BusinessSupport

Starting a Business

Open for Business Program

Our Planning and Development Department will provide personal assistance to businesses locating, building or expanding inside city limits through the OPEN FOR BUSINESS PROGRAM. They can provide additional information on business licenses, zoning, and building codes, as well as help you set up your initial utility accounts.

The Technology Incubator at Knowledge Park

The Knowledge Park’s Technology Incubator offers entrepreneurs access to business resources and technical support designed to help launch an idea into a successful business. The Incubator isn’t just a place to share space, rather it’s designed to bring companies in, help them grow and develop, then graduate in approximately 8 to 12 months.

The TI Center’s economic development mission is to assist in the successful launch of innovative technology companies to create knowledge economy jobs in the local community.

Collision Cowork

Located in Rock Hill’s historic city center, Collision Cowork features newly renovated, creative cowork space just steps away from restaurants, bars, concert venues, and apartments.  The center offers flexible or dedicated work space, private offices and private phone booths. Meeting rooms include HD TVs and whiteboards. The kitchen area includes a refrigerator, sink, microwave, bar seating and free coffee.  All renters receive access via Wi-Fi or ethernet to Zipstream gigabit internet service over a fiber optic network at no additional charge.

Coworking is an increasing trend in the modern workplace and is considered a key driver of small and fast-growing companies. According to www.coworking.com, this approach is “a global community of people dedicated to the values of collaboration, openness, community, accessibility, and sustainability in their workplaces.”

Coworking provides a knowledge-sharing spirit of collaboration whose benefits include: keeping local talent, work-life balance, a marketplace of resources, and an engine of innovation.

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is a free, nation-wide program that allows early-stage startups a safe and supportive space to present their business ideas and receive constructive feedback from other business owners and community members. Launched for the first time in York County in November 2016, the program will continue on a monthly schedule, open to any community member interested in participating.

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