South Carolina’s Lowcountry is currently ranked fifth in the nation for high-tech industry output. And, Berkeley County is proud to have Google, Blackbaud, Benefitfocus, SPARC and other technology leaders calling Berkeley County home. With a collaborative creative community, supportive entrepreneurial network, skilled talent pool, numerous colleges, startup incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, code education programs/camps and user groups – Berkeley County and the Charleston Metropolitan Area offers the ideal business environment for technology companies to thrive.
The best centralized clearinghouse of information and resources for entrepreneurs is the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s “Charleston Entrepreneur Ecosystem.” It is available at http://charlestonee.com/ and is a one-stop shop for everything entrepreneurial—from loans, grants, equity and other financing, to mentoring, consultants, events and organizations whose goal it is to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed.
With close proximity to Boeing, large industrial site availability, a highly skilled and motivated workforce, the lowest county government millage in the state and tremendous incentive packages – Berkeley County is also an ideal location for aerospace manufacturers. Home to Trident Technical College, which just finished building an Aerospace School, Berkeley County has the training resources to meet the growing demand for aerospace companies in the region.
Biotechnologies & Life Sciences
South Carolina’s Lowcountry continues to garner international recognition as an emerging bio-medical market. With the Medical University of South Carolina’s world-class research leading the way for to region to become a globally competitive location for bio-medical business and talent- Berkeley County is also proud that many bio-medical companies including Trumpf Medical, BeliMed and Lanxess call Berkeley County home.
Berkeley County is very proud to be the home of the first North American manufacturing facility for Volvo Cars North America. While the State of South Carolina continues to be home to numerous car and tire manufacturers, Berkeley County’s world class industrial sites give more companies and suppliers the perfect locations to enhance the local automotive industry. If you are a supplier looking for information on Volvo please visit sccommerce.com/VolvoCarsSC.
Many of the world’s largest and most-respected companies in the advanced materials industry have operations in Berkeley County. From BP to DuPont, from Nucor Steel to Century Aluminum and JW Aluminum – Berkeley County is well-established as a premier location to produce and distribute advanced materials from. In fact, DAK Americas’ Berkeley County operation is the largest manufacturer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) polymer in the entire United States.