Issues Advocacy

South Carolina Businesses Acting on Rising Seas (SCBARS.org)

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (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 of 2013 and in partnership with the American Sustainable Business Council and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the SCSBCC launched a sea […]

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Offshore Oil/Gas Exploration and Drilling

January 12, 2015 The Obama administration has permitted seismic surveys from Delaware to the middle of Florida to determine the existence and size of offshore oil and gas reserves. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is reviewing 9 permits from oil companies for conducting these surveys and is taking public comments. There are two threats

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Minimum Wage

In September of 2014, the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) announced its support for phasing in an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. South Carolina has no minimum wage so most workers are covered by the federal minimum wage, which has been at $7.25 since 2009.  In South

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Close the Health Insurance Coverage Gap

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce supports closing the coverage gap for the state’s low-income citizens.  We are active, proud partners of Close The Gap SC, a coalition of organizations advocating for the passage of Senate Bill 845 that would create a private option, Palmetto Plus, to expand Medicaid in the state.  This legislation

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State Regulations

In 2004, the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce successfully worked for the legislative enactment of the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act, which created a Small Business Regulatory Review Committee to evaluate all newly promulgated state regulations and make recommendations as to how they can be changed to lessen the negative impact on small

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Telephone Regulations

The SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) has consistently and successfully fought on behalf of small businesses regarding telephone service charges. In 2000, BellSouth asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) for permission to collect $340 million in surcharge fees (Universal Service Fund) on telephones that would have cost up to $13 per line per

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State Tax Reform

In 2000 the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) was formed with one of its top issues being to establish parity with big business on state income tax rates. Under the tax code at that time, small businesses (sole-proprietors, partnerships, LLC’s and S-corporations) were paying 40% higher state income taxes compared to C-corporations. The SCSBCC began a

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Protecting Small Businesses in the Legal Process

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) has taken a leadership role in assuring that the state civil courts are free of frivolous lawsuits, legal proceedings are less costly and small businesses maintain their rights to protect themselves against big business. The SCSBCC has successfully supported legislation to: require state courts to inform

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Workforce Development & Job Creation

The statewide small business forums held by the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of commerce (SCSBCC) in 2000 identified workforce development and job creation as a top issues for small businesses. South Carolina did not have then and still lacks adequate numbers of well-trained, technically skilled workers for small businesses to grow and develop. A

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