Summerville Dream

New Business Information

Town of Summerville logo

Town of Summerville. ( The site provides information from the Town of Summerville on a wide range of business information that is needed by a new business that may be opening a location in the Town of Summerville. Applications, Forms, Business Licenses permit information, Municipal Services, Planning, Economic Development and others. Key local contact is Charles Miller, Director of Planning and Economic Development. 843-871-6000.

Dorchester County. ( The economic development website is Businesses can email for information about locating or expanding to Dorchester County.

South Carolina Department of Revenue

S. C. Dept. of Revenue. ( This is the state site that can provide a new business in South Carolina a large amount of information regarding starting a new business or expanding an existing one. It covers hundreds of subjects including Business Registration, Taxes and Licenses, Withholding Taxes, Workshops for S.C. Businesses, Sales Taxes, Corporate Tax Requirements, S. C. Codes and Regulations, and countless others. A local CPA or Accounting Firm can also be helpful with state tax subjects.

South Carolina Department of Commerce

S. C. Department of Commerce. ( This is the South Carolina site that works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. S.C. is a national leader in direct foreign investment. The state has a global reach with offices in Europe and Asia that recruit foreign investment to South Carolina and assist existing companies in developing export markets. Additionally, Commerce assists companies in locating buildings and sites, offers grants for community development and infrastructure improvements, provides tools to enhance workforce skills and is committed to helping businesses prosper in South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Commerce can be contacted at 803-737-0400

Summerville D.R.E.A.M.

Summerville D.R.E.A.M. (Downtown Restoration, Enhancement and Management). ( Summerville D.R.E.A.M. promotes community pride and involvement through event coordination, business education and advocacy, supporting aesthetic improvements, fostering tourism and marketing Historic Downtown Summerville to residents and guests. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historic identity and ensuring the economic vitality of the Downtown Summerville area. The Main Street Approach in boosting downtown consists of four points: Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring. D.R.E.A.M. offers a variety of benefits and services to business and property owners in the downtown Summerville area. Key local contact is Jan Hursey, Acting Director. The office can be reached by calling 843-821-7260.

Greater Summerville Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce

Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce. ( The heritage of the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber dates back to 1911. It was established as a Chamber organization in 1922 in the Town of Summerville in order to advance the business interest of the Town and its trade area. Today the mission is to promote economic vitality and a favorable business climate in our community while protecting and improving the region's quality of life. The Chamber is an excellent source for business information about Dorchester County and the Greater Summerville area. The web site for the chamber offers information about community news and events, a business directory, local history, and business contacts useful for the new business. The chamber can be reached at 843-873-2931.

Internal Revenue Service

Internal Revenue Service ( This is the primary portal or entranceway into the IRS web site. This site is for businesses, non-profits and individuals. Find the most requested IRS forms: W-4, W-9, 1040, 1040X and 4505t. The site can be used for new businesses to seek an Employer Identification Number (EIN) required for new firms. There is large amount of helpful information for business taxpayers as well. Find information on starting a business, federal withholding, HIRE Act publications, tax dates, and a directory of forms and publications. Use to find specific information you may need.

Service Corps of Retired Executives

SCORE: Service Corps of Retired Executives ( This web address will lead you to the Charleston Regional SCORE Chapter Site which is located at 4500 Leeds Avenue in North Charleston. SCORE's principle purpose is to provide experienced and qualified volunteer that can assist a new business, or one that desires to expand, with free counseling, technical and managerial guidance, and training. As a result, prospective businesses and non-profits can increase their potential for success. SCORE counselors are volunteers that offer counseling on a face-to-face basis as well as on the telephone or online. Score volunteers observe a high level of personal, business, and professional ethics. The local Chapter is #285 (Coastal) and serves the local three county area. SCORE is a business development resource of the U.S. Small Business Administration.



Mission Statement

Summerville Dream (Downtown Restoration, Enhancement and Management) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Summerville by enhancing the aesthetic, cultural, social and economic aspects of the Historic Downtown District while preserving the Historic Identity.

What We Do

Affiliated with Main Street SC (MASC) and the National Main Street Association, Summerville Dream works to enhance Community Identity and pride by providing “hometown” events, assisting businesses with design improvements, building tourism, and marketing Historic Downtown Summerville to residents and guests.

218 S. Main St. Summerville, SC 29483

Phone: (843) 821-7260 | Fax: (843) 851-7884 | Email: