Legislators honors as business advocates

  • Friday, January 31, 2014

Business leaders gathered at the Columbia Marriott on Jan. 22 for Business Speaks at the State House, presented by Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. This annual gathering featured a legislative panel discussing top business issues, including the business community’s Competitiveness Agenda which focuses on infrastructure, education, tax reform and a host of other issues.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce also presented 30 South Carolina legislators with the fifth annual Business Advocate Award. The awards were presented at Business Speaks to members of the General Assembly who had perfect scores on the Chamber’s 2013 Legislative Scorecard.

Business Advocate Award Winners:


Senator Sean Bennett (Dorchester)

Senator Chip Campsen (Charleston)

Senator Greg Gregory (Lancaster)

Senator Greg Hembree (Horry)

Senator Brad Hutto (Orangeburg)

Senator Shane Massey (Edgefield)

Senator Thomas McElveen (Sumter)

Senator Harvey Peeler (Cherokee)

House of Representatives:

Speaker Bobby Harrell (Charleston)

Representative Nathan Ballentine (Richland)

Representative Bruce Bannister (Greenville)

Representative Mike Burns (Greenville)

Representative Derham Cole (Spartanburg)

Representative Bill Crosby (Charleston)

Representative Kirkman Finlay (Richland)

Representative Mike Forrester (Spartanburg)

Representative Kevin Hardee (Horry)

Representative Phyllis Henderson (Greenville)

Representative Chip Limehouse (Charleston)

Representative Dennis Moss (Cherokee)

Representative Phil Owens (Pickens)

Representative Andy Patrick (Beaufort)

Representative Samuel Rivers (Berkeley)

Representative Mike Ryhal (Horry)

Representative Garry Smith (Greenville)

Representative Roland Smith (Aiken)

Representative Mike Sottile (Charleston)

Representative Eddie Tallon (Spartanburg)

Representative Bill Taylor (Aiken)

Representative Mark Willis (Greenville)

“The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize these members of the General Assembly who are committed to advancing business issues at the State House. It is imperative we hold legislators accountable on votes that directly impact the competitiveness of this state. Recipients of the Business Advocate Award are a testament to the importance of improving the state’s business climate, and we appreciate the opportunity to work with them to move the state forward,” said Otis Rawl, president and chief executive officer of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

The 2013 Legislative Scorecard tracked key legislative votes on issues including economic development, unemployment insurance, environmental regulatory relief, jobs tax credits and more.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is South Carolina’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association representing more than 18,000 businesses and more than one million employees, with 90 percent of membership comprised of small businesses. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing wealth and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.

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