About the Beaufort Regional Chamber

About the Beaufort Regional Chamber

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce stands as the unified voice of the business community. Every day since 1892, we have been promoting, protecting and improving business. Our mission is to manage and build capacity for continual community growth by advocating for a pro-business environment and building quality workforce in order to enrich the region’s quality of life. In support of our mission we will continue our focus on tourism, military enhancement, business advocacy, economic development, as well as education, workforce and leadership development.

To support our mission and vision, the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce will continue to focus our efforts in the five “pillars” of emphasis: tourism, military enhancement, member services and business advocacy, economic development, and education/ workforce and leadership development.  The Chamber provides business growth and learning opportunities to help businesses be more productive and profitable, as well as advocacy and community development initiatives to build a favorable business climate, creating the preferred community to invest, prosper, and enjoy


Chamber Historical Highlights


  • Announced the successful recruitment of ‘Project Eagle’. Geismar opens its doors to manufacture rail equipment in Beaufort.
  • The Chamber took over support of the struggling Main Street Beaufort organization.
  • We adopted a position to Fix our Roads asking the statae house to provided critical highway funding.
  • Cliff Mrkvicka of Lockheed Martin becomes Chair.
  • Chamber re-establishes Governmental Affairs Committee.
  • Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards featured Anchorage 1770 as #13 on the “Top25 B&Bs and Inns – United States”.
  • Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards featured the City Loft as #23 on the “Top 25 Small Hotels- United States”.


  • The Chamber supported legislation to remove Port of Port Royal sale responsibility from South Carolina Ports Authority.
  • The Chamber initiates “The Coast is Clear” marketing campaign to aid in the economic recovering in the wake of Hurricane Mathew.
  • Leigh Copeland of Techinical College of the Lowcountry becomes Chair.
  • The Chamber initiates the campaign to fund Hunting Island beach renourishment.
  • The Chamber completes project to retain and expand Bluffton based eviCorp.
  • Chamber staff completes extensive Palmetto Site designation of Beaufort Commerce Park for the City of Beaufort.
  • The Chamber completes project to retain and expand Northern Beaufort county company Harris Pillow Supply.
  • Cuthbert House Inn ranked #10 on Trivago Awards 2017 list of award-winning hotels for the category “Alternative Accomodations”
  • Beaufort is named to the New York Times “52 Places to Go in 2016” list.
  • Fripp Island named “Best Beach Community of the Year” by Real Estate Scorecard.


  • The Chamber steps in as the interim Beaufort County Economic Development Office.
  • The first F-35B Joint Strike Fighters arrive at the Beaufort Marine Corp Air Station.
  • Jim Wegman of Weidner, Wegmann & Harper Law Firm becomes Chair.
  • The Chambered authors ‘The Business Start Up Guide’ to aid new business in navigating the process towards opening their doors.
  • The Beaufort Regional Chambe of Commerces earns CACCE accredidation.
  • Beaufort’s annual Water Festival named a “Top 20 Event/Festival of the Year” by the Southeast Tourism Society.
  • Beaufort named to Good Housekeeping’s list of “The 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America” .
  • Hunting Island topped Southeastern Traveler’s list of the “Top 5 Beaches of South Carolina.
  • Topped Travel Channel’s list of “Best Retirement Getaways”.
  • Hunting Island ranked #12 on Trip Advisor’s list of “Top 25 U.S. Beaches”.


  • The Beaufort History Museum moves into the Chamber’s Visitor Center.
  • Beaufort is named to Southern Living’s list of “Small Towns We Love” – Beaufort was one of five small towns featured and was the lead of the feature story.
  • Smithsonian Magazine named Beaufort to its “Best Small Towns in the U.S.” List.
  • Will Achurch of Wells Fargo becomes Chair.
  • Beaufort ranked #1 for healthiest county in South Carolina by the 2014 County Health Rankings.
  • Hunting Island ranked #7 on TripAdvisor’s list of “Top 25 U.S. Beaches”.
  • Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards featured The Beaufort Inn on its “Top 25 Hotels in the U.S.” list.
  • Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards featured The City Loft on its “Top 25 Small Hotels in the U.S.” list.
  • USA Today featured Beaufort on its “30 Great Places for Business Traveler” list.
  • The AAA Carolinas recognized The Cuthbert House Inn and The Rhett House Inn with its prestigious AAA Four Diamond designation.


  • Chamber hosts filming of the American Idol Candice Glover homecoming.
  • A new legislative bill aimed at improving the incentives to recruit movie and television industry originates in the Beaufort Chamber.
  • The Chamber earned (3) CACCE awards for Best newsletter, best collateral, and best website.
  • Stephen Murray of Kazoobie Kazoos becomes Chair.
  • Named “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living’s readers.
  • Ranked #3 on Carolina Living’s list of “Top 20 Most Preferred S.C. Destination Towns”.
  • Trip Advisor chose nearby Hunting Island Beach as one of the “Top 25 Beaches in the U.S.


  • The Chamber rebrands destination marketing as Tourism Travel and Convention Division.
  • Frankie Denmark of Hargray becomes Chair.


  • Blakely Williams is hired as President of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Chamber relocates offices from Bellamy Curve to the Carnegie Library on Cravens Street.
  • Jon Rembold of Ward Edwards engineering becomes Chair.
  • Beaufort celebrates its tricentennial.


  • Formal announcement made that the F35B Joint Strikefighter will be stationed at MCAS Beaufort.
  • The Visitor Center relocates to The Beaufort Arsenal from Boundary Street.
  • Jimmy Boozer of t MCAS Beaufort Federal Credit Union becomes Chair.
  • CNN Money highlighted the city as one of the “25 Best Place to Retire”


  • Leadership Beaufort Alumni Association is formed.
  • Chamber launches a Facebook page and gains 1000 followers.
  • Robert Halfacre of First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. of SC becomes Chair.
  • Southern Living’s 13th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards rated Beaufort as the “#1Best Small Town”.
  • Port Royal was named one of “America’s Coolest Small Towns” by Budget Travel Magazine Readers.


  • Visitor Center Moved to town Center
  • Chamber starts business Expo
  • Beaufort ranked on the “Top 25 Small City Arts Destination” list by American Style Magazine.
  • Doug Turnbull of Lowcountry Real Estate serves as Chair.
  • Field & Stream named Beaufort to its “Top 20 Fishing Towns in the U.S.
  • National Geographic listed Beaufort as a “Top 50 Adventure Town” and #7 on its list of Waterfront Adventure towns


  • Carlotta Ungaro is hired as President of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.


  • The first Civitas Awards for Business Excellence is held.
  • USCB establishes four year baccalaureate degree.


  • Libby Barnes becomes President of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.


  • Chamber relocates offices to Bellamy Curve at Conant House.


  • The Senior Leadership Program is formed at the Chamber.
  • Forrest Gump is filmed in Beaufort.


  • The Prince of Tides is filmed in Beaufort


  • Jean Libro is hired as President of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.