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Export Incentives Program

South Carolina Department of Commerce

The South Carolina Department of Commerce offers support and incentives for small- and mid-sized businesses to begin exporting their products or to increase volumes.

Local Entrepreneur Acceleration Program (LEAP)

South Carolina Community Loan Fund

Phase 1 SBIR/STTR Matching Grants


Learn how SCRA can help you navigate the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) application process.

Project Development Fund (PDF) Grants


The objective of the Project Development Fund Grant is to provide early-stage funding to startups to support one or more critical milestones towards commercialization and advance the company’s pursuit of follow-on funding.

SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance

The South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance (SCFUSA) is a collaborative effort between the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness (SC Competes), the South Carolina Department of Commerce, and the Fraunhofer USA network.

SC Launch


Explore a variety of topics of interest to startups, such as incorporation, general legal issues, pro forma, general accounting, sales and marketing strategies, fundraising, etc.

SCRA Demonstration Grants


Whether you're a small business owner or work in a research role for an academic institution, SCRA's demonstration grants are designed to provide you with significant growth opportunities.

SCRA Relocation Grants


Established, for-profit companies relocating to South Carolina. Relocation assistance is approved on a case-by-case basis and may help to lower the burden of moving equipment, up-fitting facilities, etc.

South Carolina Council on Competitiveness

The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness – ‘SC Competes’ –  is a nonpartisan, business-led, nonprofit organization that drives South Carolina’s long-term economic growth by managing the state’s industry clusters and providing the research, network, and resources that industry clusters require to thrive.