Across our five county region, over 3,200 establishments in the Financial and Business Services sectors are employing more than 47,000 people.

Combined Labor Sheds' Workforce Metrics

Total Jobs (Annual 2017)
Average Earnings
(33.1% below US Avg.) (Five County Region, Annual 2017)
Job Growth (2012-2017)

South Carolina Advantages

  • 7% projected job growth in the next five years (2016-2021) in SC
  • Average earnings in South Carolina are $88,942
  • For the past five years, six counties in South Carolina have experienced the greatest job growth within the Business + Financial Services sector, including York County at 19% growth
  • Cost of labor in the state in this occupational group is below the national median earnings by nearly $5.00/hour
  • In 2015, South Carolina had more than 10,000 completions in 55 programs from 65 institutions by students in fields related to company management including degrees in business administration, accounting, marketing management and finance

Leading OEMs and Suppliers In Region

Continental Tire
Lancaster, SC
Red Ventures
Fort Mill, SC
Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of SC
Columbia, SC
Colonial Life
Columbia, SC
Computer Sciences Corp
Blythewood, SC
Enstar Group Limited
Columbia, SC
Wells Fargo Customer Connection
Columbia, SC
Fort Mill, SC
Lash Group
Fort Mill, SC
LPL Financial
Fort Mill, SC
Mergent, Inc.
Fort Mill, SC
OneMain Holdings, Inc.
Fort Mill, SC
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Fort Mill, SC

Skilled Talent
Research + Innovation + Workforce Training Resources

I-77 Alliance Region Resources

  • Seeks to provide USC students with intensive exposure to entrepreneurial concepts, small business management training, and interaction with a network of successful entrepreneurs in South Carolina
  • Partners with Ernst & Young and the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of North Carolina in hosting the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Carolinas Region
  • Facilitates and supervises the conduct of in-depth consulting projects by students in The Darla Moore School of Business who work with entrepreneurial companies throughout South Carolina
  • Consulting teams work with a small business on a specific problem or project. The projects are driven by the clients’ needs, with the goal of providing a real service in return for the opportunity for students to gain practical experience in researching and solving a business problem
  • Ranked as the #1 international MBA program in the United States by U.S. News & World Report
  • Program includes an extensive international immersion and second language development
  • Integrated coursework with real-world consulting projects to help students become “business ready” on a global scale
  • Expanded leadership development curriculum prepares students with long-term leadership skills, giving them the agility they need to succeed in any marketplace
  • Established to improve America’s capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise by providing international education, research and training activities that help U.S. businesses prosper in an international economy
  • Enables USC to marshal their internationally oriented educational, research and outreach resources in a manner that directly serves to strengthen the international competitiveness of the U.S.
  • Unique resource for innovative education, research and outreach to serve a growing constituency with new multi-disciplinary approaches to meet the challenges of a dynamic international environment
  • Unique one-year graduate program at USC which is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and Computing and the Darla Moore School of Business
  • Designed for students and professionals in STEM fields
  • The program focuses on technology innovation, prototyping, customer discovery, business model development, commercialization, and legal protection

Statewide Resources

  • Supports continued development of international education opportunities so students gain the necessary international business skills, cross-cultural experience and foreign language proficiencies needed to compete effectively in today’s globalized economy
  • Advocates faculty development and international business research to help ensure that the international business knowledge conveyed in the classroom is up-to-date and relevant
  • Builds upon longstanding relationships with the SC International Trade Coalition, Charleston Women in International Trade, the SC State Ports Authority, the SC Department of Commerce, World Trade Center – Charleston, the Ex-Im Bank City/State partnership and other international trade organizations to expand international trade education and assistance to mid-career professionals
  • First organization in South Carolina to offer the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional credential program and training seminars
  • GBRC and the Charleston Women in International Trade partner on a mentoring program that matches School of Business students with global trade and logistics professionals in mutually beneficial relationships and hosts workshops connecting students with working professionals
  • Multiyear certification initiative designed to provide participating students with a structured, yet flexible, approach to learning about leadership
  • Students develop leadership potential through the completion of 20 elements comprised of knowledge acquisition, applications of skills and experiences centered around the leadership development of the student
  • Students evolve in the program, initially learning about leadership through seminars and workshops, to ultimately demonstrating leadership experiences prior to graduation
  • Highly regarded for its innovative, applied approach to advanced business topics
  • Students collaborate with prestigious domestic and international companies on real-world projects as well as network with executives, entrepreneurs and HR professionals at more than 20 program-sponsored events scheduled throughout the year
  • Students have access to personalized, individual career counseling and job placement assistance including an annual employer networking forum

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