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CHAMBER FOCUS 206 members join Chamber in three days The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce held a 3-day membership event last week from the Mary Black Health System conference center with the purpose of building a stronger chamber and better serving the local business community. Major business leaders organized teams to invite hundreds of businesses to support the Chamber in the event. The Team Chairs recruited captains, who in turn recruited teams to reach out to extend invitations to join the Chamber. Jimmy Cusano of Your Chamber Connection was brought in to lead the teams in the membership event effort. After an orientation to the importance of the Chamber to the community, Jimmy entertained, encouraged, teased and inspired the volunteers to keep the energy flowing and to perform at their highest levels. From top level executives doing push-ups to cow bells ringing for every new membership, it was a unique membership event for everyone involved. By the end of the event, the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce added 206 new businesses to its membership base. Spartanburg - Always Doing...the Chamber - In Motion‌join us as we grow!

Upcoming Chamber Events Cold Calling Strategies that Work

Sandler Sales Training Strategic Sales Development Series Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Event is free and only for Chamber members Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Backup & Disaster Recovery Workshop Liz Richardson - Beowulf Technologies Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. VCOM; Free - registration required 864-909-1973

ConnectForLunch

Member Area Restaurants, Noon - 1:00 p.m. April 24, 30; May 8, 14, 22

Small Business Roundtable

SCORE & Spartanburg SBDC Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Spartanburg Library - Headquarters/Downtown Beth Smith / 864.592.6318 / es2@clemson.edu

Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner

Thursday, May 23, 2013, TD Convention Center Reception: 5:30 p.m. Dinner & Program: 6:30 p.m. The annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner is hosted by the Greenville Chamber and the Riley Institute at Furman University in partnership with Upstate Chambers. http://riley.furman.edu/diversity

Area Council Meetings Middle Tyger Area Council Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 7:30 a.m. Middle Tyger Community Center Woodruff Area Council Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 8:00 a.m. Woodruff Roebuck Water District Offices East Spartanburg - Pacolet Combined Council Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 12 noon Location to be announced For more information on these and all Chamber events, visit www.spartanburgchamber.com

Member of the Month Benjamin Brown

Project Manager, Highlands Construction

Nominations Open for Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Nominations are now open for the ninth annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner, which will be held on May 23rd at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. Hosted by the Greenville Chamber and the Riley Institute at Furman in partnership with Upstate Chambers, this annual event honors individuals, schools, and organizations who exhibit leadership in promoting diversity in the Upstate. This year's speaker is Rev. Baxter Wynn. Baxter is the Minister of Pastoral Care and Community Relations at First Baptist Church, Greenville, South Carolina. Awards are presented in the following seven categories: Individual, High School Student, College Student, Business, Nonprofit, International and K-12 school (separate application form). Criteria for nominations include: 1. Nominees (individuals, organizations, and businesses) should be role models in the Upstate for promoting an inclusive work or community environment and/or for championing diversity as an important individual or organizational mission. 2. Nominees must be a current resident, organization, or business in the Upstate. For event information, to complete a nomination form, or to view a list of past winners, please visit: http://riley.furman.edu/diversity. Nominations will close on Friday, April 26, 2013.

About Benjamin: From a young age Benjamin was an active member of his family’s construction and development company - Highlands Construction. He had the opportunity to spend a lot of time learning the business - from the field to the office. Since finishing Clemson with a B.S. in Business Management, he has been back working hard to pick up the business. He is currently engaged in driving another part of the company - Associated Mechanical and Electrical - towards success by networking and meeting new influential people that will assist him in becoming a productive and important part of the community. Why SYP: Benjamin says, "I believe Spartanburg Young Professionals is an important group of intelligent young people that will be the future leaders of our community. I welcome the opportunity make new, strong connections with these future leaders that will last a lifetime."


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