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Business Last Updated: Jan 9, 2013 - 9:34:39 AM

Business Briefs - January 10, 2013
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Berkeley Chamber Announces Winner of “Holiday Buy Local” Campaign

Since its inception in January 2011 the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce’ “Buy Local” promotion has effectively raised awareness of the benefits of buying local. For the past two holiday seasons the Chamber has put its money where its mouth is. Berkeley County residents who spent $300 or more in local businesses could enter a Chamber sponsored drawing for $1,000. Berkeley Chamber’s “Holiday Buy Local” campaign winner for 2012 is Linda Kohl, a nine year resident of Goose Creek.
“I’ve been shopping locally for years, but it wasn’t until the Chamber began running this drawing that I realized the impact of my small decision on the bigger economic health of Berkeley County,” said Ms. Kohl. Berkeley Chamber President Rod Anderson agreed stating that, “The Chamber’s Buy Local program is a great success not only for our business, but our county.”
In fact, since the Chamber initiated the program, the county’s retail sales have increased by 13% from $1.64 billion to $1.85 billion. That shakes down to over $213 million spent in Berkeley County Businesses and an additional 2 million dollars in sales tax revenue for infrastructure such as road improvements.
“Buy Local” is a year-round campaign. To learn more great reasons to shopping local visit the Chamber’s website at

BOLD Communications Group, a Daniel Island-based marketing and communications firm, has merged with Pearson DeBoer Creative Solutions (PDCS) of Salisbury, NC. The merger, effective January 1, 2013, allows BOLD to expand its offerings and provide clients exceptional service throughout the Carolinas.
BOLD’s locations offer strategic marketing and communications services including public relations, corporate media and video production, graphic design, advertising and website development, event management and fast-paced social media messaging.
“We discovered a tremendous amount of complementary skills when we met the staff from Pearson DeBoer,” says Doug Coupe, a Daniel Island resident and President of BOLD Communications Group. “Combining our collective talents and resources provides our current and prospective clients with access to a broader set of skills. We look forward to generating even more ‘buzz’ for our clients, increasing their profile, and helping them grow their businesses.”
Pursuant to the merger, BOLD assumes the former PDCS location in Council Street Commons in Salisbury, NC. It has also named Patrick Pearson, a PDCS partner and Salisbury resident, Vice President and General Manager of BOLD Communications Group. Jonathan Weaver, Creative Director for PDCS, retains the same title at the newly combined company. Matthew DeBoer is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities and PDCS will be dissolved.
“This is a great partnership for our firm, its clients and a great development for businesses in the Salisbury area, throughout the state and beyond,” Pearson says. “BOLD recognizes the need for affordable and creative marketing services and sought to expand its reach in Salisbury and the Charlotte region. This is an exciting time for BOLD and our clients and we’re happy to be a part of it.”
Pearson DeBoer Creative Solutions opened in April of 2012 and has grown quickly over the past eight months. BOLD Communications Group was also founded in 2012 when Coupe, a seasoned corporate communications and public relations veteran, opened an office on Daniel Island.
BOLD Communications Group works with businesses, non-profits, entrepreneurs and experts in a variety of industries including, but not limited to, education, transportation, custom home building and design, lifestyle, literary, entertainment, health and wellness, financial services, municipalities, medical and healthcare, and retail.
For more information, please visit or contact the Charleston office at 843.856.2240.
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