Business Development

Business Development Resources

 

 

I. STARTING THE BUSINESS

Business Plan – Before starting a business you may wish to have a comprehensive business plan to enhance opportunity for success.

SCORE
Grand Strand – Chapter 381
605 10th Ave. North
P.O. Box 2468
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
(843) 918-1079
www.mbscore.org

Small Business Development Center
Janet Graham, Area Manager
Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 349-4010

IRS Registration (E1N)
Federal Income Tax
Internal Revenue Service
(800) 829-4933
www.irs.gov

Incorporating – You may wish to organize your business as a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation. Corporations with whom you must register:

Secretary of State
Division of Corporations
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201
(843) 734-2158
www.scsos.com
Note: if you incorporate, you must obtain the services of an attorney in South Carolina.

II. LICENSES & PERMITS

FOR STATE: SC Department of Revenue
License & Registration Unit
P.O. Box 125
Columbia, SC 29214-0140
(803) 898-5872

FOR COUNTY: Horry County Treasurer’s Office
1301 Beaty Street
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 915-6220

FOR CITY: City of Conway
Business License Coordinator
1000 Second Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 248-1781

Health Permits – If you plan to process hand, cook, store or distribute food as part of your business, contact the Health Department about special permits:

DHEC Environmental Health Offices, Conway Office
1931 Industrial Park Road
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 915-8801

Liquor License – If you plan to sell or serve alcoholic beverages, contact the following about special permits:

SC Department of Revenue
Myrtle Beach Office
1330 Howard Avenue
P.O. Box 30427
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 839-2960

Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
Strom Thurmond Federal Bldg
1835 Assembly Street, Room 309
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 251-4600

Florence Satellite Office
401 West Evans Street, Room 208
Florence, SC 29501
(843) 292-0179

OTHER LICENSES – Contact the following to find out more about:

Day Care Licensing Laws
State Department of Social Services
Division of Child Day Care Licensing & Regulatory Services
1535 Confederate Avenue Extension, Room 5200
P.O. Box 1520
Columbia, SC 29202-1520
(803) 898-7601

Drug Regulations
Bureau of Drug Control

Dept of Health & Environmental Control
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 898-3432

Elevator Licensing & Amusement Rides
Labor Department
Landmark Center, 110 Centerview Drive
P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211
(803) 896-7630
FAX: (803) 896-7650

Wetlands Regulations
Dept. of Health & Environmental Control
Ocean & Coastal Resource Management
927 Shine Avenue
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 238-4526

SC Assumed Name Act – If your business is organized as a partnership, which does not use the names of the principals, you must register with the SC Secretary of State after which you may record the paperwork at the Horry County Register of Deeds.

Register of Deeds
1301 Second Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 915-5430

To learn more about other licenses or permits your business may require, contact:
Department of Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 5757
2221 Devine Street, 2nd Floor
Columbia, SC 29250
(843) 734-4200

III. TAXES

Taxes are an important concern for all businesses. The following may be worth obtaining:

Business Tax Guide for South Carolina
S. C. Dept. of Revenue
1330 Howard Parkway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 839-2960
(800) 829-1040

Small Business Tax Kit
Internal Revenue Service
1835 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(800) 829-1040
(803) 765-5544

State Sales Tax – There is a South Carolina sales tax. Before you can open a retail business, you must register with the License & Registration Division of the S.C. Department of Revenue and receive a tax number.

SC Dept. of Revenue
Myrtle Beach Office
1330 Howard Avenue
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 839-2960
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Withholding Taxes For Employees – Contact the following for more information:

Federal Income Tax
Internal Revenue Service
1835 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 765-5543
(800) 829-4933
www.irs.gov

State Income Tax
S.C. Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 125
Columbia, SC 29214
(803) 898-5752

Medicare Tax
Federal Income Tax
Internal Revenue Service
1835 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(800) 829-4933
www.irs.gov

SC Employer Withholding Account Number
Withholding Control, Income Tax
Columbia Mill Building
301 Gervais Street
P.O. Box 125
Columbia, SC 29214
(803) 898-5000

Unemployment Taxes – As an employer, you may be required to pay unemployment taxes.

Federal Unemployment Tax (F.U.T.A.)
Internal Revenue Service
1835 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(800) 829-3676

State Unemployment Tax (S.U.T.A.)
SC Employment Security Commission
1550 Gadsden Street
P.O. Box 995
Columbia, SC 29202
(803) 737-3080

Property Taxes – If your business owns real property, contact the tax assessor’s office to find out about property taxes.

