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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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

Myrtle Beach Small Business Lender Matchmaker

April 5 | 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Myrtle Beach

SBA, in partnership with the City of Myrtle Beach, is hosting The Myrtle Beach Lender Matchmaker. This event will give "lender ready" businesses the opportunity to meet one on one with many different lenders to pitch their loan request in 15 minute intervals in speed dating format.

Businesses should bring a copy or their business plan and financial projections to share with prospective lenders. In addition, there will be other business resource organizations on hand including the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center, SCORE, Veterans Business Outreach Center, and the Women's Business Center.

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SC SBDC: Access to Funding for Small Businesses

March 23 | 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
North Charleston

Businesses that are loan-ready and looking for funding are invited to attend this in-person workshop hosted by the S.C. Small Business Development Center (SC SBDC) at The I-HOPE Opportunity Center (North Charleston).

Lending professionals are available to share how to obtain funding, what type of funding is available and what action steps are necessary to obtain funding. Learn about interest rates and timelines for receiving funding. $15 registration fee.


Grace Butler, Loan Officer, Climb Fund

Paul Featheringill, USC Region Director, SC SBDC

William Furman, Charleston Senior Manager, SBA

Jim Johnson, Food Systems and Agribusiness Consultant, SC SBDC

Chas Justice, altLINE The Southern Bank

Mark Raines, SBA Lender/Vice President, Synovus

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City of Charleston Small Business Opportunity Expo 2023

March 31 | 9:00 am–5:00 pm

On Friday, March 31, 2023, a variety of organizations and municipal partners will come together to showcase their service to small businesses.  

Learn about procurement and contract opportunities from various exhibitors.

Connect with resource partners, government agencies, lenders, decision-makers and more.

Engage with successful business leaders, prime contractors and workshops.

  • The Small Business Opportunity Expo is FREE to attend but registration is required .
  • Parking: $5 flat rate parking at the Gaillard parking garage.
  • 40+ exhibitors!
  • Free workshops on marketing, access to capital, legal basics and more.*
  • Presentations from other successful business owners, government agencies and municipal partners.*  

*Session topics/presenters subject to change


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