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February 23, 2023
Showcasing Aiken
The 2023 edition of the Welcome Aiken Community Guide is now available. The annual publication is a showcase of Aiken and provides valuable community information for newcomers, potential businesses and residents, current residents and visitors.

This year the publication features quotes from people that are very proud to call Aiken home. Some have been here since birth and others are newbies, but they got here as quick as they could. Readers will enjoy learning what each person treasures in Aiken.

Sections in the publication include: Arts & Culture, Festivals, Parks & Activities, Downtown, History and others. These each showcase Aiken with beautiful photography and information about the cherished community we call home.

A designated section for relocation is in the back of Welcome Aiken provides the essential information on available utilities, tax rates, registering a vehicle and obtaining a South Carolina driver’s license. Having all this information in one place takes a bit of stress out of the moving process and provides area realtors and employers with a resource for clients and potential employees.

The final section of Welcome Aiken is a directory of the Aiken Chamber membership. This specific piece helps everyone Shop Aiken for all their needs. It is organized alphabetically and by category and has been referred to as Aiken’s business phonebook. It is definitely a go to resource.

“We feel that Aiken is the perfect place for all ages and for all seasons,” said Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson. “It offers a distinctiveness often unheard of in today’s world. It’s the perfect place to operate a business, raise a family, meet friends and enjoy life. Like I always say, “If you’re lucky enough to live in Aiken…you’re lucky enough.”

Pick up your complimentary copy of the 2023 Welcome Aiken Community Guide at the Aiken Chamber of Commerce, 121 Richland Ave. East, Monday – Thursday 9-5 and Friday until 3.
"I love Aiken because of it's small city charm, but it has a big city attitude! Aiken is polite and a little sassy!"
Patrice Rhinehart Jackson
“I love Aiken because of the grassroots people who give tirelessly, day in and day out, serving as volunteers, mentors and helpers in support of those in need. From Laundrytown to Downtown there are so many stories of how, at different times, our community has come together to care for each other, and I just love that.” 
“Aiken is a town full of true southern hospitality—you hardly ever meet a stranger, and if you are new to Aiken, you're welcomed with open arms. To me, Aiken has a traditional and comfortable small-town feeling, yet it still has elegance with a wide diversity of attractions for all ages.”
Erin Joehnk
“Western disciplines, eventing, dressage, hunter/jumpers, carriage riding, thoroughbreds, steeplechase, fox hunters…these sports are all in Aiken! Add a “real” downtown with restaurants, museums, theatre, and specialty shopping… Aiken has it all.” 
Barry Olliff
Company is coming...it's time for Aiken to shine!
Businesses and individuals are encouraged to help Aiken clean up and put its best foot forward this Spring.

Joye in Aiken, the Aiken Harness Races, the Aiken Trials, Pacers and Polo, the Horse Show in Hitchcock Woods, and the Masters Tournament are just some of the events drawing thousands of visitors to Aiken. What a great opportunity to showcase Aiken’s wonderful assets and amenities, but Aiken needs to look its best and leave a sparkling first impression.

“A visibly attractive and friendly community means dollars to our economy,” according to Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson. “When an area is appealing to a visitor’s senses, it will reap from an economic standpoint. If people like a place, they will spend money, and perhaps stay longer or make a return visit in the future.”

So, let’s not be complacent. Now is the time to pick up, spruce up, and show off Aiken. Take a look around your property. Is it time for a little paint or weed pulling? There are many ways to improve the curb appeal of your property. Have you become so accustomed to the bit of mess that you just don’t see it any more? Try looking through the eyes of your customer, or better yet, ask a customer for their opinion. We want Aiken to shine.

Now let’s talk trash.

“We have much to be proud of here in Aiken,” said Jameson, “but if folks see litter as they come and go, it just leaves a negative impression. This is something we can all work together to change.”

Aiken Chamber member Clean Up Aiken, Inc. is one group working toward the goal of cleaning up Aiken. A registered 501(c)3 made up of all volunteers, led by Kic Young and Jerry Lang, the group facilitates roadside cleanup campaigns for organizations and individuals. They provide the how to and you or your business or organization provide the labor.

