Business Assistance

South Carolina provides services and support for companies that are just starting-up or expanding an existing operation. South Carolina works with entrepreneurs to develop business plans, helps companies access start-up resources and alternative financing opportunities and pairs existing businesses with service providers and suppliers.

South Carolina is committed to not only recruiting new business, but providing services to meet a company’s evolving needs and offering assistance throughout its development. The South Carolina Department of Commerce works with statewide partners to develop programs and services to help entrepreneurs and small business owners become successful in an increasingly competitive environment. Some of the available resources are included below for your convenience.

Commerce also facilitates these efforts by organizing Small Business & Other Industry Events with ally organizations throughout the year.

South Carolina Business One Stop Online Services

South Carolina Business One Stop (SCBOS) is a free service that provides a wealth of information for prospective business owners. From information on business structures to necessary professional licenses and permits, as well as the filing requirements for the Secretary of State’s office and the Department of Revenue, there are answers for all types of frequently asked questions.


The nationally recognized BizBuilderSC® programs include practical, hands-on business development programs and workshops for existing business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. The program provides entrepreneurs with business insights, leadership skills and professional networking opportunities.

Lending Resources

For lending resources, visit our South Carolina Small Business Lender Resource List. This list includes federal loan programs such as the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture, regional and local government lenders, private equity investors and technical assistance providers. Information for this guide has been assembled by the Federal Reserve Board of Richmond, National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), SC Bankers Association, SC Chamber of Commerce, SC Credit Union League, SC Department of Commerce, SC Small Business Development Center, U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture.