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Calendar of Business Development Workshops
View ongoing and unique events and workshops provided by our partners and funders, aimed at helping your local business succeed, grow and ultimately do well and good.

Toolkit to Localize Your Business
Find out how you can take steps to localize your business and office through using local services and suppliers.

How to Open a Business in the Lowcountry
Business license requirements for City of Charleston, North Charleston, Goose Creek, Mount Pleasant, and Summerville.

CMCC’s Local Government Updates 
Important meeting updates from local jurisdictions, including local city, town and county councils.

How to Choose the Best Form of Business Ownership
Use this as a starting point for research when choosing the best form of business ownership or structure.

Capital Access — Debt vs. Equity
What type of financing is best for your business? This brief guide provides an overview of three ways to get capital: debt, equity and crowdfunding.

Charleston LDC’s Small Business Loan Information
Learn more about eligibility and application requirements, fill out a New Client Questionnaire, and download an LDC Loan Application.

Hurricane Preparation and Recovery Tools for Your Business
A list of resources focused on helping you best prepare for hurricane season and potential flood events throughout the year.

SC Department of Commerce’s Business Development Platform
The website helps connect companies – large and small, new and existing – with funding, local resources, buyers, data and analytics to guide smart and efficient business decisions.

2014 State of Local in the Lowcountry
A summary of two studies commissioned in 2013 showing 1) the economic impact of local retail and food & beverage businesses, and 2) the effectiveness of LLF branding and consumer awareness of the Buy Local movement.

Workforce Resources
Browse a list of job posting sites, training opportunities and other business resources aimed at helping local businesses find and keep happy employees.

Small Business Legal Checklist
A helpful checklist created by Wills, Massalon & Allen, LLC that covers topics from ownership and employee relations to trademarks and commercial leases.

10 Reasons to Buy Local
When you buy local, three times more money is reinvested into the local economy vs. buying from national chains or corporations headquartered outside the Lowcountry. 

Farm Fresh Food Guide
A regularly updated directory and guide to Lowcountry farms, food producers, distributors and Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs).

Measure What Matters: Using Business as a Force for Good
ASSESS, COMPARE and IMPROVE how your company performs for best practices on employee, environmental and local economic impacts. Free and confidential.

Lowcountry Local First Seasonal Food Guide
Find out what fruits and vegetables are grown in the Lowcountry by using this seasonal food guide.

Farm Service Agency Loans: The Ins and Outs of Growing a Farm with Federal Loans
The National Young Farmers Coalition produced this guide, “Farm Service Agency Loans: The Ins and Outs of Growing a Farm with Federal Loans,” an illustrated guidebook for farmers looking to secure credit from USDA.