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  • Chamber Divisions/Committees
     

  • Board of Directors / Executive Committee

    Chair: Paul Robbins 
    Staff: Chris Hardy

    Our Vision: Sumter… a family-oriented community that excels in the work market.
    Our Mission: To promote an ideal business environment which supports growth and total community development.

     

    Small Business Council

    Chair: David Sanders
    Staff: Maureen Dunton

    To build relationships with existing Chamber investors and to generate new benefits while monitoring existing benefits to ensure members’ needs are met. The Small Business Council works to provide new opportunities to assist member business growth and to support the small business community.  

    Government Relations

    Chair: Cary Coker
    Staff: Chris Hardy

    To advocate for the position of business in strategic areas of our community at the local, state, and federal levels. To develop annual legislative priorities in efforts with the Chamber’s membership and Board of Directors.

     

    Education/Workforce Development

    Chair: Dennis Turner
    Staff: Janel Strieter

    To develop initiatives that strengthen partnerships between the business community and our educational institutions. This includes public, private, and higher education partnerships to progress education and workforce development.

    Partners in Education

     

    Existing Industry

    Chair: Kevin Johnson
    Staff: Nicole Milligan

    To oversee partnerships between the Chamber and existing industry in the Greater Sumter area while providing a forum for local manufacturing executives to positively address issues of concern and promote an improved business environment for current and prospective companies. The Chamber’s Industrial Association is included in this division.

    Membership

    Chair: Kim Hatchell
    Staff: Maureen Dunton

    To attract and retain a dynamic, growing membership. The Membership Team monitors new member recruitment and retention efforts while overseeing the Chamber’s Member 2 Member discount program and other Chamber value added benefits. The Chamber’s Public Relations Task Force and Ambassadors are included in the Membership Division.

     

    Leadership Development

    Chair: Keith Ivey
    Staff: Chris Hardy

    To create a platform for our members to build relationships, develop professionally, and become politically and philanthropically active. Programs provide leadership development opportunities while building partnerships that contribute to the economic development of our community. The Chamber’s Leadership Sumter program, Young Professionals of Sumter, and Leadership for Women programs are included in the Leadership Development Division.

     

    Military Affairs

    Chair: Donnie Hines
    Staff: Nicole Milligan

    To actively engage the military and business communities of the Greater Sumter area to develop strategic relationships and mutual support. The Military Affairs Committee works with the Shaw Sumter Community Council as advocates for military needs in order to remove obstacles and ensure the success and longevity of Shaw Air Force Base.

     

  • Welcome New Members

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      2018 Annual Gala
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      2018 Annual Gala
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      Rub O' the Green
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      2018 Chamber Retreat
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      2018 Chamber Retreat
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      2018 Chamber Retreat
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