Chamber Connection 
"Let no man boast himself that he has got through the perils of winter 
till at least the seventh of May," -Anthony Trollope
May 6, 2014

The month of May is often associated with new beginnings and growth; spring flowers start to bloom just as graduating college students blossom into the next generation of employees and entrepreneurs. It is a month for launching new projects and broadening horizons. The Chamber is proud to present cutting-edge endeavors this month that will help achieve the Chamber's goals of supporting and growing new and existing business in Hartsville.


New beginnings present new opportunities. New technology fosters growth, and allows businesses to adapt and thrive in every economic climate. Here are a few quick facts presented by the SCORE national office: 97% of consumers look for local products and services online. People aren't just buying from Amazon when they shop on the internet - they would rather buy from you! Unfortunately, 47% of small businesses do not have a website, and of those who do, 95% are not optimized for mobile devices. You can view the full infographic here. The overall message is clear: every business needs a modernized, mobile web presence.


With this in mind, we hope that all you Chamber members will attend the Hartsville Chamber's Mobile App Open House next Wednesday and Thursday. The Chamber is launching an app that will provide Hartsville businesses and non-profits with a searchable listing that will help your customers find you and keep more of Hartsville's online commerce local. The app will connect with social media and allow businesses to advertise special deals, events, and more! This is exactly what your business needs to move forward into the technological horizon. 


The new member spotlight this week highlights a firm that definitely knows the value of an app. FME Nuclear Solutions is a fresh face in Hartsville's business community, and one that is very exciting to the Chamber. This tech firm is moving from the Duke Energy Center for Innovation into its own space - a space that will enjoy a ribbon cutting ceremony in under a week's time. Please join the Chamber in welcoming this bold, modern, and locally-owned business.


New businesses, new technology and new opportunities - there is a lot more blooming in Hartsville than just May flowers!


This week's poll: How do you search for products and services? Click Here


What's Inside?
Hartsville Young Professionals

 Concerts on College After Party and Cornhole

May 8


 HYP Website



Membership Info

Individual $35

Couples $60

Click Here




5/1 - 5/18

Civil War 150th Anniversary Commemoration



Salute to Small Businesses



Concerts on College 

 Charleston Day Trip



Legislative Breakfast



Mother's Day

Sunday Buffet at Bizzell's



Good Living Marketplace 

Screen on the Green

Sonoco Birthday Bash

Garden Tour

Gum Branch Yard Sale



Kiwanis Chicken BBQ



Hartsville Chamber Mobile App Open House for Chamber Members



DC Free Human Services

Hartsville Chamber Mobile App Open House for Chamber Members




Magic To Do

DC Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament



Magic To Do



Ribbon Cutting for Sound Solutions



 Concerts on College



Grand Ole Opry



Gum Branch 5K

 Piratesville Opening



Gould Business Incubator Open House


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



Sales, Deals & Discounts
Prescription Drug Card
Compliments of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce
Save up to 75% on brand and generic medications
Stop by the Chamber and get yours today!
Free Notary Services
Compliments of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce
For all Chamber Members
Yard 'n Garden
50% Off the Entire Store
Wednesdays at Bizzell's

Price bottle of wine

EVERY Wednesday 



Click Here

Chamber Members,
to have your Sale, Deal or Discount included 
Email Us  with promotion details.


Legislative Breakfast

Friday, May 9





Coker College Drengaelen House

210 E. Home Ave.



Due to overwhelming demand for seating 

at this event, the location has changed and 

the event is sold out.



Sponsored by


and our host



Welcome New Member 
 FME Nuclear Solutions, LLC 


The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member, FME Nuclear Solutions, LLC. FME Nuclear Solutions develops software apps for inventory control, risk management and safety controls for manufacturing industries. The software app tracks maintenance equipment and foreign materials to mitigate risk and revenue loss due to Foreign Mitigation Exclusion (FME).



Join us for a

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony


FME Nuclear Solutions, LLC

Tuesday, May 13


147 W. Carolina Ave.


If you cannot attend, please feel free to come by and see the new offices throughout the day or after hours at the GRADUATION CEREMONY & CELEBRATION

at Duke Energy Center for Innovation

145 W. Carolina Ave. 



Light food and drinks will be provided.



Houston Penny began recognizing a loss of revenue due to FME in the nuclear industry in 2009. Penny explains, "After years of lost revenue due to FME issues, I developed an App to save millions for the nuclear industry." With the new app, maintenance equipment and foreign  materials that go into the nuclear reactor are now trackable to ensure it comes back out. The nuclear industry is not the only industry to benefit from FME Nuclear Solutions products. Penny and his team develop apps to help improve safety controls and risk management for any manufacturing industry.  




