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Retreat, networking, First Friday on chamber calendar

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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The past and the presentJohn Kimbrell, left, and Allen Smith had plenty to talk about at the Cops for Tots golf tournament at Greer Country Club Tuesday. Smith took over as president and CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce when Kimbrell resigned to take a similar position at the Gaston (N.C.) Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The past and the presentJohn Kimbrell, left, and Allen Smith had plenty to talk about at the Cops for Tots golf tournament at Greer Country Club Tuesday. Smith took over as president and CEO of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce when Kimbrell resigned to take a similar position at the Gaston (N.C.) Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Board of Directors will hold its annual retreat in Charleston Saturday and Sunday. “People are hindered with money issues and lack of vision,” Allen Smith, President/CEO of the Greer Chamber. 
“We’re going to ask, ‘If you were given $1 million to benefit the chamber of commerce, and it can’t be spent anywhere else, what program(s) would you add or how would you spend the money.”
THURSDAY: CHAMBER 101, an opportunity for new members to learn about the organization’s benefits and maximize memberships, is scheduled Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the chamber conference board room. New members are invited to bring business cards and any promotional items/brochures to share with other members or put in lobby’s display area.
THURSDAY: BUSINESS AFTER HOURS is scheduled Thursday at Cypress Internal Medicine 315 Medical Parkway, Suite 200 from 5-7 p.m. It’s free but members are asked to RSVP. The event is excellent for networking with members and peers. Food and drinks are provided.
FIRST FRIDAY LUNCHEON: Anissa Starnes, Regional Development Director of the Carolinas for Constant Contact, is the guest speaker Friday at Greer City Hall. 
Starnes will speak on “Who Has Time for Social Media?” She will present statistics on what social media platforms are working for small businesses and how to incorporate social media into your business without losing productivity. Starnes will illustrate examples of how other businesses are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility, develop relationships and drive sales and response.
The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and the program beings at noon.
TUESDAY: CELEBRATION OF LEGISLATIVE SUCCESS: The chamber will host a social at The Davenport, 230 Trade Street, to congratulate the Greer delegation for scoring 91 or higher on the “SC Chamber Report Card.” Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided at the 5:30 – 7 p.m. event. RSVP for the free event.
WEDNESDAY: PELHAM POWER BREAKFAST: Del-Tec Packaging Inc., 4020 Pelham Court, hosts the free ($10 for non-members) networking event from 8-9 a.m.
NOVEMBER HEADS UP:Thursday, Nov. 3, Chamber 101, 8:30 a.m., chamber boardroom.Friday, Nov. 4, First Friday, Mick Zais, S.C. Superintendent for Education, guest speaker.
Call 877-3131 for information and RSVP above events or visit http://www.greerchamber.com/ 

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