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Consultant Profile: Brian Wheat Area Center: Orangeburg Title: Business Consultant Start Date: April 15, 2021

QUESTION: What was your career track prior to joining the SC SBDC? ANSWER: I have trained and assisted hundreds of sustainable farmers in establishing and growing their businesses through work in the private and non-profit sectors. I also have a farm of my own and have worked as an educator in multiple areas, including as an adjunct instructor and through continuing education.

QUESTION: What motivated you to become an SC SBDC consultant? ANSWER: The SC SBDC has a wonderful reputation as a leader in offering business development services at no cost and propelling new and existing businesses to new levels of success. It is a personal and professional passion of mine to help others learn, grow and reach their maximum potential.

QUESTION: What is the best piece of advice you would offer an aspiring business owner? ANSWER: Take action and don’t be afraid— but do so carefully and be sure to maximize the potential of the resources available to you.

QUESTION: What area of interest/expertise do you offer your clients? ANSWER: Sustainable agriculture, food systems-related businesses, grant applications, cooperative development and extensive network of resources.

QUESTION: Since becoming an SC SBDC consultant, what is your greatest accomplishment? ANSWER: Helping multiple businesses make the transition from pre-venture to becoming an active startup/healthy business.

QUESTION: Why is the SC SBDC an important resource for business owners in South Carolina? ANSWER: Our team is incredibly qualified and covers a broad range of expertise. These resources are free and have a proven track record of moving new and existing businesses towards new levels of success.

QUESTION: What is your favorite part about working for the SC SBDC? ANSWER: Our team is incredibly dedicated to our work and genuinely committed to your success. Also, I am always learning and growing as we work together.

QUESTION: What quote/saying/maxim expresses your philosophy toward work and/or life? ANSWER: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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