Monthly recap from your Chamber

Ted Smith Contributing Columnist

July 28, 2014

Here at your Chamber, we routinely ask ourselves and others what additional programs or events we can do to promote a positive business environment and to enhance the quality of life in Newberry County. How can we better foster economic growth while meeting the needs of our communities? We want to hear from you.

We are excited about the Newberry Community Hall landscaping and hardscaping currently underway. The City of Newberry and contractors have been steadily working to ready the space to be a more pedestrian friendly and beautiful usable space. We look forward to the finished product.

June/July recap

The Town of Prosperity sponsored the June Business After Hours/New Member Reception at the Prosperity Depot. It was a great event to showcase one of the projects of the penny sales tax. Missions of Love Haiti, DSS affiliate South Carolina Youth Advocacy Program, and Agape Senior were the new members showcased at this event.

Figaro Market sponsored and hosted the June Lunch ‘N Learn. Attendees learned of some of the items that the much anticipated Market will offer when they soon open and sampled some of the products that will be available.

The Country Club of Newberry sponsored and hosted the July Business After Hours and attendees heard of the varying types of memberships available at this nice facility.

The Newberry County Workforce Development Council met last week at the Newberry facility of Piedmont Technical College. Carla Whitlock, Consultant with Apprenticeship Carolina, discussed the survey results from the Workforce Summit in March and Kevin Moore discussed the new Mechatronics Technology program at PTC-Newberry that starts Fall 2014.

While 35 percent of Newberry County’s jobs are in the manufacturing sector, this is the first industrial training offered locally. Mechatronics combines electronic, mechanical, robotics and information systems and provides the skill sets needed by many of Newberry’s manufacturers. A committee was formed to plan another Newberry County Job Fair.

Upcoming August Events

On Aug. 1 there will be a ribbon cutting/grand opening at 10:30 a.m. at R&W’s Fish House located at 2064 Wilson Road in Newberry. Come out to congratulate Ronald and Wilda Cotney on the opening of their seafood restaurant.

On Aug. 6, there will be a quarterly breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. at The Palms Grill. We will hear from the Newberry County mayors about the progress being made and the issues they are facing in their municipalities. Contact the Chamber to reserve your spot. Cost is $10 per person.

On Aug. 19 there will be a business after hours event from 5:30-7 p.m. sponsored by Springfield Place/JF Hawkins and hosted at Springfield Place. All current and prospective members are invited to attend this event.

New Members for June and July

• First Baptist Church

• Lake Murray Floor Covering

• Newberry Family Chiropractic (opening soon)

• R & W’s Fish House

Upcoming Events

The 13th annual Liver Nips Contest will be featured as part of Oktoberfest on Oct. 4. Open to the first 12 two-person teams to register with the Chamber.

Chamber Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 22 at the Country Club of Newberry. Shotgun start is at noon. Mark your calendar and get your team together. Sponsorships of all types are available; some on a limited basis. Contact the Chamber or visit our website for details.

For membership and event information, contact Ted, Liz, or Michelle at YOUR Newberry County Chamber of Commerce at 803-276-4274 or

As always, we welcome your feedback. Visit us at 1209 Caldwell St. in Downtown Newberry.