Welcome to the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, a statewide advocacy organization with over 10,000 small business and entrepreneur supporters working to make state government more small business friendly. The Small Business Chamber is both non-partisan and non-profit. We do not endorse candidates for public office nor contribute to political campaigns.
We represent the interests of small businesses only.
Since our beginning in February of 2000, we have successfully promoted the general interests of small business in state government and from time to time at the local and federal levels also. Taxes, health insurance, workforce development, economic development, energy, utility rates, workers’ compensation insurance, and government procurement policies are some of the issues we address to benefit small business.
Advocacy for Small Business
Here are some of the successes of The S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce advocacy:
- Reduced the state income tax on small business from 7% – 5% and now to 3%
- Successfully fought off big increases in workers’ compensation rates saving small businesses 100s of millions in premiums
- Passed legislation to give job tax credits to SC small businesses
- Enacted a $1000 tax credit for new Registered Apprentices
- Saved small businesses and residential customers 100s of millions in electric and gas rates by intervening in rate hike requests
- Eliminated $2.7 billion of the SCE&G nuclear debt from being passed on to customers
- Passed some needed reforms to the state’s utility regulatory process
- Leads the East Coast and SC business community in opposing exploration and drilling for oil in the Atlantic
- Passed legislation for the sale of Santee Cooper in order to take $4 billion of nuclear debt away from ratepayers
Our success is due not only to our legislative and regulatory efforts in Columbia, but also because of the active participation of our members. E-news, legislative up-dates and action alerts routinely keep our members informed on issues, give detailed information about pending legislation and tell how and when to contact legislators. When our elected leaders hear from our members, they know the small business community is watching. It works.
In addition to the support of our thousands of business members and trade association members (listed below), the Small Business Chamber has formed an alliance with other national business organizations (listed below). Together, our members and partners enable The South Carolina Small Business Chamber to deliver a strong voice in the governmental process for the small business community.
Trade association members:
- SC Primary Health Care Association
- SC Association for Justice
- SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership
- SC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- River Horse Internet Marketing
- Lexington County Chronicle
- Southern Current
- Hotel Guides
- Chappell, Smith & Arden
- Office of Business Opportunities- City of Columbia
- BBF Corporation
- Best Mattress
- BNT Associates, LLC
- Hawk Law, P.A.
- Maxwell Law Firm
- McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A.
- Oxner & Stacy Law Firm, L.L.C.
- Steinberg Law Firm, L.L.P.
- Wando East
- American Sustainable Business Council
- Business for Shared Prosperity
- The Main Street Alliance
- Businesses for Responsible Tax Reform
- Association for Enterprise Opportunity