COVID-19 Response

Charleston County Economic Development offices might be physically closed, but we are still doing business and ready to serve you. If you have a relationship with a CCED staff member, please reach out to them via phone or email. If you are unsure of who to contact, email and your email will be answered in a timely manner.

**Effective April 1, 2020, Governor Henry McMaster has ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses. If a business has a question as to whether they qualify as essential, visit the SC Department of Commerce website and complete the Business Clarification Form. Questions can also be sent to or call 803-734-2873.

Charleston County Government News Releases

Charleston County Emergency Management recommends citizens and staff follow guidelines from S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Charleston County Citizens Information Line is available Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Citizen Info Line: 843.746.3900
Spanish Line: 843.746.3909

SCDHEC Care Line: 1-855-472-3432 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for questions about COVID-19
MUSC Health: Virtual Care 843-792-7000 or
Roper St Francis Virtual Care:

South Carolina Department of Commerce

SC Commerce, through Emergency Support Function (ESF) 24, is closely monitoring developments and is available via email at to answer non-medical questions related to business and industry support. Visit their Business Resource Center for more resources. COVID-19 Non-Essential Business Listing can be viewed

South Carolina Department of Employment & Workforce (DEW)

Review FAQ’s on unemployment and COVID-19

Benefits Paid and More on the Way – April 3, 2020 Press Release

DHS Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Report

Department of Homeland Security has identified a list of sectors and essential critical infrastructure workers as an initial recommended set and intends to be overly inclusive reflecting the diversity of industries across the United States. View website. 


Guide to the CARES Act

A comprehensive guide to many of the small business provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Read here.  

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. All loan terms will be the same for everyone. This document shares what to do to ensure your loan is forgivable and how much you can apply for. Deadline to apply is the end of June.

BCDCOG Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)

The primary purpose of the RLF is to aid in the creation and retention of jobs in the Berkeley Charleston Dorchester region. Read more the program and email BCDCOG Finance Manager Katie Paschall before submitting an application.

Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved Governor Henry McMaster’s request for the agency to offer South Carolina’s small businesses with disaster assistance. The disaster declaration means that small businesses in South Carolina that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 virus may qualify for low-interest federal disaster loans. Apply online.  (Due to high-volume visitation to site, SBA recommends using site during off-peak hours; 7pm-7am)


The Charleston LDC is a community-driven nonprofit dedicated to growing the local economy by providing flexible, affordable, and customizable loans to small businesses. Apply online.


Manufacturing, processing, and technology intensive companies located in South Carolina have the opportunity to receive a refund for “retraining” employees. If a manufacturing company is doing new or additional manufacturing on behalf of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, and having to train employees to learn a new process or equipment, the EZone program could help a company recoup some of those training dollars. Learn more


Lowcountry Local First

Charleston Restaurant Options

SC Manufacturers Alliance COVID-19 Resources

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Resource

City of Charleston Coronavirus updates

City of North Charleston Coronavirus updates

Town of Mount Pleasant Coronavirus Updates

The Post & Courier COVID-19 Coverage

FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control 

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