Success Stories

What Our Clients Are Saying About Us.

image28“As new business owners with a lot of experience in our field and no experience with funding, we were disheartened by the banks’ responses to our loan requests. We are relatively young, and with no traditional collateral for a loan it seemed as though the hours spent developing a strong business plan and dreaming of starting a coffeehouse from the ground up were all in vain. Once we realized that the LDC was a viable option for a Microloan we were thrilled to receive what would be our final rejection letter from a local bank. (The LDC Staff) are champions of small businesses; however, are also realists. Through their counsel we recognized their support of our business. A relationship of mutual respect was an early precedent. We are happy to report The Orange Spot Coffeehouse is hitting its sales goals, has a strong social media presence, and continues to welcome new customers each day. The LDC pushed us over one of the biggest obstacles to opening our business. Its staff changed our lives by believing in our abilities to execute the business plan we set forth. And for that we are thankful.”

Laura Cannon and Julie Simuang

Partners, The Orange Spot Coffeehouse

chambers“Chambers and Associates, Inc. would like to take this opportunity to say “THANK YOU LDC” for believing in us. Chambers and Associates, Inc. due to their business lending relationship with LDC has been able to develop, introduce and incorporate a new and vital product to its overall construction activities. “Without early funding by the LDC, Chambers and Associates, Inc. today would not be producing and installing specially constructed Highway Sound Barrier Walls. Chambers and Associates, Inc.’s first Highway Sound Barrier project is currently underway in Dorchester County for the Dorchester County Tax Authority and is located on the newly widen portion of Dorchester Road in the Summerville, S.C. area.  The wall is a ‘first of its kind’ by not only providing sound reduction but also seismic structural capability.  There are no other seismic constructed Highway Sound Barrier Walls in the Lowcountry. Without the properly timed capital funding from the LDC, Chambers and Associates, Inc. would not be positioned and on the cutting edge of Highway Sound Barrier Wall construction.”

Bob Chambers

CEO, Chambers and Associates, Inc.

image6“We knew we were starting our business on a wing and a prayer, a small art school trying to fill the gap in arts education. Banks did not see the potential for our plan, fortunately our SCORE representative did, and told us about Charleston LDC. We have been open for numerous years now, and appreciated the ongoing support financially and otherwise from Charleston LDC.“

Joan Body

Owner, The Artists’ Loft School

affordabike“The LDC put faith in us before anyone else would. The LDC saw that we believed in ourselves and then they believed in us too.”

Daniel Einhorn

Partner, Affordabike

mov-cov“The LDC is able to provide funding to small businesses and start-ups, unlike other lending sources.  Most importantly, they are genuinely committed to making your business successful.  That is the key to their outstanding business model . . .”

Jim Prince

Owner, MovCov and eDocBid

image36“Our LDC loan was critical to enable DwellSmart to upfit and move to our Charleston location.  It also provided the necessary funds to establish our strategic partnership with TerraCycle.  We are most appreciative!”

Mary Gatch

Owner, DwellSmart

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