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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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Featured SLBE

NAICS-523930: Certified financial planners, customize, fees paid by client

NAICS-541990: Consumer credit counseling services

NAICS-511130: Book (e.g., hardback, paperback, audio) publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing

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Funding & Resources

You Asked.

The Richland County

Office of Small Business Opportunity is Responding!

**Covid-19 Relief**

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness

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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Need Funding?

Are you READY for the process???

Two of the most important things you will need when requesting financial assistance....

*Business Plans

*Financial Records

Please click the workshop titles that you are interested in attending below.

Feedback: What's Workshops are you interested in attending??
How to Create A Business Plan
Business Vision and Mission Statement
Business Resources
Payroll & HR Responsibilities
Financial Records & Taxes
Employee Verification How Do I complete the I-9 Forms
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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


Tips For Small Business Success

  1. Find your niche
  2. Build a Network for Support
  3. Keep your Overhead Low
  4. Delegate whenever possible
  5. Avoid Distractions
  6. Continue to learn
  7. Know when to pivot
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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**

Orangeburg General Maintenance

Columbia Airport

University of South Carolina

South Carolina Business Opportunities (SCBO)

ALA Charter High School

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