• What We Do

  • Recognized as an Accredited Chamber by the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Greater Sumter Chamber is the leading voice for business in Sumter and beyond. We represent over 1,000 member businesses, providing them with cutting edge products and services designed to help make the Sumter region a great place to live and do business. Over 90% of our membership base is small business with 50 employees or less, though Sumter is home to many manufacturing and industrial employers that employee 100 or more.

    Under the direction of the 20 business and community leaders who make up our Board of Directors, the Chamber's staff is dedicated to the organization's mission of Promoting and Ideal Business Environment Which Supports Growth. Along with the Sumter County Economic Development Board, the Chamber offers the following services to our various constituencies (services highlighted in blue are provided through the Economic Development Board).

  • New Business Recruitment

    • Market the region globally
    • Promote the region at trade shows
    • Provide site consultant relations
    • Provide regional information and resources owww.sumteredge.com
    • Maintain economic development partnerships with Sumter Economic Development Board, The City of Sumter and regional Economic Development partners.
    • Advertising the region in trade publications
    • Present public and private property solutions (land and/or buildings)
    • Manage available commercial real estate database and realtor relations
    • Provide assessments of area's workforce
    • Present recommended incentives (payment in lieu of taxes, tax increment financing) to Industrial Development Boards, The Development Corporation, and local legislative bodies
    • Provide business referrals
    • Assist with groundbreaking events
    • Provide research/demographic information
    • Provide community orientation

    Small Business Assistance

    • Provide marketing opportunities
    • Provide business referrals
    • Offer professional development/training seminars
    • Provide small/minority/disadvantaged-business services
    • Provide business consultation
    • Offer networking opportunities
    • Business-to-Business matchmaking
    • Produce nearly 20 events a year
    • Advocacy
    • Government contracting support
    • Provide research/demographic information
    • Partnership with the Small Business Development Center

    Start-up Business Assistance

    • Provide business-to-business matchmaking
    • Procurement assistance
    • Assist with venture capital relations
    • Provide research/demographic information
    • Assist with new market data
    • Provide small and minority-business counseling through Small Business Resource Division
    • Refer to and support regions Small Business Development Center and SCORE

    Existing Industry Programs

    • Business retention & expansion assistance
    • Manage workforce development and education programs
    • Create awareness about workforce training grants
    • Provide job training resources
    • Education and workforce development advocacy
    • Assist with transportation/infrastructure issues
    • Help provide access to capital & incentives
    • Import/export assistance (certificate of origin)
    • Create awareness about renewable energy initiatives
    • Provide research/demographic information
    • Provide business strengthening programs
    • Assist with employee recruitment and screening programs
    • Provide Downtown-specific business services

    General Public Services

    • Provide residential relocation packets
    • Provide Sumter County maps
    • Provide business/service referrals
    • Provide community information
    • Provide government service referrals
    • Walk-in information/resource center
    • Publish a yearly Quality of Life Magazine
    • Publish a yearly Membership Guide highlighting area member businesses
    • Management and promotion of SumterChamber.com (Sumter Chamber's interactive online business directory)
    • Organize and support business and community events
    • Create awareness of economic development issues
    • Create community awareness for Federal, state and local business-related programs

    Government Services

    • Economic development contracts for service (City of Sumter, Sumter County)
    • Relocation packet requests
    • Incentive recommendations
    • Host informational forums
    • Host public policy roundtables
    • Provide research/demographic information
    • Promote higher, public and private education within Sumter County
    • Assist with Sumter County Schools education initiatives
    • Partner for grant opportunities


  • Welcome New Members

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      Crestwood High School's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
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      Great Southern Homes/Hunter's Crossing
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      The Sidewalk Cafe'
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      Jersey Joe's Custom Apparel
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      Ragin Christian Preparatory Academy
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      Ribbon Cutting for Central Midlands Adult Day Center
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      Elephants & more
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      The Real Estate & Business Law Firm of Franklin M. Shuler, LLC
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      Nu-Idea School Supply Business After Hours
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      Nu-Idea School Supply Business After Hours
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      Holiday Social
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      Holiday Social
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      Holiday Social
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      The Good Life Senior Expo 2017
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      The Good Life Senior Expo 2017
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      The Good Life Senior Expo 2017
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      Crestwood High School Golden Apple
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      2017 Legislation Breakfast
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      2017 Porches of Sumter
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      2017 Porches of Sumter
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      2017 Porches of Sumter
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      2017 Military Appreciation Picnic
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      2017 Military Appreciation Picnic
  • Life is Good in Sumter

    From Arts and Recreation to Dining and more, Sumter has great things to offer.