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We are delighted that you are considering making an investment in Dorchester County through your support of the Dorchester Economic Development Corporation (Advance Dorchester). Investment in the DEDC ensures your active engagement in creating a vibrant business community where companies grow, create new jobs, increase the local tax base, and expand the local economy which is vital to the community’s long-term economic health and advances economic mobility for all residents.

Advance Dorchester Membership

DEDC Membership is open to any business, educational institution, nonprofit organization, or local government looking to advance opportunity and prosperity for all in Dorchester County. Our members are diverse and represent various industries, including banks, law firms, manufacturing, insurance, community-based organizations, developers, chambers, small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and more.

Membership Benefits

Membership with DEDC directly supports our mission. It allows you to partner with like-minded organizations and an expert team of economic development professionals to promote innovation around economic and workforce development, small business assistance, and Dorchester’s leading and emerging industry clusters.

Join like-minded organizations to improve the economy in Dorchester County. DEDC membership benefits include placing your organization at the head of the table alongside industry leaders, stakeholders, and elected officials.

Additional benefits include:

  • Invitation to exclusive investor-only events
  • Business listing on DEDC website directory
  • Opportunity to sponsor and attend DEDC events before they open to the public
  • Exclusive investor updates, industry insights, newsletters, and DEDC publications.
  • Unique networking opportunities with industry leaders

Leadership Council benefits also include:

  • Special opportunity to convene with DEDC Staff, Board, and elected officials throughout the year.
  • Exclusive invitation to Leadership Council roundtable and events.

Shape the Region's Future

To build the high-quality capacity needed to help new businesses start and existing businesses flourish, a strong private sector commitment is essential. The multi-level investor program of the DEDC provides a variety of benefits and gives you the opportunity to join a proven and successful public-private partnership, positioning your company among the leaders of Dorchester County. View Advance Dorchester’s recommended investment levels below:

Leadership Council

Visionary Investor: $10,000+

Vanguard Investor: $5,000-$9,999

Advance Dorchester

Innovator Investor: $2,500-$4,999

Advocate Investor: $1,000-$2,499


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Leadership Council

Visionary Investor

over $10,000

Vanguard Investor


Other Investment Levels

Innovator  $2,500-$4,999 Advocate  $1,000-$2,499 Supporter  $250-$999

* *These investment levels run over a fiscal calendar year.  For more information on investing please call 843-875-9109