BUSINESS COUNSELING: The coastal chapter of SCORE offers free business counseling. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston. No appointment necessary. Call 727-4778 for more information.

Entrepreneurial Readiness: The South Carolina Women’s Business Center holds a workshop on creating, updating and utilizing a business plan. 3-5:30 p.m. 129 Cannon St., Charleston. $20. Go to to register.


FILM INDUSTRY WORKSHOP: Lowcountry Local First holds a workshop on how to do business with the film industry. 3-6 p.m. 620 Dobbins Road, West Ashley. $30 for members; $50 for others. Go to lowcountry to register.


BUSINESS TAX WORKSHOP: The Internal Revenue Service and other sponsors hold a tax workshop for small-business owners covering federal and state tax requirements and employment security obligations. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Small Business Development Center, 2430 Mall Drive, Suite 155, North Charleston. Free. Call 740-6160 to register or to get more information.


HURRICANE EXPO: Dorchester County Emergency Management Department holds a 2013 Hurricane Expo with a focus on safety and preparedness. 9 a.m.-noon. Lowe’s, 9600 Dorchester Road, Summerville. Free. For more information, call Matt McNamara at 412-7176.

July 30

Business in MOUNT PLEASANT: The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce holds a quarterly installment of “Business in Your Backyard,” with a focus on Mount Pleasant. 7:30-9 a.m. Alhambra Hall, 131 Middle St., Mount Pleasant. $10 for members until noon July 29; $15 for others and for event day registration. Scheduled speakers include Mayor Billy Swails, Stuart Whiteside, chamber board chairman, and Bryan Derreberry, chamber president and CEO. Contact Chris Wheeler at

Small Business Symposium: The S.C. Small Business Development Center and AG&G hold a small business symposium in Columbia. 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business Lumpkin Auditorium, 1705 College St. $397. Go to small for registration and other information.

Aug. 1

EXPORT PLAN: The World Trade Center Charleston meets. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Montague Terrace, 5001 Coliseum Drive. North Charleston. Topic is the Charleston Metro Export Plan. Scheduled keynote speaker will be from the Brookings Institute. Also, the center will be presenting the importer/exporter of the year award. $45 for WTCC and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce members; $65 for others. Contact Chris Wheeler at 805-3062 or for registration.

Aug. 6

LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION: The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce holds its second annual legislative appreciation reception. 6-8 p.m. Founders Hall, 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston. $50. Contact Jeremy Cauthen at 805-3075 or for more information.

Aug. 22

PORT TOUR: The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce holds its annual port tour and briefing. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Starts and ends at the chamber’s offices, 4500 Leeds Ave., North Charleston. $75 for members; $150 for others. Contact Jeremy Cauthen at 805-3075 or for more information.

SUMMERVILLE Business Expo: The Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Business Expo. 4-5:30 p.m. with an after-hours event to follow until 7:30 p.m. Summerville Family YMCA at The Ponds, 101 Pottery Circle, Summerville. Free for members; $25 for others. Reservations required. Contact Abby Hartmann at 873-2931 for more information.

Aug. 29

INDUSTRY APPRECIATION: The Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce holds its annual industry appreciation luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bethany United Methodist Church, 118 W. 3rd South St., Summerville. Contact Abby Hartmann at 873-2931.