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Chamber dues down $7,000
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Membership dues are down $7,596 from a year ago at the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, according to a report given by Chamber Treasurer Dennis Stuber during Thursday’s board of directors meeting.

“Our total income eight months in, in February 2011, was $149,700. This is about $6,300 below the same period last year,” Stuber said, but said membership recently increased slightly. “As we mentioned during our last meeting, the biggest gap that we have is membership dues … we need to continue try to get back on track.”

Stuber added that while they are showing a loss of an estimated $14,000, expenses have remained “fairly flat.”

“If we could get back up to where we were last year, then that gap would be closed,” Stuber said, encouraging board members to become more involved with member retention and recruitment.

Meanwhile, Executive Director Liz Horton said she was pleased the chamber has had a lot of requests recently for membership packets and attended several ribbon cuttings for new businesses in the county.

In other news, Horton said the chamber’s annual legislative breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. April 29 at the KershawHealth Community Outreach and Wellness Center, formerly known as the Health Resource Center.

Among those scheduled to attend, she said, are U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, S.C. Sens. Vincent Sheheen and Joel Lourie, and S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk.

“We’ve also sent invitations again to (Gov.) Nikki Haley. She couldn’t come on the original date but we’ve sent her another one,” Horton said. “And we’re inviting the (state) superintendent of education as well.”

Horton also reported that the chamber received a $45,000 accommodations tax (ATAX) grant from the city of Camden. The ATAX funds will be used for repairs to the Robert Mills Courthouse, she said, replacing wood floors in the courtroom and outside railings.