Issues Advocacy

2023 Issues

Fighting utility rate hikes – Duke Energy Progress, which serves 13 counties in northeast South Carolina, proposed a 12.1% rate hike on small businesses.  The Public Service Commission will hold a hearing in January 2023. SCSBCC has intervened to oppose the massive rate hike.  SCSBCC has a long successful history of intervening in utility cases before […]

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Issue Advocacy INDEX

Since 2000 the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has been successfully advocating for state and federal policies in the best interest of small businesses. Below is a review of past and current major issues.  Click on the heading to learn more about the issue. ————————————————————————————————————————————– Affordable Health Insurance Climate Change and Sea Level

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Protecting Democracy

In 2019 SCSBCC launched a “Business 4 Protecting the Election” website campaign to focus on interference in the 2016 Presidential election.  The campaign included an informational website that included blogs contributed by other business organizations and daily news stories on the subject.  All new content was pushed out daily to over 16,000 supporters. In March

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Offshore Oil Exploration and Drilling

In January of 2015, the SCSBCC announced its opposition to the exploration and drilling for oil off the Atlantic Coast.  (SC Business Reasons for Opposing Offshore Oil Drilling/Seismic Testing) In November of 2015, SCSBCC President and CEO Frank Knapp joined other businesses and elected officials in meeting with the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean

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Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) has long been concerned about climate change and the negative impact on the economy in general and small businesses in particular. The SCSBCC believes that the state’s coastal tourism economy is threatened by future sea level rise due to carbon pollution caused climate change. In May

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Federal Tax Reform

In November 2017 a new national coalition of small businesses (Business for Responsible Tax Reform BRTR) was formed to combat irresponsible federal tax reform.  SCSBCC President/CEO Frank Knapp was chosen to co-chair the organization. BRTR’s campaign warned Congress and the public that planned excessive corporate tax cuts would fail to benefit small businesses and would

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Federal Regulations

In 2011, SCSBCC’s President/CEO, Frank Knapp, joined the Board of Directors of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC).  He continues to serve on the ASBC Board. In that capacity he has provided leadership to the organization in appearing before Congressional committees numerous times to testify on the importance of fair regulations that protect the environment

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Workers’ Compensation Insurance

The SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) is recognized as the primary organization fighting on behalf of small businesses regarding Workers’ Compensation Insurance in the regulatory and legislative process. In 2004 in an effort to stabilize or reduce Workers’ Compensation Insurance premiums, the SCSBCC held a series of workshops and convened a task force

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Electricity and Gas Regulation

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) is recognized as the primary organization fighting on behalf of small businesses on all matters regarding electricity/gas rates and related issues, including net metering, that are regulated by the S.C. Public Service Commission. Since 2002, small businesses in South Carolina have saved tens of millions of

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Access to Capital

Access to capital is essential for entrepreneurs and small businesses.  The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, University of South Carolina faculty and USC students are in the process of building an “Access to Capital” website that will provide comprehensive information for entrepreneurs and small business owners to explore different vehicles for accessing capital

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