Networking in Charleston: Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce
This post is the second in a blog series about some of our favorite networking and meetup groups. Check out last week’s post to learn more about the Charleston Metro Chamber, and be sure to tune in again next week for yet another feature.
If you are pursuing business opportunities on or around Folly Beach, James Island, Johns Island, Kiawah, Seabrook or Wadmalaw, we highly recommend membership in the Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce. This private, non-profit organization is working hard to inspire economic advancement on a micro level, and their small town approach to networking benefits Sea Islanders and “outsiders” alike.
Rooted ID has not placed membership with the Sea Islands Chamber, but we are seriously considering it. Membership is not limited to island businesses, and most Sea Islands Chamber events are open to non-members (a great way to test the waters). The chamber hosts monthly After Hours Networking events, Lunch & Learns and Networking Breakfasts. We attend the After Hours events on occasion and love the laid back, neighborly vibe.
Sea Islands Chamber membership includes access to all events, a monthly newsletter, the marketing opportunities there-in and a listing in the chamber’s member directory. Members also receive the enthusiastic support of the chamber's Executive Director, Karen Thompson.
Karen is about as local as it gets. She was born and raised on James Island, and her family has been in the area since 1670. After having worked 20+ years for an advertising agency, Karen founded the Sea Islands Chamber in 2010 to put her marketing skills to work serving the community she loves. She's a valuable resource and has organized a series of popular community events, such as the Annual Artwalk and Homegrown Holiday Bazaar, that bring area business owners and Sea Island residents together.