You’re in the middle of eating a full lunch, including a delectable pastry for dessert, at the office and a loud boom rings throughout the hall. Who could be setting off fireworks at three in the afternoon? You reach for a napkin to clean up but not before an armed man charges in with his weapon pointed directly at you. This man is called an active shooter, or a person determined on killing as many people as they can in a populated area. Despite all instincts to run, Todd Caron of the Active Shooter Training Program supplied numerous other life-saving techniques to the JLA Class of 24. Let’s go back to the initial shots. Instead of assuming the norm, collaborate with your fellow persons to prepare for a genuine threat. Organize a barricade or even lift a few tables to block the assailant's path in order to control his movements. If possible, turn off the lights to impair his vision. And most importantly if there is no way out, then stay calm and prepare to fight. So, you set up a few tables. Your coworker agrees to go for the knees if you grab the gun. Perfect. The man charges in, weapon held in both hands, and you bear hug his arms to point the gun away from the other three concealed associates. Grabbing and firmly holding the sliding mechanism, you prevent another shot from going off as the aggressor is tackled at the knees and lands beneath you. Officers barge in, pulling you away as you slide the gun out of the man’s reach. With hands defensively in the air, you watch the man with previous authority over your life be handcuffed and removed from the building. What will the man’s fate be? He may very well be temporarily held at the Anderson County Detention Center awaiting a trial decision. With nearly 450 prisoners in a structure intended to hold about 250, it isn’t uncommon for cells to hold up to 17 men each. Built in 1956, the kitchens, laundry room, and garden work are influenced by the work of inmates attempting to decrease their sentence through “work credit”. The building right next door was designed and constructed by the most talented of those inmates. Overall, you and your companions are safe thanks to Anderson’s astonishing police forth, having Chad McBride himself as their tremendous trailblazer. Thank you from the community of Anderson for the security of our everyday lives.
Kim Ellison is one of two "Ambassador of the Month." Kim spends her time supporting the business community by volunteering at Chamber events. Kim is an Advertising Sales Manager at Anderson Magazine and a Consultant for Rodan & Fields. So whether you are wanting to market your business in the next issue of Anderson Magazine or looking for the right skin care product for you, Kim Ellison is who you need to connect with.
Rodan + Fields
It’s a beautiful 65 degrees in Anderson and you just completed a seemingly endless day of work. What could be better than some sweets? You head downtown to check out the infamous Cocobon Chocolatier only to find yourself floating back in time through the antique decor and uniforms. Who could’ve thought of such a remarkable design for a shop? David Saidat himself. As a home-made entrepreneur, Saidat began his journey by munching on his very own comfort food. When the product was discontinued, he took matters into his own hands. With such a tremendously inspiring foundation and notorious reputation, the JLA Class of 24 couldn’t help but fidget in their seats in preparation for the provided samples. Of course, there are a variety of standout local businesses. Roylco, a large part of the program known as “STEM” with an additional “A” in the middle for art, is one worth mentioning. Using art to enhance learning gives children the opportunity to express their creative side while still being exposed to subjects such as engineering. One of the products even had the JLA students puzzled. How does one make a square out of various shapes in 60 seconds? It’s a system just like the safety procedures followed at Walgreens Distribution Center. With clear pedestrian walkways for visitors, a diverse staff trained in teamwork, and incomparable safety displays throughout the building, security is obviously stressed. However, this isn’t the only thing in which Walgreens is known. The distribution center right here in Anderson is actually one of two to offer disabled people a unique opportunity in the workplace, regardless of a college degree. Each business has its own history, but so do the leaders that took that first step into the oblivion. So what’s the tip of the day? Take that stride toward your goal because the outcome is simply unknown. Be reminded of the old saying that anything is possible. Maybe even visit your local business for inspiration based on their origin. The true regrets are the chances we didn’t take. Make your first footprint!
