The South Carolina Small Business Development Center (SC SBDC) offers information to assist entrepreneurs. This includes useful Links and connections to other agencies that may be able to provide additional assistance to clients. Examples include:
SC SBDC Start-Up Info
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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace.
ECI – Find New Markets
ECI-Find New Markets, formerly the South Carolina Export Consortium, specializes in the development and implementation of marketing and global trade strategies. ECI assesses a firm’s growth/export potential and provides custom solutions to help clients find and successfully enter new markets, domestically and internationally. A non-profit organization, ECI is sponsored by the SBDC at the University of South Carolina. For more information visit the ECI-Find New Markets website.
South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
The South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a resource partner of the SBDC and a nationally recognized assessment tool, provides an on-site, systematic evaluation of a manufacturer’s operations, measuring performance against globally competitive criteria.
South Carolina Business One Stop (SCBOS)
SCBOS, a collaboration of several state and federal agencies and private entities that are committed to ensuring more simplicity in opening a business, represents a sincere desire to provide an environment that helps business to grow and prosper in South Carolina. A one-stop location for business owners, SCBOS is an award-winning website that is designed to reduce the typical amount of time and paperwork necessary to start a new business in the state.