Last week, I spent some time in Columbia continuing our work in advancing our Chamber’s Legislative Agenda. As the General Assembly reconvenes today, the roads debate is expected to continue. Fixing our unsafe and congested roads is crucial to the future of our region and state. This is an important issue that impacts all of us. We can’t afford to let this happen and we can’t afford to have South Carolinians and our visitors traveling on unsafe roads.

On February 2, South Carolina House Bill 3650 was introduced as new legislation that your Chamber is monitoring regarding changes to business licenses. Every for-profit business operating in Beaufort County, including all four municipalities and the unincorporated part of the County, is required to have a valid business license and pay an annual fee based on a percentage of the organization’s annual gross income and calculated on a specific classification scale. The Beaufort Regional Chamber believes in simplifying the process for all businesses, standardizing the rate and classification code, but it also does not want the reforms to be detrimental to our municipalities. We will continue to keep you up to date.

All The Best,

Blakely Williams

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