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John Sanders originated The Grand Strand Technology Council for the purpose of creating a common information source for the growing technology community in Horry and Georgetown Counties. There were only a dozen or so members in the beginning, but the Council has grown steadily over the years and Sanders remains the Chairman. He is quoted on the GSTC website outlining the organization’s goals. “Activities are focused on topics of specific interest to computer information and technology trained professionals, and to technology dependent businesses. Initial emphases are on personal networking among the individuals,” Sanders states. A general list of program topics includes the following:
- Information technology initiatives at Coastal Carolina University
- Federal government contracting
- Microsoft security initiatives
- Technical training at Horry-Georgetown Technical College
- Visiting business leaders from significant companies where subcontracting might be available
- Biotechnology and information technology
- The next levels of Internet
Recently, the council adopted a brand new logo to go along with its new identity:
Presently, the council is preparing to accept nominations for the 2012 GS Technology Leadership and Innovation Awards.
The five categories of nominations that are being accepted are listed as follows on the GS website:
- Innovation in technology advancement, adaptation or services
- Business growth and new marketing initiatives used in promotion, regional recognition and revenue increases
- Technology integrated in education throughout the Grand Strand
- Application of technology in charity and community service
- Entrepreneur of the Year in technology
The nomination form is online only, and will require the basic background information on the nominated person, including a one page biography and up to 500 words in support of the nomination. Winners will be determined by a distinguished panel of judges. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conference Center in November.
TO MAKE A NOMINATION PLEASE GO TO:
Grand Strand residents who may not be familiar with the GS will find that most of the top technology corporations in the area have become members of the organization rasuch as Coastal Carolina University, MetGlass Corporation, Combraco Industries and the Mercom Corporation. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is also a member. The GS, a non-profit organization, meets regularly and welcomes new members.
Well, this is our first ever monthly newsletter. Exciting things are beginning to take place at ExploreConwaySC.com. We have recently, back in June, launched our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Explore-Conway-SC/120100974795530, which you need to go like to keep up with our latest updates. For the month of June we signed on two new clients to the site. Those clients include Ocean Fish Market and Little Angles in Conway, SC.
The Conway Chamber of Commerce played host to the Conway City Council and Conway Downtown Alive Tuesday evening. The event was well attended and a good time was had by all. The CJ was in attendance and documented the festivities
Cannon’s Small Engines is holding their 6th annual “Scratch and Dent” sale in conjunction with Husqvarna. This is how the factory can get rid of
The ladies are at it again! This time they sit down to talk to Professor Veronica Gerald-onwer of the Ultimate Gullah shop in downtown Conway. This episode is chock full of recipes, stories, and spices. You don't want to miss it! Also click the link to check out the Ultimate
It's that time of year again...Yellow Page time. Have you ever noticed that they put the books on anything that resembles a building? Empty, no windows, it doesn't matter, just so they can claim that they distribute so many books.
From the Myrtle Beach Restaurant News -
"Dan and Tina Malfroid have leased their current Burger Brothers restaurant to Alan and Kellie Shulver, who are turning the spot at 1518 4th Ave. in Conway into Burger Brothers Express. When the transition is complete, the plan is for the express location to serve burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, fries and ice cream in five minutes or less, and will specialize in carry-out and drive-through service.
The Heroes and Villains Festival at the Frank’s Rivertown 12 Theater was a great success Friday night. Costumed actors and costumed movie goers paraded around the lobby waiting for the chance to see the movie Thor.
Music was provided by the Avengers and the Selectones. Banana Jack Murphy webcast the proceedings and HaHa the Clown painted up the kids in comic book style. Between the music, games and all around festive atmosphere, this movie opening was a Grand Opening in deed.
Starting with a hugely successful Fall festival and most recently a Halloween Carnival that packed 3rd Ave, it would appear that the city is establishing a trend. With the cooperation of CCU students, Conway Parks and Recreation drew about 1,200 people downtown for games and trick-or-treating. Downtown business owners and event planners were pleasantly surprised by the turnout. The Conway Crawl, which in the previous few weeks had really fizzled out, experienced a major rebound as local families showed up in droves. Tonight's Crawl will feature music by Elvis and a Snow Ball Drop by Conway Main Street USA. Many shops will be open late, Snow Ball Drop is at 7:00pm.