Starr Dunbar is motivated to maximize each opportunity to grow as a business consultant. Dunbar joined the SC State Region SBDC in 2014 and she strives to stay current on ever-evolving trends in business, particularly marketing. She often attends workshops and webinars ensuring that her SBDC clients receive the most up-to-date advice.
Dunbar says that each client who comes through the door has a different need. Since she has been a small business owner herself, she can relate to their fears and their passions. Prior to coming aboard with the SBDC, Dunbar started her own marketing firm called Unveiled. She often shares her story of being a business owner and her clients take comfort in her transparency and empathy. Dunbar encourages them to be disciplined and consistent in their journey as a small business owner.
Dunbar earned a B.S. in integrated marketing from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She knew this hybrid curriculum would provide the insight she needed to manage the diverse world of constantly changing social media, web design, content marketing and other elements that must work together to form consistent branding and promotion platforms.
Prior to working with the SBDC, Dunbar worked in sales at Muzak. She instantly fell in love with the company’s marketing concept where businesses choose music that helps brand their vision to their consumers. That experience allowed Dunbar to learn how a holistic marketing approach based on all five senses helps people select goods and services.
In addition to working in the Orangeburg Area SBDC on SC State’s campus, Dunbar assists clients in a recently opened satellite center in Allendale, SC. This new location is a part of the SC SBDC’s rural outreach into surrounding areas including Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Calhoun, Hampton and Orangeburg counties.
Dunbar contributes to her community by serving on the board of The C.A.R.E Network, who assists residents with housing rehabilitation and S.P.I.R.I.T, an organization that supports single parents. She also volunteers with the Allendale County Arts Council and assists the Allendale County School District in campaign efforts.
Dunbar lives by a code of passion and creativity.
“Passion drives small business owners and I try to match their commitment and enthusiasm,” Dunbar said. “It’s difficult to wear as many hats as an entrepreneur wears, so I try to support my clients in any way I can. Often I can help them take a different perspective on a problem they have. I’m here to help them find creative ways to realize their dreams.”