That's what Haley told the Aiken Rotary Club and a group of Aiken small-business owners as a part of her statewide tour to talk about her tenure so far.
Haley said she works every day to recruit businesses to South Carolina, in industries that include automotive, aeronautics, and research and development.
"I'm on the phone every day with businesses about South Carolina's business climate," she said.
Haley said she will work to keep South Carolina union-free to eliminate red tape that cuts down on the efficiency of smaller businesses, attract large companies and help existing small businesses thrive and expand.
"We know if small businesses get cash flow and profit margins, they're going to turn around and create jobs," she said. "We have to take care of the businesses we already have."
Earlier this month, Haley refused to support a tax break that her predecessor promised in an effort to attract Internet retailer Amazon.com to Lexington County. The legislation would have waived the sales tax for items South Carolina residents bought from the Web site.
Haley brought up the legislation Monday as an example of how important she felt it was to bring in businesses that would support the South Carolina economy and employ residents.
"That would have been a slap in the face to every small business we have," she said of the Amazon.com legislation. "I want South Carolina to ... start working to bring companies that will bring South Carolina jobs and use South Carolina materials."
Mike DeBruhl was at the reception, and he said he has been pleased with Haley's performance so far.
"She's approaching this as a business as much as she is a government operation," he said.