DIG South: Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs Summit

Join us for an evening of inspiration and celebration as we gather to honor our growing community of women entrepreneurs.

Hosted by the College of Charleston Center for Entrepreneurship, this annual event features a student pitch contest, a woman entrepreneur panel, and a cocktail hour with your chance to make meaningful connections with other community members, professionals, and industry experts.

Melissa Barker
Melissa Barker featured in Lowcountry Women in Business Magazine

Melissa Barker, founder of Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston (WEofC), has crafted a space where synergy and sisterhood overlap. 

"Charleston has an incredible ecosystem for entrepreneurs. I saw a unique opportunity to build a platform for women, not typically seen on the local circuit, to share their expertise and to be a place for women to go when they want to develop new skills and gain more knowledge across all key areas of running a business." 

Melissa Barker
WEofC Member Pat Eardly Interviewed on FOX 24 News Now

“In April 2017, Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston was born out of this discovery I lacked skills to be a successful business owner,” Melissa says. “I knew if I could get women talking, that something good would come out of it.”

Melissa works to connect women entrepreneurs with experts, all in the name of developing skills and sharpening knowledge. Members of Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston must be the business owner or at least 50 percent owner committed to growing their own business and to helping others grow their businesses. Monthly workshops are open to the public for a fee. In its first year, Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston has supported more than 75 women-owned businesses.

“We’re a little more worksheets than wine,” she says, citing an upcoming workshop on the new business tax law, which she acknowledges might not be fun, but is nevertheless important.

Melissa Barker
Skirt! Magazine

“In April 2017, Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston was born out of this discovery I lacked skills to be a successful business owner,” Melissa says. “I knew if I could get women talking, that something good would come out of it.”

Melissa works to connect women entrepreneurs with experts, all in the name of developing skills and sharpening knowledge. Members of Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston must be the business owner or at least 50 percent owner committed to growing their own business and to helping others grow their businesses. Monthly workshops are open to the public for a fee. In its first year, Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston has supported more than 75 women-owned businesses.

“We’re a little more worksheets than wine,” she says, citing an upcoming workshop on the new business tax law, which she acknowledges might not be fun, but is nevertheless important.

Melissa Barker
Business Accelerator- Cohort 9

The Harbor Entrepreneur Center has partnered with Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston to host the ninth cohort of its business accelerator. Together, they’ve selected ten women owned businesses to go through the 14-week program. Participants are provided with mentorship, weekly curriculum, free workspace, and other resources to help support and grow their businesses. CoHort 9 began on Tuesday, January 30th and will conclude on May 3rd.

Melissa Barker
Partnership with The Harbor Entrepreneur Center

Melissa Barker discusses partnership with The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, for first-ever, all-female Cohort. 

“It’s about choice," says Melissa Barker, founder of Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston, “As people, and as business owners, we all absorb and learn in different ways. An all-women accelerator is just one more way we’re giving Charleston's entrepreneur community opportunities to invest in the growth of their business.” 

Melissa Barker
Melissa Barker on 94.3 WSC Beyond the Business

Melissa Barker, Founder of Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston was featured on 94.3 Beyond the Business: People You Know, Stories You Don't. Click to hear her take on women in business, entrepreneurship, and the popular topic of "work/life balance."

Melissa Barker
INTERVIEW ON FOX24 CHARLESTON

Charleston’s first All-women Business Accelerator launches Jan 2018 in partnership with The Harbor Entrepreneur Center and Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston (WEofC). Applications are now open, close Dec 31.

Melissa Barker
Holy City Sinner: WEofC Debuts

"Founder Melissa Barker says WEofC is a "by application-only, membership-only organization that is completely structured around the busy business-woman’s schedule." The organization offers quarterly, in-person learning intensives that cover topics directly related to running a company."

Melissa Barker