Brenda Workman: SCORE

March 14, 2017 Our speaker today was Brenda Workman, a leader in the Charleston SCORE Chapter. A graduate of USC and Nova University, she had a career in economic development in 4 states and over 200 communities before coming to the Charleston chapter. The mission of SCORE is to provide professional counseling and mentoring to entrepreneurs. Served by over 60 business leaders, these volunteers include retail, manufacturing, distribution, finance, human resources, insurance, transportation, legal, engineering and marketing and represent many different industries. Help is offered in three groups:

  • PRE-START UPS: Focus on business ideas; explain licenses, purchasing and leasing; help find legal and CPA services; build a business plan; coach through pre-financing
  • START UPS: Help is geared towards issues that arise in the critical opening period
  • FIRMS IN BUSINESS ONE YEAR OR MORE: Focus on problems that relate to keeping up with the growth of the new business, with special attention to avoiding pitfalls that lead to early failure.

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Jim Newsome: SC Ports Authority

March 7, 2017 Jim Newsome of the South Carolina Ports Authority joined us this past Tuesday. Mr. Newsome became President & CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority on September 1, 2009 and is only the fifth leader in the history of the organization. He was previously President of Hapag-Lloyd (America), Inc., which is part of the world’s fifth-largest ocean shipping company. Continue reading “Jim Newsome: SC Ports Authority”

Adam White: Chase After A Cure

February 28, 2017:   If you need some positive energy and information in your life right now, go on the website, Chase After a Cure, and read the inspirational and motivational stories of the brave, beautiful children this amazing non-profit organization helps everyday. Chase After A Cure provides support and community awareness for young victims, and their families, of virulent childhood cancers. Rotarians were fortunate to have the Executive Director, Adam White, as our speaker at the February 28th meeting who told us about the mission and activities of Chase After A Cure. Continue reading “Adam White: Chase After A Cure”

Jason Sandoval: DEA

February 21, 2017 Our speaker today was Jason Sandoval, DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] Agent in Charge, Charleston area.   Jason joined the DEA shortly after his graduation from Hampton City College in Virginia. He has served as a field agent dealing with the drug cartels in Mexico and the Taliban in Istanbul. After years of kicking down doors and pointing guns he has found himself facing a new drug challenge: overuse of dangerous prescription drugs throughout the nation and yes, in historic Charleston. Continue reading “Jason Sandoval: DEA”

Anton Gunn: Community Health Innovation

February 14, 2017 – Our speaker this week was Anton Gunn, the Chief Diversity Officer at the Medical University of South Carolina, and his message was about what he has learned are the basic principles of leadership. The oldest son of a Navy Chief Petty Officer, Gunn learned leadership early at home. His lessons continued as he became a star offensive lineman for the USC Gamecocks. Gunn went on to become a South Carolina state legislator before becoming a leading officer of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Continue reading “Anton Gunn: Community Health Innovation”