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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

President of BMW Manufacturing to Speak at Chamber’s Annual Meeting

Posted by: Site Administrator on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing is to be the featured speaker at the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting on Monday, February 28, 2011 at the Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance Park.  A reception presented by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System will be held from 5:30-6:30pm with the business meeting beginning at 6:30pm in the heritage ballroom.

Josef Kerscher began his career with BMW in 1979 and has served in management positions across the company from group leader to department head at the company’s Landshut plant to Managing Director of the Munich plant. He is a graduate of the Technical University Munich with a mechanical engineering degree with an emphasis on environmental engineering. 

Mr. Kerscher serves as a board member for South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and serves as Chairman of the Manufacturing Committee.   He also serves a member of The Clemson President’s Advisory Board.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Recognizes 2010 Economic Champions

Posted by: Jessica Osborne on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 10:22:58 am Comments (0)

On Thursday, November 11th, 200 business leaders and entrepreneurs from around the Upstate joined us at the Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance Park to celebrate the many accomplishments of Upstate businesses in 2010.  Awards were given to over 220 firms, each qualifying for at least one of the following criteria:

  • Adding or updating equipment in 2010
  • Adding employees in 2010
  • Weathering the economic storm
  • Opening a new business or expanding an existing business in 2010
  • Doing something great for employees or for the community
  • Receiving a special award or recognition (locally/regionally/or nationally) in 2010
  • Developing a new product or process in 2010
  • Going green in 2010 (became more environmentally friendly)

The Following are the 2010 Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Champions:

5th Pixel Media LLC

Aaron’s Sales & Lease

Abrasive Blasting and Coating Services

Action Printing


Advanced Business Equipment, Inc.

AFL Telecommunications

Airmiltaire LLC

Allstate Insurance – Rockie Bull Agency

Always Best Care of Spartanburg


BASF Corporation

Benore Logistics

Bi-Lingual Secretary

Black Diamond Concierge

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC

Bondtex Inc.

Blue Moon Café

Bragg Waste Services

Budweiser of Spartanburg

Dr. Andy Butcher, DDS

Café Valley

Carey Moving & Storage, Inc.

Carolina Alliance Bank

Carolina Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.

Carolina Country Club

Carolina FC

Carolina Hearth & Patio

Carolina Horse & Carriage

Carolina Roofing

Celebrity’s Deli and Pub

City of Spartanburg

Clarion Hotel

Climb Upstate

Colonial Life/Upstate Team

Comfort Suites Westgate               

Communications Management, Inc.

Contract Electric Inc.

Converse College

Converse Deli

Cook-Out Restaurant

Cooper Standard Automotive

Coop’s Health & Fitness

Corporate Connection

COSTCO Wholesale

CPI Security

Cribbs Kitchen & Catering

Cross Cultural Institute of America, Inc.

Crossfit Spartanburg

CT&T United

Custom Chemical Corporation

Cullum Interests, Inc.

Cunningham R.V. Park

Dell Corning Corporation

DC Motor and Controls, Inc.

Dick Brooks Honda

Dick Brooks Suzuki of Greer

Dixon Hughes, PLLC

Dixie Crane & Equipment Corp.

DK Bost Construction

Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC


Eastside Animal Hospital, LLC

Economic Futures Group

ECO Group International

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus

Elauwit Media

Environmental Management Specialists, LLC

Express Employment Professionals

Fairway Outdoors Advertising


First National Bank of the South

ForceOne Soluntions Inc.

Ford & Harrison LLP

Fratello’s Restaurant

Frigoglass North America LTD, Co.

George Dean Johnson, Jr.

College of Business & Economics USC Upstate

Glenworth Financial Securities Corp.

Golden Corral

Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands South Carolina


Grace Presbyterian Church

H General Contractors, LLC

Jeff Haulbrook Inc. – Safeguard Business Systems

Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg

Hockey Greenville

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

Hospice Care of South Carolina

Hospice of the Carolina Foothills

HVM L.L.C. dba Extended Stay Hotels

Hyde Law Firm

InChem Corporation

Infrastructure Engineers, Inc.

Inman-Campobello Water District

Inman Mills

Integral Solutions Group

Jankel Tactical Systems, LLC

Jason’s Deli

JM Smith Corporation

Jocassee Designs, Inc.

Johnson Development Associates

Kalahari Cigar Bar & Lounge


Kusters Zima Corporation

Labor Finders

Labor Ready

Last Day Healing & Deliverance Center

Leigh Fibers

Les Duggins Photography

Liberty Tax Service

Dr. Caleb Loring, IV

Magna Innertech

Mail Solutions, LLC

Market Link Promotions

Mary Black Foundation

Mary Black Health System, LLC

Martex Fiber Southern Corp.

Matthew Ten

MCM Associates


of North & South Spartanburg Co.

Michelin North America

Milliken & Company

Minority Economic Development Institute, Inc.

Morgan Keegan & Co., Inc.

MullenHalstead, LLC

Nautilus Fitness Center, Inc.

NBSC a division of Synova Bank

NWS Technologies

O’Reilly Auto Parts

Oakbrook Preparatory School

Odermath USA, Inc.

Office Depot

Old WWWorld Cafe

OnSite Health

Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc.

Palmetto Spirits of South Carolina, Inc.

Panera Bread

Piedmont Club

Pine Street Elementary School

Polydeck Screen Corp.

Prym Consumer USA, Inc.


Quality Roofing & Home Repairs

RJ Rockers Brewing Co.

A Longleaf Holdings USA Company

Residence Inn by Marriott

ResMed Inc.

