The Grand Strand Technology Council

Technology-based businesses tend to "cluster" with similar type businesses in geographic regions. In fact, technology professionals as individuals also seem to want to interact directly with other similarly trained persons to gain additional knowledge, ideas and develop potential enhancing partnerships. This Council provides that nucleus of growing and involved technology professionals and businesses.

The Grand Strand — principally Horry and Georgetown Counties of South Carolina — provide a strong infrastructure to support technology-driven businesses combined with a growing economy. Our economy must be able to reach across the world through good schools, technical college, growing university, great weather, golf and recreation, excellent housing, and "the Beach".

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From The Chair

A report on activities from Tech Council Chairman John D. Sanders, Ph.D.

Exciting Initiatives Dot the Local Landscape!

Welcome to our newly designed website. Our intent is to provide important information on technology business developments along the Grand Strand and to allow for straight-forward access to that data. With so many new initiatives coming, we expect the Calendar to fill up and the number of forwarding links to increase.

Already, you see major links to the major programs of the Grand Strand Technology Council: the TechEXPO, Technology Leadership and innovation Awards, Startup.SC, and Robotics Education Support. We will also expand coverage of member company announcements, regional economic development activities, entrepreneurial growth, and major personnel appointments.

Women in Technology (WIT) is a new initiative of the Grand Strand Technology Council. The fundamentals of WIT are to have meetings, seminars, outings and social events for women, to network among women, and explore opportunities to enhance each others' careers and businesses. A primary purpose would also be to serve as role models to encourage girl students and other young women to pursue technology careers.

I point specifically to the Leadership and Innovation Awards Program that will culminate with the Presentations on November 25. Deadline for Nominations of individuals is September 22 - and must be done online.

The Second Annual Robotics Education Night sponsored by the Technology Council at Pelicans Baseball Park should be another exciting night supporting our students from elementary through high school with their various robotics programs. All are invited to the demonstrations, student parade, first pitch by RoboSplash, and of course a great baseball game (followed even by Fireworks).

Finally, be sure to follow Startup.SC as the Horry and Georgetown County locations develop with entrepreneurs seeking help in forming and developing their internet-related new companies. We welcome Mrs. Ryan Smith as Executive Director and invite interested persons to inquire about providing capital to the Initiative that will be matched through our Grant from the South Carolina Department of Commerce. These same provides can be lead mentors to the new companies and help them develop and provide jobs and success stories for the Grand Strand.

Let me know of any areas where the Council should be involved. We are looking for more partners to promote the various activities. And, if you are not a Member --- Join us!!!