CHAMBER FOCUS Women Share Encouragement and Success at Annual Conference The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Conference was held on Thursday, August 8th at Converse College with a sold-out crowd of more than 140 women leaders in attendance. The conference brought together a dynamic network of women from all walks of life, backgrounds and perspectives. Coordinated by the Chamber's Diversity Committee, the event is intended to highlight the power in a cohesive women’s support network and shared determination to succeed in business and key leadership roles. This year’s event was themed "High Heels to Hard Hats" and was co-chaired by Kathy Jackson of Milliken and Jennifer Cluverius of Nexsen Pruet. The event featured a number of dynamic speakers including: Monique Honaman, Author and President/ CEO, ISHR Group; Mary Helen Dunn Wade, Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates; Linda O’Bryon, President and CEO, South Carolina ETV; Michael Fluegge and Leah Kent, Co-owners, The Joint...the chiropractic place and Massage Envy franchises across the Upstate; Erin Ford, Business Recruitment Officer, Upstate SC Alliance; Jennifer Maier, President and CEO, Women’s Distribution Services, Inc.; and Gloria Shealey, President and CEO, The Daniele Company; President, National Association of Minority Contractors. Attendees also enjoyed a panel discussion on "Getting Women into the Political Arena" with: Hope Blackley, Spartanburg County Clerk of Court; Katherine Hubbard, Spartanburg County Administrator; Elaine Harris, Pacolet Mayor; and Jan Scalisi, Spartanburg City Council Member. As part of the annual conference, the Chamber recognized several individuals with Noisemaker Awards. These awards honor women who aren't typically in the limelight, but whose behind-the-scenes efforts make a difference in the Spartanburg community. This year's recipients included: Ruth Littlejohn, Connie McIntyre, and Elisie Wright. In addition to the great speakers and presentations, attendees were treated to a variety of door prizes donated by local area businesses. Special thanks to all of the sponsors that made the event possible: Presenting Sponsor - Spartanburg Water; Gold Sponsors -Denny’s, Nexsen Pruet and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System; Silver Sponsor - Converse College; Table Sponsors - Express Employment Professionals, Greenville Office Supply, Milliken & Company, Spartanburg Methodist College and Upstate South Carolina Alliance. Special thanks is also extended to several individuals and local businesses for their additional support and contributions for the event: Denny’s, Louise Connell and BMW Manufacturing Co., Duffy Baehr Baehr Feet, and Jennifer Maier - Women’s Distribution Services.
Upcoming Chamber Events ConnectForLunch
Member Area Restaurants, Noon - 1:00 p.m. August 14, 20, 28
Marketing Your Small Business
SBDC & SCORE Small Business Roundtable August 13, 9:15-11:15 a.m. Spartanburg County Library
Wednesday, August 14, 12:00 p.m. CityRange Steakhouse, Spartanburg
Business After Hours
Hosted by Park Place Assisted Living 2720 Country Club Rd., Spartanburg, SC Thursday, August 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
SC Chamber of Commerce Upstate Grassroots Meeting & Membership Reception
Thursday, August 15 3:30-5:00 p.m. - Grassroots Meeting 5:00-7:00 p.m. - Member Reception BMW Zentrum
Area Council Meetings Woodruff Wednesday August 14, 8:00 a.m. Woodruff Main Street Office 121 South Main St., Woodruff East Spartanburg Leadership Council September 4, 12:00 p.m. School District Three Headquarters Building RSVP required - contact Jim Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on these and all Chamber events, visit www.spartanburgchamber.com
SYP Member of the Month Wade Lindsay III
Denny’s Serves Up a Grand Slam® Opening Celebration in Spartanburg Denny’s in Spartanburg celebrated its recent remodeling by serving up a Grand Slam® opening celebration and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Located at 2306 Reidville Road–conveniently situated just west of Interstate 26 at the intersection of Reidville and South Blackstock Roads–the newly-renovated restaurant offers diners a first look at its all-new design, updated features and reinvigorated menu with a renewed focus on classic diner favorites. To kick off the opening festivities, Denny’s rewarded the first 50 diners through the door with a free Original Grand Slam® meal; the celebration continued throughout the day, with additional prizes, awards and special offerings. “Today’s grand re-opening is not only an exciting day for the residents of Spartanburg, but for all of us at Denny’s as well,” said Denny’s General Manager Richard Lewis. “We’ve been a key part of this community for more than 20 years – with our headquarters just a few miles down the road – and we couldn’t think of a better way to mark this occasion than with a Grand Slam® of a celebration.”
About Wade: Wade was born and raised in Spartanburg and graduated from Spartanburg High in 2004. Wade attended Wofford College where he received a BA in Finance and BS in Mathematics. Throughout most of his educational career he dreamed of being a chemist, however during his sophomore year he began helping at the family restaurant, Wade's, and hasn't looked back since. After working at Wade's for a couple of years, he decided to further his education and began attending Clemson University's Greenville campus to acquire his Masters in Business Administration. Why SYP? Wade says, "I joined SYP as a way to better connect with my peers, and found exactly that. I have made business connections, strengthened existing friendships, and made many new and exciting acquaintances as well. Spartanburg may not always seem like much to some who don't know us, but I am excited to prove them wrong and build its future and mine with the great people I have met through SYP."