North Charleston Chamber History
The North Charleston Chamber of Commerce was started in 2016 by Steve Nettles of Tax Pros Plus and Alan Thompson of Stingray Branding. During frequent meetings about various topics surrounding business in North Charleston, it was realized that there was little representation in the Charleston Metro area for North Charleston businesses. North Charleston, SC is the economic hub for the state of South Carolina and provides a significant amount of resources to the Charleston community hosting the Charleston International Airport, North Charleston Coliseum, and North Charleston Convention Center.
Steve & Alan felt that North Charleston businesses needed more resources and representation to properly grow and promote them. Thus, they launched the North Charleston Chamber of Commerce. Since inception, the Chamber has welcomed dozens of new businesses to North Charleston, grown to over 200 members, hosted countless events, and partnered with the Charleston Regional Business Journal to offer the largest networking event in SC for multiple years.
The North Charleston Chamber of Commerce is a place where members can come together to learn and network. Chamber Members and guests alike should feel comfortable sharing ideas and information about their businesses without the use of profanity, sexism, racism, or bigotry.
We strive to grow, learn, and profit.
To that end, we expect that each meeting attendee, whether member or guest, will conduct themselves in a professional manner from the initial introduction to the exit.
Chamber Board of Directors
Christina Bruno has lived in the Summerville area since 1991. She graduated from CSU in 1995 and worked in Admissions until 1998. She was an Elementary School Teacher before returning to CSU in 2017 to work in the Graduate School. She is now the Executive Director of Graduate and CSU Online Enrollment. She has three children, Chase who is graduating from Montreat College, Sydney who is a Junior and Ryan who is a Sophomore at Ashley Ridge High School. Her husband, Michael, is the Fire Inspector for Joint Base Charleston. They are active in the community and local organizations in the area.
Jenna Philipp comes to Palmetto Commercial Properties with fifteen years of successful experience in Hospitality Sales, Business Development & the Tourism Industry. Jenna specializes in investment sales, advisory services, adaptive reuse projects, land development, and Landlord & Tenant Representation. Her extensive knowledge of the Greater Charleston real estate market, strategic thinking and creative approach makes Jenna a trusted real estate advisor to her clients.
Jenna’s talents have crossed numerous state lines to include the great cities of Charleston, Boston, Miami, Austin, Washington D.C. and Annapolis. Jenna’s talents for negotiation and creative solutions for clients has afforded her nationwide territory oversight for the Real Estate Industry. Jenna’s varying skill sets will continue her focus on niche markets such as Hospitality Development, small business growth, and partnering to establish exciting pockets of growth and vitality in the Greater Charleston area.
Antoinette Green is the STEM Career Specialist for the Charleston County School District with the Liberty Hill K-12 STEM Initiative. In this position, Antoinette assists students with career exploration to increase career-ready and citizenship skills. Ms. Green is also a Military Student Transition Affiliate for CCSD supporting military-connected students and families. She has spent her professional career working with children and families in a variety of settings. Ms. Green is passionate about assisting children to live up to their potential and overcome life obstacles. The South Carolina Department of Education awarded Antoinette Green the distinction of being named the 2020 Trident Region Career and Technology Education Career Specialist of the Year. Ms. Green holds certifications as a Global Career Development Facilitator and Certified Career Services Provider.
Chairman of the board
Alan Co-Founded the North Charleston Chamber of Commerce with Steve Nettles and has led the Chamber’s marketing efforts, mixers, and assisted with all other programs since. He owns and operates a local marketing agency, where he commonly helps businesses with marketing strategy, connecting with others, and networking their businesses.
Alan is passionate about serving his community, already serving 14 years in the US Military, working in various volunteer roles, and running a successful non-profit in the past. He is an entrepreneur for entrepreneurs – always trying to find ways to help other businesses elevate their strategy and improve the community.
treasurer and past president
Tax expert Stephen M. Nettles is the head of Tax Pros Plus in North Charleston, SC. As an IRS licensed Enrolled Agent, Steve specializes in solving tax problems for individuals and businesses. Steve is also an IRS approved Tax Instructor and presents the quarterly “Start-Up Business” and “In Business” tax workshops sponsored by the SC Small Business Development Center.
Prior to starting his tax firm nine years ago, Steve spent 20 years as Director of Management for a regional, quasi-governmental agency and five years in the banking industry. He is the CFO and Board Member of Great Business Networking, serves on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Society of Enrolled Agents, is Past President of Charleston Area Referral Team and a US Army Veteran.
Born in Hemingway, South Carolina, Steve and his wife Dawn have been married for 38 years and live in North Charleston. They have two sons, three grandsons and one granddaughter.