south carolina

Missed opportunity to fight obesity

The first negative consequence of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joining fifteen other states in opting out of a state-run health insurance exchange under Obamacare has surfaced. Haley’s Department of Health and Environmental Control has made fighting obesity in South Carolina a number one priority.  The director of the agency…

SC governor promotes off shore drilling

Published on June 12, 2012 By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER | Business Week Three top South Carolina Republicans came together Monday to support federal legislation thatwould allow drilling of gas and oil off South Carolina’s coast, arguing thestate’s need for jobs and income outweigh potential problems. “There is a riskin everything…

Online poll: State should promote solar energy

Union Daily Times by Charles WarnerEditor February 23, 2012 The State of South Carolina should use business tax credits to promote the growth of solar energy in the state according to the majority of the readers who participated in an online poll conducted by The Union Daily Times. The Finance Committee…

Funding a resource for small business

It would be nice to believe that with Rick Perry dropping out of the GOP primary last week that the idea he floated earlier this month in South Carolina of killing off the Small Business Administration would itself be killed off.  But that’s not going to happen. There are still…

Workers’ compensation insurance needs more work

More of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce state legislative agenda: Our successful efforts on workers’ compensation have led to stabilization and even a reduction in rates in South Carolina.  Whether it is our legislative victories in re-regulating the workers’ compensation insurance companies or our significant Administrative Law…

What healthcare needs–competition

The South Carolina General Assembly comes back into session today.  Over the next several days I’ll be discussing the Small Business Chamber’s state legislative agenda. No issue has consumed as much time and energy for us than the issue of health insurance.  We’ve made great progress toward helping make health…

Amazon’s deal re-visited

The battle over state sales tax being collected by on-line retailers like Amazon has now moved to Congress.  Amazon, which this year won a battle in South Carolina receiving a reprieve from collecting sales tax on in-state sales in exchange for building a distribution center in Lexington County, apparently has…

Triple the impact of your holiday dollar$

With the holiday season fast approaching and customers getting ready to open up their wallets, this is really the time to remember your SC locally-owned small businesses. Please join us in our “BuySC” nonprofit action campaign. Surveys continue to show that communities with programs encouraging buying from locally-owned businesses improve…