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City of Columbia Business License Department is responsible for issuing business licenses required for operating in the City of Columbia.

City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities is responsible for small, women, and minority business development.

City of Columbia Planning and Development Department is responsible for plan reviews, design and historic preservation, and zoning approvals.

City of Columbia Utilities and Engineering Department is responsible for water, sewer, stormwater, and construction management.

Local

Central SC Alliance is a regional development authority for the Central South Carolina area.

City Center Partnership manages the development and promotion of Columbia's downtown Business Improvement District.

Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official tourism organization for the Columbia area.

Columbia World Affairs Council promotes and expands public awareness of international activities here in the Midlands of South Carolina.

Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce is a civic organization comprised of business members, working to grow and develop a local business friendly environment

EngenuitySC is a public/private partnership focused on innovation and the development of the knowledge economy.

IT-oLogy is a non-profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions, and organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development, and advancing the IT profession.

Midlands Education and Business Alliance connects businesses, communities, and education systems in Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield counties.

Richland County is the governing entity responsible for business and residential services in Richland County, SC.

University

Benedict College Business Development Center helps to increase the capacity of small and minority owned businesses in Columbia.

Benedict College Incubator Program assists with minority business startup companies.

Innovista is a strategic economic development effort that connects USC and university spawned innovations with entrepreneurs, businesses, and stakeholders.

USC/Columbia Technology Incubator is a partnership focused on the creation and development of technology oriented companies in Columbia.

State

Minority Business Development Agency-Columbia helps increase the growth and job creation of minority owned businesses.

SC Business One Stop provides a singular location for a variety of business information and resources.

SC Chamber of Commerce provides business advocacy and supports education and workforce development across the state.

SC Department of Commerce is the state agency that promotes economic opportunity for individuals and businesses.

SC Department of Employment and Workforce is responsible for providing information and services to job seekers, employers, and the unemployed.

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control provides information and permitting assistance for state health and environmental regulations.

SC Department of Revenue is the state agency responsible for tax and licensing.

SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce supports small business development opportunities at the state level.

SC Small Business Development Center provides resources and assistance for new and growing businesses.

SC State Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance promotes the growth of small and minority owned businesses.

Federal

US Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of businesses of all sizes and sectors across the US.

US Department of Commerce promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved standards of living for all Americans.

US Economic Development Administration leads the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness.

US Small Business Administration offers resources and services for new and small businesses.

 
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