ADVOCATES FOR AGRICULTURE: a non-profit that assists the SC agriculture industry.

ALLIANCE FOR FULL ACCEPTANCE:  Charleston’s LGBT group promoting equality and acceptance for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual people. 843.883.0343;

AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION – SUMMERVILLE CHAPTER: professional women who support one another’s business and personal objectives.

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, SC:  resources and professional knowledge in the field of architecture.

AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION – CHARLESTON: for individuals and organizations involved in marketing.

ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS – LOWCOUNTRY CHAPTER: offers educational, networking and mentoring programs to support and enrich member’s professional experience and skills.

educates and advocates so that women in SC have economic success and are leaders in their professional, community and personal lives.

CHARLESTON ANGEL PARTNERS: professionals working to invest in and support local start-ups and economic development.

CHARLESTON AREA SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC): provides one-on-one consultations to prospective and existing business owners in the Charleston area.

CHARLESTON BRIDAL ASSOCIATION: networking gatherings designed to synchronize the inner workings of Charleston’s wedding industry.

CHARLESTON DIGITAL CORRIDOR: providing support for knowledge-based companies.

CHARLESTON GALLERY ASSOCIATION: for gallery owners and artists dedicated to making the Charleston market a fine art destination.

CHARLESTON HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION: promotes homeownership through networking, education, advocacy and community outreach.

CHARLESTON LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION: an organization providing start-up, expansion or business continuation financing in a variety of loan programs and business planning assistance.

the largest business and professional organization in the region with resources, networking and learning opportunities for members. 843.577.2510;

CHARLESTON’S MINORITY & WOMEN OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (MWBE): strives to increase participation of minority and women-owned business enterprises in the full array of contracting opportunities available in the City of Charleston.

CHARLESTON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE: a professional economic development organization that assists companies with competitive location or expansion projects by connecting them with the right people, the appropriate resources and the most meaningful and relevant information.

CHARLESTON RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION: a chapter of the Hospitality Association of SC and the National Restaurant Association.

CHARLESTON SC SCORE: provides free business mentoring to help both aspiring and existing entrepreneurs achieve their goals.

CHARLESTON TRIDENT ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®: ensures realtors right to do business, offers research and analysis and legislative support.

CHARLESTON WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE:  promoting professional growth and education within the field of international trade.

CHARLESTON WOMEN IN TECH: a collaborative effort of Charleston’s women leaders, educators and tech professionals to support and mentor women of all ages in the technology industry.

CHARLESTON YOUNG PROFESSIONALS:  connect and build relationships with other young professionals and business leaders (ages 22-39). 843.805.3002;

COMMUNITY WORKS: financial organization committed to building a brighter future for underserved families & communities through financial education, lending &  investing.

CREATIVE MORNINGS: breakfast lecture series for the creative community.

CREW Charleston: Commercial Real Estate Women connects women in the commercial real estate business.

D.R.E.A.M: Downtown Restoration, Enhancement and Management focus on Downtown Summerville.

ELLEVATE CHARLESTON: helps “ellevate” women professionally and economically by investing in women and bringing them together.

EXECUTIVE WOMEN’S ROUNDTABLE: connects successful and dynamic women executives and entrepreneurs.

GREEN DRINKS CHARLESTON: brings together people who are living, learning, and practicing the principles of sustainability and those seeking to find out more.

HISPANIC WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS OF SC: self-development group helping women develop their leadership skills while building their community through training, motivation & collaboration.

INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANTS: resources for professionals involved in management accounting and financial management.

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS: education, community building and development resources for administrative professionals.

Les Dames D’Escoffier International: a world wide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in
the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality.

LOWCOUNTRY BNI: local businesses dedicated to promoting and sharing each other’s businesses through word of mouth referral and social networks.

LOWCOUNTRY LOCAL FIRST:  help support locally-owned businesses and farmers. 843.740.5444; 

MOUNT PLEASANT BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: education, advocacy and networking.

NORTH CHARLESTON’S SMALL, DISADVANTAGED, MINORITY BUSINESS PROGRAM: assisting small, disadvantaged & minority-owned businesses located in the Tri-County area.

PALMETTO FIBER ARTS GUILD:  a group of handcrafters interested in learning more.

PUBLIC RELATIONS SOCIETY OF AMERICA – SC:  get in touch with other members of the public relations and communications field.

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: an independent agency of the federal government aiding and protecting small businesses.

SC DIVISION OF SMALL & MINORITY BUSINESS CONTRACTING & CERTIFICATION: promotes the interest of small &  minority-owned businesses as a part of the free enterprise system enhancing economic growth & development in SC.

SC PRESS ASSOCIATION: for journalists and newspaper-related businesses.

SC SEAFOOD ALLIANCE: promoting local seafood, aquaculture and mariculture industry.

SC STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION:  discounts, access and information for state workers.

SEED CHARLESTON: Via a “mentor capitalist” approach, money and knowledge are invested into the people behind each business to get your business to where you dream it to be.

THE COUNCIL OF SC PROFESSIONAL ARCHAEOLOGISTS: archaeological-related networking and quarterly meetings.

THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE: advancing the practice, science, and profession of project management.

THE SC EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: professional association for educators.

TECH AFTER FIVE: networking events for tech professionals and entrepreneurs.

TRAVEL COUNCIL: private sector marketing fund for the Charleston CVB’s promotional programs supported by businesses that benefit from local tourism.

Women in Defense (WID): networking and professional development group promoting role of women in national defense and security, supporting service members and encouraging local military contracts.

YNPN: connecting young nonprofit professionals in the Charleston Tri-County & surrounding areas through professional development, networking events & social opportunities.

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