Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy and, not surprisingly, the Charleston Metro Chamber’s largest customer group. More than 80% of our members employ 50 or fewer employees. The business needs of our small business owners and their employees are at the forefront of our programs and services.
The road to success starts at the Chamber! At the end of your road trip, bring home new skills and best practices, a better understanding of our regional economy, and new business relationships.
Brain Food for Business - A series to take the small business owner down the road to success by sharing best practices and lessons learned from others on the same journey. Success stories, hot business trends, and local resources will be discussed, all to help you be in the best position to meet the challenges of owning your own business.
BizBuilderSC - Statewide training for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Classes offered through BizBuilderSC help develop the skills needed to build, manage and expand successful businesses. BizBuilderSC's basic business training consists of six-to-12 week classes which provide you with the framework and basic skills to develop and grow a small business. Industry specific and short courses are available as well. Check for new classes being held in your area on the BizBuilderSC website.
Perfect Pitch - Get an opportunity to pitch your idea and if you make the cut, you’ll move on to work with coaches to get you prepared for the final hurdle. Finalists will make their business pitch in front of a panel of judges to see if they have what it takes to win up to $5,000, a team of mentors, entrepreneural classes and more.
Small Business Council - A group of Chamber volunteers dedicated to ensure the right programming for and outreach to small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the region.
As a Chamber member, small businesses also have access to many Member Rewards.
Averaging close to 30 referrals a month from the online Business Directory alone, the Chamber offers members several ways to find referrals simply by being a member; we even offer referrals for phone inquiries, helping to promote members in a multitude of formats.
Member-to-Member Discount Program
The Member-to-Member Discount Program is designed to save you time and money. This program is offered for free to Chamber members and offers discounts to other Chamber companies. You can also promote your business and services to thousands of fellow Chamber members and potential customers if you decide to sign up. Click here to see the rewards.
Does being a Chamber member make you smart? Of course it does! The Chamber proudly presents the Chamber SmartBuys Program. Your business can save HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of dollars a year. More than 250 members are already saving money on office supplies, telecommunications and healthcare with this members-only discount program. For more information click here.