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CHAMBER FOCUS Palmetto Manufacturing Dedication Salute to Manufacturing Luncheon Palmetto Manufacturing, Inc., owned by Michael and Rachel Hyland, is an up and coming business located in Fairforest, SC. They specialize in various sizes of heavy duty wooden play sets for churches, schools, playgrounds and residences, as well as a range of different size sheds both wooden as well as their new premium insulated sheds. Palmetto Manufacturing, Inc., with their relatively small close knit workforce, is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction. With a variety of options to choose from you are sure to find something that fits your needs as well as your budget. To learn more about Palmetto Manufacturing, Inc. visit or contact Michael and Rachel Hyland at 864-541-7014.

March is Upstate International Month ‒ a month-long, multi-venue, multi-event celebration of all things international in Spartanburg and the Upstate. The month will be dedicated to events that promote knowledge, establish friendships, and share the things that make each culture that calls the Upstate home unique. With more than 90 events scheduled, and more being added, the Upstate International Month is sure to promote and foster the continued international growth of the Upstate area. For additional information and comprehensive listing of events, visit:

Boeing South Carolina Vice President and General Manager Jack Jones, the executive with overall leadership responsibility for Boeing’s 6,000employee South Carolina operations and 787 Dreamliner facilities in North Charleston, has been named featured speaker at the 2013 Salute to Manufacturing Luncheon on March 21st at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC. New to the 2013 Salute to Manufacturing Awards program is a space-limited Best Practices Forum open to only 125 manufacturing executives, industry partners, 2013 award finalists and past Silver Crescent Award winners. The Best Practice Forum will feature high-impact presentations on sustainable innovation by executives from Sage Automotive, innovation in education and manufacturing by GE Power and Water, long-term commitment’s impact on profitability by Bridgestone-Firestone, and more, along with a private breakfast, intimate executive networking opportunities, and question-and-answer session. A limited number of Forum tickets are available online at The Silver Crescent Award for Manufacturing Excellence recognizes the most excellent small, midsized and large manufacturing operations demonstrating superior performance in 7 Crescents of Excellence ‒ citizenship, employee engagement, customer satisfaction, environmental stewardship, innovation, financial performance and commitment to longevity in South Carolina. A national panel of expert judges reviewed all applications to select finalists and determine winners. Finalists for honors include: • Aaron Industries, Inc., Clinton • BMW Manufacturing Co., Spartanburg • Boeing, North Charleston • Cytec Industries, Inc., North Augusta • Holcim (US) Inc., Holly Hill • Itron, West Union • Nucor Steel, Mt. Pleasant • PropertyBoss Solutions, Greenville • Shaw Industries – Plant 8T, Central • Southern Weaving, Greenville • Spartanburg Meat Processing Co., Inc., Spartanburg To learn more about the Silver Crescent Awards and the Salute to Manufacturing Luncheon, visit or contact Sharon Halsey at (803) 657-6183.

WMYA MY 40 and Sinclair Broadcasting Group to host advertising information luncheon at Spartanburg Chamber Confused about all the choices in advertising media? Is half of your advertising wasted, but you don't know which half? Come to the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce for a free lunch on Wednesday, March 13th and gain insight that can help you and your business. This presentation will be hosted by Spartanburg Chamber member WMYA MY 40 television and Sinclair Broadcasting Group's Executive Vice-President, Darren Shapiro. For the past ten years Mr. Shapiro has been working with businesses in Sinclair markets to harness the power of television‒with outstanding success! During this lunch seminar Mr. Shapiro will discuss the best way to reach consumers through television plus social and mobile marketing–helping you better understand Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Make plans now to attend this free, no obligation seminar as space is limited! For more information and reservations call Jon Vick at 864-297-1313.

Upcoming Chamber Events Small Business Roundtable

SBA Resource Day (Spartanburg SBDC) Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Spartanburg Library - Headquarters/Downtown / 864.592.6318

Diversity Connections Luncheon CityRange Grill - Spartanburg Wednesday, March 13, 2013, Noon

Advertising Presentation

Presented by WMYA MY 40 television and Sinclair Broadcasting Group Wednesday, March 13, 2013, Noon Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce RSVP to Jon Vick at 864-297-1313


Member Area Restaurants, Noon - 1:00 p.m. March 19th & 27th, April 2nd, 2013

Understanding and Applying for Woman Owned Certification Workshop (SC Women's Business Center) Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Business After Hours

Country Club of Spartanburg 2500 Country Club Rd., Spartanburg, SC Thursday, March 21, 2013, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

BMW Tier 1 Supplier Diversity Matchmaker Conference

April 11, 2013, 8 to 5 p.m. (Register by March 15th!) TD Convention Center One of the largest supplier diversity meetings in the southeast, this event is specifically designed for diverse companies to meet face-toface with BMW Tier 1 suppliers. or

Area Council Meetings Woodruff - Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8:00 a.m. Woodruff City Hall Boiling Springs - Thursday, March 14, 2013, 4:00 p.m., Boiling Springs Fire Department Northeast - Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 4 p.m., Foothills Artisan Center For more information on these and all Chamber events, visit

Ribbon cutting for Shoally Creek disc golf course

Pictured left to right: Upstate Disc Golf Club: Sarah Cunningham - Vice President (2010 PDGA World Champion); Chad Knight - Boiling Springs Course Representative (Hub City Ice Bowl Tournament Director); Christine Barker - Communications Officer; and Brandon Barker – President; Spartanburg County Council - O'Neal Mintz - District 2; Children's Security Blanket spokesperson: Clarka Wickliffe - Miss Spartanburg; Spartanburg Parks Department: Justin Raney - Park Tech III Northside shop and Sean Veilleux - Maintenance Manager; and Plays It Forward: Rob Reid - Owner/President.

Spartanburg Young Professionals (SYP) is the premier organization in Spartanburg for up and coming individuals between the ages of 22 and 40 that wish to make a big impact on Spartanburg County and network with like-minded professionals. SYP is a civic organization coordinated through the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce that provides networking and social opportunities, expands community understanding and involvement among our membership, and broadens professional horizons and development. To learn more about SYP, please visit:

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