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

Webinar: Made in America: SBA Resources, Government Contracting & More!

July 6 | 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Online

Join SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute on Wednesday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a ‘Made in America’ themed webinar to learn more about our government contracting resources and tools. Additional speakers may be announced. Please RSVP to guarantee your spot.

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In-Person Lender Matchmaker Event

July 20 | 9:00 am–1:00 pm
North Charleston

Do you need funding to expand your business, purchase a building, or invest in new equipment?

Join SCORE Charleston for this free, in-person event to meet with SBA traditional and non-traditional lenders, including:
  • CLIMB Fund
  • SC Community Loan Fund
  • Community Works
  • TD Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • Provident Business Financial Services
  • Beacon Bank
  • Capital Bank
  • Optus Bank

Charleston SCORE, I-HOPE Women's Business Center, and the Charleston Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will also be onsite to provide resources.

This event is free to attend. Light refreshments & lunch will be provided.

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Webinar: “From the Sources’ Mouth” with USDA

August 18 | 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Online

Don’t miss your chance to hear directly from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program manager, Melinda Coffman. And ask her your questions!

USDA supports high-quality research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. Topics include forests and animal production and protection; Food Science and Nutrition; Rural Development; Aquaculture; Biofuels and Biobased Products; Small and Mid-Size Farms; Plant Production and Protection/Engineering; Plant Production and Protection/Biology.

Join this 1-hour overview of the USDA SBIR program and learn, from the source, what’s needed to submit a successful proposal to USDA.

The session is ideal for technology-based entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses familiar with the SBIR/STTR programs who want to learn more. New to SBIR/STTR? Please view our on-demand webinars before joining our “From the Sources’ Mouth” training sessions.

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America's Seed Fund Week 2022

July 18 – 22 | 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Online

America’s Seed Fund provides over $4 billion in funding to startups across a variety of technology areas annually. Learn more!

About this event

The 2022 America's Seed Fund Week will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from the participating federal agency program managers that administer over 7,000 new awards annually. Visit AmericasSeedFund.us/Week to view the exciting and informative week-long programming.

Whether you’re a new entrepreneur, existing small business, or entrepreneur support organization, join us to learn more about the country’s largest source of early stage, non-dilutive funding.

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Webinar: Everything You Need to Know About USDA SBIR

July 20 | 10:00 am–11:00 am
Online

During this engaging webinar, led by Melinda Coffman, USDA SBIR Program Coordinator, we will cover everything you need to know about the agency’s SBIR process. We’ll discuss:

  • Topic areas
  • USDA’s process
  • Award timelines
  • TABA assistance
  • Award amounts
  • Important aspects of the application process
  • Resources to find assistance
  • Success stories

There will be time for live Q&A.

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S.C. SBDC - Small Business Tax Workshop

August 17 | 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Online

This webinar is designed to help small business owners understand their Federal and South Carolina State tax responsibilities. Federal tax assistance will be reviewed from 9 AM - 12 PM, and state tax assistance will be reviewed from 12 - 1 PM. For questions or assistance, please contact  Kostas Ioannidis at (864) 370-1545.

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U.S. Commercial Service Webinar

September 15 | 10:00 am–11:00 am
Virtual

The U.S. Commercial Service will review the services they provide highlighting the gold key program, where they utilize in-country commercial service personnel to find new buyers or distributers for the American business.

Topics include:

a. Export Service provided

b. Finding new buyers/distributors

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61st CDCA Small Business and Industry Outreach Initiative Symposium

July 13 | 8:30 am–5:00 pm
North Charleston

The CDCA Small Business Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI) is a collaboration of industry and government between CDCA and the leadership of NIWC Atlantic. We truly value this cooperative partnership, and are delighted to continue providing events to both new and old industry partners looking to contract with NIWC Atlantic.

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2023 Relentless Challenge Virtual Information Session

October 4 | 10:00 am–11:00 am
Virtual

The South Carolina Department of Commerce Office of Innovation will host regularly scheduled hour-long Relentless Challenge information sessions. Meetings will be held 1-2 times per month starting in June (see dates below). Each session will go over grant program details, including what it is, who is eligible, how to apply, and more. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

It is highly recommended applicants attend at least one Relentless Challenge information session; however, people should feel free to attend more than one to ask additional questions. If a full hour session is not needed for those who attend a given call, then that call may end earlier.

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2023 Relentless Challenge Virtual Information Session

September 20 | 10:00 am–11:00 am
Virtual

The South Carolina Department of Commerce Office of Innovation will host regularly scheduled hour-long Relentless Challenge information sessions. Meetings will be held 1-2 times per month starting in June (see dates below). Each session will go over grant program details, including what it is, who is eligible, how to apply, and more. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

It is highly recommended applicants attend at least one Relentless Challenge information session; however, people should feel free to attend more than one to ask additional questions. If a full hour session is not needed for those who attend a given call, then that call may end earlier.

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2023 Relentless Challenge Virtual Information Session

July 26 | 10:00 am–11:00 am
Virtual

The South Carolina Department of Commerce Office of Innovation will host regularly scheduled hour-long Relentless Challenge information sessions. Meetings will be held 1-2 times per month starting in June (see dates below). Each session will go over grant program details, including what it is, who is eligible, how to apply, and more. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

It is highly recommended applicants attend at least one Relentless Challenge information session; however, people should feel free to attend more than one to ask additional questions. If a full hour session is not needed for those who attend a given call, then that call may end earlier.

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2023 Relentless Challenge Virtual Information Session

August 23 | 10:00 am–11:00 am
Virtual

The South Carolina Department of Commerce Office of Innovation will host regularly scheduled hour-long Relentless Challenge information sessions. Meetings will be held 1-2 times per month starting in June (see dates below). Each session will go over grant program details, including what it is, who is eligible, how to apply, and more. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

It is highly recommended applicants attend at least one Relentless Challenge information session; however, people should feel free to attend more than one to ask additional questions. If a full hour session is not needed for those who attend a given call, then that call may end earlier.

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2023 Relentless Challenge Virtual Information Session

July 26 | 10:00 am–11:00 am
Virtual

The South Carolina Department of Commerce Office of Innovation will host regularly scheduled hour-long Relentless Challenge information sessions. Meetings will be held 1-2 times per month starting in June (see dates below). Each session will go over grant program details, including what it is, who is eligible, how to apply, and more. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

It is highly recommended applicants attend at least one Relentless Challenge information session; however, people should feel free to attend more than one to ask additional questions. If a full hour session is not needed for those who attend a given call, then that call may end earlier.

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2023 Relentless Challenge Virtual Information Session

July 12 | 10:00 am–11:00 am
Virtual

The South Carolina Department of Commerce Office of Innovation will host regularly scheduled hour-long Relentless Challenge information sessions. Meetings will be held 1-2 times per month starting in June (see dates below). Each session will go over grant program details, including what it is, who is eligible, how to apply, and more. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

It is highly recommended applicants attend at least one Relentless Challenge information session; however, people should feel free to attend more than one to ask additional questions. If a full hour session is not needed for those who attend a given call, then that call may end earlier.

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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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