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Spartanburg Area

CHAMBER FOCUS Upcoming Events SC Women's Business Center Pajama Party Benefit

Tuesday, December 17, 4:00-6:00 PM Hosted by BMW at the Zentrum Admission to the event: Please bring sleepwear for Upstate victims of domestic violence and their children. RSVP: / 864-244-4117

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2013 Chamber Advance: Spartanburg – Enterprise Hub On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chamber Advance. The theme for this year’s Advance was "Spartanburg – Enterprise Hub" and focused on the diversity of area business activity. The event was held at Milliken with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP being the presenting sponsor. The event featured several discussion panels on important community topics, including: • Quality of Place - The New Definer of Successful Communities panel discussion - Tammy Devine (QS1), Jennifer Evins (Arts Partnership), Sue Schneider (Spartanburg Water and Chamber Board Chair), and Katherine O'Neill (Spartanburg County). • An Economic Vision for Spartanburg - Todd Horne (Clayton Construction) and Ed Memmott (City of Spartanburg). • Planning for Growth in the New South - Mayor Allen Joines, Winston-Salem, NC. • Thoughts on the Future of Spartanburg - George Dean Johnson, Jr., Chairman, Johnson Development Associates. • Workforce...The Path to Alignment - Foster Chapman (Johnson Development and WORC Chair) , Joy Owens (Spartanburg Chamber), and LaTokia Trigg (Ready SC). • Transformation and Innovation in our Schools panel presentation - Jim Reynolds (Total Comfort Solutions), Dr. Russell Booker (School District 7), and Dr. Darryl Owings (School District 6). The Chamber Advance brings business and community leaders together to set priorities and develop a shared vision for the future of the Spartanburg area. Input gathered at the Advance is used to develop the Chamber's Plan of Action and set objectives for the upcoming year.

Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast Friday, February 7, 2014 8:00-9:30 AM USC Upstate Ballroom

For more information on these and all Chamber events, visit

Why SYP? Spartanburg Young Professionals (SYP) is the premier organization in the Spartanburg area for connecting you to the Upstate business community. Whether you have been in the area a while, are a new graduate, or new to the community, SYP Membership can benefit you! Mission

Legislative Outlook Breakfast The annual Legislative Outlook Breakfast was held Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Spartanburg Marriott. Hospice Care of South Carolina was the presenting sponsor for the breakfast which is organized by the Chamber's Government Relations Committee Members of the Spartanburg Legislative Delegation gave their perspective on issues before the upcoming 2014 session of the South Carolina General Assembly. The event included an open Question-andAnswer session where guests had the opportunity to interact with the legislators.

SYP is a civic organization for young professionals between the ages of 22 and 40 in the Spartanburg area and is coordinated through the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce to provide networking and social opportunities, to expand community understanding and involvement and to broaden professional horizons. Activities and Events First Thursdays - monthly social events typically held the on the first Thursday of each month at locations around Spartanburg. Town Hall Forums - sessions for asking tough questions and tackling community issues by bringing together Spartanburg's young professionals with community leadership. Lunch and Learn - educational programs typically held during lunch hour focused on refining skills and business related education. For more details on SYP or to join, please visit:

China’s Southeast University, Sherman College Sign Agreement The Medical School of Southeast University (MSSEU) in China and Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, recently signed a cooperation agreement establishing an academic exchange program that allows select faculty members of each institution to visit one another, guest lecture and participate in collaborative research. Sherman College Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Robert Irwin, along with MSSEU Vice Dean for Research Dr. Jianqiong Zhang and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Students Dr. Lixin Wang, signed the agreement Wednesday morning, December 11, on the Sherman College campus. “This is a wonderful way for faculty from both institutions to work together and learn from each other,” Sherman College President Dr. Edwin Cordero said of the agreement. “I’m confident this agreement will complement our strengths in the study of the science, philosophy and art of chiropractic. We look forward to the collaborative work ahead, as well as sharing chiropractic with our colleagues across the globe.” Sherman College continually works to establish academic agreements and pre-chiropractic programs with institutions across the nation and around the world to promote its doctor of chiropractic program and enrich faculty scholarship opportunities.

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