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May 31, 2023
Celebrating business at the Aiken Chamber

The Aiken Chamber’s Member Appreciation Cookout and Mini-Trade Show was held Friday, May 19. The event was an opportunity to

  • celebrate our growing membership
  • celebrate all that business does to invest in our community and create jobs
  • celebrate the variety of goods and services available here, and
  • celebrate the excitement at the Aiken Chamber.
Bridgestone, who is celebrating 25 years of manufacturing in Aiken County, was the presenting sponsor of the event and gave away two sets of tires. C&C Automotive sponsored the hot dog tailgate, and Breezeline was the premier sponsor.
Exhibitors from 44 Chamber member businesses were showcased, and Chamber President/CEO David Jameson was often heard saying, “It’s a great day for business in Aiken, South Carolina.” 
Exploring the power of unlikely friendships in business
As women continue to redefine and reshape the business landscape, it's important to explore the multitude of ways in which collaboration and unlikely friendships can catalyze success. Taking inspiration from the remarkable bond between Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart, we invite you to join us at the upcoming Women in Business luncheon being held at Newberry Hall, Thursday, June 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This engaging and thought-provoking presentation will be presented by Carmen Landy. She will shed light on the benefits of unexpected partnerships and how they can empower women in our community and in the business world.

“On the surface, the pairing of an iconic rapper and a renowned lifestyle expert may seem unlikely. However, the partnership between these two exemplifies the remarkable outcomes that can be achieved through embracing differences and stepping beyond conventional boundaries,” said Landy. “Their unique friendship has not only captured the public's attention, but the collaboration has also produced profitable business ventures for both brands.”

Landy will delve into the ways in which you can leverage your distinct backgrounds, skills, and perspectives with others to mutually enhance their personal and professional lives. Through engaging anecdotes and insightful analysis, Landy will explore the ways in which you can embrace differences and use them as catalysts for growth, innovation, and business success and how women in business everywhere can learn from their example.

Event attendees will have the opportunity to:

1. Embrace Differences: Find the power of all types of diversity and the benefits that arise from working with individuals who have different perspectives and skill sets. Discover how diversity can fuel creativity, expand horizons, and drive success.

2. Overcome Stereotypes: In a world where stereotypes and preconceived notions often cloud judgment, this presentation will emphasize the importance of looking beyond surface-level differences and recognizing the untapped potential that lies within unlikely alliances.

3. Foster Innovation: Explore how collaboration can pave the way for innovative business ventures, demonstrating that combining diverse talents and passions can lead to groundbreaking opportunities.

4. Expand Networks: Building strong professional networks is essential for success. Learn how forging connections with individuals from diverse backgrounds can broaden your horizons and open doors to new opportunities.

5. Find Inspiration: Discover how the Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart partnership can serve as a source of inspiration, motivating you to seek out unconventional collaborations and forge meaningful connections that can elevate your business and personal life.

The Women in Business event promises to be an enlightening and empowering experience, offering valuable insights into the world of unlikely friendships and their immense potential in shaping successful businesses.

Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired, learn, and network with individuals who are passionate about challenging norms and driving positive change.

Join us for a delicious lunch June 22 at Newberry Hall and discover how the powerful synergy of seemingly contrasting personalities and skill sets can unlock new doors to success in the business world. Together, we will celebrate the spirit of collaboration and embrace the possibilities that lie beyond traditional boundaries.

The cost to attend is $40 per person or a table of 8 for $300.
Sponsors of the Aiken Chamber Women in Business luncheon are Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
The Aiken Chamber and a delegation of Aiken small business owners traveled to the South Carolina State House in Columbia May 3 to unite with small businesses from across the Palmetto State for Small Business Day at the State House, an advocacy day organized by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce focused on ensuring S.C. SMALL businesses are heard BIG by state leaders. The Aiken delegation was sponsored by SRP Federal Credit Union. 
The Trail Riding Company held a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 5 to celebrate the grand opening of its new business. The Trail Riding Company offers guided private horseback riding tours for individuals and groups. Schedule a guided tour in Hitchcock Woods, the mountains or at the beach or even a unique camping experience. For more information on guided tours and to book an outdoor trail riding adventure, call (803) 507-5487. Cutting the ribbon is owner and experienced equestrian LaDonna Heise. She is joined by Aiken City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh, Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson, fellow riders, four-legged friends and members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team.

May 8 was a great day to cut a ribbon for the opening of Seniors Helping Seniors Aiken County. Their in-home care services brighten the lives of seniors who can benefit from a helping hand and a friendly smile. Their caregivers, who are seniors themselves, make life easier by providing compassionate care in the comfort of your home. For more information visit shsaikencounty.com or call (803)859-7997. Owners Kathy and Gary Robinson are shown cutting the ribbon with Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson, the caring staff, and members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team.

On May 11, Aiken Medical Aesthetics held a ribbon cutting at its new luxury facility at 931 Dougherty Road. Aiken Medical Aesthetics believes everyone should have the opportunity to feel their best, inside and out. They have developed a custom menu of treatments to help all patients restore confidence and get the results that make them see their true beauty. For more information, visit https://aikenmedicalaesthetics.com or call (803) 830-4940. Cutting the ribbon is owner and board-certified physician assistant, Kristin Cadavos. She is joined by Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson, the friendly staff and members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team.
Family Pharmacy – South Aiken held a ribbon cutting May 23 to celebrate the growth of the business and its brand refresh. Family Pharmacy has been serving the Aiken community for 37 years. They offer compounding for both humans and animals, health screenings, multi-dose packaging, delivery, hormone testing and therapy and more. Visit www.aikenpharmacy.com to learn more or stop by one of their two convenient locations, 110 Price Ave., or 333 Newberry St. NW. Cutting the ribbon is co-owner and pharmacist Brandi Johnson, the incredible staff, members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team and Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson.
ADT Security
Security Systems & Monitoring
Residential & small business security solutions – burglar alarms, CCTV camera systems, life safety (smoke/fire, carbon monoxide) protection, smart home solutions.
3815 Martinez Boulevard
Augusta, GA 30907
Contact: Cameron Sizemore
Phone: (803) 998-6375 
Cart Mart – Aiken
Golf Cart & Utility Vehicles
Cart Mart - We are an award winning and leading dealer of the world’s finest golf carts, commercial and Low Speed Vehicles. We proudly represent Club Car, Carryall, Onward, Yamaha, Garia, Polaris GEM, ProXD & Taylor-Dunn brands. Since 1959, Cart Mart
1044 East Pine Log Road
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Brad Haerle
Phone: (844) 236-5498 x 3030
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association’s mission is to be a relentless force in the fight for longer, healthier lives. Reach out to get involved in the CSRA Heart Ball or CSRA Heart Walk!
2801 Washington Road, Suite 107 #379
Augusta, GA 30909
Contact: Ansley Howze
Phone: (843) 480-4906
Day Construction, LLC
Grading (all types)
Family owned and operated. Day Construction can meet your paving, grading, and land improvements needs.
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Johnny Day
Phone: (803) 262-5400
Hurricane Builders
Home Builder
As one of few remaining locally-owned residential homebuilders throughout the state of SC, our team prides itself by putting our community first through everything we do.
100 Corporate Boulevard
West Columbia, SC 29169
Contact: Patrick Bukszar
Phone: (803) 936-9686
Real Estate
Brand new build-to-rent homes.
507 Satinwood Circle
Graniteville, SC 29829
Contact: Shayna McKee
Phone: (912) 414.4981
Marble Slab Creamery & Great American Cookies
Ice Cream/Snow Cones/Yogurt
Fresh, small-batch ice cream since 1983. Always free mix-ins, delicious ice cream and shakes in a variety of flavors, hand-rolled waffle cones, and ice cream cakes. At Great American Cookies, we believe that pure, simple delight is part of living a full life.
152 South Aiken Lane, Suite 104
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Hannah Zagade
Phone: (803) 649-1696

Stephen Ranzer, ERA Wilder Concierge Realty
Real Estate
Real estate professional with 25 years of experience helping sellers and buyers in the CSRA achieve their real estate dreams. Licensed in SC & GA.
118 Laurens Street, SW
Aiken, SC 29801
Phone: (803) 507-7003
WealthPoint Partners, Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Financial Advisor/Investments/Planning
Our team strives to provide financial expertise focused on you and your goals. Together, we provide client-access to a breadth of expertise and special focus areas and offer an ongoing dedication to exception service. Servicing Aiken and Charleston, South Carolina.
240 Redtail Drive, Suite 13
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Contact: Jennifer L. Krieger Radziwon
Phone: (800) 917-7189
Learn from the experts with SCORE’s small business training workshops
SCORE Greater Aiken hosts small business workshops -- both online webinars and live, in-person. Find everything you need to know to start a business or discover tools that will help your small business grow. Browse our workshops here.
Food, music, theatre, equine activities and even drag racing are just the beginning when it comes to things to do in Aiken.

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