Small Business Resource Links

Upstate Economic Development Offices

Upstate Alliance
Anderson County Development Partnership
Cherokee County Development Board
Greenville Area Development Corporation
Greer Development Corporation
Oconee Economic Alliance
Alliance Pickens (Pickens County)
Economic Futures Group Spartanburg County

Upstate Chambers of Commerce

Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce
Cherokee County
Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce
Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce (Greenville and Laurens Counties)
Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce
Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce (Greenville and Spartanburg Counties)
Mauldin Chamber of Commerce
Pickens Chamber of Commerce
Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce (Greenville County)
Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce
City of Westminster (Oconee)
Oconee Economic Alliance

Appalachian Council of Governments

infoMentum FactFinder
A comprehensive collection of tables containing vital demographic and economic information for the SC Upstate region.

Clemson University SBDC

Offers a variety of services and management assistance to those wishing to start or expand an enterprise.

State Links

Small Business Administration – SC District Office
Homepage for the SBA office in Columbia, SC.

South Carolina Business One Stop
A state resource for locating business registration information.

South Carolina Department of Commerce – Entrepreneurship & Small Business Services
Working with statewide partners to develop programs and services to help entrepreneurs and small business owners become successful in an increasingly competitive environment.

USDA Rural Development Business Programs
Enhancing the quality of life for rural Americans by providing leadership in building competitive businesses including sustainable cooperatives that can prosper in the global marketplace.

Business Utility Zone Gateway
BUZGate content focuses on helping individuals to learn about, connect with, and utilize the resources they require to succeed in their professional ventures.

General Tax Guide for Starting a Small Business in South Carolina
From the SC Department of Revenue, this publication is intended to give you some basic information about South Carolina’s tax laws and how you, as a business owner, are affected.

Small Business Incubators in South Carolina
This is a list of business incubators in South Carolina.

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
Home site of the SC Chamber of Commerce

Steps to Starting a Small Business
A detailed resource from the Frank L. Roddey Small Business Development Center of SC.

readySC provides customized training for new and expanding business and industry in the state of SC.

National Links

SBA – Startup Basics
Free small business startup guide through the Small Business Administration.

Small Business Development Center – National Information Clearinghouse
Serves as a resource providing timely, relevant research, web-based information, and training to SBDC counselors and their small business clients.

Small Business Administration (SBA)
The National Small Business Administration website.

Service Corps for Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE offers small business advice and training through 10,500 volunteers with more than 600 business skills. Volunteers are working/retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders.

National Association for the Self-Employed
Helps the self-employed successfully meet the challenges of managing and growing their businesses.

National Business Incubation Association
Provides information, education, advocacy and networking resources to early-stage companies.

Current and prospective soldiers.
Family Members
Additional Scholarships
Financial aid resources for current US military members, veterans and their families.

Women / Minority Resources

Small Business Resources for Women Business Owners
Providing information, tools, networking opportunities and advice to women entrepreneurs.

Small Disadvantaged Business
Companies, just starting or in a growth stage, can benefit from the wide-range services offered—support for government contractors, access to capital, management and technical assistance, and export assistance and more.

South Carolina Minority Business
Searchable database providing access to minority and woman-owned businesses statewide.

8(a) BD Program
SBA program to assist socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns.

General Links

Small Business Resources
Free helpful advice from small business & Internet experts.

Low Cost Startup Ideas for Entrepreneur Magazine

More than 40 ideas—plus a list of tools and financing options for smaller businesses—to get you started.

My Own Business – Free Internet Course for Anyone Starting a Business
A free course ran by successful business owners and professionals who donate their time and experience to point out the common, avoidable mistakes made by new business owners.

Sustainable Jobs Fund

SJF Ventures is a venture capital fund that finances and assists rapidly growing companies with more that $1 million in sales.

Current Prime Lending Rate
The Prime Rate is the interest rate charged by banks to their most creditworthy customers.

Treasury Yield Curve