New Business Start-Up

As the county seat and urban center of Kershaw County, Camden is strategically placed between Columbia, Florence, and Charlotte.  Our unique mix of residents mean a great return on your investment.  In addition, Camden draws thousands of tourists every year, who come for the horse races, historic tours, and hospitality for which we are known. With the revitalization of our downtown as a priority, we are creating a pedestrian-centered environment that is attracting residents and visitors alike.  

Getting started

The Economic Development Department is your Business One-stop location for information on starting a new business. Please follow the links below for more information.  

We are currently looking for niche retailers, restaurants, and office tenants.  

Camden has an abundance of retail space for a City its size, and our goal is to create a compact retail and dining destination that residents and tourists will enjoy for years to come. 

Camden is a small town of approximately 7,000 residents, famous for our exciting steeplechase races, like the Carolina Cup, and for our many historic sites dating back to colonial times. But there is much more to Camden than just horses and history.

  • Camden is lovely and well-maintained, known throughout the region for our gorgeous tree-lined streets and the breathtaking architecture of our antebellum mansions.  Our City offers a level of sophistication you do not often see in small towns:  we have a thriving arts scene and a wide variety of cultural activities available.  

  • Camden has many shops and restaurants downtown, in addition to an extensive amount of publicly owned greenspace and parks.  We have miles of trails where runners, hikers, and equestrians can explore the natural beauty of our landscape.  In addition, the proximity of Camden to both Lake Wateree and the Wateree River provide ample opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and boating.

  • The City provides everything you need in a community:  a top-ranked public school system, great public safety services, plenty of activities, beautiful parks, and a phenomenal quality of life.  

  • Whether you are a young professional looking for a vibrant but affordable community, a growing family looking for great schools and parks, or a retiree looking to relax and unwind, we have what you are looking for.  Our community has so many resources, and we hope you will visit us to experience everything that Camden has to offer.