As the new year unfolds, Richland County business owners are reminded to renew their business licenses and are encouraged to do so online in order to save time and receive a discount.
All Richland County business licenses expired Dec. 31, 2014. It’s important for business owners – especially those who operate out of homes – to understand the necessity of securing an up-to-date Richland County business license.
“Obtaining a business license is important not just because it’s required but because it represents a ‘seal of approval’ from the County, informing potential customers that the business is operating lawfully and complying with regulations that help ensure the safety and quality of life for everyone,” said Pam Davis, director of the Richland County Business Service Center.
The deadline for acquiring a 2015 business license is March 15.
Businesses can quickly and easily renew their licenses by taking advantage of the Richland County Business Service Center’s (BSC) online resources. The BSC website offers online renewal, as well as a checklist for ensuring all information is gathered before beginning the process. A comprehensive set of instructions help guide business owners through the online renewal process, and they will receive a $10 discount off the renewal fee for using the website.
“Many businesses will wait until the last minute to renew, resulting in longer waits, higher call volumes and penalties if the paperwork is incomplete,” Davis said. “To help businesses avoid these, the County is pleased to offer online renewals to businesses for their convenience, allowing them to obtain their business licenses sooner, avoid parking and long lines and receive a $10 discount. It’s a win-win opportunity.”
In addition to business license renewal, the BSC website offers a wealth of information for Richland County business owners, including a Richland County Business Handbook, a listing of relevant county codes, ordinances and amendments, important events and deadlines, and a list of currently licensed businesses.
To renew Richland County business licenses online, click here or visit www.rcgov.us/bsc. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-576-2287.