E-Commerce Report
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March 31, 2023
Aiken Chamber of Commerce
The Aiken Chamber of Commerce is 105 years old and continues to thrive. Established in 1918 by business and civic leaders, the dynamic business alliance is a catalyst for business growth, the convener for leaders and influencers, and the champion for a stronger community.
In 2023, the Aiken Chamber board of directors is focusing on identifying strategic options to ensure the continued growth and success of the organization and its members.
Each month the board is taking a deeper dive into obstacles and opportunities in various areas of the community including healthcare, the Savannah River Site, manufacturing, education, city and county government as well as others.
Presentations and reports focused on employment growth, expansion, major goals and initiatives have been given by Aiken Regional Medical Centers CEO, Matt Merrifield; representatives from contractors at the Savannah River Site, Larry Ling of SRMC, Dennis Carr of SRNS and Sharon Marra of SRNL; Aiken County Public Schools Superintendent, King Laurence; Aiken City Administrator, Stuart Bedenbaugh; and Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian. Other presentations will follow in the coming months.
This process mirrors a visioning process used in 2013 when the Chamber’s Blue Ribbon Panel was created to design a blueprint to build Aiken’s future. A decade has passed, and it’s time for an update.
This time around the process is being completed by the board members rather than a panel. This allows the board members to strengthen their knowledge of and ability to advocate for the business community.
At the end of the process, the board will draw conclusions that will help develop strategic options for the future work of the Chamber. The options will be based on what is necessary for business to grow and thrive in the Aiken market.  

Jason Rabun
Aiken Chamber board chair
Enrich Wealth Partners, LLC

At the Chamber, we take our role as the “voice of business” very seriously, and that includes listening to the challenges and issues facing our community. By digging deeper into these areas, we can assure ourselves that the goals and initiatives of the Chamber are set based on the principles of allowing businesses to grow and thrive.
Diane Johnston
Aiken Chamber board member
Augusta Regional Airport

A strategic options process can identify potential opportunities and risks before they become urgent issues. This process allows our board to be more proactive in our decision-making and to act before problems arise or opportunities are lost.
Catina Broadwater
Aiken Chamber board member
Broadwater-Toole Realty, LLC

Board member inclusion in the strategic options process allows a wide range of perspectives and ideas to be considered. While the diversity of the board creates the capacity for greater innovation and efficiency, inclusion is what enables the board to realize the business benefits of this potential. This inclusive approach ensures board decisions are grounded in a broad understanding of the organizations' capabilities and microenvironment in which it functions.
A direct and compelling headline
Game changer
Ground has been broken for the long-awaited Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC) facility to be built on the campus of USC Aiken. The $66 million, 60,000-square-foot facility will not only provide new laboratory, office and conference space suitable for advanced manufacturing research and development, but more importantly, it will house collaborative and research and development spaces for spinning innovative technologies into the Department of Energy and spinning them out into the commercial sector.

The Aiken Legislative Delegation, Aiken Chamber, USC Aiken, Western SC - Economic Development Partnership, and the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization and others have advocated for funding of this game-changing economic catalyst since 2015.

Through many starts and stops through the Department of Energy, the Office of Management and Budget, and two presidential elections, the community support of the AMC has never waivered.

The AMC is expected to employ 120 high level researchers that will collaborate with industry professionals from across the world.

The level of activity at the facility will mean more people eating, shopping and spending money on goods and services in our local economy. Previously, these scientists and the support staff were all located behind the gates of the Savannah River Site making collaboration with business and industry and academia more difficult.

“There will be a tremendous boost to the local economy from this initiative, since the facility will be outside the Savannah River Site, a first for the community,” Jameson said. “Benefits will not only include the projected workforce but also include the in-direct economic benefits from national and international researchers visiting our community and the possibility of numerous conferences and seminars hosted locally.”

The facility’s location on the campus of USC Aiken will create an environment to develop the best and brightest next generation workforce to help counter attrition of nuclear chemical and materials processing experience. Having AMC on the USC Aiken campus will promote the “power of proximity,” allowing university students and researchers to interact to create future technologies.

The purpose of the AMC, to support the mission of the Savannah River National Lab, is wonderful, but the potential impact to the overall economy of the area is even greater. Already the South Carolina National Guard has plans to build its DreamPort adjacent to the AMC.
Both projects have been on the advocacy radar of the Aiken Chamber for a decade because of the potential they bring to creating an innovation district. These are not just buildings where people go to work, these buildings are powerful for what goes on inside of them as well as the changes they can bring around them. 

