Nov. 3: IABC/SC and SCPRSA joint professional development conference

Hurry – Registration window closes at midnight on October 31st! Join us this November for a day full of stimulating discussions on current and future trends and tactics for PR and communications. The South Carolina chapters of the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators are bringing together communication professionals to CONNECT on topics of media relations, crisis communications, trends in technology and more. This one-day statewide conference will educate new and seasoned professionals on industry-leading topics. CONNECT 2017 is open to all members and non-members of each organization, along with any other communications professional interested in attending. See AGENDA for speaker and topic details. Click here for speaker bios. In addition to a day loaded with important and timely topics and discussions, we will have a continental breakfast and networking lunch available. Registration is required. Security at the SCANA Headquarters requires a photo ID. Please be prepared.Walk-ups are welcome but food may not be guaranteed. We can’t wait to see you at the CONNECT2017 conference! Be prepared to get inspired and motivated to be an even better communicator and marketing professional! When:  Friday, November 3, 2017 8:30 AM  – 4:00 PM Where: SCANA Corporate Headquarters, 100 SCANA Parkway, Cayce, South Carolina 29033, USA   REGISTER HERE! Explore hot topics in PR & communications at CONNECT’17 SCPRSA & IABC/SC are happy to announce the session topics for CONNECT’17, their annual joint professional development conference. The one-day conference in Columbia gives attendees the opportunity to delve into current topics and trends with experts. We can’t wait to see you at the CONNECT2017 conference! Be prepared to get inspired...

2016 IABC/SC Palmetto Awards winners

Congratulations 2016 IABC/SC Palmetto Awards recipients! Check out the 2016 photos HERE Flock and Rally, 2016 Star of Show and Award of Excellence Winners!   Entry Title Name(s) on Award Entrant Organization Category Final Score Just AFL Campaign AFL Marketing Communications Team AFL Internal Communication Award of Merit United Way Campaign 2016 AFL Marketing Communications Team AFL Employee Engagement Award of Excellence Customer Service Week Todd Hudak BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Employee Engagement Award of Merit Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation Nexsen Pruet Media Relations Award of Merit Fusion Splicing Ad Campaign AFL Marketing Communications Team AFL Advertising Campaigns Award of Excellence Member Benefits Campaign Bill Johns South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Advertising Campaigns Award of Excellence Western Carolina State Fair 2015 South Company Advertising Campaigns Award of Excellence Bridge 2016 Conference Marketing The Real Marketers of Softdocs Softdocs Marketing Communication Award of Merit Famously Hot New Year Flock and Rally Marketing Communication Star of Show and Award of Excellence Virtual Roadshow Campaign The Real Marketers of Softdocs Softdocs Marketing Communication Award of Excellence Farm Bureau Cares Corporate Services Farm Bureau Insurance Corporate Social Responsibility Award of Merit Take A Stand South Carolina Patrick Cobb AARP South Carolina Advocacy Communication Award of Excellence 2015 Historic Flood – South Carolina Emergency Response Team South Carolina Emergency Response Team South Carolina Emergency Management Division Issues Management and Crisis Communication Award of Merit #LetThemGrow Securing Flood Relief for South Carolina Farmers Push Digital Issues Management and Crisis Communication Award of Excellence 85-385 Gateway Project S.C. Department of Transportation Complete Public Relations Government Communication Programs Award of Excellence Zika Virus and Mosquito Bite...

