Business Resources


Starting a new business is an exciting endeavor with many details and steps

The Business Resources section of the website provides a number of resources for businesses to develop business plans, marketing ideas and a list of financial institutions can be found in the business directory.  This section titled, “Getting Your Business Started” provides guidance in licensing and permitting.

Business Licenses

All jurisdictions in Beaufort County require a business license.  If your business is a storefront without delivery services, you will likely need only one business license issued from the governing jurisdiction in which your business operates.  If you are unsure if your business location is in one of the five municipalities or unincorporated Beaufort County,or if you need more than one license, please contact Beaufort County for clarification.  Contact information is listed below.


Beaufort County Business License

City of Beaufort Business License

Town of Port Royal

Town of Bluffton

Town of Hilton Head

Town of Yemassee

Permits – general business

Many businesses require various permits.  When seeking business license information, be sure to ask about any permits, local or state, that may be needed.

Permits – building

Beaufort County and its municipalities have worked hard to maintain the beautiful sense of place that draws so many here.  Protecting the history and the environment however, means that businesses seeking to build or change an existing structure are likely to deal with codes and ordinances to protect what exists.  When doing any building or modifications in Beaufort County, the Chamber highly encourages using local engineers, architects, lawyers and construction companies, etc.  Local businesses know the rules and regulations and can save businesses costly mistakes.  For lists of local businesses, please see the Chamber directory.  Permits for new buildings and changes to existing buildings are required.

If operating a home business, please check the zoning with your local government entity to ensure the business can operate legally.  There are many state and local ordinances in place to protect product and worker safety as well as the integrity of the neighborhoods.
State Links

South Carolina

S.C. Attorney General

S.C. Department of Commerce

Internal Revenue Service

Additional Links

US Small Business Administration

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Service Corps of Retired Executives (S.C.O.R.E.)

Small Business Assistance Corporation (SBAC)

Workforce Links

Work Keys training, national program information

S.C. Department of Commerce Workforce Resources

Workforce South Carolina

Ready S.C. Initiative

S.C. Labor Market Information

University of South Carolina at Beaufort (USCB)

Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL)

South Carolina’s Pathway to Success

Other Organizations Providing Resources

Beaufort County Association of REALTORS

Lowcountry Council of Governments

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

South Carolina Employment Security – Labor Market Index

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Federal Government Contracting Opportunities

National Association of Women Business Owners

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Kaufmann Foundation