Written by: Gabriella Alicea - Member of JLA Class 24
Photographs by: Avonte Dawnson - Member of JLA Class 24
Amy Whitney- Branch Banking & Trust Co. (BB&T Bank)
Amy Whitney was born and raised in Anderson, SC. She is a graduate of T.L. Hanna High School and Southern Wesleyan University. Amy also graduated from The BB&T Banking School at Wake Forest University. She is a member of BB&T’s Sterling performance club (awarded to the top 5% revenue generators in the bank). Amy is a Vice President with BB&T and has worked with them 15 years this July. Amy began her career as teller in 2002, then was promoted to retail lending portfolio management and underwriting (with lending authority), for ten years she enjoyed managing several different BB&T office locations in the Upstate, she was the Small Business Development Officer for Anderson, Clemson, Seneca and the Quad’s for the last two years before her most recent promotion to a Commercial Loan Officer. She enjoys helping her clients build their business from the ground up and looks for creative ways to help save them time and money. She is especially passionate about growing businesses in the Anderson community in which she works, worships and lives. Amy is not only a Chamber Ambassador but also serves on the Women’s Business Advancement Committee for the Chamber. In addition she has also served as Accounting Chair for Relay for Life, Anderson University College of Business board, the board of Family Connection and an AWANA’s leader at her Church.
BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $219.3 billion in assets and market capitalization of $38.1 billion as of Dec. 31, 2016. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates 2,196 branches in 15 states and Washington, D.C, and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgages and insurance products and services. BB&T has a longstanding record of financial stability and enduring core values focused on excellence in client service.
4007 Clemson Blvd
Anderson, SC 29621
Five hours into your beauty sleep and your alarm goes off. The sun isn’t out but it’s time for you to get up! Halfway through your bowl of cereal, you realize you don’t even have enough money for a bus pass. Moreover, your girlfriend’s son would like some breakfast too. How do you make it to work without transportation and take care of your family at the same time today? What about tomorrow? The JLA Class of 24 faced very similar questions in the poverty simulation sponsored by United Way. Each group received a different family profile based on low-income households. Some consisted of up to five members with only one current income! The situation was described as “stressful” by many of the participants. However, the simulation provided a unique enlightening. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s estimate of 2016, about 13.5 percent of citizens in the United States are living in poverty. That’s over 43 million people! So the question is are we doing enough to change this? In fact, members of the JLA class were asked to answer this same question. While many weren’t aware of the surprising statistic, it was agreed upon that those living in poverty should be given assistance. Little by little “average” citizens can provide simple gestures such as a meal or an example resume. Though looked at as elementary, these favors can provide someone struggling the stepping stone they need to a more preferred lifestyle. So don’t ignore those reaching out to you. A simple smile may ensure them that they’re at least being heard. We are all human and we are all brethren. Show the world that we are indeed united!
You’re out for a run and your emotional aura is off the charts. The morning is going great! You turn the corner and all of a sudden a lightning of pain shoots through your hip. It’s your normal running routine, so what could be wrong? Dr. Edsall hypothesized an answer for the JLA Cass of 24. As a master of Sports Medicine, he records his patients and then slows down the film through an app to see what could be the cause of the pain. Typically the answer is asymmetry, or one side of the body being stronger than the other. However, shoes made out of cushioning material actually don’t provide the spring the body needs, which ultimately contributes to injury. Though other factors could be the cause, perhaps it’s time to return those new shoes. Aside from sports injuries, illnesses such as cancer also dominate. Fortunately, technology has provided an enormous amount of new machinery for treatments including TMS. So what’s TMS? Truth be told, TMS is a machine that generates magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells and reduce symptoms of illnesses such as depression. Some patients may even go off medication completely. Who knew medication would become a thing of the past. At the end of the sensational tour of AnMed, our jaws were nearly to the floor. Not only were we able to see the new and fabulous layout of the Oncology branch, but we physically stood in the presence of two hyperbaric chambers. With a smile glued to our faces, we returned to the chamber to meet some of the most unselfish people in Anderson: the members of local nonprofit organizations. Why are these organizations important now? Community service. In fact, volunteering is exactly what colleges and even employers look for in today’s youth. Yet, it’s the spreading of joy that benefits Anderson to the greatest extent. Amazed by the smiles of nearly everyone at AnMed, each member of JLA left with a new appreciation of happiness and giving. Smiles galore!
