SC Small Business Development Centers welcomes Mel Wallace as the new director of the SC State Region SBDC. As director, Wallace will lead outreach, education and consulting services for the SBDC in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Calhoun, Hampton and Orangeburg counties.
Wallace, formerly the manager for the SC SBDC’s Minority Outreach Program, will continue to focus on the African-American community and other underserved client populations. Wallace plans to make a greater impact in these underserved areas by introducing entrepreneurship as a means to lower poverty rates.
“Hundreds of South Carolinians are waiting to live their dream, create their own livelihoods and build their community through entrepreneurial pursuits,” says Wallace “I believe that entrepreneurship and innovation are the engines of growth to lift people out of poverty.”
A business strategist for advanced construction technologies, including (BIM) building information modeling, Wallace has more than 20 years in advanced technology sales, channel management and corporate development of technology service providers. Previously a senior advisor with Ampirix Consulting, Wallace was also director of business development for Satellier, a multinational solution provider of documentation and digital design services. Wallace is the founder of Visually Intelligent Solutions, a technology start-up offering consulting, training and design support for architectural, engineering and construction industries. He earned a B.S. in business administration and marketing from Limestone College and served honorably in the United States Marine Corp.
“In my new position, I will be assisting companies in all stages of growth. From start-ups to businesses just trying to survive and make a turnaround,” Wallace said. “I’m particularly eager to work with companies that are primed for expansion. In my experience as a business consultant, companies positioned in high-growth markets provide the greatest potential for job creation.”
SC SBDC services include personalized, confidential and free business consulting concerning many aspects of running a small company. For example, consultants can assess the feasibility of a business idea, help write a business plan or provide marketing guidance. While the SC SBDC does not provide loans, their consultants guide entrepreneurs toward potential financial options.
“I look forward to bringing the resources of the SC SBDC network more fully to the communities within the SC State Region,” Wallace said. “Nowhere else can the citizens of South Carolina access such stellar services free of charge.”
For more information on the SC State Region SBDC, to make an appointment for consulting or to extend an invitation to speak at a community event, contact the center directly. It is located on the SC State University campus in Belcher Hall. The street address is 300 College Street, Orangeburg, SC 29117. The SC State Region’s phone number is 803.536.8445. Wallace may be reached directly through his email at email@example.com.
Seventeen South Carolina Small Business Development Centers across the state offer individual, confidential business consulting at no cost. Trained consultants assist both existing and startup companies. Consultants provide a variety of services, including advisement on business plans, fiscal and operations management, financing options, marketing strategies, human resources and much more. Centers conduct affordable education workshops and provide referrals and connections to other business resources. Specialized services include government contracting, exporting, manufacturing, technology commercialization, veterans business assistance and minority outreach. Visit www.SCSBDC.com to find a center and make an appointment.