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Monthly Archive for November 2010

Balancing Work and Life

Work-life personnel policies are playing an increasing role in attracting and retaining top talent. How to maximize your company’s HR investment through programs and policies that accommodate employees’ family and other responsibilities will be the focus of the Charleston Area Alliance’s next “inclusion=innovation” program, to be held at noon on Dec. 16 at the Alliance offices, 1116 Smith Street.

Senior executives from area businesses and organizations will share their perspectives on successful work-life policies as well as important practical and legal issues that managers should consider. Speakers include:

·         Margie Hale, executive director, KIDS COUNT
·         Lori Streets Muldoon, partner, Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe
·         David Ramsey, CEO, CAMC
·         Beth Walker, partner, Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love

“Maximizing HR ROI Through Work-Life Policies” is a program of “inclusion=innovation,” an initiative of the Charleston Area Alliance to help businesses and our region benefit from the contributions of all segments of our community. Ernst & Young, nationally recognized for its diversity and family-friendly policies, is the title sponsor of “inclusion=innovation.”

Click here to register.

Registration, which includes lunch, is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members. Prices increase to $20 and $30 after Dec. 10.

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Generation Charleston to Host Holiday Open House

Eat, drink, mingle and shop – all for a good cause.

Generation Charleston is staying home for the holidays. Join us from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 starting at Taylor Books.

Pick up your shopping pass and GC discount offers to use at the following businesses:

  • Art Attack on Hale St.                     
  • The Art Emporium
  • The Consignment Company
  • Ivor’s Trunk                          
  • Mission Savvy                                 
  • The Purple Moon
  • Stray Dog Antiques            
  • Tops Off Barber Shop

Each store will stamp your pass, and when it’s full and you’ve shopped all you can, return the pass at Taylor Books, where it will be entered to win valuable door prizes. You don’t have to be present at 7:30 p.m. to win.

The cost for GC Holiday Open House is $10, and proceeds benefit the GC College Summit scholarship.

The Open House is a great opportunity to network and find that perfect gift at one of downtown Charleston’s unique businesses.

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admin in Events,Generation Charleston on November 29 2010 » 0 comments

UC Accepting Applications for EMFA Program

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UC Holiday Gala Scheduled for Dec. 5

The University of Charleston will be hosting its 15th Annual Holiday Gala Sunday, Dec. 5.

It begins at 4 p.m. with a choral concert in the Geary Auditorium.

A chocolate tasting, featuring the creations of UC’s own executive chef and master chocolatier Paul Smith, follows the concert at 5:30 p.m.

Admission to the choral concert is free. Tickets to the chocolate tasting are $20 each or two for $35 and can be purchased through the Advancement Office at (304) 357-4734.

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admin in Member Posts on November 25 2010 » 0 comments

Avoid the Stress of Black Friday at Downtown ArtWalk

Join us the day after Thanksgiving as nine businesses open their doors to showcase the best of Charleston!

You’ll find some fanastic holiday gift ideas.

Participating businesses include:

Art Emporium
Stray Dog Antiques
Gallery Eleven
Annex Gallery Taylor Books      
Good News Mountaineer Garage
Chet Lowther Studio
The Purple Moon
Romano & Associates Law Gallery
Visions Day Spa

Take a stroll downtown and enjoy the best of what Charleston has to offer.

Click here to download a map for Downtown ArtWalk.

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admin in Downtown ArtWalk,Events on November 24 2010 » 0 comments

Salon Indigo to Host Exhibit Friday

East End Main Street invites you to Salon Indigo at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26 as Boston art comes to the East End.

Artist Brian Sylvester will be displaying his work at the salon, located at 1587 Washington St. East.

Contact (304) 347-0055 for more information. Learn more about the artist at www.inkpunkartworks.blogspot.com.

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admin in Uncategorized on November 23 2010 » 0 comments

WVU Center to Offer Courses for HR Professionals

The Center for Executive Education at the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Business and Economics has announced two programs in partnership with the leading global HR professional organization SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management).

The SHRM Essentials of HR Management will be offered on December 2-3 in Morgantown.  The course provides a solid foundation in human resource management and is effective training across multiple job disciplines and career paths.  It is intended for small business owners, office managers, new or experienced supervisors, new and junior HR practitioners, and anyone else interested in becoming more effective at handling day-to-day HR issues and learning the best practices to avoid costly litigation. The program is also eligible for 1.5 CEUs and 15 PHR/SPHR/GPHR Recertification Credit Hours (RCH).

Dr. Joyce Heames, Chair and Associate Professor of Management and Industrial Relations at the WVU College of Business and Economics, and Senior Professional in Human Resources will help participants master key HR concepts and understand how to apply them in real-life situations.  Dr. Heames is a nationally recognized expert in a variety of HR topics, with work published in professional journals such as the International Journal of Human Resource Management and the Journal of Business Education.

The SHRM Learning System course, which begins in February 2011, is geared to HR practitioners seeking their PHR (Professional in Human Resources) or SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources).  Quality preparation is the key to success and this is the PHR/SPHR preparation course that delivers superior results: past participants of the WVU SHRM Learning System have an exam pass rate of over 90%, far exceeding the national pass rates.  The program is also eligible for 3.5 CEUs and 35 PHR/SPHR/GPHR Recertification Credit Hours (RCH).

“The WVU SHRM Learning System course provided me with all of the tools necessary to successfully pass the PHR exam on my first attempt,” said Tina Young, Director of Human Resources for Global Contact Services in Beckley, W.Va. “The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and kept the class interactive and fun. I am grateful to be able to use this experience to further my career in the Human Resources field.”

Interested persons may enroll online for the SHRM Essentials of HR Management or the SHRM Learning System at www.execed.wvu.edu or contact Lisa Poling at (304) 293-7961 or by email at lmpoling@mail.wvu.edu .  An informational webinar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 17.

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Double the Time Visitors Spend on Your Website

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Holidays at the Hampton

Enjoy scrumptious food at the Southridge Hampton Inn’s new sophisticated dining area and travel throughout the hotel to the sounds of your favorite holiday songs. Don’t miss this festive opportunity to mix and mingle with Charleston’s quality business professionals.

Celebrate the holiday season at Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

Register here.

The event is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at Hampton Inn, located at Southridge near Panera Bread and Quaker Steak.

It’s a great opportunity to network and meet new people in the community, as well experience one of the most popular holiday events of the season. Enjoy music, food and beverages.

The cost is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members.

Online registration for this event ends at noon on Dec. 9. Prices increase to $25 and $35 at the door.

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admin in Economic Development,Events on November 19 2010 » 0 comments

Christmas Parade Scheduled for Dec. 4

The annual Charleston Christmas Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. The city invites you to be a part of the celebration. The parade lines up on Court Street under the Interstate ramp near Piedmont Road.

Last year, the parade featured brightly illuminated floats, horse drawn wagons, bands, clowns, antique autos, colorful marching groups and of course the one and only Santa Claus.  The Charleston Town Center once again will be judging the floats shortly after 9 a.m., and awards will be presented as floats pass the “Review Stand” in front of the Town Center’s Court Street entrance.

Parade Rules
Route Map

Parade Application

Picture Gallery

Parade Float Guidelines

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