Small Business Resources

In addition to the City's Economic Development Department, dozens of local organizations offer resources, support and incentives for entrepreneurs:

Appalachian Council of Government 

A voluntary organization of local governments that provides small business loans, economic and demographic research and analysis, mapping services, and technical assistance on financing, marketing and management. 

Contact: Steve Pelissier (864) 242-9733,

Appalachian Development Corporation

The Appalachian Development Corporation assists in economic development, job creation and retention and financially assisting in the growth and development of business concerns in Upstate South Carolina.  The corporation provides funding to small businesses in Spartanburg County through programs in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the US Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Contact: Connally Bradley: (864) 382-2358,  or Richard Hawkins: (864) 382-2357,

Better Business Bureau Upstate 

A non-profit organization that provides information on over 2.5 million businesses nationwide, resolving issues between businesses and consumers, and monitoring charity groups. 
Contact: Vee Daniel, (864) 242-5052,

Business Development Corporation/Certified Development Corporation 

The SC Capital Access Program is designed to provide financial institutions in South Carolina a flexible method of making business loans that may not meet conventional underwriting standards. 
Contact: (803) 798-4064 or


CommunityWorks is a nonprofit financial institution that provides Microbusiness loans to existing small businesses as well as start-ups and entrepreneurs. CommunityWorks focuses on providing loans to underserved business owners that might struggle getting financing from a traditional institution. Contact  Archie Johnson, or Edris Tucker 864-235-6331.

Department of Rural Development Spartanburg

An agency of the US Department of Agriculture that provides commercial lending services and renewable energy and energy efficiency programs for agriculture producers and rural small businesses. 

FastTrac South Carolina

A privately funded non-profit organization that offers business training programs for refining and writing business plans and growing sustainable high-impact companies. Programs combine one-on-one coaching, peer learning, guest speakers and comprehensive tools to help produce solid business plans and strategies. 
Contact: Mary Dickerson, (803) 805-3110,

Hub City Farmers Market

Monthly farmer’s market operating from June to November provides business opportunities for local farmers and artisans. 
Contact: Jordan Wolfe, (864) 585-0905,

Minority Women Business Enterprise 

A registration program of the City of Spartanburg that provides minorities and women equal opportunity for participating in the City’s contracting and procurement processes. 
Contact: Natasha Pitts,

New Carolina - South Carolina's Council on Competitiveness

A public-private partnership that seeks to develop and drive the state’s long-term economic strategy by working with companies, government, universities, economic development organizations, and other groups to identify and implement actions and policies that will boost the competitiveness of South Carolina firms. 
Contact: Laura McKinney (803) 760-1404,

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)  

A branch of the Small Business Administration that provides small business mentoring and advice on a full range of business topics at no charge. 
Contact: (864) 271-3638,

SC Business One Stop (SCBOS)

A collaborative website of state, federal and private agencies, including DHEC, Department of Revenue and the Secretary of State, that offers electronic registrations, licenses, permits, and tax filings, as well links to a variety of sources and information for doing business in South Carolina. 
Contact: (803) 898-5690

SC Department of Commerce 

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The South Carolina Department of Commerce aims to recruit new businesses to the state and help existing businesses grow and flourish. Additionally, Commerce assists companies in locating buildings and sites in which to operate and offers grants for community development and infrastructure improvements in South Carolina. 
Contact: Chuck Bundy (803) 737-0440,

SC Launch!

A collaboration between SCRA, a non-profit management company, Clemson University, University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina that provides funding, counseling, mentoring, assistance with business plans and marketing analysis, access to resource partners, and networking opportunities for knowledge economy-based businesses. 

Julia Linton (843) 760-5893

SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) is a private, non-profit group that serves as a proven resource to South Carolina businesses, providing them with a range of innovative strategies and solutions. An affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), SCMEP operates under the US Department of Commerce to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness. 
Contact: Art Crider (864) 515-0924,

SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce 

A statewide advocacy organization representing the general interests of small business in state and local government. 
Contact: Frank Knapp, (803) 252.5733,

South Carolina Community Loan Fund

A nonprofit organization that transforms and revitalizes communities throughout South Carolina by providing loans and technical assistance to organizations and financing projects that provide housing, access to food and essential services, attract businesses, employ community members and stimulate economic activity.

Contact: Brendan Buttimer   (864)-208-7864 


South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce 

A state agency that assists employers in areas such as worker recruitment, employee training, labor force information, unemployment insurance, and job tax credits. 
Contact: (864) 573-7525    

Spartanburg Development Corporation

A affiliation of the City of Spartanburg that provides small business loans, local property and development activity data, and assistance in doing business in the City. 
Contact: Patty Bock, (864) 596-2972,

Spartanburg Area Small Business Development Center 

A part of Clemson University providing one-on-one consulting services and special interest business seminars to small and medium enterprises in the Spartanburg Area. 
Contact: Elizabeth Smith, and (864) 592-6318

Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce 

A non-profit organization that forms partnerships in marketing member businesses, planning community organizations, networking and enhancing business relationships. 

Contact: (864) 594-5000

Spartanburg Community College

A community college that offers training, continuing education, and professional certification programs. 

Contact: (864) 592-6204,

Spartanburg County Libraries

Public library system that offers access to computers, wireless internet, meeting rooms, business journals and databases, computer classes and a variety of other services to business professionals. 
Contact: (864) 596-3505

Upstate Workforce Investment Board 

A Department of Labor funded organization that provides employers a ready pool of applicants and a point of contact to obtain other services such as recruiting and hiring, employee training and skills upgrade, human resources, fax and email services, customized training, workforce roundtables, registered apprenticeship training, and labor market information. 
Contact: Ann Angermeier, (864) 596-2028,

Urban League of the Upstate

A non-profit organization that provides programs for minorities and financially disadvantaged individuals including financial literacy workshops, small business development courses, and match savings programs for start-up capital. 
Contact: (864) 562-4400

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