How to Start a Small Business in the Carolina Foothills

The Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce can guide you in starting your business, with resources for small business loans, business planning, marketing and advertising, and other organizational information.

Mountain BizWorks:, 828-692-5826

REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship Action Learning), Isothermal Community College: 828-286-3636, Ext. 229

GATE (Growing America Through Entrepreneurship):, 877-962-4283

Small Business Administration:

N.C. Secretary of State:, 919-807-2000

N.C. Department of Revenue:, 877-252-3052

N.C. Employment Security Commission:, 877-841-9617

N.C. Department of Labor:, 800-NC-LABOR

S.C. Secretary of State:, 803-734-2170

S.C. Department of Revenue:, 803-898-5000

S.C. Employment Security Commission:, 803-737-2400

S.C. Department of Labor:, 803- 896-4300

Certified Entrepreneurial Community –

Entrepreneurs are welcomed enthusiastically and there are many resources that help them succeed. Close proximity to larger markets such as Greenville/Spartanburg in SC and Charlotte simplify doing business in the area. The Chamber offers networking opportunities after hours and a leadership program over the course of nine months.