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SBDC Frequently Asked Questions

Small Business Development Center 

What does the SBDC do?

The SC State Region of the SC Small Business Development Centers provides no-cost guidance and training to assist small business owners and potential owners in starting and growing a successful business.

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Is this the SBA?

The SBDC is not the Small Business Administration (SBA).   The SBA is located in Columbia at 1835 Assembly Street, Suite 1425. You may contact them at (803) 765-5377.

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Can I get information on starting a new business or improving my existing business?

Yes, you may get information on starting a new business by coming in to see a business consultant. Our business consultants offer a variety of services: Marketing, Business Education and Training, Business Plan Development, One-on-One Technical Assistance, Financial Management and Video Conferencing.  You may also attend our seminars.

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Are there grants available for starting businesses?

The SBDC is not able to assist businesses that are established as non-profit. To our knowledge, there are no grants available for starting a business.


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Will I need any kind of registration and licenses to start my business?

There are certain requirements that differ by state and location. Listed below are the usual requirements:

Once your business is established, you need to register the business with the Secretary of State if it is a corporation, LLC or limited partnership.  Sole proprietors and partnerships are not required to register with the Secretary of State.

The city or county where you locate your business may require you to obtain a local business license. Certain types of businesses may be required to be registered with other state agencies. A lawyer or small business adviser can be especially helpful in ensuring that you register with all the proper government agencies.

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What is the cost for SBDC Services?

The SC State SBDC does not charge a fee for its services. Our funding through the Small Business Administration (SBA) makes this possible.

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