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.

Get market data

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. 



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

2024 Milliken Momentum Supplier Diversity Conference

May 22 | 8:00 am–4:00 pm

The 2024 Milliken Momentum Supplier Diversity Conference, will provide attendees the opportunity to connect with industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals from various backgrounds as well as 60 of Milliken & Company's Tier 1 suppliers. This event will also provide several educational opportunities with a focus on Sustainability. Discover new strategies, exchange ideas, and explore ways to foster inclusivity and collaboration in the ever-evolving business landscape.

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Borrowing for Small Businesses

May 9 | 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
SCORE has partnered with Truist to bring you information on why businesses borrow, where to turn for funding, and how the lending process works to help get you to a smoother, smarter, and often more successful outcome. The webinar will be led by Ann Luke, Senior Vice President, and Zack Sink, Small Business Lending Product Manager, at Truist and will include a Q&A session. Attendees will receive a workbook after the event.
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FastTrac for Female Entrepreneurs Virtual Series

May 6 | 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Join Richland Library Business and Careers, Next Phase Management, LLC and Midlands Technical College, for a virtual 8-part series, created by the Kauffman Foundation to “help support female entrepreneurs as you start a business and begin your journey on the road to success.”

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Sales Tax Workshop

May 10 | 10:00 am–12:30 pm

The South Carolina Department of Revenue is offering a free, in-person sales tax workshop for South Carolina businesses. The program will cover filing and administrative requirements, walk you through filling out a sample Sales Tax return, and answer your questions.

This workshop is designed for any business responsible for filing Sales and Use Tax returns, including new business owners, business owners who have questions about their responsibilities, or accounting personnel for small businesses.

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