Business Services

Updated: Feb 17

Publications and Web Resources:

AgPlan Business Plan Writing - University of Minnesota

Building A Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses - SARE

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities - SARE

Evaluating a Farming Enterprise - ATTRA Management: A Whole-

Farm Decision Making Framework - NC State Cooperative Extension

South Carolina Direct Farm Business Guide - USDA


Enterprise Budgets - Carolina Farm Stewardship Association


ACRE (Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship)

ACRE is made up of six areas of emphasis:  research initiatives; entrepreneurship center; agribusiness development grants; SC Farm Link; policy; and local food and logistics.

AgSouth Farm Credit

1884 Joe S Jeffords Hwy, Orangeburg, SC 29115

803-534-6546, 864-585-6234 ext 6725

Contact: Specialties: Financing, loans, leases, services and insurance for agriculture, real estate, operating needs, crop production, livestock, timber, equipment, harvesting, and more.

Carolina Farm Stewards Food Systems Consulting Services

Mailing Address: PO Box 448, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Physical Address: 287 East St. Suite 421, Pittsboro, NC 27312

919-542-2402 (fax) 919-542-7401 Specialties: Feasibility assessment, market channel development, business planning assistance, investment/lending matching, food safety plan support, product sourcing assistance, legal structure guidance.

Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development

130 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson SC 29634 843-788-5700 Specialties: Agribusiness development, agritourism, market expansion.

Earthwise Company

PO Box 2093, Wake Forest, NC 27588 Specialties: Food systems planning, feasibility and market analysis, farm business planning, organic farm design and establishment, organic certification training and consultation, farmer recruitment and training, land and natural resource evaluation.

Lowcountry Local First

1630-2 Meeting St Charleston, SC 29405

(843) 801-3390 Specialties: Local community building, land access

Matson Consulting or

PO Box 661, Aiken, SC 29802

803-233-7134 (fax) 803-233-7938 Specialties: Grant support, local foods, feasibility studies, business planning, industry research, strategic planning, rural business development, etc.

Quality Business Experts


Contact: Specialties: QBE provides experts and consultants to meet litigation and business needs

Rita’s Roots

Charleston, SC

843-608-8415 Specialties: Direct sales, marketing, farmers markets, garden/small farm planning and installation

SCORE - Coastal Chapter or

Lonnie Hamilton III Building 4045 Bridge View Drive C216, North Charleston, SC 29405


Contact: (Multiple listings statewide) Specialties: All services provided free of cost, including business planning, marketing, advertising, financing, public relations, and specialized business topics; low-cost workshops.

Small Business Development Center - SC State Region or

SCSU Region Small Business Development Center

Jim Johnson

Sloane Steedley

300 College Street

Belcher Hall Suite 353

Orangeburg, South Carolina 29117


Contact: (Multiple Offices) Specialties: One-on-one consultation to prospective and existing business owners, assisting them to analyze business opportunities, develop business plans, and create loan packages. Services are offered at no charge and are available by appointment only. All SBDCs across the state can provide business support listed above but SCSU also can provide specialized agri-business consulting as well.

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