The Charleston Metro Chamber makes it easy for its members to feel like political insiders.
All they have to do is attend the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Legislative Reception on Thursday, and they'll be rubbing elbows with new policy makers at the local, state and federal levels, including mayors, city and county council members, state lawmakers and members of Congress.
“I enjoy seeing so many business leaders at the Legislative Reception and hearing the important issues that the business community is facing,” state Sen. Paul Campbell (R-Goose Creek) said.
State Sen. Larry Grooms (R-Charleston) agreed.
“This is the best opportunity to meet with local and state elected officials in an informal setting as they, too, are kicking off their business year,” Grooms said.
To honor the opening of the annual legislative session, the Chamber will also unveil its legislative agenda for the year during the event, which will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf in Charleston. The Chamber’s agenda consists of key issues and priorities affecting businesses throughout the region.
“Rare is the opportunity to engage directly with so many of our elected officials in an informal, business-oriented setting,” Laura Varn, vice president for human resource management at the Santee Cooper Power Co., said of the annual event. “More relationship building happens at this marquis Chamber event than just about any other. It’s time well spent.”
The event will offer those in business a chance to welcome the incoming class of elected representatives and to network with school board and Chamber members. Last year’s Legislative Reception attracted more than 75 elected officeholders from around the state and region, along with hundreds of Chamber members.
“The event kicks off my business year,” Melonie Hammond-Trace, a shareholder with the Elliott Davis Decosimo accounting and tax firm, said. “Not only do I get to share my voice for business advocacy, I get to socialize with business and community leaders. I really value this event.”
Those interested can register at CharlestonChamber.net. Cost to attend the members only event is $50.