* "Business Start-up Guide 101" for the City of Beaufort 
* Educational seminars / opportunities, such as Business 4 Breakfast and access to 24/7 learning opportunities through Business Training Team.  
* Bid notifications to grow your business.
* Use the Chamber to access free help through the Small Business Development Center, SCORE and the Lowcountry Small Business Hub.

Chamber "Business Start-up Guide 101" for City of Beaufort

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Contact Jason Ruhf for more information


The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the launch of the new "Business Start-up Guide 101."  This is a business process road map designed to help entrepreneurs starting a businesses in the City of Beaufort save time and get their doors open by providing all of the information they need in one document.  "We know starting a business can be complicated and we want to help streamline the process and alleviate obstacles so business owners can open their doors and start making money," said Blakely Williams, Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. "Every day a business owner has to wait to open their doors, is another day they are losing money and we want to do all we can to help move that process along."

This 80 page guide contains city documents and links, zoning maps, permit regulations, applications, forms for the historic review board, general tips, as well as requirement and contact information for DHEC permits, business licenses, incentives, etc.

The guide will continue to be updated to reflect the latest information.  Small businesses are the backbone of our economy.  The Chamber is committed to helping provide a healthy business friendly environment, where they can thrive. This is another tool in the toolbox to help provide insight and navigate them through the process.


Doing Business with Government

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce is a proud partner with our local governments providing bid notification to our members.  Beaufort County, Beaufort County Schools, the City of Beaufort and the Town of Port Royal understand that by providing opportunities for local businesses benefits everyone.

The Chamber periodically partners with our governments to offer seminars on how to do business with local, state and federal governments.  These are not on a set schedule so please see the Chamber calendar or call at 843.525.8500.

Beaufort County

City of Beaufort

Town of Port Royal

Town of Bluffton

Town of Hilton Head Island

Town of Yemassee 

Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority

State of South Carolina


Beaufort Regional Chamber Academy

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Business Training Team to provide chamber members with the opportunity to participate in a variety of webinars to help improve and build your business through Beaufort Regional Chamber Academy.  Available topics include Grow Your Business, Improve Office Software Skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Learn QuickBooks, Provide Customer Service Training for Employees, Launch Your Email Marketing Campaign Successfully, Understand Local Internet Marketing, Get Involved in Social Media Marketing, Learn Strategies for Traffic to Your Website, and many more.


Starting a new business is an exciting endeavor with many details and steps

The Business Resources section of the website provides a number of resources for businesses to develop business plans, marketing ideas and a list of financial institutions can be found in the business directory.  This section titled, "Getting Your Business Started” provides guidance in licensing and permitting. 

Business Licenses

All jurisdictions in Beaufort County require a business license.  If your business is a storefront without delivery services, you will likely need only one business license issued from the governing jurisdiction in which your business operates.  If you are unsure if your business location is in one of the five municipalities or unincorporated Beaufort County,or if you need more than one license, please contact Beaufort County for clarification.  Contact information is listed below.


Beaufort County Business License

City of Beaufort Business License

Town of Port Royal

Town of Bluffton

Town of Hilton Head

Town of Yemassee

Permits – general business

Many businesses require various permits.  When seeking business license information, be sure to ask about any permits, local or state, that may be needed.

Permits – building 

Beaufort County and its municipalities have worked hard to maintain the beautiful sense of place that draws so many here.  Protecting the history and the environment however, means that businesses seeking to build or change an existing structure are likely to deal with codes and ordinances to protect what exists.  When doing any building or modifications in Beaufort County, the Chamber highly encourages using local engineers, architects, lawyers and construction companies, etc.  Local businesses know the rules and regulations and can save businesses costly mistakes.  For lists of local businesses, please see the Chamber directory.  Permits for new buildings and changes to existing buildings are required.

If operating a home business, please check the zoning with your local government entity to ensure the business can operate legally.  There are many state and local ordinances in place to protect product and worker safety as well as the integrity of the neighborhoods.

State Links 

South Carolina

S.C. Attorney General

S.C. Department of Commerce

Internal Revenue Service

Consultants on Demand

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Consultants on Demand program allows members an opportunity to seek help with specific business concerns and allows Chamber members that provide consulting services an opportunity to meet potential clients.

How Consultants on Demand works: members seeking assistance get three one-hour coupons good for services with one of our participating business experts.

The member requesting the coupons can use the coupons with any of the business experts on the Beaufort Regional Chamber list, including using all three with one person.

Consultants on Demand offers support in many business areas, including:

Advertising / marketing 

Employment benefits/ human resources 

Employee motivation

Business planning & management

Business accounting / taxes

Finance / banking

Financial planning

Sales management

Business ethics

Time management

Life coaching

Image coaching

This program is designed with a specific limitation on the amount of hours a business member can tap a business expert as a resource without “tapping out” the business expert. Likewise, the business member is assured that during the Consultants on Demand consultations, he or she will not experience a sales pitch but will only receive counsel and all matters will be kept confidential. If the Consultants on Demand vouchers are used and the business needs further assistance, the Beaufort Regional Chamber encourages the business member and the business expert to seek out their own agreement for services. Consultants on Demand vouchers are good during one year of membership. Upon renewal the member is eligible for three new coupons. Please fill out the form below to request your Consultants on Demand coupons.