• Annual Awards Gala & Reception

  • This annual celebration of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce is held each year in May.  It attracts 250+ members & guests to recognize special volunteers in community & 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 Awards 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 to dowload the nomination form!

    William F. Nettles Award-The William F. Nettles Award is given annually to the Chamber Diplomat who has done the most to advance the programs of the Chamber of Commerce during the past year and is awarded based on a points system.  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 Diplomat, please contact Liz Horton at lhorton@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.

    There will be one award in each category:

    *25 or less full-time employees

    *26-50 full-time employees

    *51+ full-time employees


    Applicants Must

    • Demonstrate commitment to the community and show ability to overcome obstacles.
    • Have been in business in Kershaw County at least 2 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 application.


    Community Pride Awards-Community Pride Awards are designed to recognize extensive exterior remodeling, new construction, or landscaping which significantly improve the appearance of the community and nominations are accepted and awarded year-round, with recipients being recognized at the Chamber's Annual Awards Ceremony each year in May.  The Community Pride Awards are intended for those who "go the extra mile" to assure their business' outward appearance is above and beyond what is reasonably done as a matter of course in construction or renovation.  All Kershaw County businesses and organizations are eligible for this honor.

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