Rhino Outdoors LLC

Röechling Automotive Duncan, L.L.P.

Rogers, Townsend and Thomas

Roland Management, Inc.

ROME Event Center

Rothschild & Maultsby Media


Sandler Training

SAGE Automotive Interiors, Inc.

Sam’s Club

ServiceMaster Janitorial Partners

ServiceMaster of Sparkle City

Sherwin Williams

Siemens Industries

Sign Designs Inc.

Sign-A-Rama of Spartanburg

Silpada Designs

Sinclair Marketing Group & Partners (SMG&P)


South Carolina Bank & Trust

Southern States Packaging

Southern Wesleyan University

Southwest Airlines

Spartan Industrial Supply Company

Spartan Photo Center

Spartanburg Area

Chamber of Commerce

Spartanburg Athletic Club

Spartanburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep

Spartanburg Coca-Cola

Spartanburg Community College

Spartanburg Community College Tyger River Campus

Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Burea (??)

Spartanburg County Foundation

Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office

Spartanburg County Government

Spartanburg County Medical Society

Spartanburg County Tourism Action Plan Steering Committee

Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport

Spartan Industrial Supply, Inc.

Spartanburg Jaycees

Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance Park

Spartanburg Meat Processing

Spartanburg Methodist College

Spartanburg Regional Federal Credit Union

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Repertory Company

Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District

Spartanburg Water System

Spencer Insulation, Inc.

Spencer Pest Control

Spherion Staffing

Sprinkle Prosthetics

Sticky Fingers

Sun Paper Company

Swift Business Solutions

Symtech, Inc.



The Ad House

The Blood Connection

The Dent Man

The Duncan Estate

The Finishing Works

The Frame Shop and Gallery

The Haven at River Falls

The Home Depot


TMD Technologies Group, LLC

Toast Creative Group

Toney Accounting & Financial Consulting

Trimite USA

TW Telecom

U.S. Army Recruiting Station - Spartanburg

United Way of the Piedmont

University of South Carolina Upstate

Upstate Workforce Investment Bd.

Valley Creek Apartments

Virginia College

Vision 2 Destiny, Inc.

Vision 2 Destiny Transportation Services LLC

VR Business Sales/Mergers & Acquisitions

WQUL Radio

Wachovia Bank

Waldrop Inc.


Wise Chiropractic & Wellness

Wofford College

Wolf Technology Group

Wolverine Coatings Corporation

Young Office

ZF Lemforder Corporation


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Spartanburg Economy is on an Upswing, Thanks to Local Entrepreneurs

Posted by: Jessica Osborne on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 3:26:24 pm Comments (0)

Spartanburg’s economy shows huge signs of great improvement with the recent boom in new business and expansions.  In October and November alone, the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce has facilitated over 7 Grand Openings, Ribbon Cuttings and Open House events.  Once again, empty store-fronts are being filled with new businesses built upon the dreams and ambitions of entrepreneurs determined to push forward in spite of the bleak outlook that many saw in the beginning of 2010.  With their “can do” attitudes and their willingness and desire to become involved in the Spartanburg business community, they are the cornerstone and the beginning of a major upswing in our local economy.   Show your support for these new and expanded local businesses:

November 12th, 12:00pm: Climb Upstate

Spartanburg's first indoor rock climbing gym, Climb Upstate, will officially open on November 12th at 12pm with free admission, free drinks and light hors d'ouvres.   The address is 208 E. Daniel Morgan Ave, Spartanburg, SC 29301 and the phone number is 864-699-9967.  Ribbon cutting will be at 12noon with all activities following.  Check out our website at www.climbupstate.com for additional information, pricing and hours.

November 12th, 4:00pm: Kalahari Cigar Bar & Lounge

Come out and visit the largest humidor in the Southeast and celebrate the opening of Spartanburg's newest upscale cigar bar at 1925 Hwy 101 off of I-85 near BMW.  The grand opening celebration begins at 4pm with the kick off of happy hour which lasts daily from 4-7pm featuring 25% off drink specials.  From 4-9pm there will be free cigar, wine and beer tasting and live entertainment by "Rockwell Blues" band.  Enjoy a full bar, smoke-eater ventilation system, hi-def TVs, finger foods and dessert.


November 16th, 5:30pm: Upstate Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Join us as we celebrate the Open House of Upstate Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork on the campus of Mary Black Hospital in Spartanburg.  Linda Goulart, Licensed Massage Therapist and one of only TWO Structural Energetic Therapists (S.E.T. Therapists) in the state of South Carolina is opening the doors to her thriving practice to give us an inside glimpse at the broad scope of these revolutionary therapies.  Join us for great hors d'ouvres, drinks and great giveaways!



All Members are encouraged to attend these events and welcome these new businesses to the community and to the Chamber.
If you have an opportunity to attend any of these grand opening celebrations, leave a comment and tell us about it!  Let's encourage and support these local entrepreneurs!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Chamber PAC, Spartanburg Tomorrow Endorses Local Candidates

Posted by: Spartanburg Tomorrow on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 11:45:48 am Comments (0)

Spartanburg Tomorrow, the Political Action Committee of the Chamber has endorsed the following candidates:


State Legislature


House District 35                  Bill Chumley

House District 36                  Rita Allison

House District 37                  Steve Parker

House District 38                  Doug Brannon

House District 42                  Mike Anthony


Spartanburg County Council


District 2                                 O’Neal Mintz

District 6                                 Roger Nutt


These candidates have articulated positions which are in line with what we need to retain and grow jobs, provide intelligent budget decisions, and create an improving quality of life.  The citizens of Spartanburg would be well represented by these individuals