Horry County:
1301 Second Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 915-5040

Other Taxes – You may also be liable for other taxes such as the Federal Excise Tax or the State Franchise Tax. For more information, contact the Internal Revenue Service, (800) 829-3676 and the S.C. Department of Revenue, (803) 898-5636.

IV. EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

Worker’s Compensation Fund – If you have four or more employees, you must carry worker’s compensation insurance. For more information, contact:

SC Workers Compensation Commission
1333 Main Street, #500
Columbia, SC 29201
P.O. Box 1715
Columbia, SC 29202-1715
(803) 737-5700

Minimum Wages, Maximum Hours – You are required to adhere to the regulations of the Fair Labor Standard Act; even if you are exempt from federal law, you may still be subject to state law.

Federal:
US Department of Labor
Employment Standards Division
1835 Assembly Street, Room 1072
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 765-5981

State:
SC Department of Labor
Employment Standards Division
110 Centerview Drive
P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211-1329
(803) 896-7756

Discrimination & Harassment
SC Department of Human Affairs
P.O. Box 4490
Columbia, SC 29240
(800) 521-0725

V. OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT

There are requirements such as record keeping and reporting that are placed on businesses by OSHA. To learn more, contact:

SC Department of Labor
110 Centerview Drive
P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211
(803) 876-7688

VI. BUILDING INSPECTION, BUILDING PERMITS AND ZONING INFORMATION

If you are constructing or altering a building, it must be inspected. Also, you will need to be certain that your business is in an appropriately zoned location. For more information, contact the following:

Horry County Planning & Zoning
1301 Second Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 915-5340

VII. FIRE INSPECTION

Horry County
M.L. Brown Public Safety Building
2560 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 915-5150

City of Conway
307 Wright Blvd.
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 248-1720

VIII. POSTAL INFORMATION

Conway Post Office
2570 North Main Street
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 248-6313

IX. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Notary Public Commission
Secretary of State
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
P.O. Box 11350
Columbia, SC 29211
(803) 734-2119

Notary Public Applications
Horry County Legislative Delegation
Historic Horry County Courthouse
1201 Third Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 915-5130

U.S. Copyright Office
Library of Congress
James Madison Building
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20559
(202) 707-3000

Horry County Area Statistical Abstract
Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development
2431 Hwy 510 East
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 347-4604

X. NEW BUSINESS RESOURCES

New or relocating business owners often need assistance and advice. Utilize the following no cost resources to help you on your quest to operate a business in the Horry County area.

Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development
2050 Highway 501 East, Building 900
P.O. Box 261966
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 347-4604

SCORE
Grand Strand – Chapter 381
605 10th Ave. North
P.O. Box 2468
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
(843) 918-1079
www.mbscore.org or email: info@mbscore.org

Small Business Development Center
Janet Graham, Area Manager
Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 349-4010 FAX: (843) 913-7888

XI. LIBRARIES

Administration
1008 5th Avenue
Conway, SC
(843) 248-1544

Conway Library
801 Main Street
Conway, SC
(843) 915-7323

Aynor Library
500 9th Avenue
Aynor, SC
(843) 358-3324

Bucksport Library
7657 Hwy 701 S.
Conway, SC
(843) 397-1950

Green Sea Library
5331 Hwy. 9
Green Sea, SC
(843) 392-0994

Loris Library
4316 Main Street
Loris, SC
(843) 756-8101

North Myrtle Beach Library
910 1st Avenue South
North Myrtle Beach, SC
(843) 915-5281

Socastee Library
141-707 Connector Road
Socastee, SC
(843) 215-4700

Little River Library
Ralph H, Ellis County Complex Bldg.
107 Highway 57 North
Little River, SC
(843) 399-5541

Surfside Beach Library
410 Surfside Drive
Surfside, SC
(843) 238-0122

XII. EDUCATION

Horry-Georgetown Technical College
2050 Hwy. 501 East
Conway, SC 29526
PO Box 261966
Conway, SC 29528-6066
www.hgtc.edu
(843) 347-3186

Miller-Motte Technical College
2451 Hwy. 501 East
Conway, SC 29526
PO Box 261966
Conway, SC 29526
www.miller-motte.edu
(843) 591-1100

Coastal Carolina University
755 Hwy. 544
Conway, SC 29526
PO Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528
www.coastal.edu

Horry County Schools
Administrative Office
335 Four Mile Road
PO Box 260005
Conway, SC 29528
www.horrycountyschools.net
(843) 488-6700

Go to the Small Business Resource Centertab for more information.