South Carolina ranked No. 16 nationally for friendliness toward small business, according to a recent survey by, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The Palmetto State received an overall grade of B+, garnering mostly high marks in the two-month survey that involved 6,000 small-business owners nationwide.

Other key findings for South Carolina included:

  • It costs relatively little to hire a new employee in South Carolina — the state was the second-least costly place in the nation to hire a new employee. 
  • Women-owned small businesses in South Carolina were significantly more optimistic about their financial future than their male counterparts. Female entrepreneurs were 15% more likely than male entrepreneurs to rate their company’s financial situation as likely to improve over the coming year. 

The state received a grade of A+ for the ease of starting a small business, cost of hiring a new employee and friendliness of environmental regulations. It received an A for overall regulatory friendliness, and friendliness of employment, labor and hiring regulations.