and Chamber Ambassadors cuts her ceremonial ribbon joining the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.

Sky Pinnacle Signings, a leading provider of mobile notary and document signing services, is proud to announce its official launch. These services include notarization, witnessing signatures, execution of legal documents such as contracts, deeds, or affidavits.

Sky Pinnacle Signings offers a comprehensive range of notary services, including Mobile Notary Services, Loan Signing Services and Document Authentication.

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Delta Building Systems Wins 1st Place In “Excellence In Design”

Delta Building Systems, Inc. of Florence, SC was recently awarded American Buildings 1st place Excellence in Design award in the Manufacturing/Industrial category for the McCall Farms Canning Facility project.

The highly anticipated Excellence in Design Awards competition is open to all American Buildings Authorized Builders. The awards recognize Builders’ metal building projects for their innovation, diverse application, and distinction in design in the metal buildings industry. Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges.

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It’s Race Week And Florence Chamber Members Get Special Ticket Pricing

NASCAR would like to extend a discounted ticket offer to you and your family as a thank you for being a part of the Florence Chamber of Commerce.  The official Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway. The NASCAR Cup Series Goodyear 400 set is for May 12th at 3:00 PM.

Chamber’s Spring Golf Classic Held Last Thursday

Last Thursday, the Greater Florence Chamber held its annual Spring Golf Classic at Traces Golf Club, presented by Raines Co. Thank you Madison Parker for the introduction for the day.

Other sponsor support was provided by Pepsi of Florence, Pee Dee Catering, Bank of Clarendon, Brazen Roofing, Live Oak Metal Works and TD Bank.

A special thanks goes to the First Bank staff for taking a few team photos at their hospitality tee location.

118 golfers enjoyed the day starting with a great lunch served in the club house by Pee Dee Catering.

Throughout the day the golfer enjoyed 16 different hospitality tee box sponsors that served wings, taco’s, brisket sandwiches, fried bologna, boiled peanuts, snacks, beverages, beer, specialty drinks, prizes and golf giveaways.

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Grow Your Business With Truist! Business Finance Basics Workshop – Wednesday

Join this virtual information session on Wednesday, May 8th from 10:00 – 10:30 AM to discuss best practices on improving the cash flow of your business, build and expand your business, borrowing solutions, managing risks, payment processes and more!

Click here for the meeting link.

FTC Bans Non-Compete Agreements

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted to approve a final rule that effectively bans employers’ use of noncompete clauses, both prospectively and retroactively. Once the rule goes into effect, most existing noncompete agreements between employers and workers will no longer be enforceable and federal law will supersede any state law surrounding noncompete agreements. Existing noncompete agreements between employers and senior executives are exempt from the retroactivity of the rule, but future agreements are prohibited. The rule broadens the definition of noncompete to capture any contractual provision that “has the effect of prohibiting the worker from seeking or accepting employment.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business associations immediately filed suit against the FTC over the final rule in a Texas federal court, arguing that the FTC lacks the authority to implement such a rule. In a statement, the U.S. Chamber said, “The Federal Trade Commission’s decision to ban employer noncompete agreements across the economy is not only unlawful but also a blatant power grab that will undermine American businesses’ ability to remain competitive.

The rule is set to go into effect 120 days after it is published in the Federal Register, although implementation will be delayed as a result of lawsuits.

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Benton House Of Florence Awarded “Best Assisted Living” & “Best Memory Care”

The Benton House of Florence was recently awarded “Best Assisted Living” and “Best Memory Care” by US News and World Report. The award was achieved based on resident and family satisfaction surveys.  It is the third consecutive year Benton House of Florence has been honored with “Best of” US News awards.

Over 3,500 communities participated nationally. In all, 20 Benton Houses were honored to receive “Best of” awards, the highest percentage in the nation.

Kim Jacobs, Executive Director of Benton House of Florence says receiving the honor adds another accolade to the award-winning company. “We accept every award with humility and gratitude. But we are particularly pleased to be recognized by US News and World Report because of the national scope and scale of the community group. This is the third consecutive year to win a US News Best of Award.  When you combine this award with our Fortune Top 50 US Great Place to Work status it tells you we have a very special community, for both residents and our team.”