South Carolina Business One-Stop
P.O. Box 125
Columbia, South Carolina 29214
Julie Horton 803-799-4601
Dona Ayers 803-734-0629
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2005
AGENCIES UNVEIL NEW WEB TOOL FOR BUSINESS REGISTRATIONS, LICENSES, AND PERMITS
SCBOS provides one-stop shopping for business startup
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A new level of customer service for business owners arrived today in South Carolina, reducing the logistical scrambling it takes for businesses to remain in compliance with state law and eliminating government runaround. This refreshing new advance comes in the form of South Carolina Business One-Stop (SCBOS), a special collaborative Web site designed to make life easier for business owners.
The state departments of Revenue, Commerce, Labor, Health and Environmental Control, the Secretary of State's Office, the SC Budget and Control Board, and the Employment Security Commission, in conjunction with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and a number of public and private organizations, have launched SCBOS at www.scbos.com as a centralized online destination for businesses seeking to secure various licenses, registrations, and permits.
"South Carolina Business One-Stop begins a new era in the way we conduct business in our state. This new system streamlines access to government information, saves time, and removes bureaucracy – accomplishing the goal of being more user-friendly to our customers," said SC Secretary of State Mark Hammond.
SCBOS is the result of collaboration by the above-mentioned entities, the state Department of Insurance, the state Treasurer's Office, the Municipal Association of South Carolina, the Association of Counties, the University of South Carolina Small Business Development Center, SCANA Corporation, the United States Internal Revenue Service, and a long list of pro-business organizations and companies.
Designed especially with the small business owner in mind, the Web site walks users through the process of registering a new business and obtaining appropriate licenses or permits. The system simply asks relevant questions, collects data, facilitates payment via credit card or electronic funds withdrawal (EFW), submits applications, and communicates with various agencies in a single, convenient, and secure online transaction.
"We want to do absolutely everything we can to help small business succeed – it's as simple as that," said Commerce Secretary Bob Faith. "With this Web site, we're leveraging technology to make the whole registration and licensing process easier for our new businesses, and I'm proud our agency was a part of the effort, because nothing could be more in line with our goal of helping businesses be successful so they can create jobs and help raise the standard of living in this state."
"SCBOS falls right in line with the philosophy of all the partners in South Carolina's One-Stop Workforce System – that is to do everything possible to make it easier for people to get the services they need to successfully do business in our state," said Roosevelt "Ted" Halley, executive director of the SC Employment Security Commission.
In addition to helping small business owners navigate the often tough task of getting off the ground, SCBOS also promises other positive results in the form of increased productivity for businesses and government agencies and increased state revenue with reduced burden of compliance.
"We fully support this unique partnership of governmental entities," said DHEC Commissioner C. Earl Hunter. "Electronic handling of applications provides a more effective and efficient use of staff resources as DHEC strives to maintain current levels of service. In the long term, this process will allow us to enhance our capability to anticipate, recognize, prevent and respond to environmental and public health issues."
"The level of public and private partnership in this SCBOS endeavor is truly historic. It speaks to the importance of the project, the quality and dependability of the end-product, the commitment to increasing productivity, and a true desire to provide an environment that helps businesses to grow and prosper in this state," said S. Hunter Howard Jr., president and chief executive officer of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
Designed to save new businesses time and resources by centralizing tasks and eliminating the need to travel to multiple sites, the SCBOS Web site recently completed a two-month testing phase to identify any systemic problems and make necessary refinements. More functionality will be added to the Web site over the next year, giving users the ability to handle even more administrative functions online and in one sitting.
The Web site can be accessed at www.scbos.com.
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