North Charleston businesses now have a chamber of commerce focused exclusively on them.
Steve Nettles, who operates Tax Pros Plus on Dorchester Road, and Alan Thompson, co-owner of Stingray Branding and the founder of Great Business Networking, created the North Charleston Chamber of Commerce in August. The chamber held a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the North Charleston Business Expo last week.
“North Charleston is the third-largest city in the state of South Carolina and deserved to have its own chamber,” said Nettles, who is chairman of the chamber’s board of directors. “In developing this chamber, we wanted to be sure to include the needs of micro businesses that are often not serviced by traditional chambers of commerce.”
The chamber hosts monthly lunch-and-learn sessions, quarterly member mixers, an annual awards banquet and other programs.
“By bringing all sizes of businesses together, we can stimulate the economic growth and success of our community through education, exchanging ideas and information, sharing experiences and solutions, networking and recognition,” Thompson, the chamber’s director, said in a news release. “We all gain when we work together.”
So far, the chamber has about 40 members, and Nettles said his goal is to have 100 members by the end of the year. Membership fees range from $200 per year to $2,500 per year based on the company’s number of employees.