Date of Award

Spring 2006

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Management and Decision Sciences


College of Business

First Advisor

Val Dunham


The purpose of this project is to investigate what information and resources are crucial for new start-up businesses to succeed in their first year of operation in Horry County, SC. The final focus of this research is to determine if the information needed by small businesses to succeed in Horry County include tapping into local government and local friendships or also called informal networks. The topic of special relationships in the Horry County area has not yet been researched or shown for that matter.