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Young & Determined: Sharnise McMichael Overcomes the Odds in Orangeburg

Sharnise McMichael is a woman with many passions, ingenuity and the tenacity to accomplish whatever she pursues. As a student at Claflin University, Sharnise decided to become a nail technician to support herself, pay for college and save money to invest in her own business. While carrying a full course load, Sharnise not only completed the state-mandated training required to earn her nail technician certification, she also gave birth to twin daughters. Yet despite her demanding schedule, Sharnise — fueled by her ambition and boundless energy — succeeded in all her endeavors.

In 2015, shortly after graduating, Sharnise fulfilled a longtime dream when she launched Lush Nail Lounge in downtown Orangeburg. Sharnise and her staff of three nail technicians soon began attracting loyal clients by indulging them with an array of services in a sociable, spa-like atmosphere. As a result, the salon posted an impressive $25,000 profit within months of its grand opening.

“It was extremely challenging getting my business started,” McMichael said about opening the salon. “Nonetheless, with my faith in God and determination, I was able to make it happen. No one gave this business to me. I had to do it; and this is what I would share with anyone getting started.”

Today, Sharnise sees limitless opportunities and is eager to pursue her next ventures: employing creative marketing techniques to expand her clientele, advocating on behalf of small business owners and participating in civic organizations devoted to fostering economic growth in downtown Orangeburg.



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Beth Smith named SC SBDC State Star for her contributions to the economic development of South Carolina

Beth Smith, manager of the Spartanburg Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC), was recently selected as the 2016 South Carolina State Star. This noteworthy achievement is based on her exemplary performance, enthusiasm for representing the network in the business community, contributions to local economic development and longstanding service to the SC SBDC.

Smith has been managing the Spartanburg Area SBDC co-located with Spartanburg Community College since 2011. In the past year alone, she has conducted more than 1290 counseling sessions, assisted 195 clients, and hosted workshops attracting more than 200 attendees. Her clients have generated nearly $3 million in investments resulting in the creation or retention of 122 jobs.

“Beth is a respected and highly productive advisor for the SC SBDC network,” said South Carolina SBDC State Director Michele Abraham when announcing Smith’s selection as the 2016 ASBDC State Star. “In addition to helping business owners chart a path to success, she has been instrumental in making the SBDC a vital player in the economic landscape of the Spartanburg area, and sharing her expertise with new consultants. The Spartanburg Area SBDC is very fortunate to have Beth at its helm,” said Abraham.

Like all SC SBDC network professionals, Beth draws upon her breadth and depth of experience when advising both existing and early stage venture clients.



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