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Our Purpose

Since its establishment in 1911, the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce has been an integral part of the growth of Summerville and the surrounding areas.


Our mission is to protect and promote the quality of life in the community, with specific emphasis on improving economic vitality and providing a favorable business climate.


Preserving Small Town Charm, and Inspiring World Class Business.


  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Regional Cooperation
  • Committed to Business Success
  • Sense of Community Spirit

Service Area 

The Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce service area has no specific boundaries.  Any company that is either located or has a business presence within the greater Summerville or Dorchester areas are invited and encouraged to be a part of the Chamber. 

Learn about the five pillars of the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce’s mission:

Advocacy The Chamber and the Public Policy Division achieves its goals through an active membership that keeps abreast of legislative issues and economic trends. Chamber leaders participate in government affairs to make sure their members concerns are heard on local, county and state issues.

Business The Chamber works to educate the public of the value and necessity of business in Summerville and Dorchester County. We are, not only concerned with protecting established businesses, but also in supporting new business owners and fostering their growth.

Community While promoting business is a major goal, the Chamber is fiercely protective of maintaining the way of life that has made Summerville one of the fastest growing cities in SC. It’s important to the Chamber that Summerville is not only a great place to do business but a great place to live.

Education Through our Workforce Development Division, we support local public and private schools and colleges in providing a well-trained work force to area businesses. We also have put ourselves at the forefront of continuing education for our membership in the form of numerous seminars and clinics. We have also established the Leadership Dorchester program to help identify and train our future civic and business leaders.

Tourism As much as we believe Summerville is a great place to settle, we also promote Summerville as a great place to visit. The Chamber houses the Visitors Center where over 14,000 people come through each year. 

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