Nine individuals working for cities and towns across the state were recently awarded the Accreditation in Business Licensing designation by the SC Business Licensing Officials Association.  
These individuals include Joe Carter, business license inspector for the City of Aiken; Ashley Clemmons, fee and license representative for the City of Myrtle Beach; Beverly Coleman, municipal clerk and business license officer for the City of Clemson; Nicole Combs, business licensing officer for the City of Spartanburg; Lynne Elting, business license and permit administrator for the Town of Fort Mill; Kathy Hall, business license supervisor for the City of Columbia; Susan Howell, accounting supervisor for the City of Greer; Ashley Kellahan, senior budget analyst for the City of Charleston; and Barbie Staples, business license official and permit manager for the City of Tega Cay.

 To qualify for the ABL certification, recipients had to meet the business licensing association's high educational, experience and service requirements. These requirements include completing a three-year training program and passing the ABL exam. The association offers a higher level of certification in this field through the master's in business licensing program. The ABL designation assures businesses and the public of a city official's commitment to professionalism, knowledge and fairness.
BLOA, an affiliate of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, helps municipal business license officials remedy the problems associated with administering and enforcing the local business and professional license tax. The association addresses these issues through training sessions, the listserve and its newsletter published three times annually. The association also offers a certification program for graduates of the training program.