A bed and breakfast, a franchise motel, and a former resident planning to return to Union to live and eventually open a business are among the newest members of the Union County Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Executive Director Torance Inman said the new members include Nicholson Mansion Bed and Breakfast, Knights Inn, and Glenn Boughman. Inman said the new members reflect the growing diversity of the chamber, adding that the new members appreciate the importance of chamber membership.
“We continue to have a diverse group of people and businesses who are becoming chamber members,” Inman said. “Each understands the value of their membership based on networking and promotional opportunities.”
Inman pointed out that both of the county’s bed and breakfasts — Nicolson Mansion and Inn at Merridun — are now chamber members. In addition, Inman said that the three franchise motels in the county — Knights Inn, Quality Inn, and Days Inn — are all now members of the chamber as well.
“We are happy with Nicholson Mansion joining us we now have both bed and breakfasts in Union County as chamber members,” Inman said. “Knights Inn is now the third franchise motel located in Union County to join the chamber.”
Nicholson Mansion owner Lynn Mornane said she decided to join the chamber to be part of the community and because of the service it provides visitors about what’s going on and what there is to do.
“I just think it is nice way to be part of the community and know what is happening in your community,” Mornane said. “For me I like the fact that they provide people who come into the county with information on the county. People think there is nothing to do in Union County but there is.”
Nicholson Mansion has three rooms for guests to stay in and serves its guests breakfast in the morning. The mansion also hosts weddings, bridal showers, bridal luncheons, receptions, business luncheons, and fundraisers for local organizations. It is located at 2403 Cross Keys Highway.
For more information about Nicholson Mansion call 864-424-9042.
Knights Inn owner Anil Patel said he joined the chamber to stay better informed about what’s happening in the community.
“I decided to join because being connected to the chamber lets you know what is going on in Union County,” Patel said. “They send out emails updating you on what’s going on in Union County, what’s being planned.”
Located at 481 Fairwood Boulevard, Knights Inn has 18 rooms for rent. For more information call 864-427-9041.
While the the general perception is that the chamber membership is only for businesses and other organizations, Inman said that individuals can join as well. One those that did is Boughman who Inman said is planning to move back to Union County and eventually open a business.
“Mr. Bougham is like a lot of individual chamber members who have an interest in and love for Union County,” Inman said. “Although he does not live in Union County currently, he is making plans to move back here in the future. Being a chamber member fit into his long-range plans.”
Boughman said he joined the chamber in order to contribute to the future development of Union County.
“I was originally born in Union county,” Boughman said. “However, after returning from college, I have for the most part lived in Spartanburg County. Having recently purchased a home in Union and given my personal history with Union, I decided to join the Chamber of Commerce in an effort to see what I might be able to do to help Union grow and develop.”
Boughman said that Union County is an attractive place to do business, adding that he plans to open his own business here.
“The labor resources and other benefits in Union County such as the attractive real estate prices and reasonably competitive tax rates make it appealing for businesses and individuals to locate in Union,” Boughman said. “Active networking with other companies could help raise the awareness of these benefits. Having a Master’s degree in Business, it is my goal to help facilitate this networking with others when possible. I also plan to one day open a business in Union in the financial planning and counseling services.”
Also joining — or, more accurately, rejoining — the chamber is Bell Petroleum and Exxon.
“Bell Petroleum has been operating in Union for many years,” Inman said. “They inadvertently let their membership expire and now they are returning. We welcome others who due to various circumstances had their membership lapse to rejoin the chamber.”
The owner of Bell Petroleum and Exxon, Andy Baiely, said that the company, which has been in business since 1980, rejoined the chamber in order to support the community and all businesses. Bell Petroleum is located at 101 N. Duncan Bypass and provides fuel delivery and convenience store services with competitive prices. For more information about Bell Petroleum call 864-427-2050.
Business After Hours
Inman also said that the chamber will hold a “Business After Hours Party” on Monday, June 4, from 5-8 p.m. at River Chase Golf Club. He said the event is being sponsored by Lockhart Power, Founders Federal Credit Union, Oakmont of Union, and New Horizon Realty. The event will be catered by the Inn at Merridun and live music will be provided by “Not Even Brothers,” a band out of Spartanburg County.
Chamber members and other interested individuals are urged to attend and take part in an evening of networking opportunities.
For more information about Business After Hours and/or joining chamber call 427-9039.