REAL ID

Do you have a REAL ID license or card yet? The US Congress passed the REAL ID Act of 2005 as a result of 9/11 and the need to standardize government-issued identifications, like driver’s licenses.

On or after October 1, 2020, a REAL ID license or ID, or another form of federally approved identification, such as a valid US Passport or military ID, will be required to:

  • Board a commercial flight (even within the US)
  • Enter a military base
  • Visit a federal building that requires ID to be shown at the door
    (You do NOT need a REAL ID to access federal courts)

How do you get a REAL ID? You must visit a SCDMV branch to obtain one. For more information go to http://www.scdmvonline.com

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Better Business Bureau

Don’t forget this resource when you’re evaluating companies to do work on your house/auto/etc. You can check reviews on companies, find out their BBB score, and see if they have any complaints against them. This leads to better decision making!

To check out local companies go to http://www.bbb.org/upstatesc/.

Better than Dr. Google

Healthy employees make healthy businesses.  And don’t get your health information from just anyone.  Spartanburg County Public Libraries offer access to health databases containing a wealth of information, including articles (both consumer and research oriented); encyclopedias and reference books; videos, images and diagrams; drug information, and more. Access is free to SCPL library card holders. Find it at http://spartanburglibraries.org, click on Learning Tools, and then select from the following:
  • MEDLINE
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • Alt HealthWatch
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic
Please call us at 864-596-3505 for additional assistance.

Health Insurance for Small Businesses

Are you a small business employer wanting to provide your employees with health insurance?  The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) is the name of the small group health insurance exchange that the federal government established in South Carolina.  Small employers that purchase health insurance through the SHOP may be eligible for federal tax credits under federal eligibility criteria.  For more information, please visit healthcare.gov/small-businesses/ or call the SHOP call center, 1 (800) 706-7893, which is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Free Income Tax Assistance

Income tax assistance is available at your Spartanburg County Public Libraries. It is provided by VITA through Impact America/Wofford and The United Way of the Piedmont. Upcoming sessions are below.

  • Headquarters Library, Harley Room–By appointment only, call 844-448-2972. Assistance available to individuals and households earning an annual household income of $55,000 or less.
    March 15: 11am-4pm
    March 20: 11am-4pm
    March 22: 11am-4pm
    March 27: 11am-4pm
    March 29: 11am-4pm
    April 3: 11am-4pm
    April 5: 11am-4pm
    April 10: 11am-4pm
    April 13: 9am-3pm
    April 15: 11am-4pm

  • Branches–please call 582-2975 for appointments. Assistance is available to individuals and families earning an annual household income of $60,000 or less.
    Pacolet Library  March 15: 10am-4pm
    Inman Library   March 15: 10am-4pm
    Chesnee Library  March 22: 10am-4pm
    Cyrill-Westside Library  March 23: 10am-4pm
    Inman Library:  April 5: 10am-4pm
    Cyrill-Westside Library: April 6: 10am-4pm

  • A drop-in session will be held by the United Way at the Headquarters Library in the Harley Room on Friday, April 12 from 9am-5pm. This assistance is available to individuals and families earning an annual household income of $60,000 or less.

 

SBA Small Business Resource Day

Sponsored by the Spartanburg Small Business Development Center, this free workshop has been designed for small business owners who want to connect with the counseling, capital and contracting resources of the Federal Government.

The workshop will cover the SBA’s community services (SBDC and SCORE), financing programs, federal contracts and disaster recover programs.

Free, but participants must register by calling Beth Smith at 592-6318.

Thursday, March 14
9:00 am to noon
Hoechst-Celanese Room
Headquarters Library–151 S Church St.
Spartanburg