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New Programs!

Posted by chamber@newberrycounty.org on November 2, 2018 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Here at the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, we are committed to being your voice for business, your resource for helping your business grow, the community resource for residents and visitors, all while offering opportunities to educate and engage Newberry County citizens.

 

Leadership Newberry County has kicked off the 2018-2019 class and has completed two dates thus far. Be sure to read Newberry Observer's Andrew Wigger's articles, as he is taking part in the program and recapping each meeting date.

 

The City of Newberry's Mayor Foster Senn has held a Jr. Leadership program for select high school students in the city for the past five years. The Chamber, along with Alana West of Clemson Extension, are assisting in expanding this program to the entire county. We are excited to be able to introduce various leadership opportunities to nearly fifty (50) 11th and 12th graders as they meet monthly from Nov. through April for various experiences related to Newberry County.

 

Another collaborative effort kicking off this month is the program Mentoring Newberry County. The Chamber, Newberry County Young Professionals, Rotary Club of Newberry, and The Champions have partnered to link experienced professionals in various fields to those who wish to learn from their expertise.

 

If you are a business in need of interns for short or long term, contact us with your specific needs, including hours available and possible compensation so that we can work with Newberry College to find the right student for your business.

 

You can look forward to Newberry on Board in January of 2019. This program will be a board training series brought to you by the Chamber, the Newberry County Historical and Museum Society, and Newberry College. If you are currently serving on a board or are interested in doing so, you will not want to miss this program.

 

The fall Grow Newberry Farmers Market continues to bring fresh produce to Memorial Park in downtown Newberry via our local farmers. Please join us from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday through Nov. 17 for produce, plants, meats, and delicious baked goods.

 

We are also involved in tourism efforts throughout the county. One of our main events is the Annual Christmas Tour of Homes that will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to tour four magnificent homes, each uniquely decorated for the holidays, and enjoy a wine and cheese reception. Tickets are now available at $30 per person.

 

Please contact us for additional information on these programs and how you can get involved. We are located on the first floor of Community Hall, 1209 Caldwell Street in downtown Newberry. You may also reach out at 803-276-4274 or chamber@newberrycounty.org. Liz or I will be happy to talk with you.

 

Benefits of Chamber Membership

Posted by chamber@newberrycounty.org on September 19, 2018 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Many people think that just because they are unable to attend Chamber functions, that investing in the Chamber would not have any benefits. While being engaged in the various events and activities does expose one to the additional resources and professionals that could benefit your business or career, there are so many other benefits that you reap.

 

Profits: Investment in the Chamber of Commerce returns dividends. Membership services and community programs expose you to new markets and fellow businesses.

 

Publicity: As a part of the Chamber, members share in the publicity of getting things done for the community.

 

Programs: Our programs and events increase the quality of life for current and potential residents and visitors. We partner with other entities when collective efforts will produce better benefits.

 

Participation: Through involvement, you can be a part of representing the voice of business and the

professional community.

 

Prestige: Chamber membership puts you in the company of community leaders. Your ideas, input, and actions are translated into results.

 

Advocacy –Your Voice for Business:

The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce provides representation on the local, state, and national levels, as well as monitors issues of the county municipalities and state government. Your Chamber is a member of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and participates in the Newberry County Governmental Association.

 

We are located on the first floor of Community Hall, 1209 Caldwell Street in downtown Newberry. You are welcome to visit us and find out how we can work with you to help you in your business needs. We can also be reached at 803-276-4274 or chamber@newberrycounty.org. Sign up for our weekly newsletter that advertises various Chamber, community, and member events, and don't forget to like us on Facebook.

 

Upcoming:

September 25 from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m.

Open House at the historic Colonial Revival home located at 519 Boundary Street in Newberry. The former residence of SC Chief Justice Eugene Blease is now available for lease. This event is hosted by Bill and Mary Ann Cross.

 

September 26 at 12:30 p.m.

Newberry Yoga will host their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting. This new yoga studio owned by Susan Dorton and Jane Wyatt is located at 1121 Caldwell Street in downtown Newberry.

 

On September 27 from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m.

Business After Hours in the cafeteria of Newberry County Memorial Hospital. This networking event with food and beverages is open to current and potential Chamber members. NCMH is both sponsor and host for this event.

 

October 4 from 8:00 until 9:00 a.m.

South Carolina Chamber Grassroots Tour

This is your opportunity as a business person and community member to provide feedback as they put together their legislative agenda for the coming year. Contact us to reserve your spot for this session and a light breakfast.

