Just Right to Boost Business in SC

Right now, businesses are looking for a boost to get going again. SC Commerce can help you connect with funding, local resources, buyers, even data and analytics to guide your business decisions. With time, money and resources at a premium, we are committed to helping your company or manufacturing facility move forward with the tools and information you need to be smarter and more efficient.

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COVID-19 Business Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine – Updates & FAQs

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Looking to increase production & profitability?

Want to reach peak efficiency? Let us connect you with an area expert who can identify barriers or issues that may be stifling growth. These one-to-one consultations provide an assessment of your operation, moving your business potential to the next level.

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Looking to Export?

Whether it’s identifying potential markets for your export goods or understanding port regulations, SC has a wealth of international trade expertise. Your company can gain insight and practical knowledge from the proven success of trade specialists.

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Need Business Intelligence on SC Markets and Your Competition?

SizeUp SC

Business intelligence can be a huge differentiator. SizeUpSC is an easy-to-use platform that allows you to receive data to help your company make better decisions around competitive benchmarking, customers, suppliers, even marketing and advertising.

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Need Help Recruiting and Retaining Employees?

What do SC companies say is their number one challenge? Employee recruitment and retention. The SC workforce system can assist with finding qualified employees, employee retention, as well as training programs through technical and community colleges or apprenticeships.

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Need Help Getting Started?

Starting any business takes a significant amount of planning and research. Exploring your business goals is extremely important. Take a look at our checklist and resources to see how we can assist you in building a concise, yet comprehensive business plan.

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Are You Ready for Funding?

After outlining your business plan, the financial requirements of your business should become clear. The next step is securing financial resources. We can help you identify the funding available.

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Looking to Market Your Business?

In today’s competitive marketplace, success is dependent upon clear and consistent marketing plans that make a company’s products or services stand out from the competition. Here are a few of the public sector marketing resources available throughout the state.

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Need Licenses, Permits or Registrations?

Federal, state and local laws establish guidelines such as occupational matters, business licensing, environmental permitting and tax withholdings. Our state does not have a statewide business license requirement, so you must apply for local business licenses.

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Get Connected for Business Growth

List your business in the SourceSC Industry Directory.

By listing in the SourceSC Industry Directory, you receive:

  • Directory Listing
  • Industry sourcing requests
  • Invitations to exclusive B2B & supplier outreach events
  • Access to the Commerce newsletter
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Upcoming Events


SC Launch & Learn: Change Management

January 26 | 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Change is inevitable, unavoidable, discontinuous, and relentless.  Your job is to learn how to navigate the white waters of change and harness them to your advantage.  Become a master of change rather than a victim and proactively change 2021 for the better.

Join this webinar to learn:

  • The types of change
  • How organizations change
  • Mechanisms for coping with change
  • The importance of personal resiliency
  • Why the struggle make you stronger  



The Importance Of Intellectual Property on Maintaining a Competitive Business - Session 2: Trademark/Copyright Protection

January 26 | 1:30 pm–2:30 pm

In keeping with its commitment to South Carolina's small business community, the SC SBDC is excited to present an intellectual property webinar series consisting of six weekly sessions to inform business owners and entrepreneurs on the importance of intellectual property to their business operations during the pandemic.

This session will cover the protection of trademarks and copyrights as well as a description of available public resources.  Specific topics will include:

  • Protecting trademarks and copyrights
  • Importance of trademarks/copyrights to branding
  • Avoiding trademark/copyright mishaps
  • Use of proper marking for trademarks
  • Resources to search trademarks/copyrights

Managing Your Cash Flow

January 27 | 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

As a small business owner, how you manage your cash flow may determine success or failure.  The webinar will review cash flow components and adjustments you may need to make to support your business plan. 

2021 Funding

2021 Funding Opportunities - Are You Ready?

January 28 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm

During this virtual session, the following funding opportunities will be discussed:

  • Paycheck Protection Program(s), Economic Injury Disaster Loan and other standard loan programs
  • Commercial Revolving Loan Fund (CRLF)
  • City of Columbia's Resilient Columbia CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund
  • City of Columbia CDBG CARES Act Funding
  • Sisters of Charity Foundation Grants
  • Bank of America Grants and more