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White Knoll Business Coalition invites community to reorganizational meeting

White Knoll, SC (Paul Kirby) – The White Knoll Business Coalition, a group of business leaders in the White Knoll and Red Bank area of Lexington County, is holding a reorganizational meeting and membership drive on Monday June 4th at Mo’s House of Pizza on South Lake Drive. A representative of every business in the White Knoll / Red Bank area is invited and encouraged to attend. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with fellowship and will be followed by a presentation by the organization’s executive board. A meal will be provided for everyone who attends free of charge and beer and wine is available at the consumer’s expense. Mo’s House of Pizza is located at 1787 South Lake Drive behind the Murphy’s Express gas station.

The White Knoll Business Coalition is a group that represents the businesses in the White Knoll and Red Bank area of Lexington County. It has been in the process of reorganizing over the past several months to refocus on its core values and develop new ones. It has an executive board of directors that are some of the most influential members of that business community.

In the past, the Coalition was focused on improving the business atmosphere and reputation of the White Knoll and Red Bank areas. They have also been very involved in supporting education through scholarships they give annually to students at White Knoll High School. Over the past decade, as the area has changed and evolved, the leadership of the Coalition has recognized that the area’s standing has improved greatly in the minds of most; it has become one of the new happening places in Lexington County. Since the area has changed, the Coalition’s leaders felt its mission should change too.

According to Craig Richardson, one of the board members tasked with helping to relaunch the group and educate the business community about the benefits of being a member, the future includes new purposes and meaning for members while continuing some of the projects like the annual scholarship 5-K run that benefits students at the high school. “In the future, we never want members to feel as if they aren’t doing something that will help them learn and grow in the business community of the area or they’re wasting their valuable time. We realize that all businesses owners and employees are busy people and we want them to feel as if the time they invest brings a good return on that investment.”

Richardson said that the group will act more like a traditional business advocacy group. Their meetings will be an opportunity to network with other businesses, the leaders of schools and churches whose students and members live and do business in the community and will provide a more welcoming atmosphere when new businesses are looking to move to the area or have recently opened their doors, but never been properly welcomed. “We want established business leaders, administrators of the local schools, and leaders of our churches to meet the new businesses’ management when they decide to come here, learn more about who they are and what they do, and let them know we’re glad they’re here and we like to do business right here in White Knoll where they are located.”

Other key rolls the Coalition plans to spearhead are advocating for businesses with government entities. “I just relocated my well-established business from one spot to another in White Knoll, and I can tell you that there are always things that the government can do to make doing business in a community easier,” Coalition President Mark Rouse, Jr. said. “If we can be the voice for the business community when we take suggestions for change to the governments who regulate us, our voices will be much louder as one.”

In addition to these goals the Coalition plans to do more of the following:

• Work more closely with educators regarding what businesses are looking for in employees while they are in school and once they graduate.

• Establish mentoring programs for students that will allow them an opportunity to learn in a business environment.

• Increase the level of community service projects the Coalition is involved in.

• Increase communications within area businesses.

• Provide incentives for member businesses to do business with member business.

• Establish fundraising opportunities to increase the level of support offered to local students through the established scholarship programs.

• Establish more ways to serve the community.

In offering an invitation for the business community to come on June 4th Rouse said, “We want all businesses of every size to come and have a meal on us. We think that once you’ve come and met everyone and heard how we are reorganizing that you will see how membership can be of benefit to you and your business.”

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