2020 Champions of Business

October 16, 2020

There is no doubt that 2020’s been a crazy year. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down businesses and cut the General Assembly legislative session short by a month and a half. We won’t know the true damage to our economy for months to come. But, there was some good that happened in the legislature this year. Last month, session ended for the year and the business community scored some big wins.

  • Two affordable housing bills passed
  • The angel investor tax credit reauthorized
  • Passage of the Military Service, Education and Credentialing Act
  • Adoption of business license fee reform
  • A $40 million grant program for small businesses who’ve been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Important legislative wins are not possible without our elected officials. Our delegation was great this year, and, as you can see above, put the business community front and center. As we are finalizing our legislative scorecard for the 2020 session, we thought we should give our thanks to the members of our delegation that made it happen.

In order to become a Champion for Business, the House or Senate member must vote at least 75% for our Legislative Agenda priorities. This year, we have more than a handful that hit that mark. We cannot thank them enough for their hard work and support of the business community.

2020 Champions of Business

South Carolina House of Representatives

Lin Bennett
William Cogswell
Joe Daning
Sylleste Davis
Lee Hewitt
Joe Jefferson
Mandy Kimmons
David Mack
Krystle Matthews
JA Moore
Chris Murphy
Marvin Pendarvis
Mike Sottile
Leon Stavrinakis

South Carolina Senate

Sean Bennett
Paul Campbell
Chip Campsen
Stephen Goldfinch
Larry Grooms
Marlon Kimpson
Margie Bright Matthews
Sandy Senn

We cannot thank our delegation enough for their leadership during this difficult year. If you see a House or Senate member, please thank them for addressing the needs of the business community.

Finally, applications for the Small and Minority Business Relief Grant Program will open on Monday. The grant will reimburse qualified recipients from $2,500 to $25,000. To qualify, minority and small businesses must employ 25 or fewer employees and be located in the state. More information can be found on the Department of Administration’s website. This includes the application process for non-profits as well. Again the applications open on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

George Ramsey
Senior Director of Legislative Relations

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