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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

ITT Technical College
9654 North Kings Hwy, Ste. 107
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
www.itt-tech.edu
(843) 497-7820

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

XIII. CITY OF CONWAY MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

The Mayor and members of City Council may be contacted though the City Clerk at (843) 248-1760.

Mayor Alys Lawson
PO Drawer 1075
Conway, SC 29528
City Hall: (843) 248-1760

Mayor Pro Tem William Goldfinch                                                                                                                                                        PO Drawer 1075
Conway, SC 29528
City Hall: (843) 248-1760

Council Member Randle Alford
PO Drawer 1075
Conway, SC 29528
City Hall: (843) 248-1760

Council Member   Tom Anderson                                                                                                                                                           PO Drawer 1075
Conway, SC 29528
City Hall: (843) 248-1760

Council Member Barbara Blain-Olds                                                                                                                                                     PO Drawer 1075
Conway, SC 29528
City Hall: (843) 248-1760

Council Member Jean M. Timbes
PO Drawer 1075
Conway, SC 29528
City Hall: (843) 248-1760

Council Member Larry White
PO Drawer 1075
Conway, SC 29528
City Hall: (843) 248-1760

XIV. HORRY COUNTY COUNCIL

Chairman
Mark Lazarus                                                                                                                                                                                                              PO Box 1236
Conway, SC 29528
(843)915-5120

District 1
Harold Worley
2859 Hwy. 111
Little River, SC 29566
(843) 249-1436

District 2
Brent Schulz
1298 Professional Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 915-5120

District 3
Marion Foxworth
305 North Oak Street
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 602-9111

District 4
Gary Loftus
PO Box 1236
Conway, SC 29528

District 5
Paul Price, Jr.
PO Box 1236
Conway, SC 29528
(843) 742-9692

District 6
Bob Grabowski
11826 17 Bypass
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 293-7117

District 7
James R. Frazier
725 Bucksport Road
Conway, SC 29527
(843) 397-5423

District 8
Carl Schwartzkopf
105 University Circle
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 347-9591

District 9
W. Paul Prince
1020 Virginia Drive
Loris, SC 29569
(843) 756-8916

District 10 – Vice Chairman 
Jody Prince
PO Box 1236
Conway, SC 29528
(843) 283-8451

District 11
Al Allen
PO Box 1236
Conway, SC 29528
(843) 358-0100

County Administrator
Chris Elderidge
P.O. Box 1236
Conway, SC 29528
(843) 915-5020

XV. UNITED STATES SENATORS

Honorable Tim Scott
 167 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6121
Fax: (202) 228-5143

Honorable Lindsey Graham
290 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510
Washington: (202) 224-5972

XVI. UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Honorable Tom Rice
7th District                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7325 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-9895
Fax: (202) 225-9690

XVII. SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNMENT

South Carolina Governor
Honorable Nikki Haley
Office of the Governor
1205 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-2100
Fax: (803) 734-5167

South Carolina Lt. Governor
Honorable Glenn McConnell
State House, 1st Floor
P.O. Box 142
Columbia, South Carolina 29202
(803) 734-2080                                                                                                                                                                                                         Fax: (803) 734-2082

South Carolina Senators
Honorable Greg Hembree
Senate District 28-Dillon, Horry, Marion & Marlboro Counties
P. O. Box 944
N. Myrtle Beach, 29597                                                                                                                                                                                           (843) 249-2513

Honorable Kent M. Williams
District 30-Dillion, Florence, Horry, Marion & Marlboro Counties                                                                                                                 4205 Stirk Place
Marion, SC 29571                                                                                                                                                                                                               (843) 362-0307 or (843) 423-8237

Honorable J. Yancey McGill
Senate District 32-Florence, Georgetown, Horry & Williamsburg Counties
601 Longstreet St.
Kingstree, SC 29556
(843) 355-7217

Honorable Luke Rankin
Senate District 33-Horry County
201 Beaty St.
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 248-2405

Honorable Raymond E. Cleary, III
Senate District 34-Charleston, Georgetown & Horry Counties
3577 Marion Lane
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 650-5100

South Carolina House Of Representatives

Honorable Jackie E. Hayes
House District 55-Dillon & Horry Counties
240 Bermuda Road
Dillon, SC 29536
(843) 841-3679

Honorable Mike Ryhal
House District 56- Horry Counties
8328 Juxa Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
(843) 655-2452

Honorable J. Wayne George
House District 57-Dillon, Marion & Horry Counties
223 Meadowview Lane
Mullins, SC 29574                                                                                                                                                                                                         (843) 464-9070

Honorable Liston Barfield
House District 58-Horry County
PO Box 1734
Conway, SC 29528
(843) 365-2049

Honorable Heather Ammons Crawford
House District 68-Horry County
P.O. Box 31385
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588                                                                                                                                                                                        (803)212-6933

Honorable Carl L. Anderson
House District 103-Horry, Georgetown & Williamsburg Counties
P.O. Box 694
Georgetown, SC 29442
(843) 546-5332

Honorable Tracy Edge
House District 104-Horry County
PO Box 2095
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
(843) 448-5123

Honorable Kevin Hardee
House District 105-Horry County
2088 Cane Branch Rd.
Loris, SC 29569                                                                                                                                                                                                        (843) 455-3567

Honorable Nelson Hardwick
House District 106-Horry County
714 Cedar Drive North
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
(843) 238-1142

Honorable Alan Clemmons
House District 107-Horry County
1800-A North Oak Street
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 448-4246

Go to the Small Business Resource Centertab for more information.