Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions about SCORE and starting a business in South Carolina.

How Do I Start A Business In South Carolina?

South Carolina Business One Stop: Learn about starting a new business in South Carolina, use SC Business One Stop Service (SCBOS). Find out what's required to open and run a business in South Carolina. Learn about state licensing requirements and business taxes. Create a business structure, for example an LLC, and register it.

Local Business License: Administrative Steps To Starting A Business This instruction sheet provides information on the steps to start a business in the SC Lowcountry. (SCORE)

How Do I Get A Business License?

Business licenses are required for all busineses. Visit your local town or city hall to register your business. Here are some local municipal websites you can use to learn more about business licenses. For some businesses, you will also need a state license, see South Carolina Business One Stop for more information.

Town of Hilton Head: The Town of Hilton Head Island, SC municipal government website.

Town of Bluffton: The Town of Bluffton, SC municipal government website.

City of Beaufort: The City of Beaufort, SC municipal government website.

Town of Port Royal: The Town of Port Royal, SC municipal government website.

What are SCORE Business Activity Centers?

SCORE Business Actvity Centers start with a library of business information and business resources. They also have conference rooms where SCORE counselors can meet with business clients. SC Lowcountry SCORE has two buisness activity centers, with one located on Hilton Head and the other in Beaufort. In our Hilton Head center, we have access to teleconferencing facilities.

Who are SCORE business sponsors?

SCORE business sponsors provide funding gifts and resources for SCORE counseling activities, business seminars and business roundtables. SCORE includes these buisness sponsors in our business meetings, business seminars and business roundtables as guest speakers. SCORE also recognizes these business sponsors on our website. We thank our business sponsors for their generosity and support for our volunteer work.

Who are SCORE partners?

SCORE is a partner with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Chamber of Commerce. SCORE offers free business advice to new and existing businesses.

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