How to Keep Business in S.C. Thriving

Each year the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce takes a stand on statewide issues and potential legislative issues for that year. Known as the An­nual Competitiveness Agenda, the document is the culmina­tion of concerns gathered from numerous chambers around the state when the South Carolina Chamber holds its grassroots meetings. The Aiken Chamber met with the South Carolina Chamber in December to pro­vide its input.

Chamber President Ted Pitts said, “For Palmetto State busi­nesses to grow and prosper, we have to take steps to make our state’s climate more business friendly and competitive. Our state has become the ‘it’ state for jobs, and we need to devel­op the skilled workforce to fill them. We need to finish the job for our state’s businesses and citizens who need safe roads and bridges to travel and move products. Finally, our current business licensing system is one of the most business un­friendly policies that our small businesses have to deal with.”


2017 S.C. Competitiveness Agenda


Fill the Workforce Pipeline

South Carolina’s business community needs targeted strategies that will increase the num­ber of people with the right skills in the talent pipeline:

  • Apprenticeship participation growth
  • Expansion of Career and Technology Education
  • 0% State income tax rate for military retirement benefits
  • Ex-offender workforce integration programs
  • Tuition support for non-credit bearing State Licensed or Industry Recognized credentials for critical needs jobs
  • Re-establishment of the Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council


Finish the Job on Roads

South Carolina’s business community has consistently called for sustainable, long-term funding to fix, and maintain South Carolina’s roads and bridges.

Revenue options: remove the sales tax exemption on motor fuel; raise the sales tax ex­emption cap on vehicles; dedicate these funds directly to infrastructure


Cut the Red Tape on Business Licensing

South Carolina’s small business community needs a standardized business licensing pro­cess that makes it easier to do business across the state.

One form, one expiration date and the ability to file online through the Secretary of State.

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