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Chamber Committees

Our committees are composed of invested representatives of member corporations, organizations, and the academic community. These volunteers serve on Chamber committees, councils, and task forces that help to define our policies and approach to the issues that are critical to member businesses and organizations. Chamber Committees are what help organize and grow the Chamber. Committee members plan, negotiate and brain storm new ideas while maintaining Sumter traditions. Committees are a great way to take full advantage of your Chamber membership and to be a part of working with like-minded business professionals to help shape the future of Sumter.

Chair: Kim Hatchell
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: Patina Calhoun
Staff: Chris Hardy

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.

Chair: Lefford  Fate
Staff: Breanna J. Hughes

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: Ken Lee
Staff: Jillian Huckeba

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.


Chair: Susan Wild
Staff: Ariel Wilkie Floyd

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.

Military Affairs

Chair: Donny Hines
Staff: Chris Hardy 

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.

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 and Young Professionals of Sumter are included in the Leadership Development Division. The Young Professionals of Sumter is a professional development group for those 21-45 years of age who are looking to grow in their careers as well as expand their civic engagement.

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