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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are in Anderson County this weekend, you might see cars lined up for miles down Highway 24 along the Anderson Regional Airport.
This is because Anderson will host one of the most exciting airshows in the world - The Anderson Regional Airshow. This year's edition will be a celebration of Bill and Jo Trent, a salute to Vietnam Veterans.
The event will be Saturday, October 22, 2016. Gates open at 10:00 AM, and the Airshow begins at 1 PM.
Attractions will include:
F-18 SUPER HORNET
The US Navy's Tactical Demonstration team will bring their "Rhino" F/A-18 Super Hornet to showcase the maneuverability and handling of this aircraft.
SHOCKWAVEThe biggest, baddest jet truck ever! Shockwave holds the Guiness Book Record and is able to reach 376 miles per hour.
TAKE ME HOME HUEYA partnership between artist Steve Maloney and Light Horse Legacy, Take Me Home Huey is dedicated to the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam but never received a welcome home. This sculpture, which promotes healing and awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress, is made from a boneyard Huey helicopter, serial #67-17174, which was shot down with two casualties during a 1969 Medevac mission in Vietnam.
SCOTT FRANCISScott Francis began flying aerobatics and competing in aerobatic competitions in 2003. He rapidly moved up from Sportsman level, to Intermediate, Advanced, and finally the top level – Unlimited. He’ll be flying his ultra-high performance MXS aircraft, one of only twelve in existence, at our airshow. This all carbon fiber construction monoplane can reach a top speed of 310 miles an hour while still maintaining ultimate maneuverability.
SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION PARACHUTE TEAMActive duty military and retired military parachute jumpers, with current members of the Department of Defense serving as support.
ARMY AVIATION HERITAGE FOUNDATION DEMOUsing restored historic Vietnam-era through modern-day military aircraft, the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation gives narrated patriotic flying presentations as well as manning static displays for public interaction.
CHEFPITTS AIRSHOWSThe Chefpitts aircraft is a Pitts S1S, built by hand in a garage over the course of three years while Clemens, the pilot, was simultaneously working as a professional chef. While the Pitts plane design has been around since 1945, and lends itself well to rolls in midair, the Cheffpitts is unique due to several modifications, including the paint scheme, which was designed and hand-painted by the pilot after the plane was built. The performance will be reminiscent of airshows that Clemens was inspired by as a child.
For more information, visit andairshow.com
Amy Hoyes was born in Maryland, raised in Northern Virginia about 10 miles outside Washington DC. She went to Elon University and received Journalism and Business degrees. During college tenure, she traveled abroad to England, France, Netherlands and Scotland as well as several cross country trips. She also did internships at a magazine, a newspaper and worked for CBS This Morning during a semester.
After college, Amy moved to Atlanta and covered the economic impact of the 1996 Olympic Games on Cobb County for the Marietta Daily Journal. She then transitioned to working in news production for CNN. Having a desire for a more 9-5 job, she got into advertising and marketing and worked for Conde Nast Publications. She was then offered a job to be the Business Manager of a startup magazine in North Carolina.
After the birth of her first child, Amy worked in children’s ministry as a preschool teacher and then for the children’s nonprofit Harnett County Partnership for Children. She worked in the areas of Public Relations and Outreach before moving to South Carolina in 2013.
Amy started at Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) in 2014, and has held the roles of Supervised Visitation Coordinator, Director of Community Engagement and now Vice President of Resource Development.
She has been married to her spouse Dale since 2002, and they have a 6 year old daughter named Camden and a 12 year old daughter named Madison. They also have 2 fur baby rescues named Max and Marley. Amy loves the outdoors, working on her fixer upper house, swimming, shopping, watching 80s movies and playing board games with her family.
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.