Business Committee


  • 10 am
  • 2nd Tuesday of every month
  • Dick M. Johnson Civic Center
    829 Pine Drive
    Surfside Beach, SC

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


  • Tom Banisch (Chair)
    Term: August 23, 2022 to August 23, 2026
  • Zac Baker
    Term: January 11, 2022 to January 11, 2026
  • John Gilchrist
    Term: January 21, 2021 to January 21, 2025
  • Brandi Huffman 
    Term: February 28,2023 to February 28, 2027
  • Robin Partin
    Term: January 11, 2022 to January 11, 2026
  • Rodney Schilling
    Term: January 11, 2022 to January 11, 2026
  • Phil Vasser
    Term: January 11, 2022 to January 11, 2026
  • Lee Zulanch
    Term: January 11, 2022 to January 11, 2026
  • Carmella Walter


Autism Friendly Travel Destination

South Carolina Town Becomes First Autism-Friendly Travel Destination

Surfside Beach, South Carolina, January 2016 - Surfside Beach, SC, known as "The Family Beach," just South of Myrtle Beach, declared itself an Autism-friendly travel destination on January 12th, 2016. Read the full press release (PDF). Read Resolution 16-162 (PDF).

Design Overlay Improvement Grant

The Design Overlay Improvement Grant was created to encourage private investment in improving older properties within the Design Overlay District (hereinafter referred to as "the district," which included the C1 and C2 commercial areas located mostly along Highway 17 Business). The grant assists with the cost associated with exterior improvements of buildings and landscaping, and can significantly reduce costs by as much as fifty percent for awards up to $5,000 for building improvements. Landscaping improvement grants may be up to $2,000. Grant applications are accepted at any time.

Any property owner, tenant, or business within the district may apply for a Design Overlay Improvement Grant subject to the requirements set out on the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

View and/or print the grant application (PDF).

Printed copies are also available at Town Hall and may be picked up during regular business hours. For questions, contact the email the Town Clerk or call 843-913-6333.


Duties: To improve communication with and to make recommendations to the Town Council to implement necessary regulations consistent with the business community's interests, and also cultivate a business-friendly environment to help new and existing businesses succeed and prosper within the Town of Surfside Beach.

Qualifications: The committee shall consist of nine members comprised of a majority of current or former resident business owners and a minority of non-resident business owners, who shall be in good standing with all town ordinances representing retail, service, hospitality, and/or trades; and one non-voting councilmember whom shall serve in an advisory capacity.

Applications to serve on this committee are accepted at any time. View/print the application form (PDF).

For more information about the business committee, please email the Town Clerk or call 843-913-6333.