The location of the facility was set up through a no-cost land lease agreement between the Department of Energy and the Aiken County Commission for Higher Education. North Wind Construction Services was awarded the final design, construction and commissioning of the AMC facility. Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in 2024.

“It has been a long-held dream to have a facility of this magnitude, a catalyst for innovation, built in Aiken,” said Jameson. “We celebrated when the funding was finally appropriated, we celebrated when the contract was awarded, and we are celebrating again as the shovels go in the ground. It’s certainly been a marathon and not a sprint, but it will be worth everyone’s efforts when the ribbon is finally cut in 2024.” 
Prestigious awards night
An elegant night of fun, excitement and surprises awaits attendees of the Aiken Chamber’s 105th Annual Gala being held at the Etherredge Center at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20.
In a nod to the Chamber’s 105th year, the theme of the gala is Thriving at 105.

Members are invited to celebrate the successes and transitions of the past year with 2022 Chamber Chair Norman Dunagan, Dumpster Depot, and look to the future with 2023 Chamber Chair Jason Rabun, Enrich Wealth Partners, LLC. Entertainment for the gala will be provided by the talented singer and guitarist Alec James.

One of the highlights of the gala is the presentation of the Chamber’s prestigious annual awards.

The Man and Woman of the Year will be awarded to two individuals that demonstrate characteristics including leadership skills, community impact and involvement, are role models and mentors to others and demonstrate a commitment to a higher level of ethics in business practices.

The Small and Large Business of the Year awards recognize two Chamber members that have completed a minimum of three years in business, demonstrate exceptional customer service, are recognized as community leaders, inspire others, and exhibit vision that goes above and beyond business as usual.

The Ambassador of the Year will also be recognized for his or her volunteer contribution to the mission and vision of the Aiken Chamber.

Following the awards and entertainment, guests will adjourn to the campus lawn for sunset cocktails. The Aiken Chamber’s version of an elegant spring garden party.

Chamber members who wish to attend should contact Aiken Chamber Membership Services Director, Jim Tunison, at (803) 645-0144 or jtunison@aikenchamber.net for ticket information.
G.L. Williams & Daughter Trucking Inc. held a ribbon cutting Feb. 24 to celebrate the launch of its new compost line, Purebred Compost.  Purebred is a local provider of an array of natural soil amendments. Purebred has perfected a blend of compost that is high quality, slow-release, nutrient-dense and soil-amending. They also provide other plant-enriching products that are safe and chemical free to use around your home. Call (803) 663-3715 and schedule a time to get your compost; your plants and yard will thank you. Pictured cutting the ribbon are Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson with G.L. Williams & Daughter Trucking Inc. President Lisa Wilson. They are joined by fellow staff, family, friends and members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team.  
Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main Street, Graniteville, held a ribbon cutting Feb. 27 to celebrate the transfer of ownership to Clint and Gracie Jackson. Interestingly, Clint began working at Napier in 2006 at the age of 16. Napier Funeral Home is a family owned and operated funeral home with over 60 years of professional service to the Graniteville community. Joining Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson to cut the ribbon are owners Gracie and Clint Jackson, members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team, friends, family and community members. Learn more about Napier Funeral Home at www.napierfh.com

Gentiva Hospice, 5250 Woodside Executive Court, held a ribbon cutting March 1 to celebrate its recent brand change. “At Gentiva Hospice, we are committed to being faithfully by the side of those in our communities who need our help. Through physical, emotional and spiritual support, we help patients live with the dignity and grace they deserve - and families make the most of every moment."
Cutting the ribbon is Executive Director Jennifer Turner with Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson. They are joined by fellow staff and members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team. Contact Gentiva at (803) 220-3840 or visit www.gentivahs.com to learn more. 

Regus, 900 Trail Ridge Road, held a ribbon cutting March 1 to celebrate the opening of its new office space complex. Make a home for your business with Regus private office space in Aiken. Their serviced offices have everything from the furniture to the high-speed Wi-Fi taken care of, letting you focus on driving your business forward. Flexible terms allow you to rent office space for an hour or for years. To view the available spaces, or to learn more, call (803) 525-5440 or visit www.regus.com. Regus Community Sales Manager Krystina Lucas and owner Jeffrey Reynolds are pictured cutting the ribbon with Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson and members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team. 

Blanchard Machinery, 2026 Jefferson Davis Highway, unveiled its brand-new retail and office space with a ribbon cutting March 2. Blanchard Machinery is the area's leading heavy equipment dealer. In stock, customers will find new equipment, rental equipment and replacement parts for Caterpillar and other trusted brands. If you're looking for reliable equipment for sale or rent with the latest features, Blanchard Machinery has what you need. Call (803) 220-2282 or visit www.blanchardmachinery.com to learn more. Cutting the ribbon with the Blanchard family are Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson and members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team. 

