SUMMERVILLE BUSINESS COUNSELING: The coastal chapter of SCORE offers free business counseling for entrepreneurs and small business owners. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Dorchester County Library, 76 Trolley Road, Summerville. No appointment necessary. Call 727-4778 or go to for more information.

ESTATE PLANNING: Charleston County Probate Court holds an estate planning workshop. 10 a.m.-noon. 84 Broad St., Charleston, second floor. Scheduled speaker is Irvin G. Condon, Charleston County probate judge. Free. Register in advance by calling 958-5030.


GRANT PROS: The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals meets for its 15th anniversary . 5:45-7:30 p.m. Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston. Scheduled speaker is Richard Hendry, program officer at the Coastal Community Foundation. Topic: “Overview of Coastal Community Foundation Grants.”Free. For information or registration, call 452-4492 or email


BASTIAT SOCIETY: The Bastiat Society of Charleston meets. 6-8 p.m. The Broken Egg Cafe, 99 S. Market St., Charleston. Scheduled speakers are Ashley Landess, president of the South Carolina Policy Council, and Russell Sobel, professor of economics and visiting scholar in entrepreneurship at The Citadel. Topic: “15th to 1st: Making South Carolina the Freest State in the Union.” Free. Email for more information.

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: The University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business holds its 33rd annual economic outlook conference. 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. in the USC Capstone’s campus room in Columbia. Scheduled speakers include economists Douglas Woodward and Joseph Von Nessen, Gov. Nikki Haley, and Ray Owens, senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. $75. Go to to register. For more information call 803-393-2362 or email

Dec. 10

LOAN WORKSHOP: Charleston County’s Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program and the S.C. Women’s Business Center’s hold a workshop: “How to Get the Funds to Start Your Business.” 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, Suite B-339. Scheduled speakers include: Janice Connor of TD Bank, Cindy Rourk of the Local Development Corp. and Jacquelyn Dickerson-Ideozu of the BCD Council of Governments. $20. Register in advance at or at 129 Cannon St., Charleston. For more information, contact LaZana Porter at 958-4769 or

Dec. 13

SALES TAX UPDATE: The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce holds an area council meeting. 8 a.m. Hampton Inn, 1015 Jockey Court, Summerville. Scheduled speaker is Berkeley County engineer Frank Carson, who will discuss one-cent sale tax road projects. $10 for members; $25 for others. Go to for details.