Take advantage of the many South Carolina state and local business resources available to help new and established businesses. At any stage of business, these state business resources are here to help.

Charleston Digital Corridor

With the goal of offering tangible resources to the business community, the Charleston Digital Corridor serves as a portal to government, infrastructure, real estate, education, venture capital, professional resources, and a trained workforce.


Municode is an online library that contains information about business licensing, permitting, zoning, and ordinances for many of the towns, cities, and counties in South Carolina.

Richland County Business Handbook

The Richland County Business Service Center has developed a Business Handbook, which describes the county’s various requirements to do business in Richland County.


SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE has been doing this for more than 50 and is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Thanks to SCORE’s network of 10,000 volunteers, the nonprofit is able to deliver services at no charge or at very low cost.

South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC)

The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) is a non-partisan, nonprofit association that strives to “build stronger counties for tomorrow” by working with county officials to provide education and training, legislative reporting, research, and technical assistance. SCAC offers a complete listing of all counties in South Carolina, including links for county websites if available.

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce works to promote economic opportunity for individuals and businesses, recruit new businesses, and help existing businesses grow.

South Carolina Department of Commerce (SCDOC) Resource Guide

Find support, information, and help to start and grow your business. Businesses can also size up their competition with SizeUpSC, an online tool to help make better decisions around competitive benchmarking, customers, suppliers, marketing, and advertising.

South Carolina Division of Small and Minority Business Contracting and Certification (SMBCC)

The South Carolina Division of Small and Minority Business Contracting and Certification (SMBCC) connects minority- and women-owned small businesses to state contracting and procurement opportunities through the Material Management Office (MMO), while working with state agencies to implement and monitor minority-contracting programs in accordance with applicable policies, laws, and regulations.

South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce is a statewide advocacy organization working to make state and local government more small-business friendly.

South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SCSBDC)

Under a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration (SBA), the South Carolina Small Business Development Center (SCSBDC) program was established to aid small business startup ventures and to assist in the continued growth of small businesses across the country. The program is supported with federal, state, and private funds and is open to any present or prospective small business owner generally fee-free.

South Carolina State Library, Small Business Reference Center

The South Carolina State Library provides the Small Business Reference Center, an online resource that offers users a collection of state-specific resources supported with demographic data and other local information. In the database are business videos to help foster success in all aspects of managing a business.

US Small Business Administration (SBA), South Carolina District

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Together SC

Together SC is comprised of more than 800 member organizations and is the only statewide membership organization focused on bringing together South Carolina's leaders and partners to strengthen the state's entire nonprofit community. Together SC provides information about starting nonprofits in South Carolina.