“This group is amazing to me,” said Jameson. “It’s being led by two guys that moved to Aiken a couple of years ago and they loved Aiken but ... after they got here, they saw litter on the roadside, and they thought, ‘This is not what we were accustomed to’, and through an odd set of circumstances, they met each other, and ... these are volunteers that just decided, ‘We want to do something about this.’”

Area businesses and individuals are encouraged to get involved with Clean Up Aiken and be a part of the solution to litter in Aiken. Visit www.cleanupaiken.com and learn more about their upcoming events or reach out and let Clean Up Aiken facilitate an event for your business or organization.

Each month an Aiken County business is recognized as a “Good Neighbor” for their commitment to our community by keeping their property litter-free and preventing and reducing litter around their location. These businesses deserve to be appreciated. Honda Cars of Aiken, Aiken Motorcycle Sales & Service, Equine Rescue of Aiken and Car Cave USA have all earned the distinctive Good Neighbor Award. Your business could be next.

So, let’s get busy, Aiken. Get out the window cleaner, the pruning shears, the power washer and the trash bags and let’s do battle just like mom and dad did growing up when they learned company was coming.

What is your business, church, civic organization or HOA willing to do to clean up Aiken and get ready for visitors? 
Young professionals to host kickoff Feb. 28
Connect Aiken, the young professional program of the Aiken Chamber of Commerce, invites individuals ages 22-39 that live or work in the Aiken area to connect and build relationships with other professionals of their generation at its upcoming drop-in event being held at South on Whiskey - Event and Entertainment Venue in Aiken on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. JC’s seafood will provide delicious food and beverages for the evening.

The purpose of Connect Aiken is multi-layered.

For the attendee:
  • Connect to new friends.
  • Connect to the community.
  • Connect to other businesses.

For the area employers:
  • Connected employees are easier to retain.
  • Connected employees are happier employees.
  • Connected employees create business in new areas.

Whatever the ultimate goal of each individual or business, the Connect Aiken peer network will work behind-the-scenes to motivate, encourage, and celebrate being young and doing life in Aiken!

"EGS, Inc. chose to accept the opportunity to sponsor Connect Aiken because doing so aligns with our core mission which is to Connect, Empower, and Employ. Investing in the Connection and Empowerment of younger professionals today will create Employable leaders of tomorrow. It’s very important as a younger professional to have a network of individuals whom they can turn to for advice and fellowship as they are navigating the trajectory of their career. Connect Aiken is a wholesome community organization that can help fill that gap and create those opportunities in Aiken. We are excited to support this great organization,”
Susan Fenske, CEO EGS Inc.

Register at www.aikenchamber.net for reminders and future upcoming Connect Aiken events.

For more information, contact Jim Tunison at the Aiken Chamber of Commerce: (803) 645-0144 or jtunison@aikenchamber.net
Call for award nominations
The Aiken Chamber is seeking nominations for its prestigious annual awards which recognize the Man and Woman of the Year, as well as the Small and Large Business of the Year. These awards will be presented during the Chamber’s Annual Gala, April 20. Deadline for nominations is March 1. Nominators must be current Aiken Chamber members and nominated businesses must be members of the Aiken Chamber. Visit the Chamber’s website at www.aikenchamber.net for nomination forms or contact Jim Tunison at the Aiken Chamber for further information at (803) 645-0144 or jtunison@aikenchamber.net A list of previous award recipients is available on the Chamber’s website. 
Cheron's Bridal located at 386 Park Ave. SE., celebrated the grand opening of its Aiken location February 2. Cheron’s Bridal is Aiken’s new destination for bridal, prom and formal wear. Cutting the ribbon with Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson are store manager, Tracey Owens and owners, Cheron and Mark Douglas. They are joined by Ashley Prescott, company administrator holding the ribbon on the left. Cheron fashion model, Anessa Douglas, behind Mark, and holding the ribbon on the right is Cheron social media manager Abi Johnson. They are joined by members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team. At Cheron, a one-of-a-kind private appointment is scheduled for each client, and everyone receives 5-star customer service. To book an appointment, call (888) 212-8347 or visit the website at cheronsbridal.com
The Joint Chiropractic - North Augusta held a ribbon cutting February 14 to celebrate its new office at 344 E. Martintown Rd., Unit 15, in North Augusta. The Joint offers you and your family a quality, affordable, convenient and accessible healthcare solution. Chiropractic assists in eliminating and relieving the days of shoulder, neck and back pain as well as many other symptoms you may be experiencing. Cutting the ribbon is owner Michael Spivey and North Augusta Mayor Briton Williams. Also pictured are Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson and North Augusta Chamber President/CEO Terra Carroll. They are joined by members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team. Learn more at www.thejoint.com or call (803) 594-8439 to schedule an appointment. 
Aiken Scoop Group, LLC
Pet Services
Pet waste removal services. We pick up poop so you don’t have to.
Graniteville, SC 29829
Contact Nicole Chambers
Phone: (803) 443-2234
Bela Family Dentistry of Aiken
Dentists (General & Cosmetic Practice)
We’re patient-first dental providers driven by the need to create a remarkably different patient experience for you and your family.
1316 Pine Log Road
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Practice Manager
Phone: (803) 642-8678
Bela Family Dentistry of Wagener  Dentists (General & Cosmetic Practice)
We’re patient-first dental providers driven by the need to create a remarkably different patient experience for you and your family.
112 Louie Street
Wagener, SC 29164
Contact: Rebecca Noe
Phone: (803) 564-3446
Charles Schwab of Aiken/Augusta
Financial Advisor/Investments/Planning
Local branch of Charles Schwab providing modern approach to investing, financial planning and retirement services.
630 Crane Creek Drive, Suite 305
Augusta, GA 30907
Contact: John Rhodes
Phone: (706) 849-8350
Cheron’s Bridal Boutique
The ultimate destination for bridal, prom and formal wear. We offer a one-of-a-kind experience that will become a memory you truly treasure! At Cheron’s, we give you our specialized attention with private appointments and affordable prices. We’re proud to serve you for all your formal wear needs.
386 Park Avenue, SE
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Tracey Owens
Phone: (888) 212-8347
CMK – Technical & Enterprise Services, Inc.
Computer Consulting and/or Services
Information Technology firm conveniently located in Augusta, GA. Serving as a key business partner for technology support and enterprise services, we are committed to providing top-quality services and technology management. From entry-level to upper-level management, the company specializes in technical and administrative positions supporting a variety of solutions.
Grovetown, GA 30813
Contact: Cedric King
Phone: (724) 612.4960
CSRA Society of Human Resource Management Chapter
Club (nonprofit)
Creating better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together.
PO Box 2171
Augusta, GA 30903
Contact: Robert Kelly
Phone: (706) 250-1075
Express Employment Professionals
Staffing Service
A leading staffing provider helping job seekers find work with a wide variety of local businesses.
1010 York Street, NE
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Samuel Lilly
Phone: (803) 380-4434
Gentiva Hospice
Health Services
Our place is by our patients’ side guiding them and their loved ones through the final stages of life’s journey with dignity and grace.
5250 Woodside Executive Court
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Jennifer Turner
Phone: (803) 220-3840
Holley & Company
Richard O. Holley is a CPA offering a broad range of tax preparation, tax planning, accounting and payroll services for individuals and small businesses.
705 Silver Bluff Road
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Richard O. Holley, CPA
Phone: (803) 844-0705
Landy Dynamic Solutions, LLC
Consulting Services
Pursuing excellence using your strengths. Consulting and coaching services provided in the areas of leadership and professional development, business systems improvement, and nonprofit growth management. 
PO Box 82
Aiken, SC 29802
Contact: Carmen Landy
Phone: (803) 998-0639
Longenecker & Associates, LLC
Consulting Services
L&A is a woman-owned small business with extensive experience throughout the national security, environmental remediation, and commercial nuclear power industries. L&A is unconditionally committed to mission success. 
237 Park Avenue, Suite 205
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Kelly Canady
Phone: (803) 262-4205
Mann and Associates, LLC
Human Resources Service
Providing mediation services to resolve disputes.
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Lynda Mann
Phone: (703) 328-7603
Oaks Senior Living Community at Aiken
Assisted Living Community 
Offering personalized assisted living and memory care to the Greater Aiken area. The Oaks at Aiken will house a number of amenities including educational, recreational and spiritual programs created to enrich the lives of residents. 
3400 Whiskey Road
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Sarah Denero
Phone: (803) 281-8600
Omega Technical Services
Engineering (Nuclear)
A service-disabled Veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB), specializing in providing technical and professional support services to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Nuclear Security Enterprise. 
4259 Whiskey Road, Suite 100
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Jacquelyn Kane
Phone: (803) 233-3360
Red Dog Pet Services, LLC
Pet Sitting
Certified professional pet sitter (CPPS), Red Cross pet first aid certified, licensed, bonded and insured. Overnight or 24/7 pet sitting, dog walking dog, cat and small animal drop ins. 
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Lisa Benefiel
Phone: (803) 380-3592
SoulShine Yoga & Wellness
Health & Wellness
We mindfully create health and wellness programs for businesses, schools, and private clients, using natural evidence based practices, tailored to the needs and goals of the people we are working with. It is our hope to become an integral piece of the local community. 
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Dawn Billeci
Phone: (516) 884-6935
Southern Magnolia Dentistry
Dentists (General Practice)
Specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the oral cavity, including the teeth and gums.
598 Silver Bluff Road, Suite 1
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: David Urbanawiz
Phone: (803) 648-9511
The Trail Riding Company, LLC – Entertainment and Activities
Ladonna Heise has over 20 years of professional experience with horseback riding. She owns The Trail Riding Company and invites her customers to experience family fun outdoors in Aiken, South Carolina, providing guided private horseback riding tours for individuals and groups. She offers veteran and group discounts. Schedule a guided tour in Hitchcock Woods, the mountains or at the beach or even a unique camping experience. For more information on her guided tours and to book an outdoor trail riding adventure, she can be reached at 803-507-5487. “Making your horseback riding experience memorable and fun."
Warrenville, SC 29851
Contact: LaDonna Heise
Phone: (803) 507-5487
Share your expertise

