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Spartanburg Area

CHAMBER FOCUS Upcoming Chamber Events Business After Hours

CityRange - Spartanburg Thursday, September 19, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Entrepreneurial Readiness

Presenting the Junior Leadership Spartanburg Class of 2013-14 Junior Leadership Spartanburg (JLS) – a program of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce was adopted for inclusion in the Chamber’s Program of Work in May, 1987. The program is designed to provide junior-year, Spartanburg County high school students the opportunity to have a learning experience beyond the classroom, while developing valuable skills that will benefit their leadership endeavors. JLS is a ten-month program where participants learn a variety of valuable leadership skills including time management, community issue awareness, and business ethics. The program also provides training in the area of personal development, skills training, volunteer opportunities and team building. The program is endorsed and approved by private schools and all seven school districts. The Chamber partners with local colleges, universities and businesses to provide professional personnel, facilities and other aspects of the sessions throughout the school year. Marcia Murff with Spartanburg Parks Commission - a graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership Spartanburg program - assists in planning and coordinating the sessions with the Chamber’s Program Manager, Cindy Teaster. Each leader attends all activities, functions and meetings pertaining to the program. Donations from civic clubs, companies, foundations and individuals are welcomed to assist with covering the costs of the program, too. For more information, please contact Cindy Teaster, or (864) 594-5022. The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership Spartanburg Board of Regents is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Junior Leadership Spartanburg Class: Boiling Springs High School Alyssa Brown Jack Or Drew Peden Josie Pettit Eva Sereque Savannah Young Broome High School Davis Keller Michaela Lee Nyasia Walker James F. Byrnes High School Guadalupe Maldonado Indiya Neal Timmany Nesbitt Chapman High School Tyshun Mabry Will Moon Megan White

Chesnee High School Destinee Amin Ben Cooley Dorman High School Stephen Alexander Davia Bunch Martin Groke Andrew Kiser Anand Mulji Landrum High School Jordan Bishop BJ Sherman Oakbrook Preparatory School Mary Burgess Harrelson Maggie Macdonald Scholars Academy

Spartanburg High School Timothy Davis David Dunlavey Elijah Goldman Grace Renfrow Naomi Tate Dara Thompson Spartanburg Christian Academy Rebekah Duncan Caleb Powers Spartanburg Day School Palmer Smith Julia Wall Woodruff High School Heather Duncan Whitt Ramey

Jake Turner Alayna Wells

Oktoberfest Primetime Expo is Coming

Chamber Accepting Award Nominations

While most of us steer clear from the traditional expo or trade show, the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce will host an Oktoberfest Primetime Expo like none other. Oktoberfest is a business showcase for Chamber members to promote their product/service to the business community. Open to members and guests, this is your opportunity to discover resources to help you grow your business. Not your typical trade show, Oktoberfest will be complete with German food, beer, Oompah music, lights, door prizes, and fun! Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 17, 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Cleveland Park Event Center. Oktoberfest is sponsored by SunTrust Bank, SwaimBrown, and Brown & Brown Insurance. Interested in exhibiting? Members can reserve their table top on the Chamber website. Let’s make this the most fun you’ve had while working!

The Diversity Committee of the Spartanburg Area Chamber is preparing for the 2013 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) awards celebration. The committee is accepting nominations for two of the awards to be presented at the celebration: the Minority Business Person of the Year and the Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year. Award recipients will be honored at the annual Minority Enterprise Development Celebration on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Spartanburg Marriott. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, October 11, 2013. Eligibility, nomination criteria and forms are available on the Chamber website at For additional information contact Rochelle Williams, Director of Diversity Initiatives, at 864-594-5032 or at

South Carolina Women's Business Center Thursday, September 26, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, TD Bank, 340 E. Main St., Spartanburg Cost: $20 (lunch provided)

Books & Business Cards

South Carolina Women's Business Center Thursday, September 26, 5:30 - 7:30 PM Spartanburg Community College (Tyger River Campus); Cost: $10

Chairman's Cup Golf Tournament Presented by Integral Solutions Group Wednesday, October 2, 12:00 PM - Until Woodfin Ridge Golf Club Inman, SC 29349

Governor Nikki Haley: Report to the Business Community Monday, October 7, 12:00 PM The Piedmont Club $25 per person; limited seating

How Smart Leaders Create Engaged Employees

Dale Carnegie Training Strategic Sales Development Series Tuesday, October 8, 8:00 - 10:00 AM Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce $49/person ; $196/group of 5 persons

Small Business Roundtable

Presented by the Spartanburg SBDC, SCORE, and the Spartanburg County Library Tuesday, October 8, 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM Spartanburg Library - Downtown

Fall CEO Social

Presented by Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP Featuring Dr. Nayef H. Samhat, Wofford College President Monday, October 28, 5:30-7:00 PM The Piedmont Club; $25/person Limited to CEO or manging director. For more information on these and all Chamber events, visit

Entrepreneurship in Spartanburg Iron Yard Town Hall Tuesday, September 24, 7:30-9:00 AM

Join us for breakfast and a panel discussion on entrepreneurship in Spartanburg with panelists: • Jeremy Boeh - Director, The Space to Launch at Wofford College • Steven Hahn - Director, Entrepreneurial Services at The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce • Jon-Michial Carter- Chartspan/Iron Yard

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