• One brick at a time

    The Chester County Chamber of Commerce wants to help small businesses build a strong foundation and they’re doing it just like you’d build a foundation for a house, one brick at a time. Five of them, in fact.

    Chamber President Brooke Clinton explained in partnership with York Tech and Winthrop’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the chamber is preparing to launch a series of five workshops designed to provide some foundational learning for small business owners.

  • New Chamber board chair wants to "fill up Chester County's glass"

    The new chair of the Chester County Chamber of Commerce pledges to focus her energies on connecting with businesses and showing Chester County students all of the job and career opportunities there are waiting for them on the other side of the schoolhouse doors.

    Abby Brunson, a Global Career Development facilitator with the Chester County School District, took over the gavel from 2017 Board Chair Chris Winters at the Chester County Chamber’s Annual Banquet.

  • Going once...going twice..(almost) gone!

    The people who raised their hands or nodded at Chester auctioneer Rick Cox as he conducted his monthly auction on Monday did so with a tear in their eyes and a fond farewell. After 18 years selling everything from boardgames to bulldozers, Cox is hanging up his gavel and closing the doors of Cox Auction.

    He said contractors will tear down the auction barn beginning in March and the plan is to construct a new Spratt Savings & Loan.

  • "Opportunities" keep knocking at Chester County's door

    Business and industry is alive and well in the county, says Chester County Economic Development Director Karlisa Dean. That new industry or business that comes in under the label “Opportunity” continues to knock at Chester County’s door.

    Dean sat down with The N&R recently to reflect on how 2017 treated Chester County and what was ahead for 2018.

    “In 2017, we had $231 million worth of investment, that was Roseburg Forest Products, Next Gen Alloys and ATI.”

  • Pope receives Duke Energy Citizenship Award at chamber banquet

    Tony Pope, senior vice president at First Citizens Bank, a man with an impressive resume as a business and community leader, was this year’s recipient of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

    Duke Energy Vice President of Community Relations Rick Jiran presented the award Thursday night at the Chester County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet.

  • More than just taxes, H&R Block owners want to be part of community

    Julie Blalock wants to do your taxes, but more than that, she wants to help your community.

    Blalock is the area manager for the H&R Block franchise with offices in Rock Hill, Richburg and Chester. This Tuesday and Wednesday, the two Chester County offices held a drop-in Open House.

    Blalock, a mother of five, is originally from Michigan. She moved to the area when one of her sons got a job in Greenville.

    She has been with H&R Block, both on the corporate side and the franchise side, since 1993.

  • Chester County Chamber celebrates 60th annual banquet

    The Chester County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate their 60th offering of the Annual Chamber Banquet on Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Gateway Conference Center. Al Walker, a motivational speaker with several books to his credit, will be the keynote speaker.

    Roseburg Forest Products, the newest industry in Chester County,  will be the host of the cocktail hour at 6 p.m. Rhino’s will cater the cocktail hour.

  • Roseburg groundbreaking postponed

    The scheduled groundbreaking for the Roseburg Forest Products in Chester County has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

    Rebecca Taylor, Roseburg Corporate Communications director, sent out an email on Monday stating because of the weather forecast calling for extreme conditions later in the week, Roseburg was announcing the cancellation of the planned Jan. 17 groundbreaking for the Chester engineered wood plant.

    She said the company plans to reschedule the event when the safety of the guests is less of a concern.

  • Deck your halls at Deck the Halls

    Santa Claus may always be right on time, but decorators and gift-givers often aren’t.

    There to help those who wait until the last minute to trim the tree and stuff the stockings is Deck the Halls at 135 Gadsden Street in downtown Chester.

    Betty Anderson has been in her current location for 12 years, but has been open every October through December for the past 40 Christmases. Her shop has a number of beautifully designed trees, some of which have themes. There is a cardinal tree that features a number of red ornaments and red birds…but only a few.

  • Giti Tire R&D Director: Company looking for people with STEM skills

    Dr. Hamid Aboutorabi, director of the Giti Tire R&D Center, took time from helping with the tour for U.S Senator Tim Scott this week to talk about the skills the next generation of Giti scientists and researchers are going to need.

    The Giti Tire Research and Development Center was recently transplanted from its Ohio location to the Chester County manufacturing facility.