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The SC SBDC has 21 locations across the state and 40+ business consultants.

Free, private consulting:

Starting a new business? Looking to make an existing business more productive? Sign up for one-on-one consulting with our experienced advisers. Whether you have one question or dozens, our consultants have answers.

Business plans:

Many people have ideas. Few have plans. Both short and long-range plans are necessary for successful business. This is particularly true when seeking financing. The future looks brighter with a solid business plan.

Financing options:

While we don’t have money, we know who does. SC SBDC business consultants understand financial products. They work with traditional banks and other lending institutions, venture capitalists and angel investors to help businesses meet the requirements for loans or investment.

Marketing strategies:

Do you know about demographics and how to reach your customers most effectively? Is social media for you? How do you put together a website? Our consultants can help build a marketing plan for your products and services.

Financial management:

An entrepreneur has to wear a lot of hats. Problem is, most people aren’t good at every aspect of business. Billing, accounts payable and payroll is imperative to success, but often the most dreaded job. Learn bookkeeping skills that will help your business prosper.

Employee management:

It can be difficult to find the right person for the job. It can be even harder to keep good employees. Learn human resources skills and how to attract and keep employees who will help your business grow.

Government contracting:

Looking for avenues for expansion? Thinking of selling to the government? SC SBDC procurement specialists can guide you through the requirements of doing business with municipalities, universities and the military.

Exporting assistance:

Have goods and services that would appeal to customers outside of the U.S? Make an appointment to speak with an SC SBDC export specialist. They can assess your chances of success in international markets and start you on the road to a thriving export business.

Veterans Business Program:

Service members who own a small business face unique challenges while being deployed. The SC SBDC Veterans Business Program helps both veterans and active service members with an existing business or the start of a new one.

Low-cost business seminars:

There is always something interesting and informative going on at the 17 SC SBDC locations. Seminars covering business topics from starting a new venture to financing options, from social media to bookkeeping are offered on a regular basis. Check the seminars tab on the homepage for a full listing of current workshops across the state.

Resources and referrals:

This tab on the homepage links to other websites that provide important information on regulations, grants, guidelines, laws and best practices. SC SBDC consultants can also make referrals to put entrepreneurs in touch with the resources and connections necessary for success.

University of South Carolina South Carolina State University Winthrop University Clemson University

The U.S. Small Business Administration Frank L Roddey ASBDC