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Greenville, SC Metro Chambers Unite on Advocacy

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, August 21, 2020
Last week the Advocacy teams and organizational leaders from South Carolina's largest chambers formalized a new Metro Chamber Coalition. As you know, the Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston chambers have been working closely over the last four ...

Who's Who at Advocacy 101: Ellen Weaver

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, August 6, 2020
I've known Ellen Weaver for a number of years, and there are few in South Carolina who understand how to influence through educating your audience. Her work as the Founding President & CEO of the Palmetto Promise Institute gives her a unique ...

Who's Who at Advocacy 101: Wesley Donehue

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, July 30, 2020
Wesley Donehue is a political consultant, digital marketer, and investor. He’s known as a knife fighter who solves problems for elected officials, candidates, causes and corporations. He’s the owner of United Federation Holdings under ...

Who's Who at Advocacy 101: Chip Felkel

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Chip Felkel is a long-time supporter of the Upstate Chamber Coalition and we were excited to have him expertise again at Advocacy 101. Chip is a veteran strategist and public affairs consultant who advises corporate decision-makers, issue-based ...

Who's Who at Advocacy 101: Matt Moore

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, July 20, 2020
Matt Moore will return to speak at our Advocacy 101 class this year. Last year, Matt led the award-winning “Greenville Connects” campaign on behalf of the Greenville Chamber and our community partners. He is well-acquainted with the ...

Who's Who at Advocacy 101: Amanda Loveday

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, July 16, 2020
Amanda Loveday graciously agreed to speak again this year to our Advocacy 101 class. Amanda and I first met more than a decade ago when she was Executive Director of the S.C. Democratic Party and I worked as the Communications Director for the SC ...

DOT Success: Four Years of Infrastructure Funding

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Wednesday, July 1, 2020
In 2016, the General Assembly passed the business community’s top priority by passing new, sustainable, and substantial funding for our crumbling infrastructure. Today marks Year Four of the implementation, and despite the bellyaching that ...

House Equitable Justice System and Law Enforcement Reform Committee

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, June 29, 2020
With the passage of "smart on crime" reforms in 2010, South Carolina emerged as a national pioneer in criminal justice. These reforms have helped make South Carolina a better place to live, work, and do business. But, as the events of the past ...

City Council Passes Extension on Penalty-Free Late Payments

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Tuesday, May 19, 2020
On Monday, Greenville City Council passed an ordinance extending the deferral of late payment penalties for Local Accommodations Fees and Local Hospitality Taxes until June 22nd for businesses that file their required monthly reports by the normal ...

Governor McMaster Lifts Restrictions

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Tuesday, April 21, 2020
The Greenville Chamber supports a phased re-opening of our economy in a manner that promotes a strong business recovery as well as necessary protections for our community’s health. We are working with local and state government to achieved ...

The Governor's "Home or Work" Order

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Yesterday at 5 p.m., the Governor's mandatory "Home-or-Work Order" was enacted to limit the spread of COVID-19. The new order makes no changes to the list of non-essential businesses that must close. The order does requires all residents limit ...

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 ...

Itís 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 – ...
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