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Spartanburg Area

CHAMBER FOCUS Upcoming Chamber Events Small Business Roundtable: Starting a Small Business

Spartanburg - SBDC Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 9:15 a.m. - Noon Spartanburg Library - Headquarters/Downtown


Member Area Restaurants, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Power of Email Marketing & Social Media Marketing Made Simple Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce; Members - Free; Non-Members - $25

Economic Forecast Breakfast provides local and national perspectives On Friday, February 8, 2013, the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Economic Forecast Breakfast for a sell-out crowd at USC Upstate. The event featured a look at the local and national economies. Insights from local business and community leaders representing twelve sectors of the economy were gathered in early January. Results from the local sector groups indicate an optimistic outlook for the economy of the Spartanburg region. The breakfast also featured Wells Fargo economist Tim Quinlan as the guest speaker. Quinlan provided analysis and commentary on U.S. business spending and economy in contrast to Spartanburg and South Carolina. The Chamber wishes to thank the sponsors that made the event possible. Presenting sponsors: Wells Fargo, JM Smith Corporation, and NAI Earle Furman, LLC; Gold sponsor: Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System; and Silver Sponsor - George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics.

Spartanburg Healthcare Network Dr. Paul Switzer, III, M.D., D.H.A., Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chair of the Discipline of Psychiatry at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine was the guest speaker at the February meeting of the Spartanburg Healthcare Network. Dr. Switzer provided the group with an overview of VCOM - The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - in Spartanburg. Spartanburg healthcare providers interested in joining the network should contact Meric Gambel at / 864.594-5030.

Area Council Meetings Woodruff Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 8:00 a.m. Woodruff-Roebuck Water Offices Boiling Springs & Northeast Thursday, February 14, 2013, 12 Noon Swofford Career Center Pacolet Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 6:00 p.m. Pacolet Elementary School

Business After Hours

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Virginia College of Spartanburg

Roundtable and Networking Forum Topic: Women Dealing With Women

SC Women's Business Center Friday, February 22, 2013, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. USC Upstate – The George; Cost $10

Annual Meeting

Presented by Denny's Monday, February 25, 2013 5:00 p.m. - Reception 6:30 p.m. - Dinner and Program Spartanburg Marriott

BMW Tier 1 Supplier Diversity Matchmaker Conference

April 11, 2013 Registration now open -

Chamber to offer email and social media workshops The Chamber will be offering an afternoon of marketing workshops on Wednesday, February 20th, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. The series will be presented by Anissa Starnes, Regional Development Director, Constant Contact. The Power of Email Marketing session will provide an overview of how email marketing works and useful email marketing tips, strategies and techniques. Topics covered during the session will include: an understanding of what email marketing is and why and how it works; components of an effective email marketing campaign; how email marketing can meet your needs; case studies of successful email marketing campaigns; and the best practices and tips of email marketing. The Social Media Marketing Made Simple session, we introduce strategies and best practices needed to get the most out of social media, including: time management, measuring the return of your activities, and learning the essential elements of growing business using the power of social media marketing. Topics during this session will include: learning about what social media marketing really is; how to incorporate social media into a business without losing productivity; and real-life examples of how other businesses are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility, develop relationships and drive sales and response. All information provided can be applied regardless of the system or service you are using for email marketing. The workshops are free for Chamber Members and $25 for non-members. Seating is limited, so please register early -

For more information on these and all Chamber events, visit

Vision Cafe - Hub Bub Join your fellow young professionals for the 1st Vision Cafe of 2013! Guest Speaker: Cate Brandt Ryba Wednesday February 27th, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Hub Bub - 149 S. Daniel Morgan Ave. Ste. 2 Enjoy lunch & learn more about Spartanburg! Members should RSVP via the website. What was once an old Nash Rambler car dealership is now the front line of creative culture in downtown Spartanburg, SC. HUB-BUB offers more than 100 nights of art, culture, and entertainment a year in The Showroom Gallery and Performance Hall. HUB-BUB also hosts one of the nation's most innovative Artists-in-Residence programs. Emerging young artists come to us from all over the country to live upstairs, make their art, and interact with Spartanburg in inventive ways. To learn more about SYP, please visit:

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