Octoberfest set for Oct. 5

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an Octoberfest in Doko Meadows Park on Oct. 5, from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. The family-friendly event will be free and will feature live German bands, a biergarten, German cuisine, an Almabtrieb cow parade, cow patty bingo and other contests “It’s going to be a […]

New is Better!

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood Chamber of Commerce and Mayor J. Michael Ross cut the ribbon Wednesday morning for Food Lion’s grand re-opening. Store manager Stephanie Hartford welcomed the community and handed out $10 gift cards to customers. The store boasts new checkout stands, more fresh produce, a wing bar and hand battered chicken in the […]

Chamber Spotlight

BLYTHEWOOD – Attorney Shannon Burnett, who grew up in Blythewood and has maintained her office on Main Street for more than 20 years, was the guest speaker at the Blythewood Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting Tuesday morning.  Shown with Burnett are Chamber Board Chair Matt Cunningham, left, and Interim Director Phil Frye. Initially working in […]

Chamber Scholarship

BLYTHEWOOD – Greater Blythewood Chamber Interim Director Phil Frye, left, and board member Deborah McCutchan, right, presented Westwood High School graduate Abigail Daniel-Perez a $1,000 scholarship during Tuesday’s monthly Chamber meeting. Abigail, the first in her family to graduate from high school, will be attending the University of South Carolina.

Chamber Welcomes Planet Fitness

COLUMBIA- Greater Blythewood Chamber member Brian Bobenage, center, cuts the ribbon for the grand opening of his Planet Fitness facility at Hardscrabble and Clemson Roads on Tuesday. From left: Chamber Board Chair Mark Cunningham, board member Tom Gawinski, Byron Thomas (aid to Representative Joe Wilson), Town Councilman Eddie Baughman, Interim Chamber Director Phil Frye, Bobenage, […]

Cow Patty Green Stuff

BLYTHEWOOD – Winners of the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce’s Cow Patty Bingo event on May 30 were presented checks during the Chamber’s regular meeting on Tuesday. From left: Dale Cogan ($250), Yvette Goodrich ($500), Mark Cunningham ($750) and Valerie Kendrich ($1,000).

Frye: Chamber will be transparent

Meggs: Town Bailout of Chamber is Unlawful BLYTHEWOOD – After it was revealed last week that the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce is $22,000 in the red and is currently operating on a $20,000 line of credit, Interim Chamber Director Phil Frye raised eyebrows on Council when he announced the Chamber would no longer request […]

Letters: Where Did The Money Go?

The Board of Directors is at fault for the condition of the Blythewood Chamber. They weren’t watching the store. Why wouldn’t the Board have insisted on financial statements and accountability? Why didn’t the Treasurer insist on regular financials and then report to the Board when he wasn’t getting them? The problem should have been spotted […]

Chamber financials $22K in the red

Council To Discuss Chamber Finances at Thursday Night’s Budget Workshop BLYTHEWOOD – The Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce’s budget and other documents reveal the Chamber is in financial trouble and has been for a while. Those documents were obtained by The Voice on Tuesday. Now in the red by $22,000, the 183-member organization is taking […]

Switzer resigns chamber post

BLYTHEWOOD – In what it called a leadership transition, the board of directors of the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that executive director Mike Switzer has resigned his post with the Chamber. Switzer has served as the Chamber’s executive director since 2014. During his tenure he has expanded the Chamber’s membership and programming, […]