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Library Resources

Online Resources:

Regional Business News (available through EBSCO)

This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. Please stop by the Reference Desk for a remote access password.

Business Source Premier (available through EBSCO)

Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. Please stop by the Reference Desk for a remote access password.

Business & Company Resource Center (available through DISCUS)

The Business & Company Resource Center is a comprehensive research tool that meets core curriculum requirements in undergraduate and graduate case study work as well as the business research needs of the job seeker or casual investor. It offers dynamic, accurate, and up-to-date topical business information and company and industry intelligence on thousands of global companies. Please stop by the Reference Desk for a remote access password.

General BusinessFile ASAP (available through DISCUS)

General BusinessFile ASAP provides a combination of indexing, abstracts and full text for business and trade publications. Includes directory listings for companies as well as investment analysts' reports on major companies and industries. Please stop by the Reference Desk for a remote access password.

Small Business Resource Center (available through DISCUS)

Small Business Resource Center offers users complete small business management resources via a combination of unparalleled periodicals and reference content. Please stop by the Reference Desk for a remote access password.

Local Agencies

Small Business Development Center (USC-B)

SBDC consultants are available at each location to give one-on-one consultation, to analyze business operations, develop business strategies, and provide marketing and economic information at no cost.

Small Business Development Center

University of South Carolina-Beaufort
801 Carteret Street
Beaufort SC 29902
Telephone: (843) 521-4143
Fax: (843) 521-4142
Martin Goodman, EDFP


SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business, is a nonprofit association dedicated to assisting entrepreneurs. We offer help and education with the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. SCORE, founded in 1964, is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

PO Box 5647
Hilton Head SC 29938

Beaufort Black Chamber of Commerce

The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce has a membership of businesses, individuals, organizations and community leaders. We offer services of interest to assist our members such as: Advertising and exposure of your business, Monthly Networking, Workshops and Seminars, and Culturally Significant Activities

3 Petigru Drive
Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone: 843-770-0696
Cellular: 843-252-7188

Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce fulfills its mission by providing for business growth and learning opportunities so that businesses are more productive and profitable, as well as advocacy and community development to build a favorable business climate. All of these activities are described in further detail in Getting Connected, Marketing Your Business, Public Policy and Community Initiatives.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

PO Box 910
Beaufort, SC 29901
1106 Carteret Street (29902)

Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce

The chamber is committed to helping the business community and our residents thrive and prosper. Whether it’s networking opportunities, referrals, governmental advocacy, educational programs or helping to attract visitors, the chamber is dedicated to giving members a tangible return on their chamber investment.

1 Chamber Drive, PO Box 5647
Hilton Head Island, SC 29938
Toll-Free in US: 800-523-3373
Direct: 843-785-3673

Native Island Business and Community Affairs Association

NIBCAA’s mission of fostering economic development and improving the quality of life of Native Islanders remains the focus of the organization. The organization is accomplishing this mission via three programs. The Revolving Loan Program, Grassroots Leadership Program and the Native Islander Gullah Celebration.

21 Cardinal Road, Suite 105
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Phone: (843) 689-9314