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South Carolina Businesses Honored with Palmetto Awards

COLUMBIA, SC – November 14, 2007 – Companies and organizations from across the state were recognized this week for their excellence in business communications at the annual Palmetto Awards sponsored by the South Carolina chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators at Trustus Theatre in downtown Columbia.

The Palmetto Awards recognize outstanding achievements in business and organizational communications. Entries are judged on innovative and effective use of media, and the overall quality of writing, design and execution. Proceeds from the awards benefit an endowed journalism scholarship at the University of South Carolina.

South Carolina’s 67 entries were judged by other IABC chapters in Atlanta, San Antonio, Dallas and Arkansas. Of those, 47 won awards.

Awards of Excellence, the highest level given, were presented to  BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Clare Morris Agency, College of Charleston, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, Municipal Association of South Carolina, S.C. Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum, S.C. Medical Association, Sonoco and S.C. Realtors Association.

Awards of Merit were presented to American Red Cross, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, Farm Bureau Insurance, Integrated Communication Consultants, MeadWestvaco Specialty Chemicals, Richland County Recreation Commission, S.C. Association of Counties, S.C. Department of Health & Human Services, S.C. Governor’s School, Sonoco, S.C. ETV, S.C. Realtors Association, The AD Company, The Carolina Agency and Tom Sawyer Company.

About IABC-SC

Founded in 1970, The International Association of Business Communicators provides a professional network of more than 13,000 business communication professionals in over 60 countries. Members hold positions in public relations/media relations, corporate communications, public affairs, investor relations, government relations, marketing communication, community relations, writing, editing, training, advertising, video production, graphic design, human resources and teaching.

The South Carolina chapter meets the first Tuesday of each month at noon at the Summit Club in Columbia with programs and speakers on topics of interest to members. The chapter also sponsors an annual professional development workshop and the Palmetto Awards. All events are open to members and guests. For more information about the South Carolina chapter of IABC, visit www.iabc-sc.com.