Calendar of Business Development Workshops

— UPCOMING —

Are You Ready to Start a Business? – Downtown Charleston
The workshop will cover all the important considerations for those entrepreneurs seriously thinking about starting a small business. Many small businesses fail early on because some factor was either overlooked or not thoroughly investigated. Attending this workshop will reduce the risk and improve your opportunity to succeed.
Registration is required. No Fee
December 5th, 6:00 – 7:45 p.m. | Charleston County Public Library

Writing Your Business Plan Workshop
After a brief review of the purpose, objectives, rationale, various formats of business plans, SCORE Mentors will provide individualized assistance to develop the critical elements of your business plan, using the Lean Canvas Model template to develop the elements of your plan.
Registration is required. $10 Fee
December 11th, 6:00 – 7:45 p.m. | Charleston County Public Service Building

Business Owners Roundtable
Join your business owner peers along with a SCORE Mentor in a Roundtable format brainstorming essential topics and issues that may affect your business growth and profits. These discussions can help to identify the best approach and solutions you seek.
Registration is required. No Fee
January 8th, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. | Charleston County Public Library

Are You Ready to Start a Business? – Summerville
The ARE YOU READY TO START A BUSINESS workshop will cover all the essential aspects you need to consider when planning to start a business: 1) your personal traits, 2) testing the business concept, 3) developing a marketing & business plan, 4) financial considerations, and 5) resources available to support your success.
Registration is required. No Fee
January 9th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Greater Summerville/Dorchester Chamber of Commerce

Writing Your Business Plan Workshop
After a brief review of the purpose, objectives, rationale, various formats of business plans, SCORE Mentors will provide individualized assistance to develop the critical elements of your business plan, using the Lean Canvas Model template to develop the elements of your plan.
Registration is required. $10 Fee
January 15th, 6:00 – 7:45 p.m. | Charleston County Public Service Building

Effective Website Development
Your website is the most important element of your digital marketing effort. If your website is not supporting your business growth goals, you need to attend to learn from a successful web developer about the all basic requirements for an effective website.
Registration is required. $20 Fee
January 28th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Charleston County Public Service Building

— ONGOING —

Charleston LDC – Small Business Loans
Regular workshops on how to package a loan request and answer some FAQ’s for starting a business
– Every first and last Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m., and every first and last Thursday of the month at 4 p.m.
– RSVP via e-mail to Info@charlestonldc.org or by calling (843) 973-7298.
– 2 Race Street, Charleston, SC 29403

SCORE Mentoring
The mission of the Charleston SCORE Chapter is to provide professional counseling and mentoring to entrepreneurs. They offer ongoing free resources, one-on-one counseling, and workshops for existing and new small businesses. Local Works hosts our members for free monthly mentoring from local SCORE mentors every third Thursday of the month. RSVP or join the wait list for the next session here.

SBA Workshops and Webinars
The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. Find a training for your business’ unique needs in their learning center and view full resources for planning, launching or growing a small business.

Charleston American Marketing Association
The Charleston chapter of the American Marketing Association offers a variety of programming to suit marketers’ needs, from Marketing 101 topics to more advanced material. AMA Charleston monthly luncheons and coffee talks are open to their members and non-members. View their calendar of events.

Charleston County Public Library
Utilize many free business resources at your local branch. Consult with their Business Librarian for access to in-depth materials on statistics, marketing, accounting, management, business planning, investment, and more. View upcoming events for business / finance.