SCORE Greater Aiken is on a mission to help small businesses. The organization is seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve in a variety of volunteer roles — from knowledgeable business mentors to subject matter experts and more. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization and are the reason for its continued success.

SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed. SCORE Greater Aiken serves entrepreneurs and business owners in Aiken, North Augusta, Augusta and smaller communities across the CSRA.

If you want to make a lasting impact in our local small business community, SCORE Greater Aiken is the place to do that.

You may be a good fit for the role if you agree with the following statements:

  •  I want to help aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking to start a business.
  •  I like being a sounding board to small business owners who are looking for advice and guidance.
  •  I have flexibility with my schedule and a few hours per week available so that I can volunteer.
  •  Being part of an established, national volunteer organization where I can expand my social network is important to me.
  •  I want more of that sense of satisfaction I had from accomplishments when I was working full time in my career.
  •  I want to belong to a group of like-minded professionals, working together to help a worthwhile cause.
  •  I want to make a meaningful contribution to society.
  •  I am motivated to give back.

Ideal Mentor Qualifications

  • Has real business experience and expertise to share and has the time to do so. Can dedicate 15-20 hours/month to working with SCORE clients.
  •  Comfortable with email.
  • Not afraid to learn and use new software and applications.
  • May be retired from a full-time career or working part-time or full-time in the business world.
  •  Good listener, kind, patient and empathetic.
  •  Interested in lifelong learning and keeping business skills “sharp”.
  •  Intellectually engaged, active and self-motivated.

SCORE’s mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. Its mentors are the driving force in achieving this mission and are the backbone of the organization. If you would like to learn more about becoming a SCORE Greater Aiken mentor, contact Paul Ebel at paul.ebel@scorevolunteer.org.

SCORE Greater Aiken is a partner with the Aiken Chamber of Commerce and has provided no-cost mentoring to small-business owners in the area since 2004. Modest annual funding is received from the Small Business Administration. 
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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