DAK is Palmetto Shining Star

DAK is Palmetto Shining Star

Officials with DAK Americas, pictured, were among those honored by the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation in July with 2018 Safety Achievement Awards. DAK received the Palmetto Shining Star award, while C.F. Evans Construction won the Rising Star award.

Chamber's Cup Golf Tournament Oct. 11

The Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce announced that the 32nd Annual Chamber's Cup Golf Tournament presented by South State Bank will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Hillcrest Golf Course. Check-in and lunch is from noon-1 p.m. with a shotgun start at 1.

Chamber members and friends are welcome to participate in a day full of golfing and networking. Lunch will be available to all players prior to the start of the tournament and an awards dinner will be held at the end of the tournament.

Several sponsorships are currently available. For more information on sponsorships or team registrations, call the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce at 803-534-6821.

Community reading initiative

The Prince of Orange Mall announced the start of Orangeburg READS, a program designed to publicly promote reading through special events that inspire students, make reading fun and give back to local school libraries.

Orangeburg READS features two events for partnering elementary schools. The first is a READS Spirit Nights that encourage reading and support local libraries. The event features interactive games for students who can use their reading skills to win prizes. For every student attending, the program donates $1 for the school’s library.

The Orangeburg READS Spirit Nights will be held Oct. 2 and 4 from 5-7p.m.

The second event is a READS Recognition Night that celebrates the reading achievements of students at the end of the school year. The event features a presentation of certificates by local leaders and a wall of recognition displaying the names of student readers. A May date will be announced.

Elementary schools looking to join Orangeburg READS can visit www.ourcityreads.com/registration to sign up.

Aviation group commends mayor

WASHINGTON – The Alliance for Aviation Across America commended Mayor Michael C. Butler of Orangeburg for proclaiming August “South Carolina General Aviation Month.”

In South Carolina, general aviation airports contribute over $1 billion to the state’s economy annually.

 “Mayor Butler’s proclamation helps highlight the economic benefits and valuable service that general aviation provides to the City of Orangeburg and the State of South Carolina,” said Selena Shilad, executive director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “We sincerely thank the mayor and the City of Orangeburg for recognizing this vital industry.”

Group promotes employment of veterans

Rebecca Rhymer, corporate recruiter at Zeus Industrial Products, recently addressed the Orangeburg Veterans Job Club.

Rhymer spoke to a group of 25 to 30 veterans in attendance at the club’s bi-monthly meeting. She presented the veterans with tips on how to complete their online job applications with the company and provided some do’s and don’ts on interviewing.

“Zeus is looking to hire 200 people over the next year," she said.

The veterans job club was formed in January 2018 and is open to all veterans whether employed or not. The purpose of the Veteran Job Club is to connect veterans to resources and improve employment networking.

During the meetings, the veterans are given the opportunity to discuss challenges often faced in finding employment. There is a lot of networking and encouragement within the group.

The Veteran Job Club was established by Willie Brown, veterans workforce consultant.

Brown, a veteran himself, was pleased with the turnout. “Veterans that were able to attend got some helpful information about getting hired on at Zeus," he said.

The Orangeburg Veterans Job Club meets at the SC Works Orangeburg Office located at 1804 Joe Jeffords Highway on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. For additional information, contact Willie Brown at 803-813-1089 or email wbrown@dew.sc.gov.

S.C. 5th in growth of women-owned businesses

South Carolina has an estimated 167,000 women-owned businesses, employing 113,000 and attributing to roughly $16,181,800,000 according to the eighth annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express.

The report analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners and factoring in relative changes in Gross Domestic Product.

New this year, the report looks back to 1972, the first time the U.S. Census Bureau provided data on minority- and women-owned businesses. Nationally, the number of women-owned businesses increased a dramatic 31 times since 1972 --from 402,000 to 12.3 million in 2018. Employment during that time grew 40-fold from 230,000 to 9.2 million, and revenues rose from $8.1 billion to $1.8 trillion  217 times greater.

South Carolina is ranked fifth in growth of number of women-owned firms since 2007 with a 67.9 percent increase, 28th in growth of jobs created with a 12.6 percent increase and 45th in growth of firm revenues with a 14.4 percent increase.


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