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Greer Chamber Announces Break-Out Session Topics and Speakers for the Upcoming Community Commerce Convention

June 17, 2009

(Greer, SC) - The Community Commerce Convention presented by Spartanburg Regional Corporate Health is coming up on Thursday, June 25 at the Marriott Greenville. This conference will be structured to have something to offer everyone who is in business in the Upstate. From entrepreneurs, women in business and small business finance to management skill development, the Convention will cover it all! The Convention will consist of a main room with different vendor booths set up for breaks but will be structured to host a group seminar followed by multiple breakout sessions. The Annual Small Business Awards Luncheon will be held in conjunction with the convention and will feature keynote speaker, David Wilkins, former US Ambassador to Canada, and the presentation of two awards: 2009 Small Business of the Year and Professional Woman of the Year award.

Convention Break-out Sessions & Speakers:
• How to Start your Own Business (Presented by Martin & Davis, LLC)
Speakers: Reno Deaton, Greer Development Corporation
Brian Martin, Martin & Davis, LLC
Mark King, King Consulting
• How to Advertise and Market your Business
Speakers: Geoff Wasserman, ShowCase Marketing, Inc.
Missy Johnson, All About Seniors
Bill Sweezy, All About Seniors
• HR for Dummies
Speakers: Jill Vales, HR Experts on Demand
Deborah Loftis, City of Greer
Cory Ezzell, Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.
Debbie Brown, Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.
• Documents You Can’t Live Without
Speakers:  Chris Davis, Martin & Davis, LLC
• E-Business: Connecting your Business to the Web
Speakers: Scott Stevens,, Inc.
Laura MacPherson, Northstar Creative
• Sales and Business Development
Speakers: Richard Hardaway, Integral Solutions Group
• Tax Advantages for Small Businesses
Speakers: John Allen, Edward Jones & Company
Steven M. Bateman, CPA
Bryan Jeter, Lister & Jeter, CPAS, LLC
• Business Financing– Surviving the Current Economy
Speakers: Rudy Painter, Countybanc Insurance Inc.
Vic Grout, Greer State Bank
Mark King, King Consulting
Bill Roughton, CapitalBank
• Having your Business Heard by Government
Speakers: John DeWorken, Upstate Chamber Lobbyist
Donna Smith, Prudential C. Dan Joyner
Roy Chamlee, Michelin North America
• Community Involvement
Speakers: Caroline Robertson, Greer Relief & Resources Agency
Amanda Somers, Sports Spine & Industrial
John Kimbrell, Greer Chamber of Commerce

The convention also features an exhibit area for local businesses to showcase their products or services. For more information please visit or contact Mark Owens at 864-877-3131 or by email at

Event Details:
When: June 25th, 2009, 8:00am – 4:30pm
Where: Marriott of Greenville, 1 Parkway East
Price of Admission:
Community Commerce Convention = FREE (includes all 5 break-out sessions & Exhibit Hall viewing)
Small Business Awards Luncheon Ticket = $30 for Chamber members, $35 for non-members

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 590 businesses in the Greer area. The mission of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is “To Champion Economic Prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community.”  For more information on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, call 864-877-3131 or visit

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