As the economy shifts and unemployment rates rise, many unemployed workers have taken this as an opportunity to open their own business. Check out their stories here. Maybe you’ve always had a great idea for a business, but are not sure what to do? Check out the Business Resources links! There are many free resources available online, from government sites to non-profit state agencies.
Even the library has some great electronic databases for you to search. Interested in opening a coffee shop in Spartanburg? A hardware store in Greer? Search Reference USA for local establishments, find out who your competition might be, and for other business research needs. Reference USA is available from all library locations. A library card is required for access outside of the library. Feel free to call 596-3505 for assistance with this database.
US Small Business Administration provides a Small Business Planner. Find out how to write your business plan, where to get initial financing, manage your business, and how to sell when you want out.
If you are interested in state and local resources, the SC Small Business Development Center has an office in the Spartanburg Human Resources Center, located at 142 South Dean Street, Suite 216, Spartanburg, SC 29302. Call them at (864) 316-9162. Click here to for more information online.
SC Business One Stop is another great tool for small business start-ups. This site is sponsored by various state agencies to provide you a true one stop experience for your business needs. Learn about business plans, licenses and permits, and how to obtain your applications all in one place. If you have an existing business, find out about renewing your licenses online. Check out SCBOS today!