Business Resources

Federal Grants

The Department of Labor oversees grant programs focusing on the workforce needs of employers. To keep apprised of federal grant opportunities, go to There you can sign up for an e-mail alert announcing grant opportunities. You can also search by using such keywords as “workforce” or “training,” or you can search by specific federal agency, such as the Department of Commerce. Training and development grants may also be available through the National Science Foundation and the Small Business Administration, among other groups.

State Resources

The South Carolina Department of Commerce can help you with training and development. Please visit this site for more information The U.S. Chamber Institute for a Competitive Workforce’s (ICW’s) also offers online information to help.

Regional Resources

Ten at the Top promotes a regional vision and strategy for the ten counties of the Upstate.

Upstate South Carolina Information Hub publishes information about programs, initiatives, services, and events in the Upstate region.

The Upstate SC Alliance is a public/private regional economic development organization that markets the 10-county Upstate region to the world so that the region can compete for business investment.

Community Colleges

Contact the Spartanburg Community College Cherokee Campus for help on employers’ training needs. These offices can help identify courses to meet the training needs of your workforce, develop a specialized curriculum, and connect you to grants.

Workforce Investment Boards

Click here for the Workforce Investment Board or Upstate Career Source. These boards are responsible for setting policy and overseeing workforce investment programs for the community. Each board is made up of individuals who are either appointed or volunteer.

Additional Resources