More than 1,200 international firms have facilities in South Carolina, and this number continues to grow. Foreign-affiliated companies (majority-owned) employ more than 104,300 South Carolinians - seven percent of the state's private industry employment.
What's more, South Carolina has a presence in three countries - in Europe and Asia - to help companies establish, relocate and expand business operations in the U.S. and North American markets.
Landing Pad Program
The South Carolina Landing Pad program aims to assist established companies from around the world who are looking to enter either the U.S. or South Carolina markets for the first time.
Through this program, the Department of Commerce will encourage and enable global companies to put feet on the ground in South Carolina by streamlining what can be perceived as an overwhelming process in an unfamiliar market. From regulation and taxation issues to translation or office space, the Landing Pad program will connect businesses to the appropriate service providers through the state’s regional economic development partners, helping them get started in a reliable and cost-effective way.
By helping businesses make necessary connections and navigate the requirements for doing business in the state, this program will allow companies to focus more on securing new North American sales and expanding existing customer bases.