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There are many factors to take into consideration in order to successfully launch a business. Entrepreneurs must make sure they have a good product or service to sell, develop a solid business plan, and have the necessary startup capital they will need as well as take into account regulatory steps such as obtaining required licenses and permits needed to turn a business concept into reality. Starting a new business is a very challenging and complicated process and it takes a lot of hard work to transform an idea into a successful business. We are here to support local entrepreneurs and assist help them create successful homegrown businesses here in Columbia, SC.

 

There are many factors that should be taken into account before opening your own business, and it is highly recommended that you thoroughly assess your idea and requirements before initiating the process. We can assist you by walking you through the process from start to finish and help troubleshoot any potential hurdles you may cross in getting your business up and running. By meeting with our staff members, you can gain a deeper insight into various entrepreneurship steps including:

 

  • Assessing your business idea
  • Creating a written business plan
  • Registering your business
  • Obtaining permits and licenses
  • Location selection
  • Financing your business
  • Assessing employment needs
  • Finding business assistance, resources, and services

 

 

We have created a checklist of information and requirements for entrepreneurs to consider before deciding to open a business. Additionally, we have provided information on demographics, Columbia's comparative advantages, and links to local resources and services. This section serves as a general reference guide to starting a business in Columbia, and is not intended to answer all questions. If you require additional information, then contact us and we will be glad to assist you in any way possible.

 

Contact the Office of Economic Development at (803) 734-2700 or development@columbiasc.net.

 
 
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