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

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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

Intro to Cybersecurity

August 24 – October 12 | 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
Beaufort, S.C.

Who is this class for?

  • Students seeking alternative education or wishing to enter the workforce post-grad.
  • Transitioning Military seeking to enter the field of cybersecurity.
  • Small Business Owners - This mini course trains business owners and their employees on the fundamentals of cybersecurity.

What will I learn?

Upon completion of this course, the participant should have a good understanding of the need for cybersecurity, including the scope and purpose of malicious activity.

Concepts such as the Internet, the “Internet of Things” (IoT), and the ways in which networks are connected and vulnerable, and other essential elements of cybersecurity will be discussed.

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Financing Your Small Business

August 11 | 10:00 am–11:00 am

The SBA South Carolina District Office is hosting a free information session on financing your small business. This live webinar will explore loan programs, SBA assistance, the information needed to obtain a small business loan, SBA resource partners and more.

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Invention-Con 2022

August 10 – 12 | 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Invention-Con 2022 is the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) annual conference for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners whose success depends on guarding their creative work.

Successful inventors, accomplished entrepreneurs and expert USPTO staff will demonstrate how intellectual property protection is key to your success; share invaluable resources for innovators; offer tips on business strategy; and give insights into working with the USPTO to patent your invention or register your trademark.

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Female Founders Resource Fair

August 23 | 2:00 pm–5:00 pm

Join the McNair Institute for a fun, interactive, and engaging resource fair that concentrates on every level of business opportunity. Keynote presenter Dr. Katrina Hutchins will teach participants how to “Use Your Voice” to move their business forward.

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