2015 IABC/SC Palmetto Awards Winners

2015 IABC/SC Palmetto Awards Winners Check out the 2015 photos HERE Names on Award Entry Title Entrant Organization Division Category Final Score 2014 Christmas Commercial Lexington Medical Center Lexington Medical Center’s 2014 Christmas Commercial Lexington Medical Center Communication Skills Audio Visual Award of Excellence AFL Marketing Communications Team Swage Bus and Cable Accessories Product Launch Campaign AFL Communication Management Marketing Communication Award of Excellence AFL Marketing Communications Team AFL Fall Festival AFL Communication Skills Special Events: 1 – 2 days STAR of SHOW: Award of Excellence AFL Marketing Communications Team United Way Campaign 2015 AFL Communication Management Employee Engagement Award of Excellence AFL Marketing Communications Team AFL Turns 30 AFL Communication Skills Special Events 2 days or more Award of Excellence AFL Marketing Communications Team Marketing Automation Campaign AFL Communication Management Advertising Campaigns Award of Excellence Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce NP Strategy Keep the Penny, Fix our Roads Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Communication Management Advocacy Communication Award of Excellence Catherine Romaine Henderson, Integrated Communication Consultants Sharman Poplava, TEACH Foundation After 180 Days Hartsville: A Community Perspective Integrated Communication Consultants Communication Skills Audio Visual Award of Excellence Colonial Life Corporate Communications Colonial Life 2015 Employee Kickoff Meeting Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company Communication Skills Special Events: 1 – 2 days Award of Excellence Colonial Life Corporate Communications Colonial Life Small Business Promotion Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company Communication Management Marketing Communication Award of Excellence Corporate Communications Staff MOBILE agent Farm Bureau Insurance Communication Management Customer Relations Award of Excellence Corporate Communications Staff MOBILE agent Farm Bureau Insurance Communication Skills Digital Communication Vehicles Award of Excellence Corporate Communications...

Oct. 3: Insights from Veteran Journalist Andy Shain

Andy Shain, Columbia Bureau Chief for The Post and Courier, will share stories and insights from his 30 years as a journalist. Shain will discuss his role in covering South Carolina’s landmark 1990 FBI sting, Operation Lost Trust, including a brief time he spent in jail for refusing to reveal his sources. He’ll also share his perspective on how journalism has evolved during his career and what it takes to effectively report on public issues today. Andy Shain is The Post and Courier’s Columbia Bureau Chief where he oversees a three-person Statehouse reporting team from the newspaper’s office on Main Street. He also heads up the expansion of South Carolina’s largest newspaper into Columbia and Myrtle Beach. After graduating from Northwestern, Andy worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Myrtle Beach, Charlotte and Columbia. He spent nine years at The State covering business, sports and politics, and a little more than a year as editor of Free Times after the weekly paper was bought by The Post and Courier’s parent company in 2016. He started a weekend backpack food program at his daughter’s elementary school, Meadowfield, that has grown threefold over the years, and he volunteers at the Washington Street United Methodist Church soup cellar. On the personal side, Andy is convinced he’s the only person who can live in Myrtle Beach for eight years and come out a worse golfer. And he’s a fan of Arsenal, the Phillies and the Eagles – all of which prepares him for life’s disappointments. When: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 11:45 AM  – 1:15 PM Where: Farm Bureau Insurance, 724 Knox Abbott...

Sept. 28: Marketing Charleston as a Global Business Destination

Why are businesses, professionals, and entrepreneurs attracted to the Charleston region? Answer: Our unique advantages, which include our natural beauty, world-class culture, scrumptious food, beautifully-preserved historic architecture, and competitive job opportunities. For businesses, we also offer a fast-growing population (with an average of 34 people a day moving here), skilled workers, access to global markets, and diverse real estate options. Yet, some residents question if there’s too much growth. Aren’t tourists, business people and other outsiders already overrunning the place and undeniably altering it for the worse? Consider the problems with affordability, transportation and infrastructure. So how does the Charleston region market itself to become a more global destination for business, entrepreneurs and talent?  Please join us for our first luncheon on Thursday, September 28, from 11:30 am to 1 pm for a conversation on how Charleston is transforming into a dynamic resilient business community. We’ll discuss the value of this new identity, as well as the implications. If you join us, you’ll also hear a call to action. We need business people, especially those with communication and marketing skills, to serve as advocates to engage with the public about the benefits of being a global business region. Speaker: Claire Gibbons is the Director of Global Marketing & Communications for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, the economic development agency for the three-county Charleston metro. As the “go to” source for the media about regional business developments, Claire directs a multi-tiered branding and communications program. This includes public relations, community relations, digital and content marketing, social media, and direct marketing for the CDRA. Claire has applied her expertise in corporate communications, issues management and...