Theme – “Transformation for Change…”
Our Vision: Sumter…a family-oriented community that excels in the world market.
Our Mission: To promote an ideal business environment which supports growth and total community development.
- Maintain involvement with the leadership of Sumter City and County Government to address our community image as perceived by non-residents.
- Support and promote technical education at the Sumter Career and Technology Center as well as Central Carolina Technical College.
- Create a Small Business Council designed to provide assistance, information, and opportunities for growth for the small business sector of Sumter’s economy.
- Actively support and monitor Capital Penny Sales Tax projects.
- Support the recruitment of retail and commercial entities for the enhancement of Sumter and Shaw Air Force Base communities.
- Support elected officials in their pursuit of a comprehensive, sustainable and recurring funding solution for area roads and bridges
To facilitate a coordinated, efficient effort involving the Executive Committee, Chamber Staff, and the Chamber committees, within the context of the Chamber’s Mission, Vision and 2015-2016 Priorities, and to be involved in all areas of the Chamber to prepare for the succeeding Chamber year.
- Plan and implement the 2017 Chamber Retreat
Vice President, Industrial & Business Development Support
To oversee the administrative and financial planning, procedures and policies of the Chamber and to ensure the financial stability of the organization; to provide adequate staffing, facilities and equipment to carry out the Mission of the Chamber.
- Provide a forum for local manufacturing executives to positively address issues of concern, and promote an improved business environment for current and prospective companies.
Small Business Counseling Service
- Provide small businesses with access to information and counseling concerning issues critical to their success through the Service Corp of Retired Executives (S.C.O.R.E.)
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
- Provide small and medium businesses with access to South Carolina’s University System and a variety of services and management training courses tailored to meet the needs of the business community. South Carolina SBDC consultants provide managerial and technical assistance to those wishing to start or expand an enterprise.
Ken Privette, Director, Small Business Development Center
Small Business Council
- The Chamber’s small business programs are designed to provide assistance, information and networking opportunities for small and home-based businesses of Sumter’s economy.
Rub O’ The Green Golf Tournament
- Conduct a quality golf outing supported by the Chamber’s membership and designed to bring state leaders, industrial prospects, Shaw Air Force Base personnel and local leaders together with the membership in a social setting to promote the Sumter community.
Paul Robbins, Chairman
Vice President, Membership
To attract and retain a dynamic, growing membership, thereby allowing the delivery of high-quality products and services.
- Provide opportunities for networking and member-to-member marketing through New Member Connection, Ribbon Cuttings, and Business After Hours as well as Business Before Hours.
Melissa Linville, Chair
- To provide a social venue in the historic district of Sumter to highlight our hospitality and quality of life opportunities in Sumter.
Life Is Good in Sumter Magazine
- To continue to create a quality relocation and community magazine annually to be used in all avenues of our community.
Vice President, Legislative & Governmental Affairs
To advocate the position of business in the strategic areas of our community at the local, state and national levels through a web-based informative web site developed for the Chamber by the United States Chamber of Commerce. Review the role of the Career Readiness Center as it relates to workforce readiness in the Sumter community.
Develop an Environment for Quality Education – The education committee supports activities designed to improve the environment for a quality education in Sumter County. The primary focus is on activities that help create a skilled and motivated workforce. Specific activities include:
- Provide leadership and support for the Golden Apple student recognition program.
- Develop and support partnerships and programs between business and community leaders and schools.
- Provide leadership to coordinate, improve and expand mentoring programs in Sumter County.
- Provide support for post-secondary institutions in Sumter County as needed.
- Develop and maintain a list of web resources related to career and post-secondary planning opportunities through the Education section of the Chamber’s website
Dennis Turner, Chair
Governmental Affairs Committee
- Monitor and address issues pertinent to the positive growth and development of the Sumter community.
- Assist in planning, organizing and implementing a visit to the South Carolina Legislature for members.
- Implement a Breakfast meeting with members of the Sumter County Legislative Delegation to communicate and gather feedback on key policy positions open to Chamber members.
- Research and develop policy positions on key legislation on a local, state and national level pertinent to the Sumter business community.
- Keep and maintain an open line of communication with the City, County and Legislative Delegation to include meeting with each elected body during the year.
Bob LyBrand, Chair
- Maintain and improve business and industry involvement in environmental, technical and legal developments of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the South Carolina Legislature.
Ethan Ware, Chairman
- Conduct a nine-month community-based training program aimed at developing a corps of informed, committed, and qualified individuals capable of providing dynamic leadership for the Sumter community. This new and reinvigorated program will be led by Dr. Clay Smith, Senior Pastor, Alice Drive Baptist Church.
Vice President, Military Relations
Create an Enduring Base / Community Relationship - To work with the Sumter Base Defense Committee as advocates for military needs in order to remove obstacles to ensure that Shaw Air Force Base can fulfill its mission; to foster relationships between the Sumter community and Shaw Air Force Base by providing an interface between the civilian and military communities.
Military Affairs Committee
- Serve as the Chamber’s primary liaison with the leadership at Shaw Air Force Base.
- Participate in quarterly and annual awards programs to recognize outstanding personnel at Shaw AFB to include the 20th Fighter Wing, AFCENT and ARCENT.
- Conduct an Annual Commander’s Breakfast meeting at Shaw Air Force Base to allow members to be updated on issues and progress taking place with our military.
- Conduct a Military Appreciation Picnic for Active Duty personnel to demonstrate the Sumter Community’s gratitude to our military neighbors
- Promote and enhance the Honorary Commander Program
- Ensure Representation of the Sumter Community at the Shaw AFB Orientation Right Start Program and Third Army Orientations
- Communicate with military spouses organizations the positive attributes of the Sumter Community.
- Maintain and strengthen relationships with elected officials at all levels to promote the importance of the mission of Shaw Air Force Base and our relationship with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army.
- Continue to promote positive relationships between the local community and military families.
Steve Creech, Chair
Chair, Council of Former Chamber Chairs
Melissa White, Past Chair
To advise the Executive Committee, and to share expertise with the Board concerning issues of the business community and projects of the Chamber.
Immediate Past Chair