Close to 200 Students to Attend South Carolina Business Week

July 11, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – July 10, 2008 – Close to 200 of South Carolina’s brightest high school students will descend upon Presbyterian College in Clinton, July 13-18, for South Carolina Business Week, presented by the South Carolina Cable Television Association (SCCTA). Each year, Business Week offers bright young minds the unique opportunity to interact with business leaders and their peers to learn more about the ins and outs of the business world and a successful career. 

Speaker highlights of the 25th Anniversary Week include:

·         Sunday, July 13, 1:00 p.m.: Opening Assembly featuring S. Hunter Howard, Jr., president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

·         Thursday, July 17, 10:30 a.m.: South Carolina Superintendent of Education Dr. Jim Rex will address students.

·         Thursday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.: Craig Melvin, WIS-TV news anchor of Live at 5, WIS News at 6 and Nightcast, will address students during the annual banquet. Melvin is also the host of Awareness, a Sunday morning program on WIS.

·         Friday, July 18, 1:00 p.m.: Anne Ellefson, shareholder with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, chair of the South Carolina Excellence in Education Foundation and member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, will address students during graduation.


During the week, teams of students develop mock companies, led by company advisors loaned from some of South Carolina’s most prestigious businesses. Throughout the week, students attend workshops to learn about all aspects of business and test newly acquired knowledge in a computer business simulation designed to achieve a real company feel with challenging, real-world situations. Along with an emphasis on teamwork and leadership skills, Business Week includes programs on the stock market, ethics in business, personal finance, resume writing, leadership profiling, the significance of diversity in business and entrepreneurship. The Business Week faculty is made up of South Carolina professionals and CEOs in business, education and government who share their specialized knowledge and skills with students.

2008 Business Week sponsors include:

Presenting Sponsor: South Carolina Cable Television Association

Co-Sponsors: South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership, South Carolina Association of School Administrators, South Carolina Council of Economic Education, South Carolina Department of Education, and South Carolina Council of Economic Education. 

Business Week Scholarship Donors: AAI Corporation, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Alcoa, Inc., AstenJohnson, AT&T, BB&T of South Carolina, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, BMW, B.P. Barber & Associates, Inc., Bridgestone Firestone, Business Vitals, LLC, Carolina First Bank, Carowinds, CMC Steel South Carolina, Columbia Urban League, Community FirstBank, Cox Industries, Darby Development, Dargan Construction Company, Dillon Provision Company, Duke Energy Carolinas, Eastman Chemical – South Carolina Operations, First Citizens, Grainger, Gregory Electric Company, Inc., Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., International Paper, Intertape Polymer Group, Kathy Schaffer Olson, Keenan Suggs, Kiswire, Inc., Kohler Company, Louis Rich/Kraft Foods, Martek Biosciences Kingstree Corporation, McLeod-Butler Communications, LLC, McNair Law Firm Foundation, McNair Law Firm, P.A., Metromont Corporation, Michelin, Milliken & Company, Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, Nestlé Prepared Foods Company, North American Rescue Products, Inc., Personal Pathways to Success – Greenville Region, Presbyterian College, Progress Energy, Prysmian Cables & Systems, Publix Super Markets, Inc., RBC Insurance, Roche Carolina, Robert E. Barnett, Rogers and Brown Custom Brokers, Inc., South Carolina Bankers Association, South Carolina Cable Television Association, Security Finance Corporation of Spartanburg, Select Health of South Carolina, Sew-Eurodrive, Inc., Shaw Industries, Sonoco Foundation, Southeastern Freight Lines, Inc., Taco Bell, The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc., The Bank of South Carolina, The Fluor Foundation, The Hamrick Mills Foundation, Inc., The R.L. Bryan Company, The InterTech Group Foundation, Inc., Time Warner Cable, Total Comfort Service Center, Inc., Warehouse Service, Inc., and Wilson Senior Care.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is the state’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association representing more than 6,500 member companies and more than 600,000 member employees, with 90 percent of membership comprised of small businesses. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing per capita income and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.