HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- 2018 was a thrilling year for the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce. The chamber hosted many events for the Hartsville business community, including the Taste of Hartsville, Connections After Hours events, the 97th annual Membership Banquet, ribbon-cutting events, the Hartsville Community Golf Classic, the second Women’s Leadership Symposium and many luncheons on wide ranges of topics, including a First Time Homebuying Seminar and Social Media classes.

In particular, last year’s annual Taste of Hartsville, presented by Embrace Hospice, was a new twist on an old event. In 2018, the chamber took the Taste to a new level by adding a “Hartaritaville” theme and allowing chef sponsors to serve specialty cocktails in place of a dish. This allowed many chamber members, who might not have qualified as a restaurateur or would not have normally participated, to market themselves to the Hartsville community in an exciting new way.

Also in 2018, the chamber helped welcome several new businesses to both the Hartsville and chamber communities at ribbon-cutting events. The chamber kicked off the year by welcoming McLeod Health to its new Hartsville location in February. Later in April, the chamber helped welcome the Trent Hill Center for Children and Families at their official ribbon-cutting ceremony as well. The Trent Hill Center provides a home to children of the Hartsville community who have been affected by abuse or neglect or have been left abandoned or homeless. We were proud to welcome these two new businesses to our community and are equally proud to represent them.

This year, the chamber has shifted its focus toward providing the Hartsville community with more community-based events alongside our typical business events. The chamber’s 2019 event calendar has more than 50 events, with topics ranging from a self-defense course to how to advertise on a budget. All of your chamber favorites will be returning, with the Taste of Hartsville scheduled for May 16 at Burry Park and the Women’s Leadership Symposium happening on Nov. 1.

The chamber has started an Outlook Series with three events: Economic Development, Health Care and State of Education. Our “On the Menu” series has four events with topics on hiring, advertising, planning for slow times and covering your bases.

The chamber hosted an Active Shooter Training. Community involvement and ideas help to steer the chamber’s event calendar in the direction of more free events that include pertinent information for concerned citizens. Hartsville Young Professionals, a division of the chamber, hosted its first Doggie Dash 5K Benefitting Byerly Park’s Dog Park on Saturday.

If you have ideas to improve on our calendar, send them to president@hartsvillechamber.org. Follow the chamber on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the latest happenings.

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