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Press Release: SC Chamber Announces 2018 SC Branded Awards

November 26, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The Brand Leader, presented the 2018 SC Branded Awards on November 26 at The Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island. The SC Branded Awards honor local initiatives, locations, products, and events that make up the brand that is South Carolina.

“Our winners and finalists represent the best products and services that our state has to offer,” said Ted Pitts, SC Chamber President & CEO. “The companies are advancing the state in areas of economic development, community engagement, environmental stewardship and more.”

Award winners and finalists include:

Legends Award

Winner: Sonoco


Economic Development Project

Winner: Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC

Finalists: Schaeffler Group USA Inc., Seamon Whiteside


Palmetto Green

Winner: Southern Current LLC

Finalists: Volvo Car US Operations, ICE Recycling, LLC


Health Initiative of the Year

Winner: MUSC Center for Telehealth

Finalists: South Carolina Federal Credit Union, Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center: Healthcare for the Homeless


Community Diversity

Winner: Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Finalists: South Carolina Federal Credit Union, SC Telco Federal Credit Union


Woven & Worn

Winner: R. Hanauer Bow Ties

Finalists: Homegrown Cotton, Mount Vernon Mills, Inc.


Farm, Forest & Field

Winner: McCall Farms

Finalists: Manchester Farms, Amick Farms


Taste of the State

Winner: Agape Chocolates

Finalists: Husk, Blue Marlin


Brewery of the Year

Winner: Frothy Beard Brewing Company

Finalists: RJ Rockers Brewing Company, CottonTown Brew Lab


Event of the Year

Winner: SC State Fair

Finalists: RBC Heritage, The Carolina Cup


Destination Award

Winner: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Finalists: Carowinds, Palmetto Trail


Product Innovation

Winner: TS03, Inc.

Finalists: Citibot, 6AM City


Charitable Impact

Winner: Colonial Life

Finalists: Michelin North America, Goodwill Industries


Hometown SC

Winner: City of Aiken

Finalists: Town of Mount Pleasant, City of Walterboro


Brand on the Rise

Winner: EDTS Cyber

Finalists: Anchor Bat Co., Serve & Connect



About the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

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. As a champion for business, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing wealth and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.


About the SC Branded Awards

The state of South Carolina is a brand. Across the nation, the Palmetto and Crescent signify something more than just boundaries of land; they are a symbol of a culture—a culture of strength, determination, innovation, creativity, and Southern values. But the magic of that identity isn’t in a tree or a crescent. The brand of South Carolina is shared with and found in every citizen…every company…every product…every brand that claims this diamond-shaped piece of earth for its own. As a state, we’re just 1 of 50 territories on a map. But it’s the brands that call South Carolina home that are the true essence of who we are, what we’ve been, and what our future holds. Awards are presented annually in various categories as a partnership between the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and The Brand Leader.



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