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Do I Qualify for an SBA Loan?

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, March 30, 2020
With the CARES Act signed, a weekend to process it, speaking with our Chamber’s banking investors, and the opportunity to speak with Congressional staff, here’s what we know: What’s in the bill? For businesses, the biggest thing ...

Labor Department Issues Guidance on Family First Coronavirus Response Act

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, March 27, 2020
Labor Department Issues Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Labor released updated information and resources for businesses about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act – the ...

Federal Response to Coronavirus: What Employers Need to Know

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, March 19, 2020
Last night, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201). This bill is the “Phase 2” of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase 1 was approved earlier in the month and ...

Brexit Deadline

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, January 31, 2020
Today is the Brexit deadline... the day the United Kingdom formally leaves the European Union. We had the opportunity to meet with the then-British Brexit Ambassador to the United States last summer. Mrs. Hall Hall gave us a great primer into Brexit ...

Creating a Pathway for County Square Development

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, January 23, 2020
Thanks to the six councilors (Knox White, Russell Stall, Wil Brasington, John DeWorken, Lillian Flemming, and Kenneth Gibson) who approved a once-in-a-generation project last night that will create thousands of jobs and advance our community. The ...

How does the Chamber decide position on issues that arise after the agenda is set?

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, January 6, 2020
This is one of our most frequently asked questions. The Greenville Chamber and the Upstate Chamber Coalition have slightly different processes, so we’ll focus on the Greenville Chamber’s process in this blog post. As I mentioned in the ...

How does the Chamber produce its agenda each year?

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, December 9, 2019
Producing our policy agenda — and keeping it nimble enough to react to the rapidly changing political scene — is the most challenging thing we achieve each year. It’s equal parts reacting to needs, predicting the future, and ...

Future Growth Hinges on Consolidating Sewer Systems

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Tuesday, August 20, 2019
The Greenville Chamber has called for the consolidation of the county’s wastewater districts since 2017. This week, both the Greenville County Council and Greenville Legislative Delegation will begin debate on the issue. We’re happy to ...

5 Facts About the Gas Tax Increase

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, July 11, 2019
For years, South Carolinians joked and complained about the condition of our state’s roads. Now, three years after the General Assembly agreed on a solution, the state DOT is making good on its promise. In our post-fact political discourse, ...

A New Workers' Compensation Bill That Could Turn Your Business On Its Head

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Tuesday, April 30, 2019
This op-ed was first published in the Greenville Business Magazine. The Palmetto State is largely known as a business-friendly state in most categories. Each year, business groups promote a legislative agenda that pushes critical needs for our ...

Fair Share Bill

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, April 25, 2019
The Upstate Chamber Coalition recently sent a letter to Peter McCoy (R-Charleston), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, urging him to hold a hearing on H. 3758, or the Fair Share Bill. Due to the unintended consequences caused by the ...

It’s Time to Move the Pension Reform Bill

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, April 22, 2019
The Upstate Chamber Coalition presidents recently sent a letter to House Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Hartsville) to urge him to move pension reform through the House of Representatives. This is a critical issue because problems with the pension system are ...

Higher Teacher Pay is the Path to Economic Growth

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Businesses across the Upstate tell us every day that their number one concern is the availability of a trained workforce. The essential building blocks of a strong workforce begin with a strong education system. The essential building blocks of a ...

Voting: Good for Business

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, November 5, 2018
Takeaways: Give your employees time off to vote Tuesday. A politically engaged Upstate is good for the economy. Politics is a sensitive topic in the workplace – especially these days, when national controversy swirls around every tweet. And ...

Advocacy Update: Two Final, Big Victories in Columbia

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, October 5, 2018
The General Assembly returned to session this week to tie up some loose ends — and put the cherry on top of the sundae for the Upstate Chamber Coalition’s 2018 priorities. This week, the House and Senate overrode the governor’s ...

Make your voice heard in 2019

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Earlier this month, the Greenville Chamber and Upstate Chamber Coalition took 50 business leaders to Washington. After the first day, one of our attendees wrote on Facebook: “I am WAY out of my league sitting here.” No, I replied, ...

Congress Acts to Give Small Businesses More Access to Capital

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Congress has approved sweeping reforms to the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, which enacted sweeping new regulations on banks of all sizes. Last year, we worked with Senator Graham’s office to convene more than a dozen Upstate banks to discuss the ...

It's Crossover Day

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Tonight, at 11:59 pm, it’s “Crossover Day” at the Statehouse. This is the day when legislation has to cross from the House to the Senate, or the Senate to the House, and still be considered under the normal rules. After crossover, ...

A Major Win for Upstate Exporters

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, December 21, 2017
The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs rejected Scott Garrett’s nomination to be chairman of the Export-Import Bank. This is a major victory for the nearly 20,000 South Carolina jobs that depend on the bank – ...

How They Voted: 2017

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Tuesday, June 27, 2017
When the Upstate business community committed to our 2017 Legislative Agenda, we wrote an ambitious agenda that would drive our region into the future. Better roads. An expanded workforce. Support for fast-growing, innovative companies. Fixing our ...

Improving Access to Capital

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, June 2, 2017

Upstate Banks Meet with Federal Staff on Repealing Dodd-Frank

Local Elections are Set; Get Involved

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, March 31, 2017
National politics gets all the media attention, but it's what happens at City Hall that might have more impact on your business than any hot button issue in Washington (healthcare is an obvious exception). While the national rhetoric ranges ...

Get to Know Your Leaders: William Timmons

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, March 9, 2017

Timmons is a newcomer to elected politics but has hit the ground running...

We’ve Reached The Last Resort

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, February 27, 2017

If this isn’t the last resort, how bad does it need to get?

Greenville's Bannister Looks Back, Looks Forward

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

We're introducing you to your local political leaders -- the men and women who have a direct impact on...

Senate rules (*yawn*) - The most important part of the process

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, February 2, 2017
THE TAKEAWAY: The business community welcomes the rule changes and we hope it means more pro-business legislation passed in the coming session. It's among the most mundane and boring parts of a legislative body, but when you know the rules of our ...

An Agenda to Move Business Forward

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Takeaway: We will make it easier to do business in Greenville.

Legislative Leadership Unchanged, Uncertainty Remains

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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The Overtime Rule: What’s Next?

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, November 28, 2016

A Federal judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction stopping the...

Proposed Greenville County sign ordinance creates burdensome regulations

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, October 28, 2016

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