Government Agencies
These agencies offer a multitude of services to include financial assistance, professional guidance on development, information on corporate taxes, a checklist of requirements for new businesses, networking opportunities, legal requirements, and so on.

Local Agencies
City of Columbia:  Bid Online
Columbia Better Business Bureau
Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Richland County Government
Service Corps of Retired Executives

Local Business Development Centers
Benedict College Business Development Center
City Center Partnership
Darla Moore School of Business
Engenuity South Carolina
Micro-Business Academy
Midlands Technical College Education Resource
Minority Business Development Agency
University of South Carolina Small Business Development Center
South Carolina Women's Business Center

State Agencies, Councils, and other Groups
Carolinas Associated General Contractors of America
Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Councils
Governor's Office of Small & Minority Business Assistance
SC Dept. of Labor and Licensing
SC Business One Stop
SC Chamber of Commerce
SC Dept. of Commerce
SC Dept. of Revenue
SC Dept. of Transportation
SC Economic Developers' Association
SC Gov Small Business
SC Retail Association
SC Secretary of State's Office
SC Dept. of Employment Workforce
SC Dept. of DHEC
SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce
SC Small Business Development Center
Wells Fargo Small Business Banking

Federal and National Agencies
Internal Revenue Service
Kauffman Foundation
National Women Business Owners Corporation
US Dept. of Labor
US Government Business Assistance
US Minority Business Development Association 
US Patent and Trade Office
US Small Business Administration
US Women's Chamber of Commerce

Veteran and Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurs
US Small Business Administration

Disabled Entrepreneurs
US Small Business Administration

Business Publications
Below are links to some of the publications you will find helpful in starting, growing and building capacity for your business.

Black Enterprise
Black Pages USA
Business Week
Business Consortium Fund, Inc.
Center for Women's Business
Columbia Business Monthly
Hispanic Business
Minority Business Entrepreneur
Minority Business News
National Association of Women Business Owners
Contact Office of Business Opportunities at 803.545.3950