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Statewide programs and initiatives to help new and existing South Carolina businesses thrive.

AESC Supplier Interest Form


Thank you for your interest in becoming a supplier for AESC in Florence, S.C. Please complete this form and the AESC team will evaluate your inquiry and contact you should your products/services be needed. Completion of this form does not constitute a contract with AESC.

IRS: Employer-Provided Childcare Tax Credit

The Employer-Provided Childcare Tax Credit provides a tax incentive of up to $150,000 per year.


IRS: Protect Your Business from Tax Scams

Protect your business from tax scams by watching out for common signs of tax-related scams and possible identity theft. Safeguard your systems and data with strong security actions, educate employees, and report scams and tax fraud. For more information, visit

IRS: Tools & Resources for Small Businesses Tax Resources for Small Businesses

SBA Working Capital Disaster Loan Assistance - Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)

Dillon | Horry | Marlboro

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period. 

Under the recent, regional drought declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. Apart from aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions. 

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email [email protected] for more information on SBA disaster assistance. 

(800) 659-2955

SCORE’s GS-360 Mentoring Program

Horry | Georgetown | Florence | Marion | Williamsburg | Dillon | Chesterfield | Darlington | Marlboro

For Pee Dee region small businesses, Grand Strand SCORE's new GS-360 service is offering a new mentoring services for established and mature small businesses in Horry, Georgetown, Florence, Marion, Williamsburg, Dillon, Chesterfield, Darlington or Marlboro counties. The GS-360 team, comprised of SCORE certified mentors, will work with small business employees and/or owners on a scheduled basis where an agenda that is set by the key SCORE client - business owner(s).

GS-360 is only an advisory service with no voting or legal standing but may offer clients a different fresh perspective on their business that may have been overlooked. The GS-360 team will confidentially review the status of your business, help you to identify the root cause of the problem and to define the path to full business recovery and steady growth. In addition, the Grand Strand SCORE will introduce you to a healthy network of local organizations that support small businesses, which will assure the sustainability of the offered solution on the local market.