South Carolina

The Palmetto State is home to the highest ranking African-American in Congress, Rep. James Clyburn, D-SC, the Majority Whip and a fierce advocate of rural economic development.  For more details, visit the National Black Business Month reference or consult Year of Jubilee: State of Black Business seventh edition.
South Carolina had a 53.1 percent growth in black-owned firms during the five years ending in 2007. The 2007 total of 43,810 companies with $2.2 billion in receipts grew from 28,613 establishments with $1.6 billion in sales in 2002.

Our latest study, Silicon Ceiling 13, reports:


Fewer than two percent of black workers in South Carolina work in computer, engineering and

science occupations with less than one percent in the computer fields.

South Carolina had 81,123 black college and graduate students in 2006 of whom 70 were

graduate students in science and engineering.

These are black-owned or managed places to stay, according to NABHOOD:

Columbia Marriott 1200 Hampton Street Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC 630 Assembly St. Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Fairfield Inn Orangeburg 663 Citadel Road Orangeburg, South Carolina 29118

Radisson Hotel and Suites 9027 Fairforest Road Spartanburg, South Carolina 29301  

Towne Place Suites Columbia 350 Columbiana Drive Columbia, South Carolina 29212