Small businesses are a vital part of the Hartsville business community. To help support the small business owner, we offers these resources:
Hartsville Downtown Development Association - Business Services
Design Committee - We can help you with any design need you might have. From sign design to facade improvements, or even menu layouts, we can help you reach your aesthetic goals. We can also help you attain the proper forms and permits as you navigate your way through the B1 Business District Design Codes. We represent your interests to the Design Review Board.
Marketing/Promotions Committees - We plan several retail promotions events each year with the goal of helping your business attract customers. We can also help you with any individual event you are planning. We can also help you navigate your own personal marketing plan using social media, websites, and print media.
Economic Development Committee - We can help you develop and/or revise your business plan and increase profitability for you and build a loyal customer base. We can connect you with financial institutions who can help you reach your business goals.
Local Government Liaison - As a non-profit association, we represent the interests of the B1 business district in all local government meetings including City and County Councils, Planning Commission, Design Review Board, and Parking and Beautification.
Gift Certificates - Let us drive you sales by selling Downtown Gift Certificates for you! Available year round from our office and from Burry Bookstore, these gift certificates make the perfect gift for anyone since they can use them at any of the 80+ HDDA Partner businesses. You simply take them at your business as cash, turn them back into HDDA, PO Box 238, Hartsville, SC29551 and we will reimburse you for the full amount. (*Must be a current partner with HDDA to be a part of this program. All other benefits are FREE to anyone in B1.)
SC Small Business Administration
Whether you're a start-up entrepreneur, an established business owner or just thinking about going into business, the SBA South Carolina District Office is here to help. Our staff can answer any questions you have about our programs and services. We are also happy to answer general business questions and refer you to the organization or agency that can best meet your needs.
Feel free to give us a call or stop by. Our main office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No appointments are necessary for general inquiries. (Limited visitor parking is available behind the building. Additional public parking is available in the Matthew Perry garage on the corner of Assembly and Richland streets.) We also have an office in Charleston to serve the Lowcountry and Coastal area.
Strom Thurmond Federal Building
1835 Assembly Street, Suite 1425
Columbia, SC 29201
Serving the state of South Carolina
Southeatern Institute of Manufacturing Technology
The Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) exists to partner with you in solving your training and manufacturing technology needs. Many businesses and industries are facing stiff competition in today’s global marketplace and are looking for solutions to keep them ahead of the profitability curve. Our learning-centered environment gives your employees the skills to be proactive in problem solving and enables them to assist your business in making rapid improvements in quality, productivity, and profitability.
You can join the many manufacturing, service, and healthcare organizations of all sizes using our award-winning services.
SiMT at Florence Darlington Community College
1951 Pisgah Road
PO Box 100549
Florence SC 29502
Florence Area Small Business Development Center
Located in Florence, SC, is part of the Winthrop SBDC Region, and the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers. We maintain an office at Florence-Darlington Technical College, 2715 W Lucas St., Florence, SC providing easy access for its clients.Planning to open a business of your own -- no matter how big or small -- is a process. It requires forethought and utilizing many resources. With our free consulting service, you’ll find it much easier to accomplish than going it on your own.
Florence Area SBDC
Florence-Darlington Technical College, PO Box 100548
Florence, SC 29501-0548
Phone: (843) 661-8256 Fax (843) 661-8379
The Cost of Opening a Retail Shop
If you are even considering opening a retail based business, please read the attached articles.