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With the world’s largest consumer market and population of 334 million people, high household spending, a politically stable climate, recognized leadership in global research & development, abundant resources, and wide-ranging sources of capital, the United States of America is a prime location for business. See more information about expanding or relocating your business to America.

Welcome to South Carolina

South Carolina has been named #1 in the nation for its regulatory environment by Area Development. With low unionization rates and employees trained through readySC, companies find a strong business-friendly environment in the Palmetto State.

South Carolina is the fastest-growing state in the United States, with 1.7% population growth in 2023, and the Upstate city of Greenville has been ranked as the #4 “Best Place to Live,” citing our business environment and quality of life.

We pride ourselves on a Team SC approach that leverages shared knowledge and resources between public and private sector business leaders to ensure a comprehensive approach to economic development. As you consider growth in the U.S., let us connect you to a bounty of international support professionals that are versed in helping companies expand to the U.S. As the numbers indicate, we have an established track record in helping international companies grow.

Simplifying Market Entry for International Companies:

  • The South Carolina Department of Commerce provides support and assistance to international companies looking to enter the Southeast through its international offices in Europe, China, India, Japan, and South Korea.
  • The SC Business One Stop Portal provides a single web portal through which businesses can electronically complete state required registration, licensing, permitting and filing reports.
  • readySC provides employer-customized training offered through the SC Technical College System at little or no cost to qualifying companies for pre- and post-employment training available as long as companies create new jobs with competitive wages and benefits.

Why do business in the Upstate?

The Upstate’s culture of industrial excellence is deeply rooted in its textile history, and the understanding that progress is achieved by collaborative partnerships. Today, we’re still a progressive community where ideas flow, connections are shared, and industry thrives.

The Upstate welcomes international business and has a strong history in supporting their continued growth in our region. With more than 575 foreign-owned enterprises in the Upstate, international companies have confidence that the Upstate has the resources and culture to support their new and expanding operations.

As you consider entering the U.S. market, you are likely to have questions about incorporating your business, accounting practices, state and federal regulations, as well as other matters that affect your business, and, the Upstate has the resources to support your market entry. So, please reach out to us and let us make it easy for you to grow your operations in Upstate South Carolina.

Interested in how the Upstate supports growing companies?