Complete Cryotherapy Aiken, 126 Dominion Dr., inside the gym at Unrivaled Fitness, held a ribbon cutting March 9 to celebrate its grand opening. Now, you can completely rejuvenate your body in 3 minutes or less at Aiken’s one and only cryotherapy chamber. Call or text (803) 508-0003 for more information or visit the Facebook page, Complete Cryotherapy Aiken. Cutting the ribbon is owner Kaleigh Allen. Joining her in the celebration are Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson, friends, fitness enthusiasts and members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team. 

Cedar Creek Church held a ribbon cutting March 13 to celebrate the completion of renovations of Building Four, the original building of Cedar Creek Church. While those attending Cedar Creek Church believe that the church is not a building, they see how God has used it in many ways over the past 27 years and will continue to use it for ministry activities, fellowship gatherings, and events for the community. Senior Pastor Phillip Lee is pictured cutting the ribbon with Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson, members of the church leadership team and members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team. Visit www.cedarcreekchurch.net or call (803) 649-3096 to learn more.  

Beyond Bliss, LLC, 37 Varden Drive Suite F, held a ribbon cutting March 14 to celebrate its grand opening. Beyond Bliss offers relaxation massage, prenatal massage, manual lymphatic drainage, deep tissue massage, sports massage and hot stone massage. Experience the rejuvenating and enlightening power of massage tailored to your unique needs at Beyond Bliss.  Schedule an appointment today at www.beyondbliss.net or call Ariana at (803) 998-7524. Cutting the ribbon is owner Ariana Benjamin with Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson. They are joined by friends, family and members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team. 

La Bonbonniere – Fine Belgian Chocolates held a ribbon cutting March 20 to celebrate the grand opening of its Aiken location at 227 Chesterfield Street, S. La Bonbonniere chocolates are made on the premises using Callebaut chocolate, fresh ingredients and traditional Belgian recipes. Come and treat yourself to a taste of heaven. Store hours are Tues-Sat. 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cutting the ribbon is owner Babette Smith along with Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson. They are joined by staff members, family and the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team. Visit www.labonbonniereaugusta.com or call (803) 226-0099 to learn more.  

Aiken Rehab and Care Center, formerly Pepper Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Healing and Care Center, celebrated the completion of its million-dollar face lift with a ribbon cutting on March 21. Aiken Rehab and Care Center is a community of specialists, clinicians, and staff driven to provide quality care with a personal touch. From short-term therapy to long-term skilled nursing care, they aim to make patients feel at home from intake to discharge. Visit 3525 Augustus Rd. or call 803.642.8376 to schedule a tour, or learn more at www.aikenrehabilitation.com. Cutting the ribbon is City of Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon, Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson, Marketing Director Ashley Pitts, Administrator Nick Guzman, Yehuda Gruman of Venza Care and members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team. 

Silver Bluff Grove Senior Living, 1385 Silver Bluff Road, held a ribbon cutting March 22 to celebrate its grand re-opening. Silver Bluff Grove is a senior living community that offers a variety of living options to seniors looking to enrich their life with attentive support and luxurious amenities. Building long-term relationships, enjoying engaging activities, and relaxing in generous living spaces are all comforting experiences that Silver Bluff Grove Senior Living offers to residents. Call (803) 642-8444 to learn more or visit www.sinceriseniorliving.com/silver-bluff-grove to learn more.  Cutting the ribbon is Silver Bluff Grove Executive Director Angie Larke. She is joined by Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson, staff, and members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team.   

