Issues Advocacy

Watch this video to learn more about some of the issues faced by South Carolina small businesses

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…

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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.…

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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…

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Commerce response to Court 5-9-19

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA CHARLESTON DIVISION     ) SOUTH CAROLINA COASTAL ) CONSERVATION LEAGUE, et al., ) ) Civ. No. 2:18-cv-3326-RMG Plaintiffs, ) ) (Consolidated with 2:18-cv-3327-RMG) v. ) ) FEDERAL DEFENDANTS’ STATUS WILBUR ROSS, in his official capacity ) REPORT as the…

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Memorandum in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction

2:18-cv-03326-RMG            Date Filed 02/28/19 Entry Number 143-1                Page 1 of 20     UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA CHARLESTON DIVISION   CITY OF BEAUFORT; et al., No. 2:18-cv-03326-RMG Plaintiffs, (Consolidated with 2:18-cv-03327-RMG)   v.   NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES   SERVICE; et al., MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT…

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SCELP Reply to Federal Defendant’s and Intervenor-Defendants’ Responses to Motion for Preliminary Injunction.

2:18-cv-03326-RMG            Date Filed 03/27/19 Entry Number 241     Page 1 of 18   UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT   FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA   CHARLESTON DIVISION   CITY OF BEAUFORT; et al., ) ) No. 2:18-cv-03326-RMG ) (Consolidated with 2:18-cv-03327-RMG) Plaintiffs, ) ) REPLY TO FEDERAL v. ) ) DEFENDANTS’…

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SC Business Reasons for Opposing Offshore Oil Drilling/Seismic Testing

When you drill, you spill.  The federal government admits that oil spills are inevitable predicting one spill a year for every 1,000 barrels of oil produced.  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management reports 2,440 oil spills in the Gulf between 1964-2015 and 497 oil “accidents” in 2016.  Federal records show…

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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…

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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…

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FOIA Requests Regarding Seismic Testing Permits

FOIA Request to Department of Defense 4-9-18: This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce is requesting copies of all reports and records containing the following information on munition deposits (conventional, chemical and radioactive) in the state and federal waters…

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