October 28, 2019

The South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) is pleased to announce that Myrtle Beach Area business consultant Bernita Platt was recently selected as the 2019 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 outstanding service to the SC SBDC.

Every ye...

October 28, 2019

Linda Blanton, a business consultant for the Charleston Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC), retired in August to enjoy full-time R&R. Since 2009, Linda served as a government procurement specialist in the SC SBDC at the University of South Carolina through the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) program. In this role, she assisted established small to medium-sized companies that want to sell to federal an...

July 15, 2019

More than 40 staff, special guests and sponsors gathered June 11-12 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia for the SC SBDC Annual Statewide meeting that featured exhibitor booths, training sessions, panels, presentations, working luncheons and an Awards Dinner and Ceremony.

State Director Michele Abraham opened the two-day meeting with welcoming remarks that focused on the theme for the gathering—Agribusiness—and supporting sm...

April 12, 2019

Since 2012, the SC SBDC has been doing its part to implement a robust, proactive Rural Outreach program in collaboration with the SC Department of Commerce that cultivates what the USDA considers the five key indicators of rural prosperity: 1) e-Connectivity, 2) Quality of Life, 3) Rural Workforce, 4) Technological Innovation and 5) Economic Development.

As a pathway to rural prosperity in South Carolina, the SC SBDC provides r...

January 23, 2019

Last November, the Aiken Area SBDC hosted the first Annual CPA, Banker and Attorney Business Resources Networking event. This conference was the brainchild of Laura DiSano, a highly-regarded business consultant for the Aiken Area SBDC. DiSano was a recipient of the SC SBDC’s Individual Performance Achievement Award for her work helping emerging entrepreneurs and existing small businesses in Aiken County and its surrounding are...

October 12, 2018

Ben Smith, manager of the Clemson Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC), was recently selected as the 2018 South Carolina State Star. The State Star award, the highest accolade achievable by SBDC employees, recognizes extraordinary performers who have made strong contributions to their state network. Smith was recognized with other State Star recipients from SBDCs across the country during the 38th Annual America’s SBD...

October 12, 2018

In August the SC SBDC lost a cherished member of its family when Mike Bell, a Hartsville, South Carolina native and consultant with the Florence Area Center, passed away after a two-year struggle with cancer. Despite his illness, Mike remained committed to his clients, frequently working from home when he was unable to make it to the office.

“There is a quote that says ‘If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your l...

July 13, 2018

At an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Statewide Conference, the SC SBDC recognized consultants, clients and advisory board members for their significant contributions to the network over the past year. SC SBDC Statewide Director Michele Abraham presided over the event.

“This year I added the State Director’s Award to the line-up of award categories,” said Abraham. “The State Director’s Award recognizes...

April 13, 2018

In 2017, the SC SBDC underwent a national re-accreditation review; and in Feb. 2018, the ASBDC Accreditation Committee announced its award of full accreditation to the SC SBDC without conditions—the highest rating possible.

January 15, 2018

The South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) has named Charleston native and longtime community business leader Darrell Jones as director of the University of South Carolina (USC) region which covers 13 counties.

Jones will be replacing Martin Goodman who will be stepping down from the post after a successful 11 year run. SC SBDC State Director Michele Abraham is grateful for Goodman’s leadership and lasting...

October 15, 2017

Darrell Jones, manager of the North Charleston Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC), was recently selected as the 2017 South Carolina State Star. This noteworthy achievement is based on his exemplary performance, enthusiasm for representing the network in the business community, contributions to local economic development and outstanding service to the SC SBDC.

Every year, each of the 63 SBDCs across the U.S. and its t...

July 15, 2017

Through its Veterans’ Business Program (VBP), the SC SBDC supports transitioning service members considering the merits of owning a small business. While SC SBDC veteran-related initiatives are coordinated by Earl Gregorich, a business consultant with the Columbia Area SBDC, there are many knowledgeable consultants throughout the statewide network working daily to provide no-cost support services to the state’s veteran communi...

April 16, 2017

The South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) and Professor Wolfgang Messner of the Darla Moore School of Business recently collaborated to assist South Carolina companies while creating applied learning opportunities for students enrolled in the school’s Global Competitive Analysis course.

“The success of the program hinges on attracting South Carolina companies willing to participate,” said SC SBDC State Dir...

January 15, 2017

In days of yore, businesses relied on paid advertising (print, broadcast, outdoor), direct mail, trade shows, websites, etc., to promote their brand and generate sales. These tactics, however, were costly, labor intensive, time-consuming and, most notably, risky. A liberal budget and a hefty marketing staff didn’t guarantee success; in fact, companies could expend considerable resources on campaigns that yielded lackluster res...

October 15, 2016

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...

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