Pamela Free has been a business consultant with the Orangeburg Area Small Business Development Center for seven years. She counsels small business owners and potential owners, helping them make their dreams of entrepreneurship a reality. Free believes in the importance of setting attainable goals which inspires, motivates and encourages her many clients.
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become through the process. Achieving your goals is a growth process that builds character, insight and work ethic,” Free said.
Free’s clients include service, retail and professional businesses. Whether she is involved in one-on-one counseling or conducting business training seminars, Pamela finds strength and a great deal of satisfaction in assisting others.
“Small businesses are job creators,” Free said. “They are truly the driving force in local, state and the national economies. I know that the success of my clients is important and helps provide jobs and economic development.” The Orangeburg Area SBDC is the hub of the SC State Region SBDC, which serves Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Calhoun, Hampton and Orangeburg counties.
Free is proud of living in Orangeburg and she is committed to promoting the city and county as a beautiful place to live, work and play. As an active member of the Orangeburg Young Professionals Organization (OYP), Free shares this passion for her home turf with a network of young professionals inspired to be involved in their community. Free also completed leadership training with the LOUD (Lower Orangeburg Upper Dorchester Counties) Leadership Program sponsored by Senator John W Matthews.
A cum laude graduate of Claflin University with a B.S. in business management, Free has co-owned and operated retail businesses and a property management business. She understands that entrepreneurship is a lot of hard work, but she feels that life is all about setting reasonable goals and then taking the plunge.
Free’s last name is an apt moniker for her attitude about entrepreneurship and life in general. She sums up her life view with a favorite quote from Southern author Mark Twain. Twain wrote, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”