Small Business Assistance

COVID-19 Relief

Small and local businesses are working through COVID19 with creativity. There are ways you can help, and we’ve put together a list of assistance and resources available for small business owners.

You have probably seen posts from your favorite local business owners who are getting creative to keep their businesses thriving during these uncertain times.

Even with social distancing measures, this CNN article suggests ways you can help support local businesses from afar:

  • Order takeout from your favorite local spot
  • leave a generous tip if you’re able
  • purchase a gift card to use when we can safely sit across a table from one another
  • try shopping online

There are also a number of resources available for small businesses as a response to COVID-19 and the incredible circumstances our local business owners are facing.  We’ve put those resources together here and will update as we learn more.

Please share widely with your friends and neighbors and favorite local establishments.


CARES Act: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
Find out what you need to know about the Paycheck Protection Loan and SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs.


CASE at Duke’s COVID19 Capital Relief
Search this database for grants, loans, and other resources to help entrepreneurs, nonprofits and other business.


Facebook Small Business Grants Program
We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. 


Internal Revenue Service
The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. They have also added payroll tax credits and other benefits for small business.  This page will be updated as new information is available.

IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief 

IRS Filing and Payment Deadline Extended


The Makers Collective
COVID-19 Business Resources for Creative Entrepreneurs


Library Resources

The library provides a variety of books on all aspects of starting a small business. Check out the SC LENDS online catalog to have a book in another library routed to the branch of your choice.


Resources Outside the Library

South Carolina Business Opportunities (SCBO) Online Edition

The South Carolina Budget and Control Board newsletter with procurement listings.   State Government must post solicitations in the SCBO.  Other government entities may also advertise in the SCBO. The newsletter is in PDF format, which requires a copy of Adobe Acrobat to view.


South Carolina Department of Commerce

1201 Main Street, Suite 1600, Columbia, SC 29201-3200; phone 803-737-0400


South Carolina One Stop (SCBOS)

Special COVID-19 information!

The official state web portal in for businesses.  You can take care of your important state filings and online payment.  803-898-5690


South Carolina Department of Revenue

301 Gervais Street, P.O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214; phone 803-898-5000


The Governor’s Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance 

Certifies business owners based on criteria.  There are no loans, grants or guaranteed award of contracts associated with obtaining certification.  Businesses should take part in any agency’s bid process and check the SCBO newsletter.

1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 440A, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-734-0657; fax 803-734-2498


US Small Business Administration (SBA); South Carolina District Office

See yellow banner:  Coronavirus (COVID-19): Relief options and Additional Resources

SBA helps start, build and grow businesses through a network of offices and partnerships.
1835 Assembly Street, Room 1425, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-765-5377; fax: 803-765-5963


The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program,  SC SBDC State Director’s Office

The Frank L. Roddy SBDC 0f South Carolina is in the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.  Consulting services through more than 14 locations across the state.

1705 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208; phone 803-777-4907; fax 803-777-4403


Elliot White Springs Business Library at USC Moore School of Business

The Business Reference Librarians have compiled a pathfinder of Small Business Resources.  Access a Small Business Library Guide at  The librarians are also happy to help you, but students or faculty come first.
Francis M. Hipp Building, 1705 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208; 803-777-6032; fax 803-777-6876



SCORE is a resource partner with the US Small Business Administration.  Working and retired executives and business owners donate time and expertise as business counselors.

SCORE, Midlands Chapter, 1835 Assembly Street, Room 1425, Columbia, SC 29201; 803-765-5131


South Carolina State Library

The South Carolina State Library provides ebooks and online research databases covering business information.

803-734-8026; email