"One of the Most Business Unfriendly Things We Do..."
December 20, 2016
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is calling on lawmakers to standardize the business licensing process. In an interview with The State Newspaper, Chamber President and CEO Ted Pitts called the current system, "One of the most business unfriendly things we do." In the upcoming Legislative Session, the Chamber is asking lawmakers to cut the red tape. This means one standardized due date for all businesses, one application, one set of rate classifications, and the ability to file online. The current system is not uniform across jurisdictions and is a burden on business owners. The process is especially taxing on small businesses that operate in several municipalities. In order to operate in the Charleston area alone, a service provider is required to pay a minimum of 28 municipal business license fees and complete 28 separate sets of paperwork. This lack of standardization is a clear impediment to business development and growth. The South Carolina Chamber will be discussing the 2017 Competitiveness Agenda at Business Speaks, January 18th.
To read more of Pitt's comments in The State Newspaper click here.