Issues Advocacy

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

2020 Successes

2020 Successes Federal and State COVID stimulus programs The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce promoted PPP loan opportunity to the state’s small businesses.  We successfully advocated for $40 million in state small business grants using CARES Act funds to South Carolina. Offshore Oil Exploration and Drilling We continued…

2021 Issues

The Advocate of South Carolina Small Business  2021 Issues The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce (SCSBCC) 2021 policy agenda includes both state and national issues.  The SCSBCC President and CEO, Frank Knapp, provides leadership to national business organizations as Co-chair of Small Business for America’s Future (SBAF) and…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…