Issues

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

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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Electrical Utility Reform Recommendations

Nuclear Plant Crisis Calls for Utility Reg. Reform Coalition Opposes Ratepayer Responsibility for Cost Recovery On September 13, 2017, the STOP THE BLANK CHECK Coalition (Coalition) has called for extensive reforms to the state’s utility regulation system.  The Coalition (see list of members below) also rejects SCE&G’s position that their ratepayers…

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Workers’ Compensation Insurance—Regulatory Protection and Legislation

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…

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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 such as net metering that are regulated by the S.C. Public Service Commission. Since 2002, small businesses in South Carolina…

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Offshore Drilling and Testing for Oil in the Atlantic

Official SCSBCC Position-January 12, 2015 The Obama administration is permitting 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 (BOEM) is reviewing 9 permits from oil companies for conducting these surveys and is…

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Base Load Review Act (BLRA)

Through April 2017 the SCE&G ratepayers have had 9 rate increases under the Base Load Review Act (BLRA) resulting in about $1.4 billion in additional electricity costs to both business and residential consumers.  These rate increases are being used just to pay for the construction financing costs to build the two nuclear…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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