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Starting a Business in
St. Stephen, South Carolina

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity. Generally, businesses need an EIN. You may apply for an EIN in various ways, and now you may apply online. This is a free service offered by the Internal Revenue Service and you can get your EIN immediately.

​The Business Entities Online system allows users to file corporate documents online and to search entities on file with the Secretary of State's Office. Users may file organizing documents and may file documents for existing entities using this system. The public may access general information for all entities on file, including registered agent and registered office information. The online system also includes the option of searching for a particular registered agent, allowing users to view which entities an agent serves as a registered agent. In addition to online filing and searches, users may access downloadable forms on the Business Entities Online system.

Every person who engages in business in this state as a retailer must obtain a retail license before making any sales. This includes sales made online and persons who make infrequent sales in this state. If you have more than one business outlet, you must have a separate retail license for each location.


  • Is your business making retail sales in the state of South Carolina? If you are, you are required to obtain a retail license before engaging in business. (See FAQ)

  • If you are making retail sales at a promotional show, trade show, fair festival, or carnival please see the Registration FAQ to determine if you need a retail license.

  • If you are located outside of South Carolina, but make sales into the state, you are a remote seller and may be required to obtain a retail license if you meet certain requirements.

  • Persons performing dry cleaning functions on-site are required to obtain a certificate that allows them to purchase the chemicals to perform these tasks. (See FAQ)

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

The mission statement of the Berkeley County Geographic Information System (GIS) is to provide Berkeley County officials, departments, consortium members, other agencies, and the public with accurate and reliable geographic information through responsive and innovative GIS services. The Berkeley County Geographic Information System (GIS) is also a regional geographic information resource that provides for the business needs of Berkeley County Government,  Berkeley County GIS Consortium and the general public. 

Please use Berkeley County GIS to determine if the property you wish to conduct business is zoned properly.

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