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

The Governor's Economic Summit: Advancing the Future. Now.

January 29 | 9:30 am–2:00 pm

Register today and join Governor Henry McMaster and Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey for South Carolina’s first ever Governor’s Economic Summit Monday, Jan. 29, 2024.

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Deadline to apply: 2024 FastTrac Growth Venture course

January 8

FastTrac is a suite of courses that provide hands-on, intensive instruction to help entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to start, manage and grow a successful business. The City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities has partnered with Midlands Technical College to provide FastTrac GrowthVenture to Columbia businesses.

Budgeting, sales strategies, management team roles, operational systems and business plan implementation are key areas of emphasis. The course also facilitates networking between entrepreneurs and experienced professionals.

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Deadline to apply: 2024 NxLevel For Microentrepreneurs course

January 8
Columbia, Kershaw , Newberry, Calhoun, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda

In order to be eligible for the NxLevel For Microentrepreneurs course, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicant’s business must be located in the Columbia, SC area (to include Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Newberry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, or Saluda counties).
  2. Applicant’s business must be in operations for two (2) years or less, or in the process of starting/restarting a business.

Applications will be reviewed by the City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities and applicants will be notified if they have been accepted into the program.

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South Carolina Export Workshop

December 5 | 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Click here for the full agenda listing.

To Register: BY EMAIL ONLY — please email [email protected]

Indicating: (1) If you are an exporter or not; (2) Your name and email address; (3) Company name and website

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