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Published on December 5th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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GREENVILLE CHAMBER RECEIVES EXCELLENCE IN WORKPLACE DIVERSITY AWARD

Pictured from left; David Dubberly, Nexsen Pruet, LLC., Nika White, Greenville Chamber Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and Cliff Bourke, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Committee Member.

(Greenville, SC) The Greenville Chamber received the South Carolina Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award at the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Palmetto Vision Awards Gala recently.

The award recognizes businesses’ significant contributions to moving South Carolina forward in diversity initiatives. Several criteria are considered in choosing companies for the Excellence in Workplace Diversity Awards, including diversity initiatives, effectiveness and applicability/replicability.

“This is certainly an accomplishment to be proud of considering the wonderful organizations throughout South Carolina that share our passion and interest in seeing diversity and inclusion as an integral part of the workplace and community at large” says Nika White, Vice President of the Greenville Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative.

The Greenville Chamber’s CAPACITY program is designed to foster economic development through diversity and inclusion. The initiative provides minority-owned businesses access and entry into a sustainable, well-managed and structured program that facilitates the development of a vibrant, local economy where diverse businesses and business owners are an integral part of creating economic growth and opportunity. “This is the first time a chamber of commerce has been honored with this recognition and we are thrilled. This award certainly reflects on the very positive work Nika has done, but also that of our other staff and volunteers,” says Ben Haskew, Greenville Chamber President/CEO.

The awards gala, presented by Jackson Lewis P.C., also honored those that have made significant contributions in the fields of manufacturing and human resources. This black-tie evening celebrated the many accomplishments of outstanding South Carolina companies and business leaders. Congratulations to other award winners, including:

BMW Manufacturing Company, Manufacturer of the Year (large)
MTU America, Inc., Manufacturer of the Year (small/medium)
South Carolina Technical College of the Year, Manufacturer Partner of the Year
JoAnn Turnquist, Excellence in Community Diversity Award
US Engine Valve, Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award (medium/large)
Ralph Young, Human Resources Professional of the Year

“Thank you to the South Carolina Chamber for providing such an opportunity for our state to celebrate and recognize organizations for their work,” says White. “The Greenville Chamber will continue to show forth strategic ingenuity in the space of diversity. Our community and our state deserve that and we are committed to doing our part.”

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 South Carolina’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association representing more than 18,000 businesses and more than one million employees, with 90 percent of membership comprised of small businesses. As the unified voice for business and industry, 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 Greenville Chamber’s CAPACITY Initiative
CAPACITY is the Greenville Chamber’s initiative designed to foster economic development through diversity and inclusion. Building capacity refers to strengthening the skills, competencies and abilities of people and communities. Growth can only be sustained by its structure. The CAPACITY initiative facilitates building structure within the community to increase capacity, enhance economic development and create leadership opportunities for diverse business owners and professionals. For more information, visit http://www.greenvillechamber.org/diversity-inclusion.php.

About the Greenville Chamber
The Greenville Chamber, now in its 126th year of operation, is the largest business organization in Upstate South Carolina with over 2400 investors supporting the vision to build one of the premier business communities in the world by driving economic growth and prosperity, serving as an advocate for business interests, training future leaders and facilitating the workforce of tomorrow. For information, visit www.greenvillechamber.org.

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