January 2019 Newsletter
New Year, New Possibilities
The new year brings so many opportunities! Whether it's a personal goal, or finally starting your own business, progress is impossible without change - and change is constant.

LDC will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2019. We are proud to have assisted hundreds of businesses in that time, and hope to continue to support many more entrepreneurs in our community in the coming years. Maybe this is YOUR year to start a business?

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage
to pursue them."
~Walt Disney

LDC Borrower Spotlight
FAST fit is a multi-level adult fitness class offered to those who desire to move better, gain strength, burn fat, gain endurance, and over all functional mobility.

Find us on Facebook to book an appointment.
Seasonal ingredients and an experimental philosophy are hallmarks of Semilla, a modern neighborhood restaurant featuring progressive Mexican fare in Charleston’s emerging Westside neighborhood.

 For specials and events, find Semilla on their Website .

Visit their Facebook Page
Gracias! Lowcountry Local First & the Hispanic Business Association!
Lowcountry Local First and the Hispanic Business Association hosted a bilingual panel discussion addressing:

• Differences in the funding and financing products available and determining the best fit for the customer
• How to prepare for credit-worthiness
• Dealing with the legality of citizenship status

Our Loan Officer Paul Featheringill and Business Advisor Charlie O’Brien were in attendance in support of our mission to provide financial assistance, business education, and developmental services to aid in the creation and retention of small businesses.

The LDC has bilingual staff that can help Hispanic clients.
Workshops are held the first and last Tuesday of the month at 10:00 AM and the first and last Thursday of the month at 4:00 PM.

You can RSVP via E-mail to Info@charlestonldc.org or by calling (843) 973-7298.
Upcoming Workshops are January 29th at 10 a.m. and January 31st at 4 p.m.
Are you Lender Ready?
FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn
January 18, 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

The first of two workshops to prepare current and potential small business owners for the second annual Lender Matchmaking event!
At this free workshop, learn if your business is lender ready and steps you can take get your big idea funded. Speakers will include representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Charleston LDC, Small Business Development Center, and SCORE.
This is a brown bag event. Please bring your lunch and make the most of your lunch break!
The next workshop in the series will be How to Develop a Business Plan on Friday, February 15. The final event in the series will be the Lender Matchmaking Event, where small businesses will meet with lenders one-on-one. Attend the full series to for your best chance at receiving a loan
Ask us. We can help.
Every year thousands of small business owners turn to the SC SBDC for private consulting. Watch our video and learn how entrepreneurs in all areas of business and industry have found success with the assistance of their local Small Business Development Center.