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Author: Penny Cothran

Source: South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Press Release

April 14, 2015

For Immediate Release  
Contact: Penny Cothran, 803-255-2564
Email: penny.cothran@scchamber.net



You can change a student’s life!

Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is seeking businesses interested in sponsoring a high school student (or students) to attend the prestigious South Carolina Business Week, July 26-31, 2015. Each year, Business Week offers bright, young adults the unique opportunity to interact with business leaders along with their peers to learn more about the ins and outs of a successful career.

“Business Week is just one program the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce offers supporting a comprehensive approach to education and workforce development in South Carolina,” says Robbie Barnett, associate vice president of workforce, education and manufacturing policy. “The capabilities of tomorrow’s workforce rest on our generation’s willingness to share its time, talents and resources with today’s youth. Just $500 sponsors one student to SC Business Week.” 

For the past thirty-two years, Business Week has contributed to the preparation of young adults for the business environment by introducing them to the principles of leadership, teamwork and the American free enterprise system while promoting self-reliance, individual responsibility and entrepreneurship. During the week, teams of students develop mock companies, led by company advisors loaned from some of South Carolina’s most successful businesses. Students attend workshops to learn about all aspects of business and test their newly acquired knowledge in a business simulation designed to achieve a real company feel with challenging, real-world situations. Along with an emphasis on teamwork and leadership skills, Business Week includes programs on public speaking, career readiness, ethics in business, the significance of diversity in business and entrepreneurship. 

“Business Week gives business leaders the unique opportunity to teach students what to expect in the business world. Participating businesses find this experience extremely rewarding, especially since they are instructing students who are in the pipeline to become their future employees,” said Ted Pitts, president and chief executive officer of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. “By giving these students the experience of running their own mock companies, they are helping prepare them for the choices they will make as future business leaders.”

Companies interested in providing student sponsorships for Business Week should visit www.scbusinessweek.com, or contact Robbie Barnett at 803-255-2625.

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 representing more than 18,000 businesses and more than one million employees. As the unified voice for business and industry, 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.


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