About the Chamber
Our primary objective is to make this area an even better place to live, work and play. Part of the Chamber’s mission is to be a community leader and assist in the economic development of the region. We do that through service, innovation, community leadership and collaboration.
The Little River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center works closely with the local government and elected leadership of Horry County. This close working relationship ensures that the business climate at the community level remains positive and supportive for quality sustainable growth and a thriving economy.
The Little River Chamber of Commerce also represents our members for state and national issues and works with both the US Chamber of Commerce and the SC State Chamber to lobby for our local concerns to ensure they are on the state and national radar.
As there is no local municipality, the Little River Chamber of Commerce has taken the initiative to fund local necessities, such as: maintaining the medians on Hwy 17, maintaining streetlights on Hwy 17 & Mineola Ave, maintaining area welcome signs/garden areas, supply HCPR with the Christmas Tree for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, putting up street Christmas lights, and worked closely with Horry County to provide a free public parking lot. Learn more on our Reinvestments page.
In addition to contributions to local events, we currently manage two large festivals that promote tourism and boost the local economy. The World Famous Blue Crab Festival and Little River ShrimpFest exemplify how a community can come together to showcase their love for their home. Both festivals are primarily staffed by volunteers and sponsored by a variety of local businesses who want to display their community and put on a great event for both locals and visitors alike to enjoy.
In 2014, they hosted the 33rd Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival, which provided a $2.2 million economic impact for the area, with the average festival attendee estimated to have spent about $90 in Little River. The World Famous Blue Crab Festival is annually held on the weekend after Mothers Day and is known as the “South’s Great Street Festival”.
The Little River ShrimpFest, previously the Shrimp & Jazz Festival, is growing close in size, with a 94% increase in attendance in 2014. This event now showcases a variety of live entertainment (including jazz music) to better encourage a variety of guests to visit our great area.
Both festivals are held on the Historic Little River Waterfront, and festival goers can usually expect to enjoy hundreds of vendors, face painting, stilt walkers, balloon artists, live entertainment, and a kid’s zone. Fresh local seafood is served by the local waterfront restaurants, and festival food favorites are available from a variety of talented food vendors.