Moving businesses forward 

SC Commerce can help you connect with funding, local resources, buyers, even data and analytics to guide your business decisions.

Reach Peak efficiency

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.

Start exporting

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.

Get market data

Need Business Intelligence on SC Markets and Your Competition?

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.

build your workforce

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.

build a business plan

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.

Secure financial resources

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.

Stand out from the competition

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.

Get local business licenses

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.

scout motors

Scout Motors

Become a supplier for Scout Motors' new production facility near Columbia, S.C. 

AESC

AESC

Become a supplier for AESC in Florence, S.C. 

Redwood Materials

Redwood Materials

Become a supplier for Redwood Materials

COVID-19 Business Resources

The South Carolina Department of Commerce is actively engaged in supporting the business community for impacts of the COVID-19. Find pertinent resources, business assistance and timely information for your company at the SC Commerce Business Resource Center. 

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

Upcoming Events

Catalyst Grant B2B Matchmaking Event

February 27 | 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Columbia

South Carolina’s small- to medium-size manufacturers will have the opportunity to connect with the state's prime vendors, OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers and increase the amount of DoD- related business opportunities available to them.

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International Network of Michelin Cities Conference

April 15 – 19 | 8:00 am–6:00 pm
Anderson

Member cities from around the world will join for an informative, innovative experience around the thematics of the INMC. INMC cities have curated content relating to economic development in areas including mobility, incubators, sports health and art.

In addition to global experts, best practices, and exciting site visits, we will treat you to the best of southern culture with food and entertainment.

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America's Seed Fund: 2024 Road Tour – Southeast

May 13 – 23 | 8:00 am–12:30 pm
Columbia

Representatives from America’s Seed Fund are coming to the University of South Carolina on their 2024 national road tour. Participants will learn more about Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) funding.

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I-HOPE Childcare Virtual Accelerator: Starting Your Childcare Business

February 6 – March 19 | 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Virtual

Hosted by the I-HOPE Women’s Business Center, the Childcare Accelerator is a 7-week virtual course educating future entrepreneurs on the fundamentals of a successful childcare small business.

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