SC Business Licensing Officials Association recently awarded seven individuals working for cities and towns across the state with the Accreditation in Business Licensing designation.  

These individuals include Dionne Brown, auditor for Charleston County; Alvin Chambers, planning director for the Town of Kingstree; Connie McMicheal, purchasing agent and finance staff for the City of Orangeburg; Cynthia Oliver, business license coordinator for the City of Hardeeville; Bruce Seeley, inspections, collections and audit manager for the Town of Hilton Head Island; Edrian Trakas, computer support tech for Charleston County; and Barbara Wooster, revenue collector for the Town of Hilton Head Island. 

To qualify for the ABL certification, recipients had to meet BLOA'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 in administering the city's business license tax.

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 multiple statewide and local training sessions, the members" listserve and its two certification programs.