The Small Business Council of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce this month pledged to continue its efforts to reduce the complexity of the state's business licensing system.
Council leaders say the fees for attaining business licenses may cost more than any profit that a small, rural business may gain.
“We actually have nine current licenses right now to work in those municipalities,” Tia Williams, owner of a water and fire damage mitigation company in Lexington County, said. “That’s nine different processes to go through to be able to do work just in one county.”
Different municipalities have different rules for the license fees, which also complicates matters for small business owners.
“Many times we aren’t able to keep track of jobs performed in the town of Lexington or Lexington County because of the obscurity of the district line,” Williams said. “It’s not easy. Having a unified, streamlined system is what we want.”
State Reps. Rick Quinn (R-Lexington) and Samuel Rivers (R[Berkeley) both support streamlining the process of attaining business licenses to better serve small business owners.