President of BMW Manufacturing to Speak at Chamber’s Annual Meeting
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.
Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Recognizes 2010 Economic Champions
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
Advanced Business Equipment, Inc.
Allstate Insurance – Rockie Bull Agency
Always Best Care of Spartanburg
Black Diamond Concierge
BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
Blue Moon Café
Bragg Waste Services
Budweiser of Spartanburg
Dr. Andy Butcher, DDS
Carey Moving & Storage, Inc.
Carolina Alliance Bank
Carolina Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.
Carolina Country Club
Carolina Hearth & Patio
Carolina Horse & Carriage
Celebrity’s Deli and Pub
City of Spartanburg
Colonial Life/Upstate Team
Comfort Suites Westgate
Communications Management, Inc.
Contract Electric Inc.
Cooper Standard Automotive
Coop’s Health & Fitness
Cribbs Kitchen & Catering
Cross Cultural Institute of America, Inc.
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
Environmental Management Specialists, LLC
Express Employment Professionals
Fairway Outdoors Advertising
First National Bank of the South
ForceOne Soluntions Inc.
Ford & Harrison LLP
Frigoglass North America LTD, Co.
George Dean Johnson, Jr.
College of Business & Economics USC Upstate
Glenworth Financial Securities Corp.
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
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
Infrastructure Engineers, Inc.
Inman-Campobello Water District
Integral Solutions Group
Jankel Tactical Systems, LLC
JM Smith Corporation
Jocassee Designs, Inc.
Johnson Development Associates
Kalahari Cigar Bar & Lounge
Kusters Zima Corporation
Last Day Healing & Deliverance Center
Les Duggins Photography
Liberty Tax Service
Dr. Caleb Loring, IV
Mail Solutions, LLC
Market Link Promotions
Mary Black Foundation
Mary Black Health System, LLC
Martex Fiber Southern Corp.
of North & South Spartanburg Co.
Michelin North America
Milliken & Company
Minority Economic Development Institute, Inc.
Morgan Keegan & Co., Inc.
Nautilus Fitness Center, Inc.
NBSC a division of Synova Bank
O’Reilly Auto Parts
Oakbrook Preparatory School
Odermath USA, Inc.
Old WWWorld Cafe
Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc.
Palmetto Spirits of South Carolina, Inc.
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
Rhino Outdoors LLC
Röechling Automotive Duncan, L.L.P.
Rogers, Townsend and Thomas
Roland Management, Inc.
ROME Event Center
Rothschild & Maultsby Media
SAGE Automotive Interiors, Inc.
ServiceMaster Janitorial Partners
ServiceMaster of Sparkle City
Sign Designs Inc.
Sign-A-Rama of Spartanburg
Sinclair Marketing Group & Partners (SMG&P)
South Carolina Bank & Trust
Southern States Packaging
Southern Wesleyan University
Spartan Industrial Supply Company
Spartan Photo Center
Chamber of Commerce
Spartanburg Athletic Club
Spartanburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep
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 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
Sun Paper Company
Swift Business Solutions
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
U.S. Army Recruiting Station - Spartanburg
United Way of the Piedmont
University of South Carolina Upstate
Upstate Workforce Investment Bd.
Valley Creek Apartments
Vision 2 Destiny, Inc.
Vision 2 Destiny Transportation Services LLC
VR Business Sales/Mergers & Acquisitions
Wise Chiropractic & Wellness
Wolf Technology Group
Wolverine Coatings Corporation
ZF Lemforder Corporation
Spartanburg Economy is on an Upswing, Thanks to Local Entrepreneurs
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!
Chamber PAC, Spartanburg Tomorrow Endorses Local Candidates
Spartanburg Tomorrow, the Political Action Committee of the Chamber has endorsed the following candidates:
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