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Chamber in the black so far in FY 2012

Posted: January 26, 2012 2:54 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2012 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce earned income of more than $18,000 for the first half of its 2011-2012 fiscal year.

Executive Director Liz Horton attributed the profit to maintaining a “strong financial position,” “good control of expenses” and Kershaw County’s participation in chamber events and use of chamber services.

“Increased revenue from our affinity programs … our building rentals and having the largest and most successful Christmas parade in many years” all contributed to the chamber’s success, Horton said.

The chamber is in the process of coming up with “new and creative” fundraising ideas to increase non-due revenue and increase Kershaw County participation.

Recruitment for next year’s Junior Leadership class begins next month. Participants will be required to pay a $50 tuition to cover program expenses. A donation by the Camden Kiwanis Club provides scholarships to those who need assistance. This year’s group has attended an etiquette dinner and will participate in a job marketing session sponsored by Goodwill Jobs Connection Center and Toastmasters International on Feb. 16. Applications will be available through March.

The chamber is also looking to attract new members and keep current members happy. Chamber members will visit 40 to 60 Kershaw County businesses each month throughout the year to help them access and update information on the chamber’s website.

Upcoming events:

Feb. 21: Business Before Hours at Central Carolina Technical College -- an opportunity for professionals who can’t meet after work to network before work.  

March 10: 3rd Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Car Show. Registration is from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Judging starts at 11 a.m.

March 17: 2012 Crappie USA Tournament. This year the tournament will feature a kid’s rodeo.

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