The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting and celebration of 10 years in business for Batteries + Bulbs on Monday, August 21 at 10:00 a.m. Their address is: 3319 North Main Street, Suite D, Anderson, SC 29621.
Batteries + Bulbs began in Anderson on August 21, 2007; they have been in Anderson for 10 years this month! They are a franchise location in the Batteries + Bulbs system that has over 700 stores nationwide. Together they are the largest retailer of batteries in the country. They also feature the "We Fix It" center inside its stores where they repair devices such as cell phones, iPads, laptops and other small electronics. Batteries + Bulbs is now the #1 cell phone repair destination in the country. Batteries + Bulbs owner, Don Bailey, owns 3 franchise locations (Anderson, Greenwood, and Clemson) and employs 15 people at its stores.
For more information, please contact Batteries + Bulbs at the Chamber at (864) 772-3925 or visit their website!
Dwayne Bowes of Paragon Hotels gives his testimonial about the Chamber. Dwayne is a Chamber Ambassador and sits on the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Congratulations on officially cutting the ribbon! Westwind, Inc and its affiliates operate 10 franchised BURGER KING® Restaurants in South Carolina and Northeast Georgia. They have been in business for over 25 years. Westwind, Inc. is committed to the highest operating standards and satisfying our customers.
A ribbon cutting was held for Burger King - Westwind, Inc. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. The ribbon cutting was to celebrate their location at 4460 Liberty Hwy in Anderson.
To learn more about Westind, Inc. and their Burger King locations visit their website or 864.226.9644.
Congratulations and welcome to the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for one of our newest members, State Farm – Parker Smith Agency.
State Farm offers auto and home insurance as well as life and health insurance. Their business hours are 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturdays. Parker Smith has been with State Farm for over three years and opened his own branch in June of 2017.
The ribbon cutting was held Friday, August 4, 2017, at 9 a.m. Their address is 103 Broad Bent Way, Anderson, 29625.
Visit State Farm - Parker Smith Agency's website or give them a call at 864.224.3789 for more information.
Kathy Mulz works for Edward Jones Investments with Financial Advisor Debbie Brown in Anderson. She has been with the firm for over 17 years and is a Senior Branch Office Administrator.
Kathy is married to John, has 2 children and 2 grandsons with another one on the way.
She has lived in Anderson for 5 years and loves it here. She enjoys the spirit that the community of Anderson offers and the friendly people that reside here.
Kathy enjoys spending time with her family and being involved with local organizations. She volunteers at The Anderson County Women's Club, The Cancer Association of Anderson, The Alzheimer's Association and the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. She encourages anyone who is thinking about getting involved with the Chamber, to not waste a single moment. She says it is a great way to network with some wonderful people and is well worth the time.
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!