April 5: What’s Brewing in SC?

A look into South Carolina’s brewery scene Hear from South Carolina brewery and beverage expert Brook Bristow on the Palmettos State’s craft beer scene. What hurdles do brewers face, from promotion to legislation, and everything in between. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour one of the Midland’s newest breweries (Steel Hands Brewing), and tasting may be available. Join us, and fellow communications professionals, to redefine happy hour! About the Speaker: Brook Bristow is one the nation’s leading craft beverage attorneys and is the founder of Bristow Beverage Law, a South Carolina-based law firm which primarily focuses on the representation of those in the craft beer, wine and spirits industries. A prominent advocate for alcohol law modernization in the South, Bristow also serves as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Brewers...

Mar 5: What’s up with OTT?

Join us to gain insight to the platform, what the data qualifiers are on viewers, and how they’re collected. About the Speaker: Ashleigh Anderson Hammond is the Regional Digital Sales Manager for Sinclair Broadcast Group. With 16 years of experience in the digital marketing arena, she is currently responsible for digital products and growth in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Western Tennessee.    ...

Feb. 12: Brand Development and Recognition –  Serve & Connect

Founded as Heroes in Blue in the wake of the tragic death of Forest Acres Police Department Officer Gregory Alia, Serve & Connect bridges the gap between law enforcement and the greater-Midlands community. With a focus on creating community empowerment, trust and impact, hear from Founder & CEO Kassy Alia Ray about how she developed the nonprofit, its brand, and brand recognition through community partnerships and street-level needs. Kassy is also adept at controlling her story and messaging, both personally and professionally. About Kassy: Kassy Alia Ray is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Serve & Connect. She founded Serve & Connect in memory of her late husband, Officer Gregory Alia who was killed in the line of duty on September 30, 2015. Under her leadership, Serve & Connect has grown from a hashtag to a movement for change, touching countless lives and receiving national attention for its impact. Kassy has received several awards in recognition of her service to community, including the South Carolina Law Enforcement Citizen of the Year (2016), Central Carolina Community Foundation’s Individual Philanthropist of the Year (2017), the Post and Courier’s Golden Pen Award (2017), City of Columbia Police Department’s Outstanding Citizen (2018), The State Newspaper’s “Top 20 under 40” (2018), Columbia Business Monthly’s Top 35 under 35 (2018), and Midlands Fatherhood Coalition’s Hero of the Year (2018). Kassy earned her Master’s in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina and is working to complete her doctorate. She is the proud mom to son, Salvatore, and in October 2018 married Mitch Ray.     When: Tuesday, February 12, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15...

Jan 17: The “LIVE” Connection to Brand Building

Hear from Roshanda Pratt, a digital media pioneer, live stream expert, speaker and storyteller strategist about using live streaming to take your brand to the next level. Roshanda is a two-time Amazon best-selling author, Huffington Post contributor, and host of her own self-produced Facebook Live show, “The Rosho Live.”   When: Thursday, January 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Where: Nexsen Pruet, 1230 Main Street, 7th Floor, Columbia, SC 29201 Dress Code: Business attire Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 16,...

Thursday, Dec. 13: Jingle Mingle

5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Liberty Tap Room FREE! Appetizers, Cash Bar, Holiday Cheer! Join advertising, design, marketing and public relation professionals across the Midlands to ring in the holidays with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres! This year’s Jingle Mingle will be a FREE event with a cash bar. Participating organizations include AAF of the Midlands, IABC/SC, AIGA South Carolina, South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, AMA Columbia, and Legal Marketing Association/Southeast Region. This party is free to attend, but please RSVP...