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April 2017

April 19 Luncheon – Demming Bass With Constant Contact

April 19 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Stone River, 121 Alexander Rd
West Columbia, 29169 United States
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$25

Please join us Wednesday, April 19 at Stone River for our next AAF luncheon, with guest speaker Demming Bass. Demming Bass is Constant Contact’s Regional Development Director for the Southeastern United States, where he directs the marketing and strategic business development initiatives in six states between Constant Contact and the small and medium-sized business community through innovative partnerships with chambers, associations, nonprofits, universities, faith-based communities, small business development centers, and more. He and his team of local experts have educated…

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May 2017

Life After Work: Redefining “Southern” for a New Era Public – Hosted by AMA Columbia and AAF of the Midlands

May 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Za’s on Devine, 2930 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29205 United States
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These are modern times, y’all, and Columbia is redefining "Southern" for a new era. In collaboration with AMA, our Spring Life after Work event will focus on Experience Columbia SC and how they are driving the rapidly growing tourism industry in the Midlands. Don't miss the opportunity to hear from the Experience Columbia SC team about the real Southern hot spot that will leave you looking forward to what's next.   Powered by Eventbrite

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May Luncheon: Telling Your Story to the People Who Matter

May 17 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Stone River, 121 Alexander Rd
West Columbia, 29169 United States
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Michael Rentiers, President of Brands & Advocacy at Push Digital Charleston,  SC You would think a guy who worked on Capitol Hill, lobbied in states across country, lead public relations efforts for fortune 500 companies and managed political campaigns from the state to federal level would have settled on a career path. But his most rewarding decision was to walk away from a successful Public Affairs job to partner with his friend from college on a new venture. Four years ago…

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August 2017

AAF Kickoff & Art Auction

August 3 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Venue on Main, 1620 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201 United States
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Free
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As much as we have enjoyed the balmy 100 degree weather and longingly stalking our friends’ vacation Instagrams from our desks – we are ready to kick off the new AAF year! But get ready because we’re turning things up a notch. Go ahead and mark your calendars for our annual AAF Kickoff & Art Auction on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the Agape Conference Center (1620 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201). This silent auction featuring local masterpieces is the perfect…

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September 2017

September Lunch & Learn: Deciphering the Culture Code

September 21 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
The Venue on Main, 1620 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201 United States
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Cultural Marketing is about pulling back the proverbial curtain to reveal the nuances that trigger the emotional connections consumers have with brands. Brands that often become woven into the cultural fabric of a community. Memories, personal experiences, and even traditions become closely associated with these brands to the point that the brand becomes an important part of the memory itself. The lines separating marketing and anthropology often blur, and language which once was paramount to any multi-cultural strategy, now hardly reflects what’s truly at the core of a community.

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October 2017

October Lunch & Learn: Advertising, Disability and the Diversity Directive

October 11 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
The Venue on Main, 1620 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201 United States
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Josh Loebner

A half century after the Civil Rights Act and over two decades since the Americans with Disabilities Act, companies and their advertising agencies still struggle to create messaging that accurately reflects a diverse make-up. 3 takeaways from Josh’s presentation: Josh will educate in an easy-to-follow yet engaging style on the size, scope and buying power of minorities and in more detail, that of people with disabilities, the largest minority group in America. Josh will bring powerful stories and examples of…

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Advertising Horror Stories

October 24 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Swamp Cabbage Brewery, 921 Brookwood Drive SC 29201 United States + Google Map
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An AAF Life After Work Special Event! Join us for a night of horror and beer as a panel of advertising professionals share their scariest stories from real experiences in our industry. You won't want to miss this. This event is free for all AAF of the Midlands members – including associate memberships. Discounted tickets are available for AMA Columbia, AIGA SC, IABC, and SC PRSA members. Two is always better than one – so bring a friend for just $5…

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November 2017

AAF Oyster Roast & Auction

November 9 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Seibels House & Gardens, 1601 Richland St
Columbia, 29201 United States
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AAF of the Midlands is hosting its annual Oyster Roast & Auction on Thursday, November 9. Join us for an evening of great food and live music by Ashes of Old Ways at a new location, the Seibels House & Garden. We will have our signature live media auction, in addition to a silent lifestyle auction. Our auction has a little something for everyone. Here's a preview of some of the items that will be featured next Thursday at our annual Oyster Roast &…

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December 2017

American Advertising Awards Workshop

December 6 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
The Venue on Main, 1620 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201 United States
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Find out about the American Advertising Award categories and guidelines to submit your work for judging. Learn how to enter your best work and take part in local judging, with the potential to compete for awards and recognition at the national level. This interactive workshop will be presented by two representatives of AAF with years of experience working with the American Advertising Awards: Danielle Salley (Chernoff Newman) and Ashley Simoneaux (Cyberwoven). Worried about parking? Don’t be. Free event parking will be…

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Jingle Mingle

December 13 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Liberty Tap Room, 828 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC United States
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Save the date and join advertising, design, marketing and PR professionals across the Midlands to ring in the holidays with cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres! This year's Jingle Mingle will be a FREE event with a cash bar. Participating organizations include AAF of the Midlands, AIGA South Carolina, IABC-SC, South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (SCPRSA), and AMA Columbia. RSVP today! Powered by Eventbrite

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