Two Hundred S.C. Students to Attend Business Week

July 10, 2009

CLINTON, SC – July 10, 2009 – Two hundred of South Carolina’s brightest high school students will descend upon Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., July 12-17, 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 student peers to learn more about the ins and outs of the business world and a successful career.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to live on the campus of Presbyterian College, the host of South Carolina Business Week. Presbyterian College boasts a 240-acre campus, which includes five buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Highlights of the 26th Annual Week Include:
• Sunday, July 12, 1:00 p.m.: Opening Assembly featuring Otis B. Rawl, Jr., president and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
• Wednesday, July 15: Students will tour Fuji Film in Greenwood.
• Thursday, July 16, 10:30 a.m.: South Carolina Superintendent of Education Dr. Jim Rex will address students.
• Thursday, July 16, 6:30 p.m.: Annual Banquet featuring Steve Benjamin of McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC, who is also a member of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
• Friday, July 17, 1:00 p.m.: Graduation Ceremony featuring Jim Reynolds, president of Total Comfort Service Center Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Chamber.
During the week, teams of students will develop mock companies, led by company advisors loaned from some of South Carolina’s most prestigious businesses. Students will 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 of South Carolina professionals and CEOs in business, education and government who share their specialized knowledge and skills with students.

2009 Business Week sponsors include:

Presenting Sponsor: South Carolina Cable Television Association

Co-Sponsors: AlliedBarton Protective Services, S.C. Association of School Administrators, S.C. Commission on Higher Education- S.C. GEAR UP, S.C. Council on Economic Education, S.C. Department of Education, S.C. Manufacturing Extension Partnership. 

Business Week Scholarship Donors: ALCOA Mt. Holly, Ann Marie Stieritz, Ashland Performance Material, AstenJohnson Inc., AT&T, AVX Corporation, B.P. Barber & Associates Inc., BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Business Vitals LLC, Carolina First Bank, CMC Steel South Carolina, Columbia Urban League Inc., Cynthia M. Bennett, Darlington Raceway, Delta Dental, Dillon Provision Company Inc., Duke Energy – Carolinas, Eastman Chemical Foundation, First Citizens, FN Manufacturing LLC, Glen Dwinnells Memorial Fund, Grainger, Gregory Electric Company Inc., Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd PA, Holcim (US) Inc., Kathy Shaffer Olson, Kohler Company, Louis Rich/Kraft Foods, Martek Biosciences Kingstree Corporation, McNair Law Firm Foundation, McNair Law Firm PA, Metglas Inc., Metromont Corporation, Michelin North America, Milliken & Company, Nan Ya Plastics Corporation America, National Bank of South Carolina, Nestlé Prepared Foods Company, North American Rescue Inc., Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C., Phil Waddell, Presbyterian College, Progress Energy, Publix Super Markets Inc., R.L. Bryan Company, RBC Insurance, Robert E. Barnett , Roche Carolina Inc., Security Finance Corporation of Spartanburg, Select Health of South Carolina, SEW-Eurodrive Inc., Shaw Industries, Snelling Staffing Services, Sonoco Products Company, South Carolina Bankers Association, South Carolina GEAR UP, Southeastern Freight Lines Inc., South Carolina Ports Authority, Springs Creative Products Group LLC, Terry & Katherine Huggins, The Bank of America Foundation, The Bank of South Carolina, The Intertech Group Foundation, Time Warner Cable, Total Comfort Services, UNUM, Warehouse Services Inc., Wilson Senior Care, and Windsor Aughtry Company.

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.