Small Business Assistance

Library Resources

The library provides a variety of books on all aspects of starting a small business. Check out the SC LENDS online catalog to have a book in another library routed to the branch of your choice.

Resources Outside the Library

South Carolina Business Opportunities (SCBO) Online Edition

The South Carolina Budget and Control Board newsletter with procurement listings.   State Government must post solicitations in the SCBO.  Other government entities may also advertise in the SCBO. The newsletter is in PDF format, which requires a copy of Adobe Acrobat to view.

South Carolina Department of Commerce

1201 Main Street, Suite 1600, Columbia, SC 29201-3200; phone 803-737-0400

South Carolina One Stop (SCBOS)

The official state web portal in for businesses.  You can take care of your important state filings and online payment.  803-898-5690

South Carolina Department of Revenue

301 Gervais Street, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214; phone 803-898-5000

The Governor’s Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance 

Certifies business owners based on criteria.  There are no loans, grants or guaranteed award of contracts associated with obtaining certification.  Businesses should take part in any agency’s bid process and check the SCBO newsletter.

1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 440A, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-734-0657; fax 803-734-2498

US Small Business Administration (SBA); South Carolina District Office

SBA helps start, build and grow businesses through a network of offices and partnerships.
1835 Assembly Street, Room 1425, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-765-5377; fax: 803-765-5963

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program,  SC SBDC State Director’s Office

The Frank L. Roddy SBDC 0f South Carolina is in the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.  Consulting services through more than 14 locations across the state.

1705 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208; phone 803-777-4907; fax 803-777-4403

Elliot White Springs Business Library at USC Moore School of Business

The Business Reference Librarians have compiled a pathfinder of Small Business Resources.  Access a Small Business Library Guide at  The librarians are also happy to help you, but students or faculty come first.
Francis M. Hipp Building, 1705 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208; 803-777-6032; fax 803-777-6876


SCORE is a resource partner with the US Small Business Administration.  Working and retired executives and business owners donate time and expertise as business counselors.

SCORE, Midlands Chapter, 1835 Assembly Street, Room 1425, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-765-5131

South Carolina State Library

The South Carolina State Library provides ebooks and online research databases covering business information.

803-734-8026; email