• Annual Awards Gala & Reception

  • This annual celebration of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce is held each year in May (due to the pandemic, we have scheduled this event in 2021 on Friday, September 10).  It attracts 250+ members & guests to recognize special volunteers in community and chamber service, and honors the outgoing & incoming Board presidents. The event is an energetic business and social event to enjoy with employees, clients and associates to welcome the new Chamber year while highlighting the past year. 

    The event kicks off with an award ceremony in which the following awards are presented:

    President's Award - The President’s Award is given annually to a Kershaw County citizen who has contributed to the betterment of Kershaw County for a significant period of time.  The nominee must demonstrate involvement in community projects within Kershaw County and show support in areas such as; Chamber-sponsored events, clubs and organizations, charities, churches, and demonstrates a well-rounded contribution to community involvement.  The individual must be an affiliate of a Chamber member in good standing i.e. employee, owner, board member, etc.  The President’s Award is the highest award given by the Chamber each year. Nominations for the award are reviewed by the Executive Committee. The President of the Chamber board then accepts their recommendations as information and makes the final decision on the recipient. Click HERE for a nomination form.

    Bobby T. Jones Humanitarian Award - This award was given for the first time in 2018 to an individual whose work and deeds have served to improve the quality of lives of Kershaw County citizens and contributed to a broad impact on the Kershaw County community. The nominee must demonstrate courage to take action, wisdom to face challenges in a cooperative manner, and the willingness to sacrifice for the betterment of the community. The individual may be anyone that serves the Kershaw County community (they do not have to be a Kershaw County resident and do not have to be a member of the chamber). Nominations for the award will be reviewed by a small committee including representatives from Bobby’s family. Click HERE for a nomination form.

    William F. Nettles Award-The William F. Nettles Award is given annually to the Chamber volunteer who has done the most to advance the programs of the Chamber of Commerce during the past year.  It is given in memory of William F. Nettles, Jr., long-time supporter, and Past-President, of the Chamber of Commerce.  If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Chamber volunteer, please contact Amy Kinard at akinard@kershawcountychamber.org or call (803) 432-2525. 

    Kershaw County Business of the Year-The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year award program is designed to recognize the dedication, achievement and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by exceptional local businesses. Click HERE for a nomination form.

    There will be one award in each category:

    Small Business of the Year - *25 or less full-time employees

    Mid-Size Business of the Year - *26-50 full-time employees

    Large Business of the Year - *51+ full-time employees

    Nominees must:

    • Demonstrate commitment to the community and show ability to overcome obstacles
    • Have been in business in Kershaw County at least 3 years
    • Be a member in good standing of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce at least 2 years
    • Complete all of the questions (6 total) in the nomination form


    NEW! Young Professional of the Year - The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional of the Year award is designed to recognize a strong young leader in the business community. Nominees must possess the qualities and talents that will result in their assuming a top leadership role in their field in the future. Click HERE for a nomination form.

    Nominees Must:

    • Be 35 years old or younger
    • Demonstrate emerging leadership skills and show initiative in their work
    • Show commitment to and support of the community
    • Demonstrate an ability to work across teams and/or organizations
    • Work for a business that is a member in good standing of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce AND the business has been a member of the Chamber for a minimum of two years


    NOTE: All of the 2021 award nominations must be submitted no later than Wednesday, August 4, 2021, either by email or mail to Amy Kinard, PO Box 605, Camden, SC 29021.

    Business Partners of the Year - Two Business Partner of the Year awards are given from nominations made by local schools. This award is for a business that has contributed the most in time and/or financial resources to help a school reach their goals for the current school year. Nominations are reviewed by a committee and two award winners will be selected. Deadline for submission is Thursday, June 10, 2021. Click HERE to download the 2021 nomination form.

    Upon conclusion of the awards ceremony, attendees are invited to stay for a themed networking reception with open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment.