Tuesday, May 8

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Business Expo

This must-attend expo with free entry showcases the Lowcountry’s most dynamic businesses on an exciting, interactive show floor. Connect with local professionals, create new relationships, and discover new resources for business growth.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (EST)
PLAY BALL! Connecting over coffee with the Charleston RiverDogs

We kick of the 2024 North Charleston Business Expo with the Charleston RiverDogs and their mascot, Charlie, with coffee and a discussion with RiverDogs executives about using marketing to amplify your business and how your company or organization can engage with the community to create a winning team. (This is also your chance to win a Segra Club package, with an estimated value of $1,500.)


  • Ben Abzug, vice president of corporate sponsorship, Charleston RiverDogs
  • Lance Fletcher, director of club sales and special events, Charleston RiverDogs

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST) ECONOMIC OUTLOOK/MEET THE MAYORS: Introducing North Charleston’s and Charleston’s new leaders with a regional discussion on the Lowcountry’s economy

This panel discussion followed by a Q&A will allow participants to hear from and ask questions of the Lowcountry’s newest mayors — Reggie Burgess of North Charleston and William Cogswell of Charleston — as well as state and regional leaders on how your business can help fuel the region’s economic engine.


  • Reggie Burgess, mayor, city of North Charleston
  • William Cogswell, mayor, city of Charleston
  • Russ Touchberry, mayor, town of Summerville
  • Jason Brown, director of stakeholder relations, Charleston Regional Development Alliance
  • Steve Dykes, executive director, Charleston County Economic Development

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST) RAPID-FIRE ROUNDTABLE: Taking the temperature of hot HR topics affecting your business

A new study reveals that 90% of U.S. companies plan to ask their employees to return to the office in 2024. It’s just one of the many staffing issues affecting companies of all sizes. In this fast-paced, interactive session a roundtable of Lowcountry staffing and human resources experts will offer best practices and strategies to solve the most pressing issues — return to office, technology (AI in particular), employee retention, a remote vs. hybrid workplace, and more — affecting your business.


  • Christina Lock, CEO and founder, Catch Talent
  • Chad Williams, branch manager, Malone Workforce Solutions

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EST) CAP IT OFF WITH COCKTAILS

Connect with Lowcountry businesses and organizations as we wrap up the expo and honor the 2024 Entrepreneur of the Year from the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers.