Links You May Find Helpful
*** The following links are offered as sources of guidance as you begin your journey to build a new business. All have been found to be helpful, reliable and legitimate sources of information or services. We cannot promise however, that the use of any of these sources will in any way guarantee your success in business, as much of that will depend on your own skills, energy, personal input, and research. It is the responsibility of each individual to investigate the validity and usefulness of these resource links provided.
Small Business Administration and SBDC Links
Small Business Administration - Small Business Administration. Information about SBA guaranteed Lending, Classes Online and Great business Orientation
SBA Womens Online Business Center
SBA National Information Clearinghouse -- Major source of information for businesses. Here you can learn about: Marketing, Demographics, Financing, Franchising, E-Commerce, Taxes and Accounting, Women and Minorities, Industry Research, Home Business and much more.
SBA Small Business Recession Help
Small Business Watchdog -- SBA Office of Advocacy's blog site, keeping you up-to-date on their activities and efforts on behalf of small business. You can also ask questions about small business and its contribution to the economy, discuss the impact of regulations on your own business or industry, and connect with the small business community in your state or your region in particular.
South Carolina Resources
Official Website for the State of South Carolina
SC Business One-Stop -- South Carolina Business One Stop or SCBOS is the official state web portal for anyone with a business or starting a business in South Carolina who needs to file permits, licenses, registrations, or taxes with the state. From the convenience of your computer at anytime, 24 hours a day – 7 days a week, you can take care of your important state filings, and pay for multiple filings and/or taxes with one credit, debit, or EFW payment.
Career One Stop -- Explore in demand careers as you make your business plan. What’s in demand in your area, and what kind of training do you need to excel in that field?
South Carolina Commerce Business Services
Small Business Development Center of South Carolina
Business Filings - Who and what must be filed with the SC Secretary of State
Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council's, Inc.
South Carolina Department of Revenue -- File to collect, report and pay sales tax
SC Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance -- This directory is designed to help you identify hundreds of small minority businesses that can help you provide quality services at competitive prices, while expanding your influence in new markets.
South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership -- SCMEP is a private, non-profit group that provides South Carolina businesses with a range of innovative strategies and solutions to drive growth, eliminate waste, and develop resources.
Women in Business Resources
SBA Womens Online Business Center
York County Professional Business Womens Association -- Local networking organization for woman entrepreneurs and woman-managed businesses.
Women's Business Enterprise National Council -- Become certified as a Woman-Owned business. The WBENC certification for women-owned businesses is one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications in the nation. Accepted by thousands of corporations within the country and a number of federal and government agencies, your WBENC certification will be an important marketing tool for expanding your company's visibility among decision makers in corporate supply chain diversity and procurement.
Blue Suit Mom -- Resource links for entrepreneurial working women
Womens Business Centers -- State links for women's business centers
Assistance for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses -- Multiple Award Schedules, Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), and PBS Construction and Service Contracts are all avenues that service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses can use to work with GSA and the rest of the federal government. GSA several solutions for service-disabled veteran-owned small business owners looking for federal government business opportunities.
SCORE (Senior Corps of Retired Executives) -- A nonprofit organization of volunteer retired executives assisting in educating and helping in the formation, growth and success of small businesses. Wherever you reside in SC, there are SCORE offices relatively close to you in SC, or in nearby NC:
~ Columbia, SC Office ~ Greenville, SC office ~ Myrtle Beach, SC office ~ Charleston, SC office
~ Charlotte, NC Office ~ Asheboro, NC office ~ Southern Pines, NC office ~ Hendersonville, NC office ~ Wilmington, NC office
All Business -- Answers for your small business questions
Small Business Knowledge Base
Legal Issues - Legal information, lawyer profiles and a community site
Free IRS National Phone Forum on S Corporations
Small Business Advisor by Zdnet
Small Business Taxes and Management
Corporate Turn Around -- Information for small businesses facing financial crisis
American Association of Franchisees and Dealers
Entrepreneur Magazine - Small business help available from Entrepreneur Magazine
Ideacafe - Idea cafe financing section, how to clean up your credit report, venture capitalists, etc.
Inc. Com - The Daily Resource for entrepreneurs
Bloomberg - Links to capital, franchising, marketing options, etc.
Business plans and samples - Business plans and samples
For Your Business Web Site: Click here for links regarding naming, building, monetizing,and promoting your web site.
Financing & Funding Information (Note -- you must have a completed a viable Business Plan before applying for any kind of loan, grants, etc. -- click on our Business Plan link to the left, if you need more information about Business Plans)
Garage Technology Ventures -- A seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund, looking to invest in extraordinary entrepreneurs who have the ability to build great team
Angel Investors -- The non-profit Angel Capital Education Foundation (ACEF) directory of angel groups (private investors) in the U.S. and Canada, as well as other resources that may be helpful to entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers, students, and entrepreneurial support organizations.
Angel Deals -- Connecting qualified entrepreneurs and investors
Y Combinator -- Y Combinator is a new kind of venture firm specializing in funding early stage startups. We help startups through what is for many the hardest step, from idea to company. Investing mostly in software and web services, and prefer to invest in groups with a lot of technical depth.
Prepare Yourself for Business -- Learn to Earn Links
CDL School -- Visit Truck-School.com to find out how easy it is to get CDL training and become a professional truck driver.
Banks and Lending Institutions in our SBDC Region:
Marketing Your Business
5 Easy Steps to Create A Marketing Plan -- Offered by Microsoft
Marketing for Small Business -- from About.com’s Small Business Information pages
Finding Trade Opportunities with the Central America - Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR)
Small businesses in the crosshairs of aggressive piracy crackdown - News article
2008 Trade & Investment Mission Road Show
The Basics of Exporting to Europe: Mastering Logistics and Maximizing Profits
S.C. Trade Mission to Eastern Europe & Pan-European Business Forum
S.C. Trade Mission to the United Arab Emirates
South Carolina General Information
U.S. Government Official Web Portal
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
IRS Guide to Starting a Business and Keeping Records
Internal Revenue Service - IRS tax information
EEOC Small Business Information - enforces the federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability
U.S. Business Advisor - exists to provide business with one-stop access to federal government information, services, and transactions.
U.S. Department of Commerce - Matchmaker Trade Delegation - an export promotion service designed to match small and medium-sized US companies with agents and distributors in international markets.ur goal is to make the relationship between business and government more productive.
U.S. Department of Transportation - Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Energy Star Small Business Program - EPA tips and information concerning energy savings on lighting and office equipment.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Small Business Ombudsman - serves as a conduit for small businesses to access EPA and facilitates communications between the small business community and the Agency.
U.S. Census Bureau. Local demographics provided.
Chambers of Commerce
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Institute
Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce