November 15: CONNECT 2018!

The South Carolina chapters of the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America are bringing together communication professionals to CONNECT and learn about building your brand, controlling your narrative, marketing your company, pitching the media and more. This one-day statewide conference will educate new and seasoned professionals on industry-leading topics. #SCconnect CONNECT2018 is open to all members and non-members of each organization, along with any other communications professional interested in attending.   See the conference website for agenda with session details and 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. Walk-ups are welcome but food may not be guaranteed. We can’t wait to see you at the CONNECT2018 conference! Be prepared to get inspired and motivated to be an even better communicator and marketing professional! When: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:45 PM Where: The Hall at Senate’s End, 320 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201 Dress Code: Business Attire View Connect2018 Website for More Information Registration Deadlines: Early Bird Ends: Oct. 31 · IABC/PRSA Member – $125 · Non-member: $150 · Student: $50 Full Cost: Nov. 1-Nov. 9 · IABC/PRSA Member – $150 · Non-member: $175 · Student: $50 Walkups: Nov. 10-Nov. 15 · IABC Member, Non-member or Student:...

Thursday, Nov. 8: 2018 Palmetto Awards Ceremony

The results are almost in and it will soon be time to see whose work amazed the competition and deserves recognition. Get your tickets today for IABC South Carolina’s Palmetto Awards ceremony on Thursday, November 8 at Nelson Mullins (1320 Main Street, 17th Floor, Meridian Building) in Columbia, S.C. The event will start with a reception and heavy hors d’ oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. The awards program will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. RSVPs are required and tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Pre-sale Tickets (valid until Oct. 24): $40 IABC Member | $50 Non-member | $30 Student Full Price Tickets (Oct. 25 until Nov. 5): $60 IABC Member | $70 Non-member | $30 Student If you have questions, please contact info@sc.iabc.com. NOTE: Kindly RSVP no later than Monday, November 5 at midnight. Where: Nelson Mullins, 1320 Main Street, 17th Floor, Meridian Building, Columbia, South Carolina 29201, USA Dress Code: Business Attire Registration Deadline: Monday, November 5,...

October 9: Rebranding AWP to ForcesUnited – Research, Development & Rollout

The Alison South Marketing Group was charged with evaluating the brand of Augusta Warrior Project, an organization serving thousands of active and retired military and their families in Georgia and South Carolina. The organization cuts through red tape to connect this population with needed resources from medical care to housing. Over the past ten years, market confusion with their brand was increasing as more organizations emerged using similar names. The new brand was revealed August 30. Ron Turner, VP of Branding, and Cynthia South, President of Alison South Marketing will share their experience. When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018, from 11:45 to 1:15 Where: St. Andrews Richland County Library, 2916 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC...

September 11: Building the BullStreet Brand

  Columbia’s downtown district has been buzzing the past few years with the rise of the BullStreet District. The “essence of the New Urban South,” BullStreet is already home to several thriving, local businesses. For September’s program, we’ll hear from BullStreet’s flagship occupants, including Scott Hall (chef and owner, Bone-In Barbeque), John Katz (president, Columbia Fireflies) and Graeme Moore (The Moore Company). Hear about their involvement and participation in the development of the BullStreet District, what their long-term goals are, how their companies are contributing to the neighborhood’s unique personality and offerings. A soon-to-be-announced City of Columbia official will also join the program! Join us for a delicious lunch provided by Bone-In Barbeque, one of BullStreet’s latest businesses. Acknowledging the significance of this date, we’re humbled to welcome friends and peers for a lunch program to celebrate Columbia’s strong sense of community and continued growth. Space is limited, so please register early! Chef Scott Hall A Midlands native who spent 10 years in some of New York City’s most prestigious kitchens, chef/owner Scott Hall of Bone-In Barbeque in the BullStreet District in downtown Columbia, S.C., has been featured in GQ and Smithsonian magazines as well as the Cooking Channel, Bravo and Travel Channel. John Katz The 2018 season marks John Katz‘s 26th year in Minor League Baseball and his 20th as a team’s top executive. The 2017 South Atlantic League General Manager of the Year currently serves as President of the Columbia Fireflies after serving as President of the Savannah Sand Gnats — a position he held from 2009-2015. Prior to his positions in Columbia and Savannah, Katz had operated professional sports venues...

August 7: Reinventing Local News in a Digital World

Guest Speaker: Rich O’Dell, president and general manager of WLTX Do you still pick up a newspaper? In the US, 93 percent of adults get at least some news online, and not always from traditional news organizations. 55 percent of U.S. households subscribe to at least one streaming service, and that number is growing quickly. Anyone with a smart phone can use social media to publish information via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or the hundreds of other apps. So where does that leave traditional TV news? What is their place in this world full of disruption? These are some of the many questions to be considered today in the communications world. Rich has a lot of experience navigating the transition to a full-on digital world. He joined WLTX in 1999 and has led the station to become the #1 digital source for news and information in the Columbia market.  Prior to Columbia, he was Manager of Programming & Production at WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Executive Producer at WCMH-TV in Columbus, OH, and Producer/Director at WDXR in Paducah, KY.  He has also been an announcer at five different radio stations. In January, Rich was inducted into the South Carolina Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame.  This September, he’ll be inducted into the Gold Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. An Illinois native, he holds a degree in Radio/Television from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.   When: 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Where: AARP South Carolina | 1201 Main Street | Suite 1720 | Columbia, SC 29201 Dress: Business attire Registration deadline: NOON on Monday, August 6...