Penny began developing the business in September, 2013, with support and assistance from the Duke Energy Center for Innovation. In as little as four months, FME Nuclear Solutions was open for business and selling product in the nuclear industry. FME Nuclear Solutions is the first graduate of the Duke Energy Center for Innovation, which is a project of the Community Foundation for a Better Hartsville and opened its doors in the summer of 2013. Hartsville is fortunate to be the home of FME Nuclear Solutions and to have the Duke Energy for Innovation providing support, guidance and assistance to local technology businesses and startups.


FME Nuclear Solutions, Inc.

147 W. Carolina Ave.

Hartsville, SC 29550

(843) 307-9975  

3rd Concert of the Concerts on College Ave. series
  sponsored by
Thursday on College continues May 8 with Florence 90's cover band, The Buzz. There will be kid-friendly food, beverages and activites provided by The Swarm of Florence-Darlington Tech and a cornhole tournment and after-party hosted by the Hartsville Young Professionals. For more information call 383.3015 or Click Here.
Location: College Ave.
Date: Thursday, May 8
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The free outdoor summer movie showing series will kick off Saturday, May 10 with Despicable Me 2 sponsored by Sheriff Wayne Byrd. In the event of rain, Screen on the Green is moved to the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center, 701 W. Washington St.
Location: Burry Park, 131 Cargill Way
Date:  Saturday, May 10
Time: 8:15pm or later
 Sonoco Birthday Dash 5K
Sonoco's Birthday Dash 5K will celebrate 115 years of Sonoco!  All proceeds will benefit the Darlington County Habitat for Humanity. Click Here for more info.
Location: Sonoco Headquarters, 400 North 2nd St.
Date:  Saturday, May 10
Time: 8:00am
The Feel-Good
Good Living Marketplace: 
A special tribute to our area non-profits
An expo of the area's greatest non-profit groups will promote their causes at this month's farmer's market. Come find out how to get involved in your community and make it a better place to work and live! As always, we'll enjoy organic meats and cheeses, coffees, artisans' crafts and wares and handcrafted goodies.
Click Here for more information. 
Free Paper shredding sponsored by SPC Credit Union!    
Location: Burry Park, 131 Cargill Way
Date:  Saturday, May 10
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm 
Mother's Day at Bizzell's
Click Here for the Mother's Day Sunday Buffet Menu
Location: Bizzell's Food & Spirits
Date:  Sunday, May 11
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Click Here to view their newly installed booths by Southern Office Supply
Kiwanis Annual Chicken BBQ
Dinner consists of 1/2 chicken slow roasted over a charcoal fire plus slaw and bun. Tickets are $7 each. Pick up only.  Call 409.0616 for tickets and Click Here for more info.
Location: T.B Thomas Sports Center, Byerly Park, 701 West Washington St.
Date:  Tuesday, May 13
Time: 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Hartsville Chamber Mobile App Open House 
for Chamber Members  

Hartsville Chamber Mobile App Open House


The Chamber is launching a mobile app! We are hosting a 2-day, drop-in style Open House for all Chamber members! We will show you how it works and what it does! Stop into the Chamber any time between 8am & 5pm next Wednesday and Thursday, May 14 & 15.


Come learn how to get access to manage your own listing, post your own events, and advertise deals, discounts, coupons and special offers to your customers.


Stay plugged in with the Hartsville Chamber Mobile App! 


Location: Duke Energy Community Room, Center Theater Building, 214 N. Fifth Street
Date:  Wednesday - Thursday, May 14 - 15
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Darlington County
One-stop-shop for Free Human Services
Sponsored by the Darlington County Coordinating Council  
   Free Services inlcude:
Legal help, food, clothing, VA claims
alcohol/drug problems, nursing care,
pyschological evaluations, dental/medical care
career, vocation, work asssitance,
social security disability clams, ID replacement,
food stamps, clarning crimanl record
GED, WorkKeys assistance
Call 843.332.6468 for more info 
Location: Butler Heritage Gymnasium,
1103 S. 6th Street
Date:  Friday, May 15
Time: 8:00am - 12:00am

