SC Small Business Dispatch

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September 2012
WELCOME to the first issue of the SBA South Carolina District Office's updated newsletter, the SC Small Business Dispatch. The Dispatch is your monthly connection to the news, events, stories and best practices you need to build and grow your successful small business in South Carolina.

News & Features

September Is National Preparedness Month. Is Your Business Prepared?

Whether it's a major natural event like a hurricane or a stroke of bad luck like flooding caused by a fire sprinkler malfunction, disaster can strike at any time. That's why our office has compiled a list of online tools and resources that can help your small business stay in business if and when a disaster occurs. And as part of National Preparedness Month, SBA has teamed up with Agility Recovery Solutions to present free weekly disaster preparedness webinars throughout September at

Small Business Spotlight | Gourmet Bay Catering

Erin Marqua and Patrick Hickey of Gourmet Bay Catering
With a little help from SCORE, a great romantic partnership became a great business partnership.
When the owner of Gourmet Bay Catering was looking for a buyer in 2011, Patrick Hickey and his wife Erin Marqua were immediately interested. In fact, their dream was to someday run a small business together. Now, they had an opportunity to skip the start-up stage and take over a business with a solid history in Charleston’s competitive restaurant and catering scene.

SBA Lender Activity in SC | FY 2012 through August

Since the beginning of the 2012 fiscal year, SBA has backed 325 loans to our state's small businesses totaling over $207 million -- an increase of nearly $24 million over the same time period last year. Did your financial institution make the list?

Business Best Practice | Mixing Business and Pleasure

Happy hour could be the key problem solving and generating fresh ideas for your business. Yes, you read that right. Connecting with two or three business owner friends over happy hour -- or during a similarly relaxed activity, like a long lunch -- presents a great opportunity to get fresh perspectives on your business and its practices. Sometimes, it can be a good idea to mix business and pleasure. [Inspired by advice from Radha Herring, broker-in-charge and owner of Watermark Real Estate Group in Myrtle Beach and the 2012 South Carolina Small Business Person of the Year.]

Upcoming Events | September to Mid-October

Small Business Resource Day seminar -- Sept. 19 in Columbia, SC   > Read more
Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day event -- Oct. 2 in Columbia, SC   > Read more
Small BusinessLender Matchmaker event -- Oct. 18 in Florence, SC   > Read more


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New Lender Relations Specialist Joins South Carolina District Office

Gregg White
R. Gregg White has joined the SBA South Carolina District Office as the Lead Lender Relations Specialist. Previously, Gregg was Director of Business and Cooperative Programs for the USDA-Rural Development South Carolina office.
Gregg joins Gail Newton in the district office's Lender Relations division. He can be reached at 803-253-3360 or at

South Carolina Deputy District Director Retires after 38 Years with SBA

Theresa Singleton
Theresa Singleton, Deputy District Director of the SBA South Carolina District Office since 2003, retired from the SBA on February 29, 2012, after 38 years of service.
"Theresa was a strong advocate for small business during the entire length of her service," said Elliott Cooper, district director of the SBA South Carolina office."Not only do we at SBA miss her, she is also missed by our state's small business community, including our lender, business development and contracting partners."

Is there a topic you'd like to see covered in a future issue of the SC Small Business Dispatch? Email Anna Huntley at