Chamber Of Commerce
The Kershaw County of Commerce is committed to its mission "to create and support an environment in which business can flourish in Kershaw County".
What is the Chamber of Commerce? The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is the largest business organization in the area, uniting business and professional firms to accomplish collectively what cannot be done individually. While it is operated as a not-for-profit corporation, it operates and lives within its financial means.
What it is not! It is not a department of the city, county, or state government, and, is not a social services, or charitable institution.
Who are its members? The Chamber's 400+ members include the largest and most successful businesses in the region, recently organized start-ups, and almost every conceivable business in between. What our members share in common is a commitment to Kershaw County as a place to invest, to do business, and to live!
What are the Chamber's objectives?
Value Proposition - solidify our value proposition with our current and potential members
Advocate – identify and speak out on the issues important to our members
Communications – improve communications with key stakeholder groups and members
Vision for the County - get good representation from all the geographic areas
Who calls the shots? The Chamber is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors that is representative of the range of businesses among our membership and elected directors serve 3-year terms with one third being elected each year.
What is your return on investment?
Access to Information
You can make business contacts by meeting the decision makers of member firms at networking functions such as; Business After Hours, the Annual Awards Gala, Golf and Clay Shooting Tournaments, and the Annual Legislative Luncheon, just to name a few.
Get advertising that works by promoting your business to thousands of prospects with free listings in the Chamber's membership directory, on-line and in a new printed directory coming in 2010. Members may also advertise in the Chamber's weekly electronic newsletter, Weekly Weblines, or in our quarterly printed newsletter, The Connection, at substantially discounted rates. Many other advertising opportunities are available to members only.
Receive current business news with concise information about current Chamber projects in our weekly electronic newsletter and quarterly printed newsletter. Additional community exposure is given through continuous press releases on our website, The Chronicle Independent, TruVista Channel 39, West Wateree Chronicle, and WPUB Kool 102.7.
Helpful facts and figures are also available through the Chamber with the distribution of telephone directories, maps, and other local information. General statistics are also available and demographics information may be obtained through our partner, the Kershaw County Economic Development Office. The Chamber responds to hundreds of inquiries each month about specific services available in Kershaw County and we only refer member companies.
The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is also the designated tourism agency for Kershaw County and continually works to promote our area as a tourism destinationand assists hundreds of visitors each month with referrals to local attractions and events, accommodations, dining, and shopping, and more. The Chamber also works to recruit large events, meetings, reunions, fishing tournaments, etc. to our area to increase the economic impact of visitor spending in our area.
A strong community must have a strong Chamber of Commerce. As a voluntary, 501(c) 6 not-for-profit organization, your Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce is dependent on the dues investments it receives from business and professional firms for 50% of its operating budget. It is our vision to be a business partner providing good value to our members, continue to be a valuable source of information, to our members and visitors, and work towards becoming asource of unity and direction for the community. With your help we can make this vision a reality. Please explore our newly designed website, or call us at (803) 432-2525, for additional information.
We invite you to become a part of your Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center...Leading Businesses. Leading Communities. ®