Business Planning & Education

Charleston County Small Business Enterprise Program

Charleston County Small Business Enterprise Program certifies and provides technical assistance to small businesses in Charleston County.

Charelston Metro Chamber of Commerce

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce provides events, classes, and networking opportunities for small businesses in the Tri-County area.

South Carolina Business Development Center

South Carolina Small Business Development Center provides consulting on accounting, business planning, management,  and marketing. SBDC also offers continuing education for business owners and related services. 


SCORE provides free assistance with business planning and classes for small business owners.

South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce

South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce is an advocacy organization working to make the state government more small business friendly and impact federal policy to promote a sustainable economy.

United States Small Business Administration

United States Small Business Administration provides guidance on starting and managing a business, financing and Federal contracting opportunities, and training programs. Want to make your best idea your new business? Don't remain stuck! The Small Business Administration has the guide you need at the touch of a button. Map the 10 steps to starting your business and join the ranks of entrepreneurs.

Small Business Administration (PDF)

Small Business Administration South Carolina Resource Guide 2019 (PDF) provides information on advocacy, capital, contracting, counseling, and disaster assistance. 

The SC Department of Employment and Workforce links individuals with federal and state programs for small business owners, including the Federal Bonding Program and Work Opportunity Tax Program.

The Charleston County Public Library Business Center offers resources to help businesses achieve their goals. All library branches offer affordable printing, copying, and scanning services. For extensive research, one-on-one consultation with CCPL’s Business Librarian is available at the Main Branch.

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  • Envolve Entrepreneurship collects and curates ready-to-use downloadable business tools and templates. You can access tools such as business plans and invoice templates for free, without requiring to sign up for their platform.