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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Innovation is not improvement; Innovation is not invention; Innovation is the catalyst for growth – in your business, your community or your profession. It is the development of new values through solutions that meet new needs, in value added ways. This is accomplished through more effective products, processes, services, technologies or ideas. Innovation springs from transformation and the Charleston region continues to transform into a major presence on the world stage.

As a chamber of commerce, we see the private sector as America’s innovation engine. Innovation is essential to securing our region’s future through long-term growth and competitiveness so we are committed to providing the best possible business environment for private-sector innovation, whether by established businesses or entrepreneurs. Building and continually enhancing an entrepreneurial ecosystem is just one way we can position the region to serve a network of high impact and start-up entrepreneurs. Reaching across the world through expanding global resources is another.

To win the future, we must out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. The Charleston Metro Chamber is helping our region do this through several initiatives:

  •  World Trade Center Charleston – Part of an extensive network of world trade centers throughout the globe, connecting businesses in the Charleston region to over 750,000 potential customers who are members of more than 320 world trade centers in 96 countries.
  •  Entrepreneur Council – High-impact successful entrepreneurs living in the region that serve that serve as visionaries, advisors, mentors and supporters for the Chamber’s entrepreneurial activities, to develop a regional strategy for meeting the needs of entrepreneurs and determine scope and programs.
  •  Talent Development – Work with education and business leaders to define and execute attraction and retention strategies for talent in the tech sector
  •  Programming – Targeted conferences, entrepreneurial training and other targeted programs to facilitate innovate business development and profile successful endeavors in the region