 

We are preparing for a fall Grow Newberry Farmers Market. From 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday from October 13 through November 17, you will be able to shop for your favorite produce and baked goods from local vendors. If you are interested in being a vendor or a sponsor, contact us or visit grownewberry.com.

 

 

 

Get Out of Town!

Posted by chamber@newberrycounty.org on August 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

As the weather gradually cools, take advantage of being outdoors and maybe wander around and take in some things you might not have noticed when you were blinded by the heat. Get out of your town and go see a different one!

Both Little Mountain and Pomaria have had some park improvements. Both are perfect for a morning or afternoon picnic and enjoying nature. If you're into walking or hiking, check out the Peak to Prosperity Passage and Lynch's Woods Passage of the Palmetto Trail. You can learn more at palmettoconservation.org.

The Town of Prosperity recently held their sidewalk dedication. While the dedication day was indeed a hot one, this month's climate is more suitable for you to make your way to Town Square and see some of the beautification that has taken place. You'll also notice a few facelifts in the area. Visit with the merchants and let them know how great it looks!

If you haven't stopped by Genesis, located at 1104 Main Street in downtown Newberry yet, do yourself a favor and do so soon. Not only is the coffee excellent, but the space is perfect to catch up with friends or to use as a work space. They specialize in offering fare trade coffees, cereals, snacks, and other goods. They also offer delivery service and other specialized services to suit your needs.

Newberry Yoga, located at 1121 Caldwell Street in downtown Newberry, is offering complimentary classes during the month of August and will begin their full schedule on September 10. Find more information at newberryyogastudio.com and check out some classes that meet your interest.

While you're downtown Newberry, you'll notice some additional activity taking place in some of the storefronts. Keep checking back to see what's new!

We welcome you to visit us on the first floor of Community Hall in downtown Newberry, located at 1209 Caldwell Street. You may also contact us at 803-276-4274 or chamber@newberrycounty.org. We would welcome talking with you about the Chamber and our role in the community.

 

FastTrac: Business School for Entrepreneurs

Posted by chamber@newberrycounty.org on July 24, 2018 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Newberry Downtown Development Association (NDDA) is a non-profit organization of business owners, residents, and other supporters who believe in its mission to nurture the character, enhance the economic vitality, and provide a shared voice for downtown Newberry.

 

In carrying out that mission, one of the goals of the NDDA is to create a strong and vibrant economic environment. Coordinated by the NDDA and Newberry College and also sponsored by the City of Newberry, Newberry County Chamber of Commerce, and Newberry County, they are bringing a program called FastTrac, a business school for entrepreneurs, to the community.

 

Often times, business owners spend their days dealing with the most urgent need and solving the largest crisis of the moment, leaving little time to focus on thinking and strategic business planning. FastTrac, a 10-week educational program, empowers entrepreneurs with skills to increase revenue and grow their businesses.

 

FastTrac will be team-led by Tom Ledbetter, President and CEO of Next Phase Management LLC, and a top-ranked FastTrac facilitator, and Paul Smith, entrepreneurship professor at Newberry College. Guest speakers, scheduled for each session, will contribute by sharing knowledge, expertise, and personal anecdotes.

 

The 10-week program will meet weekly on Thursdays from September 13 through November 15 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Newberry College's Center for Teacher Education. The participation fee is $150.00 per business, with a maximum of two people from each business. You may sign up online at facebook.com/newberrydowntowndevelopment or on the Chamber's website at NewberryCountyChamber.com.

 

Save the date for the information session scheduled for Thursday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the Newberry Opera House, where you will hear more details about the program and be able to ask additional questions.

 

As a part of the Chamber's mission to support economic development efforts, supporting this program is a natural fit. Just because this program is being brought to you by the NDDA does not mean that it is just for businesses located within the City of Newberry's downtown district. We urge you to consider your business needs and if FastTrac makes sense for you, not matter where your business is located. Both the time and monetary investment is not too great when you consider the knowledge that you can glean from the course. For questions please email Newberrydowntowndevelopment@gmail.com.

 

We welcome you to visit us on the first floor of Community Hall, located in downtown Newberry at 1209 Caldwell Street, or contact us at 803-276-4274 or chamber@newberrycounty.org.

 

Chamber Myths

Posted by chamber@newberrycounty.org on July 19, 2018 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

As with any organization, there is sometimes a mystery about them. Even though Chambers of Commerce have been around for centuries, there are still misconceptions about what they are and what they do.

