Calendar of Business Development Workshops


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 or by calling (843) 973-7298.
– 2 Race Street, Charleston, SC 29403

City of Charleston New Business Open House
These events, held each month, are a chance for local entrepreneurs to connect with representatives from various city departments to discuss regulations, available services, and the overall new-business process. Information on programs offered by the city and outside organizations designed to help new businesses succeed will also be available. 
– Every third Friday of the month, 2 p.m.
– No RSVP necessary. Find details on Facebook.
– First Floor Public Meeting Room at the Gaillard Center (2 George Street)

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. 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.

— JUNE 2018 —

June 6: Coffee Talk: Aligning Your Financial Accounts with Your Values: June 6, 8:30 – 10 a.m. at Harold’s Cabin (upstairs)
Come for a discussion geared for individuals and small businesses about options on how to move your money to make a bigger impact. We’ll discuss different retirement options that can be provided to keep and retain employees in a small business, as well as ways individuals can make sure that money in your retirement account has a more direct impact on our community. SPEAKER: Brady Quirk-Garvan of Natural Investments: Money With A Mission

Tickets Available

June 28: Disaster Preparedness Workshop for Small Businesses

The Charleston Area SBDC is holding a disaster preparedness workshop to help businesses prepare for hurricane season.
Thursday, June 28, 1 – 3 p.m. / $20
Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building
4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston
Sarah Pickhardt, a recovery support specialist for the S.C. Emergency Management Division will be conducting the workshop. The Charleston SBDC is part of the S.C. Small Business Development Center, which operates in partnership with the University of South Carolina, The Citadel and the Small Business Administration.