Commerce

Gain a competitive advantage through exclusive knowledge and networking

Commerce is at the heart of what we do here at the Chamber. We are wholly focused on ensuring that we have a healthy business climate and supporting the needs of our business members – it has been at the core of our mission since we opened our doors back in 1773. You may not know that we are distinguished as the first municipal chamber of commerce in the United States and the longest continually operating business membership association. We have a 245-year legacy of protecting and strengthening the Charleston region’s business community – helping businesses grow and thrive.

The area’s economic mix is diverse, combining one of the busiest container ports along the Southeast and Gulf coasts, a world-recognized visitor industry, a thriving airport, one of the Southeast’s most impressive medical hubs, a well-established base of national and international manufacturers, as well as a large military presence. The Charleston metro’s dynamic economy, alongside the natural beauty, world-class culture and historic charm, has led to a highly sought-after destination for businesses, potential residents and tourists.

Local Area Chambers

We get it … you need to make your time as efficient and effective as possible. That is why we are bringing the Chamber to you.

Local Area Chambers deliver you the opportunity to connect and gain access to valuable information and resources to help your business grow. Through Metro Chambers East, West, North and Central, we are able to deliver programs within 15 to 30 minutes of your work or home.

Economic Competitiveness

Need economic data? You came to the right place. Through the Center for Business Research, the Chamber is able to provide you economic, demographic and workforce data to help you make strategic business decisions.

Each year we partner with the College of Charleston’s Office of Economic Analysis to provide our Economic Outlook Forecast. Now in it’s 28th year, the forecast looks at key economic indicators, collecting and analyzing data to predict how our region will perform over the next 18 to 24 months.