The Chamber Golf Challenge is a premier annual event each fall played at one of the most prestigious golf courses within our region. The day begins with a full breakfast followed by 18 holes of captains choice golf. After the round, the winners are recognized and a raffle for great prizes is held for those who are better with luck than the game. The day ends with a “Shoot for Loot” contest and plenty of networking. This outing hosts senior leadership from our industry, education, retail and service sectors.
The College Football Fan Challenge Oyster Roast is the “EVENT” of Laurens County. This annual extravaganza is so much more than an oyster roast; it is a “Celebration.” Beginning with live T.V. segments, college football celebrities, a magnificent silent auction, football mascots, cheerleaders, music, exciting live auction & bonfire with all the fresh steamed oysters, gumbo and low country boil that you can eat. All you can eat and drink for one low ticket price along with over 700 attendees with whom to network.
Industry and Agriculture Tour
The Chamber Industry & Agriculture Tour is one of our most popular and educational offerings each fall. With technology based manufacturing being our largest employer and Agribusiness making up 35% of the local economy, this one-day chartered bus tour takes those who attend behind the scenes of some of our most important employers. A reserved seat on the bus, lunch, snack and an exclusive pass into these operations come at one low price.
Red Carpet Series
The Red Carpet Event is a highly successful series that brings our membership face-to-face with some of our state and regions most important current leaders. This allows Laurens County to be on display as well as providing key insights to issues affecting us all. These are held several times each year and are usually a breakfast or lunch. Past speakers include: Governor Nikki Haley, Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weather, and Senator Tim Scott to name a few.
Quarterly Clean Up
The Laurens County Community Clean Up is part of the Chamber’s Beautify Laurens County Committee. This community effort is done quarterly and is open to anyone who would like to participate. We encourage churches, businesses, neighborhoods, friends and families to “Clean Where They Live.” Supplies such as vests, gloves, trash bags and pick up sticks can be obtained fee of charge from the Chamber office. Since 2011 this campaign has helped remove 110 tons of trash from Laurens County roadways.
The Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner is “An Elegant Evening.” It is a time of celebration and the presenting of much deserved awards to our selfless volunteers who make a difference in our community and for the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce. The dinner brings together 400 of our top business, municipality, industry and education leaders. A time of reflection with our “Year In Review in Pictures” as well as a keynote speaker make this one of the best evenings of the year.
Business After Hours
Business After Hours is a once per month gathering of Chamber members for a time of networking, fellowship and relationship building. Usually held on the 3rd Thursday of each month and hosted by a member business, it is open to all Chamber members. This is a great way to get to know other business owners, service providers and neighbors.
Small Business Empowerment Series (New)
This is a great return on any Chamber member’s investment. The SBES is formatted as a quarterly gathering of small business leaders and designed to discuss best practices, common issues and proposed solutions unique to small businesses in Laurens County. The group also receives economic updates in relation to new industry and retailers moving into Laurens County and activities of existing businesses.