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MPCC's Growth Provides More Events for Professionals

The Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce provides opportunities for professionals to network and learn about the businesses and community organizations in East Cooper. As the Chamber continues to grow, there are more ways for people to get involved with the group.

Jennifer Maxwell, the president of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce, said businesses in the Chamber benefit from each other because of the variety of industries represented. “We have a very diverse businesses and people represented in our organization,” said Maxwell.

Maxwell added that new members will see the benefit of joining the organization due to the large amount of referrals from members. “Most of our members will use our member directory to try and use someone in our organization before looking elsewhere,” said Maxwell.

New businesses can also sponsor events to get their name out in the community, such as the monthly Before 9 gathering that provides networking for professionals before the workday starts.

The Chamber of Commerce has over 400 members, so there are endless ways for professionals to connect with others within their industry or outside of it. Maxwell also noted the Chamber’s relationship with the Town of Mount Pleasant. She said the Chamber often connects professionals with town resources or lets them know about certain programs the town offers.

“When new members express their business needs we are able to point them in the right direction,” added Maxwell.

The Chamber is kicking off a new program in partnership with the town. The East Cooper Hospitality Council is comprised of 10 hospitality partners in the Mount Pleasant area who will be meeting quarterly to address the hospitality needs in the Mount Pleasant area. Maxwell said one issue the group plans to tackle is transportation, since that is a recurring problem for hospitality workers who do not live in the town.

Another new program that’s geared towards women in the Chamber is called RISE, which stands for reach, inspire, support and empower. These quarterly events will allow women to connect with others in the organization. The kickoff event is Aug. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Place Towne Centre. Along with socializing and meeting other women, the attendees will have the chance to create a vision board. RISE plans to host happy hour socials and educational programs, such as a self-defense class.

One annual event that brings businesses together under one roof is the Chamber’s 13th annual Business and Community Expo. Happening Sept. 28 at the Omar Shrine Convention Center, interactive exhibitor booths allow guests to learn more about businesses in the area; admission is free.

The Chamber also gives back to the community. The Mount Pleasant Chamber Foundation awards educational scholarships to encourage and support students aspiring for a career in business and has partnered with various local charities to help provide financial assistance as well as bring attention to their individual missions in support of our community.

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