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Advocacy Update: Two Final, Big Victories in Columbia

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, October 5, 2018
The General Assembly returned to session this week to tie up some loose ends — and put the cherry on top of the sundae for the Upstate Chamber Coalition’s 2018 priorities. This week, the House and Senate overrode the governor’s ...

Make your voice heard in 2019

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Earlier this month, the Greenville Chamber and Upstate Chamber Coalition took 50 business leaders to Washington. After the first day, one of our attendees wrote on Facebook: “I am WAY out of my league sitting here.” No, I replied, ...

Addressing Federal Issues of Competitiveness

Posted by: Chamber Investor on Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Supporting free trade and opposition to escalating tariffs. Advocating for a fully-funded and staffed U.S. Commercial Service. Expressing support for continued operation of the Export-Import Bank. Using each of these tools to support the growth and ...

House and Senate Vote to Expand South Carolina's Workforce

Posted by: Katie Busbee on Thursday, June 28, 2018
On Wednesday, the House and Senate voted to override Governor McMaster’s veto of the Greenville Chamber’s top priority: expanding expungement laws for one-time, low-level offenders in order to expand South Carolina’s workforce. ...

Vote in the June 12th Primaries!

Posted by: Katie Busbee on Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Many may already have their calendars marked for the first Tuesday in November, reminding themselves to take an hour off to vote. All statewide offices and U.S. House seats will be on the ballot, and some districts will have Statehouse and local ...

Congress Acts to Give Small Businesses More Access to Capital

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Congress has approved sweeping reforms to the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, which enacted sweeping new regulations on banks of all sizes. Last year, we worked with Senator Graham’s office to convene more than a dozen Upstate banks to discuss the ...

A Tale of Two Bills

Posted by: Katie Busbee on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The last day of the regular legislative session at the Statehouse is known as Sine Die, a latin term that means to end a meeting without an appointed date to return. Per the South Carolina constitution, this day takes place on the second Thursday of ...

It's Crossover Day

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Tonight, at 11:59 pm, it’s “Crossover Day” at the Statehouse. This is the day when legislation has to cross from the House to the Senate, or the Senate to the House, and still be considered under the normal rules. After crossover, ...

Itís 2018. Hereís What You Can Expect from Your Business Advocacy Team.

Posted by: Katie Busbee on Tuesday, January 9, 2018
If 2016 and 2017 taught us anything, it’s probably that we shouldn’t waste much time making predictions on a political landscape that’s ever-changing; the warranty on my crystal ball expired long ago. But for 2018, I’m ...

A Major Win for Upstate Exporters

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, December 21, 2017
The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs rejected Scott Garrett’s nomination to be chairman of the Export-Import Bank. This is a major victory for the nearly 20,000 South Carolina jobs that depend on the bank – ...
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