One of the sayings in the chamber world is that if you've seen one chamber, you've seen one chamber. Meaning that each one offers programs and events catered to its community and its member investors. As defined by Wikipedia, "a chamber of commerce (or board of trade) is a form of business network, for example, a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. Business owners in towns and cities form these local societies to advocate on behalf of the business community. Local businesses are members, and they elect a board of directors or executive council to set policy for the chamber. The board or council then hires a President, CEO or Executive Director, plus staffing appropriate to size, to run the organization."

The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce is governed by a 14-member board and managed by me, the Executive Director, and greatly assisted by Liz MacDonald, Administrator, and several dedicated volunteers called Ambassadors. Our mission is to promote a positive business environment and to enhance the quality of life in Newberry County by supporting the state and county economic development efforts while meeting the needs of our communities and members. Our vision is to create a community where every citizen, individual and corporate, can reach their full potential and become a positive contributor to Newberry's economic well-being and quality of life.

A few ways in which we help businesses is by providing opportunities to network and build relationships; by referring clients for services, supports, and products; and by providing resources and information related to current business needs and trials. Stop in or call to see how we can work with you!

Now on to dispel a few of the common myths:

Myth: The Chamber of Commerce is a part of government.

Fact: While the Chamber works with the county and its municipalities to promote the many great attributes of Newberry County, the Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit entity whose funds primarily come from member investors. Those member investors, in turn, receive the benefits that come with Chamber membership.

Myth: The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce only supports the businesses in the City of Newberry.

Fact: While our office happens to be located in the heart of downtown Newberry, we represent the entire county and promote the activities and recreation opportunities available throughout the county. While we reserve our business support for our member investors, we actively promote any community activity of which we are made aware, for we also house the county's official Visitors Center.

Myth: You have to meet certain criteria to become a member of the Chamber.

Fact: Anyone who is interested in bettering their business and/or their community can become a member of the Chamber of Commerce. We have large industries, small businesses, and even couples and individuals who are members. For a business with one to five employees, your monetary investment is less than $11 per month.

We welcome you to visit us on the first floor of Community Hall in downtown Newberry, located at 1209 Caldwell Street. You may also contact us at 803-276-4274 or chamber@newberrycounty.org.

What Does Chamber Membership Do For Me?

Posted by chamber@newberrycounty.org on July 10, 2018 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

"What does Chamber membership do for me?" That is a great question, and one that we like to answer.

The Chamber of Commerce is often the first visit, phone call, or website search that a resident or visitor makes in an effort to find a particular service. By investing in your Chamber of Commerce, your information is in our hands to readily provide to those who inquire about it. "Well, what will that set me back?" It shouldn't hurt at all. For a business with one to five employees, your investment is $10.83 per month. For a business with 50 employees, your investment is $18.75 per month. You would have to have 100 employees before your investment reaches even $1.00 per day, and you get access to so much more than referrals.

Is your business just opening, or have you expanded or remodeled? The Chamber provides complimentary Ribbon Cuttings, including an article in The Newberry Observer. We provide the bright red ribbon and the large, cool scissors to go with it. Did you know that new members receive a complimentary ad in the Observer?

Don't need the additional business? Investing in your Chamber supports your community and helps to better neighboring businesses. Our mission is to promote a positive business environment and to enhance the quality of life in Newberry County by supporting the state and county economic development efforts while meeting the needs of our communities and members.

We host and promote a number of business events and community activities with that mission in mind. Our networking events, educational workshops, and informative breakfasts are valuable tools provided for businesses and individuals in this ever-changing business world. Our information resources run deep, and we are able to tap into that information for your benefit. Bettering businesses only improves the economic development climate that affords a better quality of life for residents. Our Christmas Tour of Homes and Ag + Art Tour of Newberry County invite many visitors to our area, and our Pumpkin Painting Party and Santa's Workshop and Mrs. Claus Story Time are wonderful holiday activities for the young and young-at-heart.

Our vision is to create a community where every citizen, individual and corporate, can reach their full potential and become a positive contributor to Newberry’s economic well-being and quality of life. Leadership Newberry County and the Newberry County Young Professionals are just two of our programs that provide resources and education to people looking to make a positive difference in their community.

Let us be your go-to resource for business, and let us know what we can offer to help you better your business. We welcome you to visit us on the first floor of Community Hall in downtown Newberry, located at 1209 Caldwell Street. You may also contact us at 803-276-4274 or chamber@newberrycounty.org.


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