The CIC uses a unique process to identify potential business innovators.

Our program is based on methods developed in conjunction with the 5thT program, and its community economic development partners. CIC will help innovators evaluate the commercial or licensing potential of their idea or business. CIC will aid in preliminary assessments of commercial viability, risk evaluation, prototype and modeling of development costs over a six to twelve month timeframe.

Innovation may follow several paths to commercialization. We understand and value the idea that it is not the goal of every inventor to form a company or participate in the commercialization of their invention or product. We work closely with key stakeholders to develop successful strategies for a range of scenarios to ensure the innovator has the opportunity to find success. Possible strategies include helping form partnerships or creating a de novo company.

Free Business Seminars

CIC offers free business seminars for current and prospective business owners.

If you are thinking about starting a business but aren’t quite ready to jump in, then this seminar is for you. We will discuss the considerations prospective business owners should analyze before beginning including, vision, marketing and financial planning,

This seminar is the kick-off to an eight session business and financial readiness series which will help current and prospective business owners delve into the details of business planning. Topics covered will be, business structures, licensing and permitting, insurance, bookkeeping, financial reporting, social media marketing and microlending. The time is TBD but will be posted in the near future.

April 17th - Intro to Building a Business

May 1st - Business Model Canvas

May 15th - Licenses, Taxes, and Insurance

May 30th - Business Plans by a Banker

June 12th - Social Media Marketing

June 26th - Microlending


Allies for Arts and Business


Have you ever wondered what resources are available to help you start, sustain, or grow your business? 

Is your business in the creative or cultural heritage industries?

Are you an entrepreneur whose business intersects with, or has the potential to intersect with the tourism industry?

Are you an artist looking to start a business?


This is the meeting you must attend…lunch is included! Seating is limited to 40, so register today!


DATE:            Saturday, April 14, 2018

TIME:             9:30a-2:30p

WHERE:        901-905 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440

COST:            None (That’s right. Free!)


Meet representatives from the Arts Commission, City of Georgetown Economic Development, CommunityWorks, Conway Innovation Center, Georgetown Innovation Center, and SCORE, along with other organizations that provide resources for small business and entrepreneurs. Network! Ask questions, provide input, and participate in planning to access business resources that can help your business grow. Click here to take a business / entrepreneur needs assessment survey that will help us help you before, during and after the meeting.


This meeting is open to entrepreneurs located in Georgetown and Horry counties, but also includes the contiguous counties of Berkeley, Charleston, Dillon, Marion, and Williamsburg. We really want to see artist entrepreneurs!


WHAT ELSE: Registration is required; walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Limit 2 registrants per business/organization. A registration-ticket will be sent 3 days prior to the meeting via the e-mail address you provide.


REISTER NOWClick here to register for this meeting. Registration closes April 9, 2018.


This meeting is being facilitated by the SC Arts Commission. Sponsors of the meeting include the SC African American Heritage Commission, creator of theGreenbook of SC; Georgetown Innovation Center; Cultural Council of Georgetown County; Coastal Carolina University; and the City of Georgetown Economic Development Office.


For more information contact Joy Young, Program Director for Artists Venture’s Initiative and ArtsGrow SC, at [email protected] .