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USC to host outlook conference

The Darla Moore School of Business will hold its 37th Annual Economic Outlook Conference Friday, Dec. 8, at the University of South Carolina.

The EOC is the state’s premier economic event for business and government leaders. This year’s conference will take place noon-4 p.m. in the university’s Alumni Center at 900 Senate St.

Director of Research Doug Woodward will address South Carolina workforce challenges and economist Joseph Von Nessen will provide the 2018 economic forecast for the state, which will detail statewide impacts and include a breakdown by region for anticipated job growth, personal income and industry sectors.

The conference will feature addresses by Gov. Henry McMaster, Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW), and Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina.

Registration is online and tickets cost $75, which includes a lunch and networking reception. A detailed agenda for the EOC is available on the registration website.

For more information, contact the Darla Moore School of Business at or 803-777-7311.

Realtor wins achievement award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Lake Homes Realty’s annual Agent Summit ended with the announcement of national real estate awards. Lake Marion real estate agent Carol Vandyke was included as a winner of the Lake Homes Realty Aqua Award.

The award recognizes success in lake home real estate over the past year and designates Vandyke as a Lake Homes Realty Premier Agent. The designation is reserved for agents with demonstrated success in lake real estate sales, client engagement, compliance activities and community involvement.

According to Lake Homes Realty CEO Glenn S. Phillips, “Carol has truly made an impact on the Lake Marion area. Her unwavering commitment to excellence is an obvious boon to her market.”

The Lake Homes Realty Agent Summit in Birmingham featured nationally acclaimed speakers and training sessions with some of the country’s most successful real estate agents and experts.

Lake Homes Realty ( is a lake-focused real estate brokerage licensed in South Carolina and 13 other states.

Shoney's to honor veterans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nothing says “thank you” like breakfast and Shoney’s is going to prove it by honoring veterans and troops with a free breakfast bar on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, from 6-11 a.m.

Shoney’s military guests will need to provide proof of military service. Offer is valid for dine-in only and beverage, tax and gratuity are not included.

Shoney’s is a Nashville, Tenn.-based company that operates in 17 states.


Chamber announces honorees

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce announced its honorees for the 2017 Business Leader of the Year, Public Servant of the Year, and the Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award.

Business Leader of the Year – Pete Selleck, chairman and president, Michelin North America

Public Servant of the Year – Rep. Gary Simrill, S.C. House District 46

Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award – William L. Bethea Jr., chairman, South Carolina Military Base Task Force

S.C. Chamber President and CEO Ted Pitts said. “Thanks to Rep. Gary Simrill’s leadership and work to bring policy makers together, we now have a long-term, sustainable solution for our state’s roads and bridges. It was an easy decision to name Rep. Simrill the Chamber’s 2017 Public Servant of the Year. South Carolina’s business community thanks him.”

“Our 2017 Business Leader of the Year, Pete Selleck, exemplifies what true leadership looks like from the business community,” Pitts said. “As chairman and president of Michelin North America, Selleck has used his standing as one of the state’s top business leaders to champion issues that move South Carolina forward. He cares about the Palmetto State – Pete’s leadership on issues including infrastructure and workforce development have been monumental.”

“It is a great honor to present Bill Bethea, chairman of the South Carolina Military Base Task Force, with this year’s Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award,” Pitts said. “Bill’s leadership and vision have played an important role in shaping South Carolina as the most military-friendly state in the nation. Bill doesn’t do anything halfway, and the Palmetto state is lucky to have him working to grow the military’s presence and impact on the Palmetto State.”

The 2017 award winners will be honored at the 38th South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Annual Summit on Kiawah Dec. 5-6.

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