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Small Business Resources

York County certainly has an entrepreneurial spirit and the Chamber is committed to supporting those small business owners and startups. We work hard to serve as a resource for those individuals as we continue to  encourage growth in our region.  Whether you are a long-time business owner, just getting into the startup world, or would love to offer your services to local entrepreneurs, consider participating in some of the program offerings below.

Other Area Resources

The Winthrop Region Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center provides many services ranging from consultations to business plan development and beyond. Their dedicated team has all the resources you need to secure a business license, find potential funding sources, and even get your first website up and running.  The SBDC also offers hands-on workshops to address a variety of a business needs and works closely with the Chamber as a partner in providing quality programming to our growing population of independent business owners. For more information visit


SizeUpSC, South Carolina Department of Commerce
SizeUpSC is a platform that allows you to receive data to help your company make better decisions around competitive benchmarking, customers, suppliers, even marketing and advertising.

  • Compare your business performance to industry competitors across multiple performance indicators for competitive benchmarking.
  • Discover and identify potential customers, suppliers, even competitors, to grow your business geographically.
  • Identify the best geographic locations to advertise based on your industry and demographic characteristics of your audience.

Try the SizeUpSC tool for yourself at this link.


US Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA provides business counseling, various small business loans and funding options, and certification to qualify for government contracting.  Find specific details about available funding, including Economic Injury Disaster Relief Loans or contact the SBA District Office for more information


The Gravity Center
The goal of Gravity Center is to bring various entrepreneurial resources together under one roof, supporting local entrepreneurs and plugging them in to the resources and services that will best benefit them and their businesses. Gravity Center houses York County LaunchPad, a free and open-to-the-public event that takes place at 8AM on the first Wednesday of every month at Knowledge Perk.  At each meeting, two local companies take the stage to share what they do and the challenges they're facing and overcoming in growing their businesses. For more information visit


BELL of Rock Hill
The Black Economic Leadership League of Rock Hill (B.E.L.L.) exists to grow diverse and equitable business practices that promote the value of inclusive, innovative, progressive policies in economic growth and development, by fostering entrepreneurship, creating jobs, equitable distribution of city resources and leadership opportunities to help the City of Rock Hill achieve its goals. Find out more at


Open for Business
The City of Rock Hill's Open for Business program can help evaluate the location that you have selected to make sure that your business will be allowed to operate there. If the use is allowed in the location, and you are going into an existing building, we also would like to provide you with a basic assessment of the scope of any required repairs or improvements to the building or property. Contact for more information or visit the City's website for additional guidance


Government Financing 
The Catawba Regional Development Corporation (CRDC) is a nonprofit corporation established to provide supplemental government financing for new or expanding businesses. Its mission is to facilitate growth, expansion and diversification of the local economy by providing financial assistance to start-up and expanding businesses by offering a variety of programs providing loans ranging from $50,000 to $5 million. For more information visit the Catawba Regional Council of Governments site.


Business License Requirements & Fees
While York County does not require a business license, many of our municipalities do. Visit this link to find permitting details in your specific area.

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