The new Landing Pad program by the South Carolina Department of Commerce launched today to help established companies from around the world to enter the U.S. or South Carolina markets for the first time.
The program is a collaboration with the state’s regional economic development alliances. The program will make it easier for overseas companies to come to South Carolina by helping to tackle the overwhelming process including everything from taxation issues to regulation and even getting office space.
“We frequently come across successful and growing global companies who know that they have market potential here, but aren’t quite ready to dive in and open a full-scale manufacturing facility before testing the waters,” South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said. “These firms want to be conservative and begin with a sales and marketing office, or a small warehouse with a few employees — but they don’t know where in the U.S. to go, or how to start. The Landing Pad program will allow us to help these companies minimize the risk of establishing operations in a new market and guide them through the process.”
The goal for the program is to help companies expand their customer bases to the United States while creating investment and jobs in South Carolina.
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