Chamber Connection 

"When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it." - Theodore Roosevelt  

May 20, 2014


What is your role in your community?  Perhaps this is the first time you have pondered this question, and that's alright.  Every individual and organization in a community has a role to play.  Defining and understanding that role not only helps one perform said role better, it helps provide satisfaction in a job well done.  Are you an educator?  An employer?  A caregiver?  Perhaps you perform a blend of these functions, and more.  The role players and job-doers are what make Hartsville such a special place to live, work, and play.  Take some time today to read about how our members are performing their roles.  


             Coker College knows their role is not just to instill knowledge, but to prepare young people for the next stages of their lives.  In this spirit, Coker College's Enactus program, in partnership with Wells Fargo, is hosting a summer business academy for high school students.  


Florence-Darlington Technical College is another member of Hartsville's wonderful network of educators, and strives to further their ability to perform their role every day.  The Chamber encourages everybody in our area to show their support on Thursday for FDTC's 12th Annual Golf Classic. 


            The Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County performs the role of a caregiver; providing health care and assistance to those who truly need it.  Their current shoe drive will help them fulfill this role, not only in our own backyard, but across the world where shoes are not taken for granted.  


            The arts, of course, have their own role to play.  They entertain us, inspire us, and ultimately remind us of what is beautiful about ourselves and our surroundings.  This is perhaps a heady description for an event that also features cornhole and hula-hooping children, but it is appropriate nonetheless.  Anitra Jay, the final performer in the spring Concerts on College series, hopes to embody this role on Thursday with her jazz, soul, and gospel stylings. 


            There are so many roles that each of us play in our lives; we have family roles, church roles, workplace roles, and more.  Just as your family needs you to perform your role, your community needs the roles performed by its businesses and organizations.  The Chamber appreciates all the hard work and determination its members show in playing those roles every day.


This week's poll: What role does your organization play in Hartsville? Click Here




What's Inside?
Hartsville Young Professionals

 Concerts on College After Party and Cornhole

May 22


 HYP Website



Membership Info

Individual $35

Couples $60

Click Here





 Concerts on College

FDTC Golf Tournament

Customer Appreciation Day

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 



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Hartsville Army-Navy

$10 off Western, Riding & Work Books


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Hartsville Furniture
 Check out all the summer sales happening right now!
Chamber Members,
to have your Sale, Deal or Discount included 
Email Us  with promotion details.

Free Medical Clinic of 

Darlington County - Shoe Drive


Deadline - May 25



The Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County is collecting gently used shoes. The name of this program is known as the Flash Drive which entails collecting 300 bags of shoes containing 25 pair each. Once collected the shoes are picked up by the group Funds2Orgs, and delivered to countries like Haiti, Uganda and India. The goal of this program is to benefit these people in underprivileged nations by creating the job of selling shoes, which in turn provides sustainability for them. 


Funds2Orgs supplies all the bags/rubber bands needed to collect the shoes. The Free Medical Clinic is paid 40 cents per pound of shoes collected and typically, the collected amount is $3,000

For more info call Free medical Clinic of Darlington County
Darlington: 843.398.0060
Hartsville: 843.332.0422
or email 

Visit the Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County 



Welcome New Member 

Fatherhood and Families Engagement Program


The mission of the Fatherhood and Families Engagement Program is to empower, educate and equip fathers in the Pee Dee area to build healthy relationships with their children, and become responsible citizens. The program seeks to assist ambitious low-income, non-custodial fathers in Darlington, Florence,  and Marion Counties, ages 18 and above who are currently not closely engaged with their children and who desire to reconnect with them. It involves multilayered components and is based on the case management model of social service delivery. The model consists of recruitment, comprehensive assessment of need and detailed individual action plans, referral for needed services, group sessions, and follow-up.


Program Components

  • Parenting

  • Employment

  • Counseling

  • Values Assessment

  • Legal Education, Rights & Responsibilities

  • Alternative to Incarceration

  • Money Management & Budgeting

  • Communication & Co-Parenting

  • Conflict Resolution & Mediation


The Fatherhood and Families Engagement Program is one of seven programs of the South Carolina Fatherhood Initiative and has two physical locations: one in Florence and one in Darlington. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, it is 100% supported by tax deductible donations and funding sources, South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, Mary Black Foundation, Hollingsworth Fund, and private donors.

