• At first HR Cafe' meet, Winters lets pros in on "the stuff no one tells you"

    Chester County Chamber of Commerce chair Joanie Winters was the featured speaker at the Chamber’s first Lunch and Learn HR Café meeting. The title of her topic was guaranteed to catch the attention of the small business owners for whom the HR Café was intended. The title was “The Stuff No One Tells You (And This is Just the Beginning)”.
    This was the first of what the chamber hopes will be a series of training sessions aimed at the small business owner, explained Chamber President Jim Fuller previously.

  • Chester Chamber renovation almost complete

    People have been walking past the door of the Chester County Chamber of Commerce for a while now, peeking in the windows and wondering: what’s going on in there? The new look of the Chamber is almost ready to be unveiled to the public. Chester County Chamber of Commerce President Jim Fuller recently gave The N&R a sneak peek at the almost-completed renovations. They’re going to be impressive.
    The Chamber started with some, as they say in the decorating and renovation game, “good bones”.

  • Tax Free Weekend starts today

    The opening of school in Chester County is a little more than two weeks away, but before that, parents have a chance to get the school supplies they will need this weekend. Starting Friday is the annual sales  tax holiday, which runs through Sunday.

  • Environment gets some attention at Giti air permit Q&A

    Editor’s note: As part of the air construction permitting process for the Giti Tire plant in Richburg, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Bureau of Air Quality held a public meeting recently at the Gateway Conference Center. Following presentations on the plant by a Giti Tire official and presentations on the permitting process by DHEC Bureau of Air Quality staff, the floor was opened up for questions. Here are some of those comments from that meeting.

  • Business cards, information exchanged at Giti Subcontractor Outreach event
  • Giti Tire construction permit explained at public meeting

    As part of the permitting process for the Giti Tire plant draft air construction permit, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Bureau of Air Quality held a public meeting on the permit last Thursday.
    Citizens had a chance to hear a presentation from Giti Tire’s Vice President of Manufacturing Hank Eisenga, got a briefing on the application process for the air permit and got to ask questions of DHEC personnel and Eisenga.

  • Update: Giti Tire construction is "on the ready"

    Grading on schedule. An air quality and construction permit on the verge of being approved. An announcement of an earlier start to production than was anticipated. A subcontractor outreach event. All the elements of a continued successful project seem to be coming together for the Richburg Giti Tire plant facility, Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Parker said.
    Giti Tire officials and Shimizu Construction officials met at the Gateway Conference Center recently and Parker learned the grading work for the plant site was on schedule.

  • Smoke and (no) mirrors

    For Scott Atkinson, any barbeque he might make is all about the smoke. No fancy footwork and mirrors required.
    Atkinson is the proprietor and chief cook of J. Scott's Catering Service. He started working for a catering company in 1997 and opened his own catering business in Chester in 2012.
    Atkinson started cooking barbecue at his catering kitchen about four months ago, ably assisted by John Goodyear, who worked in a barbecue establishment, though not as a cook.

  • New hair salon opens doors in Chester

    The skill with which Elegant Hair Studio Manager Brandi Paul handles a pair of scissors came in handy last week as she cut the ribbon in front of Chester's newest business, located in the shopping center at 1793 J. A. Cochran By-Pass.
    Paul said what makes her studio stand out from the many other hair salons is the atmosphere.
    “We try to give everybody a place where they feel like they're at home. A nice, relaxing environment where there's not a lot of noise and chaos,” she said.

  • Parker named local developer of 2015

    Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Parker was awarded the 2015 Local Developer Award by the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association.
    The award was presented to Parker on May 7 at the SCEDA annual meeting in Myrtle Beach,
    The award recognizes the hard work and dedication of local developers in South Carolina who have made a significant difference in their community.