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2000 Hampton Street Suite 3014|Columbia, SC 29204|803-576-1540



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The Mission of the Richland County Office of Small Business Opportunity (OSBO)

is to provide a race and gender neutral tool for the County to use as its effort to

ensure that all segments of its small and local business community have a reasonable and significant opportunity to compete and participate in contracts in the area

of construction, architectural, and engineering services, professional services,

 non-professional services, and commodities.

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Thank you for attending our 3rd Annual Engage Richland Event


If you attended and have not completed the post event survey. Please complete the survey below.

Complete Survey
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**Covid-19 Relief**

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness

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In response to the economic hardships experienced by businesses resulting from

the CV-19 pandemic, the Richland County Office of Small Business & Richland County Community, Planning, & Development is launching the

CV-19 Small Business Relief Loan Program.

The goal is to keep businesses open and retain jobs. This is a forgivable loan program in response to businesses that are at-risk of closing or laying off employees as a result of the economic downturn resulting from the Covid-19 public health emergency

Register to attend one of four Workshops. Space IS LIMITED!!!

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Hopkins Park

Saturday, October 9, 2021


Register Now
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New Castle-Trenholm Acres Community Center

Wednesday, October 13, 2021


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Upper Richland Community Center

280 Campground Rd

Wednesday, October 20, 2021


Register Now
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Friarsgate Park

1712 Chadford Rd, Irmo

Saturday, October 23, 2021


Register Now



Export Incentives Program

Helps small and medium-sized businesses enter new markets and/or increase their exporting activities.

SBIR/STTR Grant Matching

Matching funds to client companies that have been granted SBIR or STTR Phase I Awards.

Project Development Fund (PDF)

South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) funding for qualified companies in the SC Launch program that are not affiliated with an academic institution.

Demonstration Grant

South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) funding for a small business and/or academic partner developing a new product, distribution channel, customer or research.

Academic Startup Assistance Program (ASAP)

South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) funding for for-profit companies sponsored by an academic institution.

Acceleration Grant

South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) funding to progress a company towards commercialization and better position the company for an SC Launch, Inc. investment.

Relocation Assistance Grant

South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) funding to offset costs associated with moving a company to South Carolina.

Sephora Accelerate

Sephora Accelerateis focused on incubating founders who are people of color.

KKR Small Business Builders

The grants are designed to help business owners sustain their enterprises, maintain or create jobs, and spur economic opportunity as they respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and recover from its resultant economic dislocation.

Amber Grant

Womens Net carries on that tradition, giving away at least $10,000 every month in Amber Grant money. We've also expanded our grant-giving to include other grants such as our Annual $25,000 Amber Grant.

Cyber Security Assistance

The maximum funding available to each company is $25,000, including $3,000 for participation, which will provide assistance to small- and medium-sized companies within the existing defense supply chain to help them become aware of and get on a path toward compliance with CMMC requirements.


Congratulations !!!!!

Diplomat of the Year:

Bryant Davis, MBA

Richland County Assistant Director of

Government & Community Services

Award sponsored by

Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A.

Columbia Chamber

Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA)

The U.S. Department of Treasury awarded Richland County Government $12.5 million to help local households that are unable to pay rent and utilities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is available through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

Click to Learn more or to apply for Emergency Rental Assistance

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Richland County

Small Local Business Enterprise Certification Program


OSBO is seeking businesses located in

Richland County to become a

Certified Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE).

Why Become Certified?

  • Procurement Opportunities
  • 5 Pt Preferences on Subcontract work
  • Access to Technical Training and Workshops
  • Business Exposure through SLBE Directory
  • Business Coaching

How to Become Certified?

A firm can be certified as an SLBE/ESLBE upon submission of a completed certification application, supporting documentation, and a signed and notarized affidavit. affirming that it meets all of the SLBE/ESLBE eligibility criteria.

  •  Notarized Affidavit of Certification (form downloaded from website) from each Owner
  • Each Owner’s Driver’s License or State Issue ID
  •  Articles of Incorporation/Organization
  • SC Secretary State Certification of Existence
  • 3 Most Current & Consecutive, Executed Federal Tax Returns
  • Richland County Business License (or BL Status Form & applicable municipality license)
  • Each Owner’s Business Resume
  •  All Applicable Professional/Trade Licenses or Certificates
  •  Stock Ledger & Certificates (if applicable)

To learn more about certifying your Small Business, visit our website:

Richland County Office of Small Business Opportunity 

or contact our office at 803-576-1540

**Participating in this program does not guarantee County contracts**


OSBO Business Academy


Past&Current Events

Workshops & Events

CV-19 Small Business Relief Grant Application Workshop

October 9, 2021

October 13, 2021

October 20,2021

October 23, 2021

"Seeds to Engage" Small Business

Seed Grant Application Workshop

Workshop Dates and Times

 To Be Determined

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Bid Opportunities

**Click Below for More Information on Richland County Solicitations**

Richland County Open Solicitations

**Click the links below for Solicitations around Richland County**

NEW Solicitations!!!

Richland County Open Solicitations

University of South Carolina

South Carolina Business Opportunities (SCBO)

Gain Exposure for Your Business

SC Dept. of Commerce's SourceSC

Interested in becoming a Vendor?

Register to become a Vendor with Richland County

Interested in becoming a Certified Small Local Business Enterprise?

Apply to become a SLBE

OSBO's Community Partners and Resources

SC Department of Commerce
SC Department of Transportation
SC Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Columbia Airport (CAE)
University of South Carolina
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Office of Small Business Opportunity | 803-576-1540 |

osbo@richlandcountysc.gov | richlandcountysc.gov/osbo