The resources listed on this page vary from chambers of commerce to local embassies. We hope to connect you to useful resources and organizations around the state. If you are part of an organization that should be listed on this page, please
Local Chambers of Commerce
Download this PDF for a listing of all the Chambers of Commerce in South Carolina.
Business Financing Resources
Small Business Administration: The United States Small Business Administration provides loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions, and other assistance to small businesses. There are many useful informational resources for small businesses on their website which can easily be found under the start & managing a business tab. SBA provides services mainly through their 4 programs; access to capital, entrepreneurial development, government contracting, and advocacy.Community Works
245 Peachtree Ctr Ave #2101
Atlanta, GA 30303-1244
T: (404) 880-0805, F: (404) 880-0806
700 S. Royal Poinciana Boulevard Suite 505
Miami Springs, Fl. 33166
3500 Lenox Road, Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30325
T: (404) 949-2400, F: (404) 949-2402
336 East Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
T: (919) 754-0046
State Offices & Nonprofits
SC Secretary of State: All business registrations (LLCs, LLPs, S-Corps, C-Corps, etc.) are processed through the South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office
SC Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation: LLR issues licenses to specific types of businesses including CPA firms, contractors and cosmetologists. Check the LLR website to see if you are required to have a license to operate in South Carolina.
SC Department of Revenue: The South Carolina Department of Revenue collects sales and use taxes as well as withholding taxes from your business.
SC Commission for Minority Affairs: The SC Commission for Minority Affairs is the official state government agency responsible for working with the many diverse communities of color present in South Carolina. African Americans are the largest group followed by Hispanic/Latino persons, Asians and the indigenous or Native Americans/Alaska Native people. Additionally, many other ethnic people make South Carolina their home, changing the population landscape of our state. We are the single point of contact for information regarding minority’s in our state. We have the following program initiatives: African American Initiative, Hispanic Latino Initiative, Native American Initiative, Small and Minority Business Initiative, Community Base initiative. For more information about what each program offers please contact us at 803-333-9621.
SC Business One Stop: An all-inclusive website on how to start, and run your business in South Carolina. It offers step-by-step instructions on how to register and license your business for the first time. All information pertinent to registration and license applications, hiring employees, renewals, and other business claims can be found here.
Score: A resource partner of Small Business Association (SBA), SCORE is an organization to help entrepreneurs and small businesses start, grow, and succeed. SCORE offers entrepreneurs free small business confidential counseling to ensure their success. SCORE also provides local and online workshops, resources, tools, and templates to connect small businesses with the community and the information they need.
South Carolina Department of Commerce: This site provides useful information regarding conducting business in South Carolina. It has two main programs BuySC and ReadySC. BuySC is a material and service locator program designed to connect suppliers and vendors. ReadySC is a program offered through the technical school system that provides training needs for new or expanding businesses to little or no cost for the company.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Responsible for enforcing the federal laws under Title VII, the American Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. These laws make it illegal to discriminate against someone due to their race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age (above 40), religion, disability, or genetic information. Most employers with 15 or more employees must abide by these laws. This website provides a source for the employers and employees to learn about the laws, what constitutes as discrimination, and instructions for an employer or employee to file a charge.
South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce: Provides resource on job opportunities and training, different employment benefits and unemployment claims, information for employers regarding employees (where to find them, different policies, wages, taxes, forms, insurance, etc…), workforce development, and labor market information.
Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas: Provides education, consulting, networking events, corporate and military services to Hispanic contractors. The website also has a tab called business/job opportunities that lists different construction projects. HCAC’s membership includes general contractors, subcontractors, construction workers, vendors and equipment suppliers, and corporations related to this industry.
Carolinas AGC: If you join Carolinas AGC, you will gain access to project leads that are updated 24/7, safety help, workforce development (education and training in management or skills), networking, labor relations. To decide if these services will benefit you, there is an ability to sign up for a 2 week free trial.
Minority Business Development Agency: Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce that is committed to creating wealth in minority communities. The MBDA’s mission is to actively promote growth and competitiveness among all minority business enterprises through programs, promotions, opportunities, and research.