Which business structure is best for your new business?
When starting a business you need to decide what type of business entity to establish. The type of entity determines how you file taxes and what you have to file. Each structure has its own advantages and disadvantages, be sure to check out the Small Business Administrations website to determine what is the best fit for you.
- Sole Proprietorship
- Limited Liability Company
To register your business online, visit the Secretary of State (SOS) website at their business filing page. For additional questions regarding entity registration and business structures, contact the Secretary of State's Office at (803) 734-2158.
Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships
DO NOT register with the SC Secretary of State.
with the SC Secretary of State if you have elected to be an LLC
, or Corporation
Time is money! Avoid the wait of mailing in your application and use the SC Secretary of State's online portal to register your business.
DOMESTIC or FOREIGN businesses that have presence in SC must register with SC Secretary of State.
Doing Business As (DBA) names are
NOT registered with the SC Secretary of State. The DBA cannot be in conflict with a business name registered with the SC Secretary of State. If it is desirable to protect the DBA name, the business can trademark the name.
Out of State?
Business name already taken?
For fictitious or assumed name forms please visit