Chamber Connection
January 21, 2014
Hartsville is such a giving community. In times of need, individuals and local businesses truly step-up to fill the void. Take for consideration the team that is pulling together the Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County event to raise awareness about domestic and sexual assault and to raise funds for the Pee Dee Coalition, so victims can continue to receive support. Also consider the 32+ volunteers who have already signed up to spend one hour-a-week to mentor a child in one of the four elementary schools receiving the PULSE Program. And then there is Sonoco, a business willing to invest in the well-being of our environment and the conservation of our resources, to protect us and our planet, by adding the Biomass Boiler to their plant operations. We are so fortunate to call Hartsville home!!  


As a take-away from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration hosted yesterday by People to People at Kay Branch Missionary Baptist Church , we are blessed and have come a long way, thanks to the efforts of our ancestors and of those who continue to give. And, we do have a long way to go. As Representative Jay Lucas stated, "It's not a day off, it's a day on."  
Let's look at the INFRASTRUCTURE needs we have been exploring. Surely, you have noticed that the roads in and around Hartsville could use a little work. And surely, you can recognize the economic impact of poor infrastructure that limits the ability (or desire) of people and product to get in and out of our city, our county, our region and even our state. We can be grateful that we are moving forward. In 2013, the South Carolina business community and its allies successfully advocated for an infrastructure package. In 2013, the House and Senate both included infrastructure funding in their respective budgets. The 2013 infrastructure package approved by the General Assembly was the first significant infrastructure funding increase since 1987.  
You may ask, "Why should I care?". Well, of the 416 load restricted bridges in South Carolina, identified by the American Society of Civil Engineers, six (6) are in Darlington County. And among the 884 bridges in South Carolina found to be structurally deficient, fifteen (15) are in Darlington County. We are a pretty small county to have that much need for infrastructure funding. If you are interested in learning more about our state's plan for addressing these needs, we encourage you to read the article, "The Road Map to the Future" published in the November/December issue of South Carolina Business Magazine. Also, see the Road Map created by our legislators by clicking here. It may take a little from all of us, and we can continue giving to the cause by remaining informed and aware.
Today's Poll: About which component of the SC Chamber's Competitiveness Agenda are you most passionate? Infrastructure; Health Care; Environment/Energy or Education Click Here
What's Inside?
Hartsville Young Professionals
Countdown to Networking Event:
9 days
January 30
5:30pm at Landmark Inn
Sponsored by Governor's School for Science & Mathematics, Midnight Rooster, & Landmark Inn



Business & Entrepreneurship Reception


International Considerations for Planning & Development



IAAP Professional Development Session



Hartsville Memorial Library Career Workshop



Hartsville Young Professionals Networking 

Dancing with the Stars



Tax filing opens


February 2014 



CareFirst Miles of Smiles 



Artisville Open Mic



Victors Bistro



Good Living Marketplace: Souper bowl



 Black Creek Arts, Share your heart with the Arts



Matthew Webb Moore Memorial Scholarship fundraiser dance



Baroque Music for two Sopranos Hartsville Community Chorus



Relay for Life YMCA Breakfast



Green Gardener Class 101 Kalmia Gardens



Tongue Twister Tournament: Coker College



How we got on



Business Expo



Care2Share BBQ Fundraiser



For more information about any of the above events please click the link.

The Sideline
Coker College


1/21 Wrestling vs Belmont Abbey HOME at 7pm
1/22 Women's Basketball vs Newberry HOME at 6pm
1/22 Men's Baskebtall vs Newberry HOME at 8pm


1/25 Women's Basketball vs Tusculum HOME at 2pm


1/25 Men's Basketball vs Tusculum HOME at 4pm


1/25 Men's Volleyball @ Eastern Mennonite Tournament AWAY 11am, 7pm



Emmanuel Christian


Florence Dar. Tech


Governor's School



Hartsville High

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Don't miss these TWO free events presented by Coker College Tomorrow, Jan. 22


Business & Entrepreneurship

Breakfast Reception 



Who: Coker Enactus Program with special guest, 

iJet International CEO and Founder Bruce McIndoe  

What:  Free breakfast reception to give students, faculty and community members an opportunity to discuss opportunities, trends and challenges that are involved with starting a high-tech business in a quickly changing global economy.

When:  Wednesday, January 22, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Where: Duke Energy Center for Innovation, 

145 W. Carolina Ave. 


International Considerations

Who:  Coker College Office of Career Services

What: Informal lunch-n-learn conversation with iJET International CEO and Founder Bruce McIndoe to give students, faculty and guests an opportunity to discuss the practical implications of global trends on decisions about study away/abroad and career development.

When:  Wednesday, January 22, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where:  Library Information Technology Center Atrium (First Floor), 300 E. College Ave.

How: Free, No RSVP required  



Click here for more information  
SAT Preparation Training Course
All Sessions held at the Butler Heritage Campus
1103 S. 6th Street
Cost of complete 6 week Course: $20.00
Classes Administered by Professor John Foster, III  English Professor of Coker College 


For High School students grades 10, 11, 12
Monday, January 27, 6:30-8:30pm
Monday, February 3, 6:30-8:30pm
Monday, February 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Monday, February 17, 6:30-8:30pm
Monday, February 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Monday, March 3, 6:30-8:30pm
      Monday, March 10, 6:30-8:30pm      
Click Here for more information or contact:

EVANS GILLARD (OMEGA PSI PHI)                          861-4089


SENATOR GERALD MALLOY                                      339-3000


Hartsville Young Professionals

Who: Hartsville Young Professionals

What: Networking event

When: January 30th 5:30pm

Where: Landmark Inn 1301 S. 4th Street
Why: Come meet other professionals who work or live in the surrounding area, learn more about getting involved with HYP and even enter your name for a door prize!
Visit and like HYP Facebook's Page
Click Here to be added to their email distribution list.
 Pee Dee Coalition
Against Domestic and Sexual Assault:
Dancing with the Stars    

What: Fundraising event

Where: Center Theater, 212 N. Fifth Street

When: January 30, 730pm

How: General admission tickets are available at Carolina Bank and Burry Bookstore, $40 

Ten pairs of dancers will be performing to raise money for the cause through a People's Choice Award. Enjoy the talents of local professionals and celebrities as they dance for the cause. For more information call 843.230.5837
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"With more than 15 years experience in the insurance industry,  my goal as your agent, is to provide you and your family with the best service in the Hartsville area. As your local Allstate Exclusive Agent, you are in 'Good hands' - mine." -Tabathia Robinette
Visit and like Robinette Insurance Agency, Inc
831 W. Carolina Ave
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
(843) 383 - 6091
  "Are you in Good hands?"

Christmas in April Applications are now available in the Chamber Office, Applications due February 28th
Savvy Mag is preparing for the February/March issue for Darlington County.Deadline for ad space is January 17. Photography and graphic design is available at no additional cost. Contact Shawn Johnson at 843.618.0977 
"Let's Meet Up"
Toastmasters of Hartsville:
Next Meeting: January 27 All meetings will be on the
2nd and 4th Monday on the 1st floor of the Black Creeks Art Council beginning at 7:00pm
Hospice Care of SC Grief Support:
Next Meeting: January 21st Grief Support is a special monthly support group to help cope with the loss of a loved one. This group meets every 3rd Tuesday at 4:30pm at Hospice Care of SC.
To have your group or organization's meeting included here Email Us with details.


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