Local Resources

Here we believe the term business connections is just another way to say community. If businesses succeed, everyone in the community succeeds. South Carolina has numerous local resources available to help get businesses up and running and to help existing companies remain successful. Local organizations have the ability to connect businesses and key allies in the industry, both at the community level and state level.

Local Economic Developers

Local Economic Development professionals are employed by South Carolina counties and municipalities to provide assistance for business in their area. They work to promote and ensure the economic growth of their community and are available to assist any business.

SCEDA.org

South Carolina Regional Economic Development Alliances

There are eight economic development alliances within the state. Each alliance services a particular region of the state, often combining the resources of several counties to promote growth. 

Chambers of Commerce and Other Business Advocate Orgnaizations

Chambers of Commerce around the state serve the business community in a variety of ways. They promote the economic growth of communities and generally represent the business interests of the communities they serve.

SC Chamber

Council of Governments

South Carolina Council of Governments (COGs) is essential in assisting local governments with both local and regional development plans within the state. There are ten COGs in South Carolina, each representing a multi-county planning district.

South Carolina Council of Governements

Small Business Development Centers

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide technical business planning assistance and offer programs to assist businesses interested in access to federal procurement opportunities. SBDCs also provide assistance for firms interested in or capable of participating in the Department of Defense’s Small Business Innovation Research Program or Small Business Technology Transfer Program.

Small Business Development Centers

Community Development Corporations

Community Development Corporations (CDCs) are non-profit, community-based organizations focused on revitalizing the areas in which they are located. These areas are typically underserved communities that have experienced significant disinvestment.

Community Development Corporations

Service Corps of Retired Executives

The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a resource partner of the US Small Business Administration, which provides business assistance with free private counseling and low-cost group workshops.

SCORE

Incubators

Business incubators are programs designed to assist in the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through a variety of business services and support. Incubators can help companies manage their business and provide valuable contacts that can accelerate any business.

Incubators (PDF)