State representative Laurie Slade Funderburk was honored at Thursday’s meeting of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce board of directors with the Business Advocate of the Year award from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented by Ted Pitts, President and C.E.O. of the South Carolina chamber. Pitts saying that Funderburk is one of a handful of legislators who understands the challenges facing the business community. Funderburk saying that being the owner of a small business helps her understand the needs of the business community.