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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.

Featured Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE)


Real Estate

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OSBOs 3rd Annual Engage Richland Presents

"Save My Business"

Crisis Preparedness Summit

The Summit will provide businesses with the tools and resources needed to assist in sustainability and capacity building. Join us for dynamic breakout sessions on Crisis Proofing, Pivoting, Common Pitfalls during and after disasters, and much more.

Virtual Summit

Wednesday, September 8, 2021


Register to Attend
Become a Sponsor for the 3rd Annual Engage Richland Summit
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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


Complete the survey below:

From 2020-2021
The pandemic did not affect my business at all.
I permanently lost/closed my business during the pandemic.
I temporaly closed my business during the pandemic.
My business opening was delayed because of the pandemic.
I'm not sure if I want to keep my business because of the pandemic.
I'm still struggling to keep my business open due to the pandemic.
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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



"Save My Business" Crisis Preparedness Summit

September 8, 2021

9:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Welcome Richland County's Newest Certified Businesses

Palmetto Southern Comfort Adult Residential Care

Jackson Quality Construction (JQC)

Beautiful Boss By Jessica P., LLC

Spyker Construction, LLC



Tips For Small Business Success

  1. Be adaptable
  2. Focus on customer experience
  3. Always think ahead
  4. Avoid Distractions
  5. Research your competitors
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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