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How They Voted: 2017

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Tuesday, June 27, 2017
When the Upstate business community committed to our 2017 Legislative Agenda, we wrote an ambitious agenda that would drive our region into the future. Better roads. An expanded workforce. Support for fast-growing, innovative companies. Fixing our ...

Improving Access to Capital

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, June 2, 2017

Upstate Banks Meet with Federal Staff on Repealing Dodd-Frank

Local Elections are Set; Get Involved

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, March 31, 2017
National politics gets all the media attention, but it's what happens at City Hall that might have more impact on your business than any hot button issue in Washington (healthcare is an obvious exception). While the national rhetoric ranges ...

Get to Know Your Leaders: William Timmons

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, March 9, 2017

Timmons is a newcomer to elected politics but has hit the ground running...

We’ve Reached The Last Resort

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, February 27, 2017

If this isn’t the last resort, how bad does it need to get?

Greenville's Bannister Looks Back, Looks Forward

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

We're introducing you to your local political leaders -- the men and women who have a direct impact on...

Senate rules (*yawn*) - The most important part of the process

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, February 2, 2017
THE TAKEAWAY: The business community welcomes the rule changes and we hope it means more pro-business legislation passed in the coming session. It's among the most mundane and boring parts of a legislative body, but when you know the rules of our ...

An Agenda to Move Business Forward

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Takeaway: We will make it easier to do business in Greenville.

Legislative Leadership Unchanged, Uncertainty Remains

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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The Overtime Rule: What’s Next?

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, November 28, 2016

A Federal judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction stopping the...

Proposed Greenville County sign ordinance creates burdensome regulations

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, October 28, 2016

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The “Off Season” Still Matters to Your Bottom Line

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

It’s easy to think that little is going on. Nothing could be further from the truth...

A Successful Year for Business

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, July 25, 2016

We thank our legislators for their hard work on a number of critical issues.

What does Brexit mean for the Upstate?

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, July 1, 2016

The impact could be significant on the Upstate if...

How Did Your Legislators Vote?

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, June 20, 2016

We’re happy to report that we enjoyed a string of business successes that will propel our economy into the future. Those successes are reflected in this report.

4 Ways to Influence June's Elections

Tags: #Vote2016
Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, May 12, 2016
Since my last column was published, I’ve spoken to about a dozen groups about what’s at stake in this year’s elections. I’m not talking about the stakes in November’s Presidential election. I’m talking about ...

Keeping an eye on the sign regulators

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, April 18, 2016

Starting a business in America and trying ...

Candidates are gone? Think again.

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, April 1, 2016

With the Presidential primary circus behind us, it’s time for

Making South Carolina safer, one obsolete law at a time

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, March 17, 2016

Apparently, my 6-year-old has been living a life of crime by playing pinball ...

It's time to turn the roads debate

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, March 4, 2016

Issues like repairing our roads don’t come around very often ...

Don't fall for tricks in gas tax debate

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, February 8, 2016

In 2016, we face a unique opportunity to finally move our transportation system into the 21st century.

2016 Guiding Principles

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, January 15, 2016
Every organization needs a mission statement or guiding principles to give a framework for action. This year, the Business Advocacy department of the Greenville Chamber and the Upstate Chamber Coalition are operating under a set of five guiding ...

Moving the Upstate Forward in 2016

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, December 10, 2015

Business knows when to invest. When times are good, it is ...

What Makes you Different?

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Tuesday, October 13, 2015
What makes you different? What makes your company stand out from the rest?This is something we need to grapple with as we all undertake 2016 planning and budgeting (which, I might add, gets started earlier and earlier each year, like Christmas ...

What Happens in Washington Doesn’t Stay in Washington

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
The Export-Import Bank debate matters to the thousands of families in our area that depend on the General Electric turbine facility. Our community at large benefits from the return on investment. The Greenville Chamber strongly supports the Export-Import Bank and ask Congress to reauthorize the Bank as quickly as possible.

Five things I learned about Business from the Ironman

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, September 24, 2015
This Sunday, God willing, I’ll compete in Ironman Chattanooga. For those who don’t know, an Ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run – 140.6 miles of endurance sport fun. (Insert your comments ...

Gratitude in Public Policy

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Friday, August 28, 2015
As business leaders, we’re used to working hard and seeing results, so when we step into the political ring, the endless debates and rhetorical wrangling are frustrating.Welcome to the legislative session of 2015.This year, many of us stood ...

Brought Together By Tragedy

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Thursday, July 2, 2015
The tragic and senseless shooting deaths of nine people in Charleston on June 17th hit very close to home for those us who work in and around the Statehouse.The death of Reverend and state Senator Clementa Pinckney weighs on our hearts. Senator ...

What Band-Aid?

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, June 15, 2015
The Greenville News published a great front-page story over the weekend about exactly how inadequate the current “solution” is for fixing roads.It’s worse than a Band-Aid: It’s one of those little pinky Band-Aids that nobody ...
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