South Carolina Business Week’s mission is to contribute to the preparation of young adults for the business environment by introducing them to the principles of leadership, teamwork and the American free enterprise system while promoting self-reliance, individual responsibility and entrepreneurship.

South Carolina Business Week is available to the state's rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Throughout the week, more than 30 prominent business executives teach current business topics and leadership skills. Starting with the basics and adding topics throughout the week, students collaborate with executives in an intensive program designed to develop a thorough understanding of private enterprise. Along with an emphasis on teamwork and leadership skills, some issues included in the program include:


  • Basic Business Finance
  • Ethics in business
  • Leadership profiling
  • The significance of diversity in business
  • Entrepreneurship

Additionally, student interaction with professionals provides them with the opportunity to gain information on a number of career options. Many students begin to form important choices related to college degree major and professional field of interest during South Carolina Business Week.


The program will feature the following activities:


  • Information on future career opportunities and trends in business
  • Direct interaction throughout the week with loaned executives from companies like Michelin, SCE&G, and Colonial Life
  • Opportunity to experience college life and make new friends from across South Carolina
  • A tour of a major industry facility to obtain hands-on knowledge of business
  • Social activities such as pizza parties, sporting games and a talent night

Glance at the Week

Sunday: Theme “Students Today, Leaders Tomorrow”

  • Registration
  • Opening Assembly – John Uprichard CEO of FGP International
  • “Leadership Session” – W. Keller Kissam Senior Vice President, SCANA Corporation President, Retail Operations South Carolina Electric & Gas
  • Junk Night

Monday: Theme “Building the Blocks”

  • “Building Your Resume”-Diana Goldwire, Area Director for SC Department of Employment and Workforce
  • “Leadership Session”- Katherine Swartz Hilton, Director of the Center for Leadership and Co- Director of The McNair Center for Entrepreneurism, at Columbia College
  • Movie Night

Tuesday: Theme “Getting Ready for the Real World”

  • “Career, College, and Financial Planning” – Yolanda Ferguson Economic Education Outreach Specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • “Leveraging Social Media for Career Success” – Casey Welch Co-Founder of STEM Premier
  • “Reality of Money Session”
  • ScBizWk Got Talent (Talent Show)

Wednesday: Theme “A Taste of Manufacturing”

  • BMW Factory Tour
  • Cheer and Banner Night

Thursday: Theme: Entrepreneurship Day

  • "Dream Catcher Workshop"- James Jordon President of JCC General Contractors
  • "Outclass the Competition" – Gisela Klöss ProEtiCo LLC - Protocol & Etiquette Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship - Shark Tank Competition
  • College 101 Panel
  • Banquet- Lou Kennedy CEO and Co-Owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Group

Friday: We Made It

  • Graduation – Pete Selleck Chairman and President of Michelin North America Inc.


For the Dorms

  • Bed linens-twin XL size
  • Blanket/Comforter
  • Pillow
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Bath mat
  • Toiletries- toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, razor, shaving cream, etc.
  • Alarm clock

For the Classroom

  • Pen/pencil
  • Battery-operated calculator/batteries

Optional Items

  • Lightweight jacket or sweater
  • Reading Lamp
  • Camera
  • Iron
  • Snacks for your room
  • Calling Card or Cell Phone
  • Deep Woods OFF (insect repellant)
  • Rain coat/Umbrella
  • Reusable water bottle
  • TV



  • Shorts/Pants
  • T-shirt
  • Comfortable walking shoes (ex: sneakers/sandals)


  • Shorts/Pants
  • T-shirt
  • Comfortable walking shoes (ex: sneakers/sandals)


  • Shorts/Pants
  • T-shirt
  • Comfortable walking shoes (ex: sneakers/sandals)


  • Long pants- NO JEANS!!! NO SHORTS!!!
  • Flat closed toe shoes- NO FLIP FLOPS/ SANDALS/ HIGH HEELS!!!
  • Collared Shirt (Golf Shirt)/ Nice t-shirt - NO VULGAR/PROFANE LANGUAGE!!!

You can change into shorts and a t-shirt when you return from the field trip.



  • Shorts/Pants
  • T-shirt- You will be given a Business Week t-shirt to wear this day
  • Comfortable walking shoes (ex: sneakers/sandals)
  • For BANQUET: Dress pants, dress shirt, tie (optional), and sports coat or a suit jacket, preferred (men)
  • For BANQUET: Suit or nice dress (women)

You will have time to shower and change before the banquet starts. Also, you can change into comfortable clothes after the banquet.



  • Shorts
  • T-shirt
  • Comfortable walking shoes (ex: sneakers/ sandals)
  • For Graduation Ceremony: Suit and a tie, preferred (men)
  • For Graduation Ceremony: Business suit/ Work appropriate Dress (women)

You will have time to shower and change before the Graduation Ceremony starts.



What is South Carolina Business Week?

  • An inside look at business in action, this program is designed to educate high school students on entrepreneurship and the American free enterprise system.
  • Students are sponsored from the business community – only a $50 fee is required for each student.
  • It is held on the campus of Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina.

How does the program work?

  • Students form mock companies of 10-12 students.
  • Student companies are led by Company Advisors and loaned executives from businesses across South Carolina.
  • Students attend workshops on all aspects of business and test newly-acquired knowledge in a computer business simulation game.
  • Using the game, students compete to make their company the most profitable through sound business decisions.

Who makes up the faculty?

  • 30-40 leaders in business, education and government share their special knowledge and skills with the students.
  • CEOs from some of South Carolina’s largest corporations provide the big picture.
  • Students hear from experts in entrepreneurship, diversity, communications, international business, management and research and development.

Is there some time for fun?

  • Students have time to use the recreational facilities at the college every day.
  • Planned activities, such as a pizza party, ice cream social, movie night and a talent show allow time to meet new friends from across South Carolina.



What is covered by the Business Week Scholarship?

  • Dormitory accommodations at Presbyterian College for a week
  • Three meals a day
  • All instructional materials


Future business leaders learn entrepreneurship basics at S.C. Chamber event

South Carolina Business Week brought together dozens of local high schoolers for six days of interactive learning and skill building on the campus of Presbyterian College. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce has organized the summertime event for the past three decades.


Congratulations to the recent graduates of the 2014 class of South Carolina Business Week. Every year, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships to the best and brightest at Business Week.