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.

SizeUp SC Tool

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

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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

CONNEX SC B2B Matchmaker Event

August 27 | 9:00 am–2:00 pm

CONNEX SC members will have the opportunity to connect with the state’s Primes, OEMs, and Tier-1 suppliers. Hosted in a speed-dating format, each appointment at the B2B event is 10 minutes. The event is free of charge and open to any S.C. company that is currently registered with CONNEX SC.

This is a CONNEX SC member-only event.

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SC SBDC: Government Contracting and Procurement Programs

September 25 | 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Government Contracting and Procurement Programs

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides several programs to help small businesses win federal contracts.  Participation in these programs helps small businesses win a fair share of federal contracts, qualify for exclusive set-aside & sole-source contracts, partner with established contractors to win contracts, and get business mentoring & education to learn how federal contracting works.  The Contract assistance programs covered in this webinar are:

  • Small Disadvantaged Businesses 
  • Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program
  • Veteran Contracting Assistance Program
  • 8(a) Business Development Program
  • SBA Mentor-Protege program
  • Joint Ventures
  • HUBZone program
  • Natural Resource Sales Assistance Program
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SC SBDC: Intellectual Property 101

September 19 | 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Do you have some Intellectual Property you need to protect? Then register for this one-hour, free webinar.  Learn more from an accomplished attorney in the field of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

What you will learn:

  • What qualifies as Intellectual Property?
  • Do you need a copyright, patent, or trademark?
  • What is the USPTO?
  • What are the costs?
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SC VBOC's 2nd Annual Women's Entrepreneurship Summit (WES)

August 1 | 8:00 am–4:00 pm

SC Veteran's Business Outreach Center (VBOC) 2nd Annual Women's Entrepreneurship Summit. Free Program at the Bastin Hall Atrium(Link is external) includes:

  • Coffee/Keynote Address
  • Boots to Business (B2B) Round 1
  • Lunch with Panel Discussion
  • Boots to Business (B2B) Round 2
  • Get your B2B Certifications! 
Event Details