After realizing the key role small businesses play in keeping Kershaw County thriving, North Central High School student Kayla Bowers set up a Facebook page -- Shop Local Shop Camden -- to highlight small businesses in Camden and encourage residents to shop locally. Kayla is also challenging residents to do 25 percent of their holiday shopping in Camden.
The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce has a new captain at the wheel as Chamber President Spencer Graham recently took a new job in Charleston and relocated there. Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton broke the news at the chamber board's monthly meeting Thursday and said Amy Kinard, who had been first vice-president, has moved into the president's position.
As 2015 approaches, Kershaw County's oldest continually operating business is celebrating its 150th anniversary by doing what it's always done: offering a wide variety of insurance products with competitive pricing and hometown service.
Lee Ann Parker (right) speaks with family friends (from left) Pastor Gene Rollins and, his wife, Linda, as Parker's husband, Sampson, signs a copy of "Unthinkable Choice" at Books on Broad on Oct. 18. The Parkers, who live Harrisburg, N.C., co-wrote the book with Thomas Smith about Sampson's decision to cut off his own arm after getting it caught in a corn picker on his "hobby farm" in Kershaw County on Sept. 11, 2007. The book also chronicles their lives afterward as Sampson recovered from his ordeal.
Camden's Piggly Wiggly on East DeKalb Street, is receiving its wholesale goods from a new supplier, but store manager Steve Jackson said shoppers won't notice a difference, other than gradual expansions and improvements planned for the store.
SAFE Federal Credit Union officially opened its new branch in Lugoff with a ribbon cutting Thursday. The new facility replaces the SAFE location in Camden's Springdale Plaza. Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce President Spencer Graham opened the proceedings.
The board of directors of First Palmetto Financial Corporation, parent company of First Palmetto Bank, has declared a quarterly dividend of $350 per share of common stock. The dividend to stockholders of record as of Oct 24, 2014 will be payable October 31, 2014.
In an effort to encourage Kershaw County residents to shop and dine locally this holiday season, the Kershaw County Chamber applied and was chosen by American Express, to be a Neighborhood Champion, promoting locally-owned independent small businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 29, 2014. The Chamber will also once again be sponsoring their annual "Home for the Holidays" Campaign which will kick off on the Monday following Thanksgiving, December 1, 2014.
Jo Marie Brown, CPPB, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden's procurement manager, recently earned Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) certification from the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC).