Here we believe the term business connections is just another way to say community. If businesses succeed, everyone in the community succeeds. South Carolina has numerous local resources available to help get businesses up and running and to help existing companies remain successful. Local organizations have the ability to connect businesses and key allies in the industry, both at the community level and state level.
Local Economic Developers
Local Economic Development professionals are employed by South Carolina counties and municipalities to provide assistance for business in their area. They work to promote and ensure the economic growth of their community and are available to assist any business.
South Carolina Regional Economic Development Alliances
There are eight economic development alliances within the state. Each alliance services a particular region of the state, often combining the resources of several counties to promote growth.
Chambers of Commerce and Other Business Advocate Orgnaizations
Chambers of Commerce around the state serve the business community in a variety of ways. They promote the economic growth of communities and generally represent the business interests of the communities they serve.
Council of Governments
South Carolina Council of Governments (COGs) is essential in assisting local governments with both local and regional development plans within the state. There are ten COGs in South Carolina, each representing a multi-county planning district.
Small Business Development Centers
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide technical business planning assistance and offer programs to assist businesses interested in access to federal procurement opportunities. SBDCs also provide assistance for firms interested in or capable of participating in the Department of Defense’s Small Business Innovation Research Program or Small Business Technology Transfer Program.
Community Development Corporations
Community Development Corporations (CDCs) are non-profit, community-based organizations focused on revitalizing the areas in which they are located. These areas are typically underserved communities that have experienced significant disinvestment.
Service Corps of Retired Executives
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a resource partner of the US Small Business Administration, which provides business assistance with free private counseling and low-cost group workshops.
Business incubators are programs designed to assist in the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through a variety of business services and support. Incubators can help companies manage their business and provide valuable contacts that can accelerate any business.