Welcome to the FACC Carolinas

Who we are? The FACC Carolinas is a not-for-profit organization serving both North and South Carolina.

Our mission is to foster business relationships between France and the United States as well as to serve the ongoing business needs of corporate and individual members throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.

How do we do that? The FACC Carolinas achieves these objectives by facilitating information sharing, networking and by offering international business services to its members.

Chamber News

Late 2015, Christian Depret-Bixio was elected President of the Chapter and soon thereafter the chapter became the French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas, now covering both North Carolina and South Carolina.

The FACC Carolinas is also welcoming Jean-Louis Vanderstaeten as its new Executive Director.

New Member

The Central SC Alliance is a full-service, professional economic development organization whose core mission is to assist in the formulation and promotion of programs designed to encourage, enhance, and foster economic development and to recruit capital investment and jobs to the counties in the Central SC Region. As South Carolina's oldest and second largest regional economic development alliance, we represent over 20 percent of the landmass in South Carolina (5,952 square miles) and over 500,000 people in the workforce. Since 1994, working together with our allies and partners, we have attracted $11.4 billion in capital investment and 65,000 new jobs to the Central SC region.

Taken at Michelin NA facility in Lexington, South Carolina

World-class companies such as Amazon, Caterpillar, Haier, Michelin, Intel, Flextronics, Koyo, Starbucks, and Kent International, to name a few, have discovered the many benefits of having a central South Carolina location.   

6 Reasons Why You Should Consider the Central SC Region...

  1. Skilled workforce and training programs
  2. Global market access and reliable infrastructure
  3. Foreign-trade zone
  4. Employer-friendly state climate  
  5. Reliable and affordable energy
  6. International investment.

More information available here

Bastille Day - Joy and Tears!

The Columbia World Affairs Council
The Alliance Francaise de Columbia
The French American Chamber of Commerce


We would like to express our sincere sympathy to all of those who have been affected by the attack in Nice.
What should have been a time of celebration and joy turned into a senseless show of violence.

Please know that we at the FACC Carolinas are thinking about you and stand by you during this tragic time.

FACC Carolinas, a partner of Global Carolina Connections 2016

Global Carolina Connections is the premier conference on foreign direct investment and international manufacturing in the Carolinas. Now in its 4th year, the conference has brought together 100s of leaders from foreign-owned and -affiliated companies to discuss topics of immediate relevance and importance. Past topics include top management talent for global businesses; global automotive manufacturing in the Carolinas – current impacts and future trends; and workforce development.

Global Carolina Connections is not only bringing international manufacturers together – it is also helping the Carolinas write the book on how to keep those companies here and keep them expanding.

Agenda: The full agenda for Global Carolina Connections 2016 is under development. Click on full agenda for updates.

Prominent speakers:

  • The Honorable Randy Woodson, Chancellor, NC State University
  • Mr. Nick Adams, VP, Global Sales & Business Development, Linamar Corporation
  • Mr. Jan-Christoph Schwarck, President, KSM Castings USA, Inc.

New Event Partners:

  • Austria Connect
  • Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
  • French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas
  • German American Chamber of Commerce
  • Japan-America Association of South Carolina
  • North Carolina State University
  • Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the Carolinas, Inc. 

Register now with early bird discount

1 EUR1.10 USD

Business Tour in South Carolina

Focus on
Transportation Industry

Exclusive insight visits of

Michelin Manufacturing

The French American Chamber of Commerce is organizing a 3 day business tour in South Carolina (Greenville & Charleston) focused on the Transportation Industry on September 13, 14, and 15.


Tuesday, September 13

11:00 am Welcome & overview of
the Upstate Alliance, SC
NoonNetworking lunch with local investors & Upstate Alliance, SC
2:00 pm CU-ICAR Site Visit
4:00 pm Tour at Michelin Manufacturing
(security policy)

Wednesday, September 14
(* Boeing registration closed)

Thursday, September 15

9:30 am Tour at Mercedes-Benz Vans,
12:00 pm Lunch in Charleston, SC

Agenda subject to change.  Fee: $150

Only A few slots left for September 13 and 15. 

Register before August 15th!

To register or for further details, contact our Executive Director, Jean-Louis Vanderstraeten. 

Please note that upon registration and as requested by our host companies (for security reasons) you must provide your first name, last name, citizenship, title, company (and any associated parent companies) and brief bio.

No tire competitors nor providers will be allowed on the Michelin site visit.

Charlotte USA: Life. In Balance.

They support the FACC Carolinas

    • Actemium
    • American Roller Screw
    • Aplix
    • Areva
    • Ashlin Associates
    • BOMAG Americas
    • Biomerieux
    • Choice Translating
    • Cyril Bath
    • Dassault Systemes
    • Garfinkel Immigration Law
    • Imex Management
    • Monroe Union Economic Development
    • Nesa
    • Oreca
    • Parker Poe
    • SCBCS
    • SPF
    • Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
    • Technekes
    • Volvo Group
    • Wells Fargo
    • Ziehl-Abegg, Inc.

Contact us

French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas

PO Box 201077
Columbia, SC 29229
Phone: (704) 750-9977

General inquiries:

Executive Director: