Research & Planning​

Conducting proper research is c​ritica​l prior to opening your business. SCBOS is here to help! 

SCBOS promotes the Department of Commerce tool SizeUpSC.

​​This sophisticated business intelligence tool is a platform that provides you with the information you need to make better decisions around competitive benchmarking, customers, and suppliers, and provides you with marketing and ​​advertising information.

Research your industry and local labor market to ensure that there is a qualified labor force to fit your business needs. The Department of Workforce Development has a great resource for this information. You can check it out here. 
Selecting a business name is one of the first steps of starting a business. SC law requires that the name of a Corporation, L.L.C., L.P., and an L.L.P. is distinguishable from the name of any other business of the same type on record with the Secretary of State's office. To determine if a particular name is available, conduct a name availability search here.
The Check Name Availability search helps the user determine if a business entity's legal name may be available for use. It is only a preliminary search, meaning th​e name cannot be guaranteed as available until the final processing is completed at the time of filing. You should not rely, in any way, upon this preliminary information.
  • ​If you are operating as a sole proprietor, you are not required to register your name with the Secretary of State.

​Learn more about business name registration by visiting the Secretary of State website. ​ 

Mentoring Resources

Below is a ​list of SCBOS ​partners that can help you with the business planni​ng process.

​​Sample Business Plans

SCDOA -ACRE Program​

Small Business Association-SBA​

Industry and Market Research.
SC Department of Commerce- SIZE UP SC

Local Labor Market ​
Department of Workforce (SCDEW)

Funding Information​​​
Small Business Association- Lending Match

Look Up a business name
Secretary of State

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