Getting Your Business Started

SC Department of Commerce is here to help as you launch your company. Here is a checklist and resources to get you started. But should you realize you need expertise in some other area, let us know. We will connect you with an industry specialist. 

Startup Checklist

  • Have you created a business plan, outlining your goals and expectations?
  • Type of business structure? (e.g., LLC, partnership, sole proprietorship, etc.)
  • Do you have a need for financing?
  • Have you picked a location?
  • How many employees are you going to hire?
  • Do you need occupational permits?
  • Have you registered your business with the state of South Carolina?
  • Do you need a business license?
  • Have you handled the insurance components of your small business?
  • How are you going to market your business?


Business Planning Startup Assistance

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

For managerial and technical assistance at little or no cost to the entrepreneur.


Matches clients with a successful current or former business owner best suited to their needs.

South Carolina Business One Stop (SCBOS)

File permits, licenses, registrations or make payments at this convenient web portal.

S.C. Commerce Small Business Development Resources FAQ

This multi-page guide highlights the most frequently asked questions and resources, as compiled by the S.C. Commerce Small Business team.

Find additional resources and programs for startup businesses.