COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The Brand Leader, will present the 2018 SC Branded Awards on November 26 at The Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island. The SC Branded Awards honor local initiatives, locations, products, and events that make up the brand that is South Carolina.
“Our winners and finalists represent the best products and services that our state has to offer,” said Ted Pitts, SC Chamber President & CEO. “The companies are advancing the state in areas of economic development, community engagement, environmental stewardship and more.”
Award winners and finalists include:
Economic Development Project
Winner: Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC
Finalists: Schaeffler Group USA Inc., Seamon Whiteside
Winner: Southern Current LLC
Finalists: Volvo Car US Operations, ICE Recycling, LLC
Health Initiative of the Year
Winner: MUSC Center for Telehealth
Finalists: South Carolina Federal Credit Union, Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center: Healthcare for the Homeless
Winner: Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Finalists: South Carolina Federal Credit Union, SC Telco Federal Credit Union
Woven & Worn
Winner: R. Hanauer Bow Ties
Finalists: Homegrown Cotton, Mount Vernon Mills, Inc.
Farm, Forest & Field
Winner: McCall Farms
Finalists: Manchester Farms, Amick Farms
Taste of the State
Winner: Agape Chocolates
Finalists: Husk, Blue Marlin
Brewery of the Year
Winner: Frothy Beard Brewing Company
Finalists: RJ Rockers Brewing Company, CottonTown Brew Lab
Event of the Year
Winner: SC State Fair
Finalists: RBC Heritage, The Carolina Cup
Winner: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
Finalists: Carowinds, Palmetto Trail
Winner: TS03, Inc.
Finalists: Citibot, 6AM City
Winner: Colonial Life
Finalists: Michelin North America, Goodwill Industries
Winner: City of Aiken
Finalists: Town of Mount Pleasant, City of Walterboro
Brand on the Rise
Winner: EDTS Cyber
Finalists: Anchor Bat Co., Serve & Connect
About the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is the state’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association. As a champion for business, 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.
About the SC Branded Awards
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The state of South Carolina is a brand. Across the nation, the Palmetto and Crescent signify something more than just boundaries of land; they are a symbol of a culture—a culture of strength, determination, innovation, creativity, and Southern values. But the magic of that identity isn’t in a tree or a crescent. The brand of South Carolina is shared with and found in every citizen…every company…every product…every brand that claims this diamond-shaped piece of earth for its own. As a state, we’re just 1 of 50 territories on a map. But it’s the brands that call South Carolina home that are the true essence of who we are, what we’ve been, and what our future holds. Awards are presented annually in various categories as a partnership between the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and The Brand Leader.