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of
FME Nuclear Solutions, LLC
& Graduation Social  
Join FME Nuclear Solutions for the Ribbon Cutting and Graduation Social Tuesday, May 13 at 11:00am. If you are unable to make the Ribbon Cutting you are invited to stop by throughout the day to meet Houston & Katrina Penny. Click Here for more information  
Location:Ribbon Cutting -147 W. Carolina Ave
Graduation Social - 145 W. Carolina Ave
Date:  Tuesday, May 13
Time: Ribbon Cutting - 11:00am 
Graduation Social - 5:15pm
Magic To Do 33rd Annual Showcase
The 33rd Annual Showcase "Magic To Do" will be Friday and Saturday May 16 and 17 at the Center Theater. Click Here for more information or call 383.5344.
Location: Center Theater, 212 N. Fifth Street
Date:  Friday - Saturday, May 16 - 17
Time: May 16, 7pm - May 17, 2pm & 7pm
Darlington County Habitat for Humanity
Golf Tournament  
Golf for a cause!  Sign up today for the Darlington County Habitat for Humanity Annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by Nucor Steel and Darlington Raceway.  The tournament will be held Friday, May 16.  Registration at noon, shotgun start at 1:00 pm.  Special guest appearance by The Lady in Black, Kaitlyn Bailey.  For registration or sponsorship information, call 843.383.8500  or email


Location: Darlington Country Club
125 Country Club Rd, Darlington, SC 
Time: 1:00pm
Date:  Friday, May 16th
12th Annual FDTC
College Golf Classic & Corporate Challenge   
Join the Florence-Darlington Technical College Educational Foundation at its 12th annual College Golf Classic and Corporate Challenge, Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Traces Golf Club. A free Lunch will be served at noon and the four person, Captain's Choice tournament begins at 1 p.m. Click Here for more information.
Location: The Traces Golf Club,
4322 Southborough Rd, Florence
Date:  Thursday, May 22
Time: 1:00pm
2014 Leadership Hartsville Class
Announces Community Service Project

The 2014 class of Leadership Hartsville will raise funds to purchase up to 12 benches as its community service-based project. The benches will be strategically located throughout downtown Hartsville to help attract and retain patrons to the downtown area. 


Companies, businesses and individuals that are interested, can purchase naming rights to a bench for $1,500. Twelve benches with naming plaques are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The 2014 Leadership Hartsville class will also be raising funds by selling water at the spring Concerts on College Avenue series in downtown Hartsville. Funds raised by the class above the cost of the benches, plaques and installation will be used towards a hands-on service project to benefit the Hartsville Boys and Girls Club.


Donations of any amount are welcome. If you are interested in donating to the 2014 Leadership Hartsville project, please make your check payable to Hartsville Community Development Foundation and include "Leadership Hartsville 2014" in the memo line. Send your donation to Hartsville Community Development Foundation, P.O. Box 578, Hartsville, SC 29551 by May 22, 2014. All donations are tax deductible.

"Good Morning Hartsville"
Host, Sharman Poplava will talk with Dr. Karen Den Braven, with GSSM , Laura Hoxworth and Karen Hamilton with Coker College, and Casey Copeland with FDTC. Wed. May 7 at the Midnight Rooster 8am-9am
2014 Leadership Hartsville Class Announces Community Service Project Click Here for the press release

Darlington County  ONE-STOP-SHOP for free human services Click Here for more details. Sponsored by the Darlington County Coordinating Council
Gum Branch Church Month about you Click Here
Black Creek Art Council classes are starting up Click Here
Hartsville YMCA Summer Camps are now available Click Here
Coker College Athletic Summer Camps Click Here 
Newsome Travel & the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce present Taste of Ireland with Dromoland Castle Click Here
Taste of Hartsville Photos Click Here 

To have your group or organization's announcements included here Email Us with details.


"Let's Meet Up"
Darlington County Disabilities and Special Needs Board of Directors   meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm at the Scott Center; 201 N. Damascus Church Road, Hartsville.  The public is invited to attend.


Pilot Club of Hartsville

Meets the fourth Monday of each Month at 6:00 pm at their Club House across the street from Lawton Park Tennis Courts.


SCORE - a free counseling service for new and existing small businesses

Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. To schedule an appointment call 843.332.6401


Hartsville Kiwanis Club

Meets weekly on Thursdays 12:15pm at the Hartsville Country Club


Hartsville Lions Club

Meets weekly  on Thursday at 12:30pm at Mr. B's Restaurant in Lydia.


Hartsville Rotary Club

Meets  weekly on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm at Pam's Restaurant


Hartsville Toastmasters

Meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7pm. Black Creek Arts Center

To have your group or organization's meeting included here Email Us with details.


Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce | 843.332.6401 |
214 N. Fifth Street
PO Box 578
Hartsville, SC 29551

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