"S" is for South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is an association organized mainly to promote and lobby the interests of business. The chamber was formed as Organized Business, Inc., of South Carolina, in 1940 under the leadership of C. Norwood Hastie of Charleston. Membership grew from 2,965 members in 1940 to over 11,00 by 1950. The chamber soon addressed issues of importance to the business community, such as reorganizing state government and urging the state to increase funding for education. After several name changes, the group became the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce in 1972. In the late twentieth century the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce expanded its lobbying role by taking stands on such controversial issues as eliminating video poker and removing the Confederate flag from the State House.