Founded in 1993, Charleston County Economic Development is dedicated to growing new business, the retention and expansion of existing industry and improving the business climate. Their approach is targeted within key employment industries: automotive, aerospace, defense, information technology, and life sciences. Since its inception in 1993, the department has announced more than 31,000 new jobs and $6 billion in investment in Charleston County.

The goal for the Business Retention and Expansion division is to cultivate business relationships and foster growth with their existing industries through their “Business Concierge” program. Their team interacts with over 200 existing and newly established companies each year to facilitate workforce solutions, marketing or sector initiatives, and expansion assistance.

Charleston County Economic Development has been a long-time supporter of Lowcountry Local First, and is a 2017 Corporate Sponsor of Local Works, a project that offers affordable, flexible coworking space to more than 40 businesses.

We reached out to Jennifer Brown, the Director of Business Retention & Expansions, who gave insight on business life in the Lowcountry.

What is the driving force behind your business/ organization?
We are committed to creating a strong supportive business eco-system to foster sustainable growth within our county. We are here to help in any way we can by providing a value to these industries for selecting Charleston County to establish operations. 

What is the best business advice you never got?
Sometimes, all you have to do is pick up the phone. Don’t just send an email; personally connect with another person. Meet in person – build a working relationship. These are the people who will help you in the future when you may need them most!

What does being a “good business” mean to your company?
Whether large or small, being a good business means connecting with the community. The community is the root of a business. It provides the employees, the customers, and the suppliers. Giving back to the community plants roots further. Connecting with companies that incorporate a triple bottom line approach is covetable and a goal of our department.

What are you most looking forward to with this year’s Good Business Summit?
As a first-year attendee to the Good Business Summit, I’m excited to meet new people and make solid connections with local business owners. I hope that our department may be able to assist them in growing their footprint in Charleston County.

 

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