Do you own a South Carolina business? Are you looking to start one? There are a number of reasons why South Carolina is a great state to do business. And First Bank* is here to provide the bank accounts, tools and services you need to succeed.
The Palmetto State has several First Bank locations in Cheraw, Dillon, Florence and Latta. We offer a variety of business checking and savings accounts as well as a collection of financial services to help you better manage your business.
Find the First Bank location nearest you, and open a business bank account today.
We offer business checking accounts to fit the needs of any business, of any size. Compare the list below to choose the one that best works for your business.
Our collection of business checkings accounts is complemented by our three business savings accounts. Compare the three options in the list and table below.
Our South Carolina bank accounts come with a variety of features to help businesses flourish. Just some of these include:
Some of our business accounts include up to 500 free transactions every month. This generous feature allows you to deposit checks, process debit card transactions, manage transfers and more.
Get up to $25,000 in free cash or coin deposits every month with certain accounts. This lets you get funds out of your register and into a safer place on a regular basis.
Just by maintaining a minimum balance, you can earn additional revenue for your business in the form of interest.
Manage your business finances from anywhere on a home computer, laptop, tablet or even a smartphone.
Pay any bills associated with your business online for free and take the hassle out of mailing checks.
Operate or manage your business 24 hours a day thanks to our round-the-clock telephone representatives.
Easily stay on top of all your business activity with monthly estatements or paper records.
You won’t incur any fees from First Bank for nationwide use of CashPoints® and MoneyPass® ATM portals. This network gives you convenient access to your business funds.
Learn about one of First Bank’s customers in South Carolina.
Taxes. Keeping your business and personal finances separate will allow you — and the IRS — to more easily distinguish your business costs from your personal expenses. Filing taxes on behalf of your business will be easier and you’ll have greater protection in the event of an audit.††
Personal asset protection. If a business is tied to a personal bank account, you could risk losing your personal assets too if the business is sued or faces outstanding debt. That could mean property, equity or even your life’s savings.
Customer satisfaction. Customers are given more payment options with a business account, and being able to receive payments will help keep your business afloat. Business accounts allow for debit and credit card transactions, mobile payments and other customer-friendly features that a personal account fails to offer.
Employee satisfaction. Business bank accounts allow for direct deposits and payroll processing, which can help keep your employees happy.
Brand. Customers don’t take a business as seriously when they’re asked to make a check out to your personal name or they can’t pay with a debit or credit card. A business bank account gives your company credibility and brand awareness.
Borrowing power. A business bank account allows lenders to easily see your revenue flow and can help make your case for a loan approval when your business grows or expands.
Financial delegation. Small-business owners are often burdened with all financial responsibilities. With a business bank account, you can grant financial control to other employees with the peace of mind that your personal account is still safe.
Before you open a business bank account, you’ll of course need to open the business itself. In South Carolina, that requires just a few simple steps.
A corporation is a separate entity from its owners and includes shareholders, directors, officers and employees. The corporation structure is best for large businesses that wish to invest profits back into the company, seek venture capital funding or go public.
An LLC (Limited Liability Company) is often used by small businesses and limits the personal liability of the owners.
The sole proprietorship structure is used by self-employed individuals and also acts as the default structure for any business that has not yet declared otherwise. Unlike an LLC, the personal assets of a sole proprietorship can be held liable in the event of financial trouble.
A DBA (Doing Business As) is a way for sole proprietors to operate a business under a different name without having to create a formal legal entity.
Opening a business bank account in South Carolina, or any other state, will typically require a few basics.
According to Forbes, there are a multitude of reasons why the Palmetto State is a great place for business owners:
There are already more than 1,200 international business firms in South Carolina, and industrial electricity rates there are 12% less than the national average.
Additionally, South Carolina has no state property tax, local income tax, inventory tax, wholesale tax, unitary tax on worldwide profits or sales tax on manufacturing equipment, materials for finished products or industrial power. Plus, there are tax credits for companies that create new jobs.
All SC business ventures need more than just a bank account to ensure success. That’s why at First Bank, our business services extend well beyond just checking and savings accounts. We’re pleased to offer the tools businesses need to manage the finances of a business:
A First Bank business debit or credit card keeps your finances in the palm of your hands. Many businesses require a lot of transactions and we make it quick and easy to make the purchases you need to keep your business moving. Buy supplies, take a client out to lunch or place an inventory order over the phone with ease.
Best of all, you can earn great rewards for doing so. Earn points for money spent on qualified purchases with your enrolled First Bank Debit Card with Rewards‡‡ or First Bank Credit Card with Rewards§§ and choose from a selection of gift cards, travel benefits, merchandise and more.
Each card comes complete with many benefits:
Our software and equipment grants you and your customers greater flexibility in completing a transaction. We can supply your business with point-of-sale terminals along with wireless, mobile and integrated solutions.
This IP-based system is centralized on multiple terminals and allows businesses to process almost any type of transaction while adding more features as the business grows.
We help business owners manage all card transactions 24 hours a day in one centralized location with our web-based TransLink reporting system.
Four levels of check processing protection and an electronic check recovery service helps business owners get paid quickly and easily, increase sales and safeguard financials.
Process direct deposits*** for your employees, manage your payroll and even file your taxes with our payroll processing system. You can even disperse Payroll Cards to employees who do not have a bank account.
Our business loans and credit lines††† provide the funds you need to start, grow or expand your business. You can learn more about First Bank lending in the video below.
At First Bank, we’re committed to helping businesses find the bank account and financial management tools they need to succeed. We take pride in being a community bank with the tools and services of a large institution.
Whether you’re starting a business for the first time, you’re an established entrepreneur or you’re in the process of expanding your business, we are here for you. Contact your local First Bank of South Carolina today to learn more about our bank accounts and how we can serve you.
†Money Market customers can make six (6) free withdrawals per month. For each excessive transaction during a statement cycle, there is a fee of $15. Federal regulations limit withdrawals of preauthorized transfers to six (6) per month, including checks, drafts, online transfers, telephone transfers and debit card purchases. You may conduct an unlimited number of withdrawals at the ATM, in person at a branch, or by mail when the check is mailed to you.
‡CDs are subject to penalty for early withdrawals prior to maturity date. Penalty will reduce earnings.
§While First Bank does not charge for mobile banking, your mobile carrier’s message and data rates may apply. The First Bank Digital Banking Apps are available for select mobile and tablet devices.
**Free ATM network includes First Bank, First Bank of Virginia, CashPoints® and MoneyPass® terminals. Out of network terminal owners may charge a service fee.
††First Bank and its representatives do not provide tax advice. Each business’ tax and financial situation is unique. Businesses should consult their tax advisor for advice and information concerning their particular situation.
‡‡See Terms and Conditions for complete details on our MasterCard® programs. ©2013 MasterCard. MasterCard, Debit MasterCard and the MasterCard brand marks are trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated.
§§See Terms and Conditions for complete details on our MasterCard® programs. ©2013 MasterCard. MasterCard, Debit MasterCard and the MasterCard brand marks are trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated.
***Direct deposit defined as external ACH credit. Transfers from other First Bank accounts or deposits made at a branch do not apply.
†††Loans subject to credit approval.
South Carolina Department of Commerce: http://sccommerce.com/sc-advantage/pro-business-environment
South Carolina Department of Commerce: http://sccommerce.com/sc-advantage