It’s finally above forty degrees in Anderson and you desperately need a day out. With a push from some friends and maybe a nudge from a commercial, you decide to visit the infamous downtown, but what is there to do? Today I explored the endless solutions to such a case of “what to do” with my fellow Junior Leadership classmates. Now, there’s always a delicious breakfast and some conversation to start a brilliant day, which undoubtedly began at the Chamber of Commerce with Mr. Juan Johnson. With a leading presentation on diversity, I was shocked to learn that humanity in fact made up the term “race”. There is no proof of “race” in DNA. So why is diversity important? In fact, diversity is what makes each and every one of my JLA classmates so unique and interesting. Whether it be that they play golf or that they’re bilingual, each person has their own distinct story. After such heartwarming discussion, some were given the opportunity to sit in the same seats as our own city council members. Yes, the actual chairs! I nearly fell out of my own chair at Mr. Newton’s mention of the approximate $58 million budget given to Anderson every year. Moreover, how do the city population's tax dollars contribute to that? Most of those millions actually come from independent businesses as well as the $1.8 million from the housing of federal prisoners downtown. Indeed, federal prisoners. So, what other hidden things lay in the shadows? Turn a corner to find yourself a gorgeous wren, but make sure not to run into dear old Mr. Whitner. Notorious for bringing Anderson electricity and specifically the first street lights, Mr. Whitner is responsible for the “Electric City” title. During your stroll, make sure to thank Chief Stewart for monitoring the dominating vehicle related crimes. Furthermore, talk to that fellow in the corner standing alone. Their story may just shock you.
- Gabriella Alicea
Debbie Rosenberger moved to the Upstate from Columbia in 2012 to be near her daughter who was attending Anderson University. She immediately fell in love with the area, and eventually moved to Anderson in 2013. Originally from Wisconsin, and traveling for over 10 years in the military, she loved experiencing the friendly and welcoming community. She says, “I knew I had found my forever home!” Her first real business decision was to join the Chamber of Commerce. Having been in Insurance for over 11 years, she knew that networking would be the key to her success. That one seemingly small decision has well surpassed her expectations. She stated, “The Chamber and its employees have not let me down. The chamber and its members have welcomed me into their family and my business is growing by leaps and bounds! The best part however is the close personal relationships I am building in my new community, ones that will stand the test of time.”
Her business, Voluntary Benefits at Work, is known as a refreshing change in the insurance world. It offers collaborative consultancy that looks out for all sides, including your employees and your bottom line
About the Anderson Area Chamber Ambassadors
The Ambassadors are a select group of dedicated volunteers who serve as the public relations arm of the Anderson Area Chamber. They assist the Chamber staff in welcoming new members into the Chamber, hosting ribbon cutting and ground breaking ceremonies, and offering volunteer support to Chamber events. For more information on the Ambassador program, please contact the Anderson Area Chamber at 864-226-3454.
Shrimp & Grits + Art Slam Live = Huge Momentum for Business Community
Recently, the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Gain Momentum Business Expo at the Anderson Civic Center, and the crowds did not disappoint.
Over 40 businesses, organizations, competitors, and artists filled the arena for an opportunity to showcase their talents, products and services to the 1,500 plus person crowd. From popcorn and ice cream, to shaved ice, everyone had some sort of draw to their booth.
So, let’s talk about who won?
Longhorn Steakhouse came in third place, while new competitor Brookdale Anderson placed second. Reflections Café at AnMed Health won first place, making it their third consecutive win.
As for the art slam competition?
Art Slam is a unique event where five visual artists are chosen from a number of applicants to create and compete on stage. These artists have no idea what the theme or subject matter will be until minutes before they go “live”. The artists have between two to three hours to express their vision of the announced theme or subject matter, all on stage, set to the DJ’s soundtrack, and before a live audience. When time is called, the winner is determined by the thundering applause and cheers of the audience!
This year’s competition, the inaugural event for Anderson County, was a battle of the upstate - Anderson artists competed against Greenville artists. Jason Bunner of Greenville won the Art Slam competition. Other competing artists included Patro Ulmer of Anderson, Brandon “Biskit” Hammond of Anderson, Bathsheba Floyd of Greenville, and Lee Granger of Greenville.
Musical entertainment was provided by The Jake Bartley Band and The Westside High School & Friends Jazz Band.
All of these activities were a part of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Gain Momentum” Business Expo, a family-friendly, business tradeshow that provides an upbeat atmosphere for businesses and consumers to connect. Participating businesses use the event to market their business to hundreds of potential customers face-to-face, network and generate leads with other participating businesses, launch their new business or brand, reconnect with existing customers and much more.
For more information, or to claim your spot for the 2017 event, contact Michael B. Mance at (864)226-3454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber Seeks Solutions with Help of Community
We recently sat down with Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore, and what he had to share was startling! The good news, traffic accidents are no longer the leading cause of accidental deaths in Anderson County. The bad news, drug overdoses have taken its place.
The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a focus group, with any and all community advocates who want to combat this growing issue, to brainstorm viable solutions.
Save the Date
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce
907 North Main Street, Suite 200
For more information, contact the Chamber at (864)226-3454 or email Pam Christopher at email@example.com.