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.


Digital Marketing Overview
Digital Marketing Overview workshop will include all the elements you need to know to develop a strategy that supports your business success. Our speaker will be Beth Bast, a creative generalist who works in all aspects of the design process. Beth’s company, BBD, specializes in branding and websites for small to medium businesses.
-Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
-Mount Pleasant Regional Library


Agriculture Business Planning Course
This eight-week intensive is intended to give an overview of the business planning process as well as instruct individuals on how to best manage an agriculture-related business. Each participant will receive a business planning workbook, subscription to a business planning template, start-up fact sheets and budgets.

Course timeframe: September 10 – October 29, 2018; Monday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m.
APPLY BY AUGUST 31, 2018. Limited seats available.

Learn more.