Coldwell Banker Best Life Realty held a ribbon cutting March 29 to celebrate its new location at 823 Hayne Ave SW. The team of real estate professionals at Coldwell Banker Best Life Realty is ready to help when you decide Aiken is the right place for you to live your Best Life! Cutting the ribbon is broker in charge and co-owner, Mark Thompson. He is joined by co-owners Jacob Klarman and Michelle Adams, Aiken Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson, members of the Best Life Realty team, family, friends, and members of the Aiken Chamber Ambassador Team. Contact the Best Life team at (803) 644-5050 or visit www.thebestlifeteam.com to learn more. 
Advocate Health Advisors, LLC Medicare
Committed to helping senior Americans make informed decisions as they first become eligible for Medicare benefits or change existing Medicare coverage. These decisions are vital to the wellbeing of all seniors, affecting the cost, quality, and availability of medical care for the remainder of their lives.
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: David Fent
Phone: (803) 443.4139
Allstate Insurance, Takiyah Bryant Insurance
Offering auto, home, condo, renters, motorcycle, business, life, ATV and boat insurance.
909 Dougherty Road
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Takiyah Bryant
Carquest Auto Parts Automotive Parts & Supplies
Formerly Harley’s Auto Parts store.
310 Hampton Avenue, NE
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Kieron Riley
Phone: (803) 649-0541
Chattels in Design USA Ltd Co., LLC Furniture (Custom & Adirondack) Outdoor patio furniture, loungers, porch swings, banquet tables, outdoor kitchens, cabanas, equestrian hay huts, portable run-in shelters, horse automatic waterers, event and arena lights, driveway/walkway lights and more!
395 Equestrian Way
Aiken, SC 29805
Contact: Dan Diotte
Phone: (803) 324-6802 ext. 102
Coldwell Banker Best Life Realty Real Estate
Real Estate Sales, Property Management, Residential, Commercial, Land, Horse Farms, and Investment Properties
823 Hayne Avenue, SW
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Mark Thompson
Phone: (803) 644-5050
Complete Cryotherapy Aiken Health & Wellness
Aiken’s first cryotherapy chamber. Completely rejuvenate your body in three minutes or less in temperatures of up to -220 degrees F – helping with muscle recovery, inflammation, and more.
126 Dominion Drive
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Kaleigh Allen
Phone: (803) 508-0003
Renée Cottingham, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beazley, REALTOR® - Real Estate
625 Blue Ridge Drive
Evans, GA 30809
Contact: Renée Cottingham
Phone: (706) 863-1775
Coward & McNeill Real Estate LLC Real Estate (Commercial)
Assisting clients in building and growing wealth through commercial real estate and land.
830 Colony Parkway
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Bud Coward
Phone: (803) 648-8298
Downtown Dog Pet Grooming
The downtown store for dogs and the people who love them. Please stop by and say hello and bring your Best Friend with you!
150 A Laurens Street, SW
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Sheri Scarborough
Phone: (803) 226.0347
The Friends of the Gaston Livery Stable Nonprofit
Built in 1893, the Gaston Livery Stable is a former full-service livery stable located in Aiken, SC. It is significant for its role in the city’s turn-of-the-century transportation industry and as a notable example of brick, U-shaped barn design and construction. It is, also, important to equine and agricultural history. The barn retains an overall high degree of historic integrity.
PO Box 5357
Aiken, SC 29804
Contact: Peggy Dils
Horizon Development, LLCProperty Management (Commercial)
1209 Banks Mill Road
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Julia Quick
Phone: (803) 663-1513
La Bonbonniere Chocolate
Authentic Belgian chocolates. Chocolates are made on the premises using Callebaut chocolate, fresh ingredients, and traditional Belgian recipes. Come and see us to sample our many chocolates!
227 Chesterfield Street, S
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Bebette Smith
Phone: (803) 226-0099
Motorcycles and Misfits Garage, LLC Motorcycles and ATVs
A full-service motorcycle shop. We offer service, repairs, customizations and audio for most motorcycles.
1371 Augusta Road
Warrenville, SC 29851
Contact: Susan Hammersley
Pink Icing Boutique Apparel (Women)
A classy and chic boutique where you will find quality and affordable pieces as well as those statement pieces for special occasions!
35 Varden Drive
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Banecia Bush
Phone: (803) 226-7974
SOB Bagel & Delicatessen Restaurant
New York style bagels and delicatessen featuring house cooked meats.
106 Park Avenue, SW
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Yvette Gallacchi
Stewart and Associates, Inc. Consulting Services
Leadership and management training and coaching, entrepreneurial coaching, mentoring, career development for women.
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Liz Stewart
Phone: (803) 292-0909
Terminix Service Inc. Home Services
In business for over 75-years and is a family owned franchise. Our customers are the most important part of our operations.
520 East Pine Log Road
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Tim Brown
Phone: (803) 278-4163
Crystal Traywick – Keller Williams Realty Real Estate
Realtor with Keller Williams Realty. I’m looking forward to working with you.
Aiken, SC 29805
Contact: Crystal Traywick
Unrivaled Fitness Health & Fitness
Group based personal training studio.
126 Dominion Drive
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Josh Bolen
Varden Digital Marketing
We provide digital marketing services to small business. We make the process clear, easy, and affordable.
37 Varden Drive
Aiken, SC 29803
Contact: Amanda Brown
Phone: (803) 560-0200
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