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

Interested in becoming a supplier?

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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?

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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

Building a Better America: A Small Business Resource Community

May 25 | 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Join SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 for a webinar in celebration of Small Business Month. Connect with resources on several topics including access to capital, contracting and procurement, community navigators, and more. The webinar will feature SBA Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Mark Madrid and other key stakeholders.

The goal of this webinar will be to connect small businesses with critical resources and information about the Biden-Harris Administration’s policy agenda, including how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and American Rescue Plan create opportunities for small businesses.

Additionally, this webinar will feature training to help small businesses access and utilize these resources to grow their business and create great jobs. Through the BBA Resource Community, the SBA and PPSI will convene respected leaders from across business, government, advocacy, and economic development, to provide these briefings and training.

The BBA Resource Community will also provide opportunities for small business owners to expand their networks, connecting with vendors, lenders, and other key stakeholders that are critical for business success.

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Federal Contracting 101: Doing Business with the Federal Government

June 1 | 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Carolina District Office.

  • Are you looking to expand your business into contracting opportunities with the federal government?
  • Are you registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) at www.sam.gov?
  • Are you eligible for federal certifications for your business at www.certify.sba.gov?

During this Contracting Class, participants will learn how to qualify, apply, and utilize the certification to increase business revenue.

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Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email stephanie.workman@sba.gov

The SBA's small business contracting programs include the 8(a) Program for socially and economically disadvantaged business owners, Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program.

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USMCA SME Women’s Entrepreneurship Webinar Supporting North American Women Growing International Small Businesses: Sharing Resources and Strategies

May 25 | 1:00 pm–2:30 pm

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA, T-MEC in Mexico or CUSMA in Canada) recognizes the fundamental role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the North American economies, and seeks to promote increased trade and entrepreneurship by women-owned small businesses.  

  • Learn from U.S., Mexican and Canadian small businesses, small business counselors, and government experts about tools and strategies that have helped women-owned SMEs grow their businesses and increase sales in North America.
  • Explore more resources to help you trade across North America at https://www.sba.gov/tradetools linking to Trade.gov/USMCA; Mexico's T-MEC Website and Canada's CUSMA Website.

Participants can join this free virtual event via computer streaming or via phone. U.S., Mexico and Canada local access numbers are available. 

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Webinar: SBA Resource Day

November 16 | 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Sponsored by the Small Business Administration South Carolina District Office. Attend this free virtual workshop to learn about the resources that are available through SBA to help entrepreneurs start, grow, expand and recover their small business.

Topics include: How to get counseling assistance through SBA Resource Partners, small business financing, federal contracting and certifications.

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Webinar: SBA Resource Day

September 21 | 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Sponsored by the Small Business Administration South Carolina District Office. Attend this free virtual workshop to learn about the resources that are available through SBA to help entrepreneurs start, grow, expand and recover their small business.

Topics include: How to get counseling assistance through SBA Resource Partners, small business financing, federal contracting and certifications.

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Webinar: SBA Resource Day

July 13 | 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Sponsored by the Small Business Administration South Carolina District Office. Attend this free virtual workshop to learn about the resources that are available through SBA to help entrepreneurs start, grow, expand and recover their small business.

Topics include: How to get counseling assistance through SBA Resource Partners, small business financing, federal contracting and certifications.

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America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo

May 25 | 12:30 pm–4:00 pm

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Investment and Innovation (OII) plays a substantial role in the Federal Lab-to-Market ecosystem, serving as the hub of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs – also known as America’s Seed Fund. These highly competitive programs encourage domestic small businesses with the potential for commercialization to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R&D) and are an  important resource for a wide-range of researchers, innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and startups working on big ideas.

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E. & J. Gallo Winery Supplier Outreach Event

June 14 – 15 | 9:00 am–12:00 pm

Interested in becoming a supplier for E. & J. Gallo Winery, the largest family-owned winery in the United States?

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and Chester County Economic Development are partnering with E&J Gallo Winery to provide an in-person supplier event for South Carolina suppliers. This FREE two-day event will serve as an opportunity for South Carolina suppliers to meet with Gallo procurement personnel, learn more about their supplier needs, and how your company might be able to assist.

This event is open to companies with a physical location in South Carolina that fall under the supplier categories listed below. Other supplier types will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Registration will close on Tuesday, May 31st at 5 p.m. and all registered suppliers will be notified of attendance no later than June 7th.

*Registration is required in order to attend (please note: only two representatives per company will be allowed to attend). This is a two-day event in Chester, S.C. however you only need to be present one day.

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