Doing business in the South Carolina District

Business requirements

SBA’s Business Guide lists the requirements needed to start, grow, and expand your business. Since laws and taxes vary by state, here’s what you need to do before starting your business in our area.

Business name and registration

Register your business name with the county clerk where your business is located. If you are a corporation, you will also need to register with the Secretary of State.

Business licensing and zoning

Licenses are typically administered by a variety of state and local departments. It is important to consider zoning regulations when choosing a site for your business. Contact the local business license office where you plan to locate your business. You may not be permitted to conduct business out of your home or engage in industrial activity in a retail district. Find your city and county contacts at the South Carolina Business One Stop, (803) 898-5960, or visit scbos.sc.gov.

Taxes

IRS South Carolina Taxpayer Assistance Center
1835 Assembly St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-312-7900

SC Department of Revenue
300A Outlet Pointe Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: 844-898-8542

Health and safety

U.S. Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division
1835 Assembly St., Suite 1072
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-765-5981

SC Department of Labor Licensing & Regulations
110 Centerview Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: 803-896-4300

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Local assistance

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SBA lending in our area

  • Loan programs

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    Learn more about SBA's 7(a) loans, 504 loans, and microloans that you can use for your business.
  • Local lenders

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    Download a list of participating lenders in our area.
  • Lender Match

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    Describe your business needs and get matched with an SBA-backed lender in your area.
  • Lending activity reports

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    View 7(a) and 504 lending activity reports from our district.

Additional local resources

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Last updated July 13, 2022