Your choice for carry especially concealed carry depends on how you conceal and the comfort level you are looking for. This includes the type of clothing you wear. If you are looking at pocket carry IMO the LC9 would be best. If you are going for IWB the SR9C will do just as well as the LC9. Or you could just buy both.
There are other combos out there that will make your bang for buck go much further like the Keltec line, or the SCCY line. You can get SAR(CZ clone) handguns for very reasonable also.
If resale is a concern stick to the ruger line or the S&W line. If not then go for value.
SAR compact Price $314
SCCY 9mm Price $257
The Ruger SR9C sells for $411 from Buds. The LC9 goes for $351.
I haven't checked the reviews for this gun, but it is compact and reasonable, it is a sig clone.
Yugo 9mm CZ999 Sig Compact with 3.8" Barrel for $300 from centerfiresystems. You can also get a Keltec PF-9 Limited Edition 9mm in Billfold Brown #KELTEC-PF-9 from them for $240. Keep in mind though they often list firearms that are on backorder and it would be wise to call to check on the wait time.