Fatherhood and Family Engagement Program, Inc.
2715 W. Lucas St.
Florence, SC 29501


Global United Mission 2 Benefit Ourselves & Others (GUMBO) is a Creole café located on Washington Street in Hartsville. GUMBO Café opened in February, 2013 as a fund-raising arm for Fatherhood and Families Engagement Program. All profits from the cafe are channeled back into the community to help others.


GUMBO is much more than just a café serving delicious meals. It is a place where youth learn about food preparation, nutrition, catering, and food service; a place where youth can get assistance with homework. It is a gathering place for the community to get to know one another while sharing fine food at a low cost, knowing they are giving back to underserved fathers and children.  

Come visit us!
403 Washington St.
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. There's still time to register your team, or purchase hole-in-one chances if you act before the close of business on Wednesday.  Click Here for more information or call 843.661.8002.
Location: The Traces Golf Club,
4322 Southborough Rd, Florence
Date: Thursday, May 22
Time: 1:00pm
Concerts on College Ave 
presents Anitra Jay      

Anitra Jay is the performer for the last of the spring concerts, a Charlotte-based singer/songwriter working in jazz, soul and gospel whose "music brings a down-to-earth blend of neo-soul, poetry, and soul-catching melodies." 
The final concert of the spring Concerts on College Ave. series will feature food and beverages, kid-friendly refreshments and activities provided by The Swarm of FDTC Hartsville, as well as cornhole tournaments and an after-party provided by the Hartsville Young Professionals. Childcare is available at Nana's Play Zone
Location: College Ave
Date: Thursday, May 22
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Sponsored by 
Customer Appreciation Day 


Tingen & Associates Insurance Agency will be celebrating and honoring their customers with lunch from Mr. B's. Join them for great food, lots of fun and a TV giveaway! 
Location: 842 West Carolina
Date: Thursday, May 22
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Gum Branch Baptist Church presents:
A Night at the Grand Ole Opry 
featuring Golden Steele  

Gum Branch Baptist Church is hosting the 1st Annual "A Night at the Grand Ole Opry" featuring Golden Steele. For more details and ticket info call 843.332.2702.  
Location: Center Theater, 212 N. 5th Street
Date: Friday, May 23
Time: 7:00pm
Gum Branch Baptist Church presents:
Race 2 Reach 5K  


The Gum Branch Baptist Church Brazil Mission Team is hosting a Race to Reach 5K to raise funds to support their mission trip to Brazil. To register for the race visit for details or more info call 843.332.2702 

Location: YMCA of the Upper Pee Dee
Date: Saturday, May 24
Time: 8:00am
Piratesville Splash Pad Opening -
Saturday, May 24 (Memorial Day Weekend)
The Piratesville Splash Pad, a multifunctional water play area designed for children, numbers among the largest splash pads in the Southeast. The facility features such play elements as water slides, water jets, water cannons, dumping wheels, buckets and fountains.
Click Here for more info. 
Location: Byerly Park, 1109 14th Street,
Date: Saturday, May 24
Time: 11:00am - 7:00pm 
2014 Summer Business Academy

Sponsored by Wells Fargo and Coker Enactus, the Summer Business Academy at Coker College is designed to help well-qualified high school students develop an in-depth understanding of business principles and, in the process, get a taste of the experience at a selective, residential institution like Coker College.  Upon successful completion, all students will receive three credits for BA 101 from Coker.  Click here for more info.


Location: Coker College
Date: June 16th-June 20th
Time:  8am-5pm
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 HartsvilleJoin "Good Morning Hartsville" on WHEZ 95.9FM to hear what's going on in Hartsville. Guests include Russell Cox, City of Hartsville, Mary Ridgeway, Kalmia Gardens, Jessica Cohen, Hartsville Chamber, and Christian Stryker, Coker College.
2014 Leadership Hartsville Class Announces Community Service Project Click Here for the press release

South Carolina Department of Commerce awards 2.4 million innovation grants with 14 organizations to receive support towards efforts sponsoring high tech and entrepreneurial endeavors. Click here for more info.  
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
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Palmetto Vision Awards Gala Application Click Here
Tingern & Associates Insurance Agency - Customer Appreciation Day
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.


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214 N. Fifth Street
PO Box 578
Hartsville, SC 29551

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