SC Small Business Dispatch

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December 2012

News & Features

Nominate an Entrepreneur or Business Advocate for an SBA Award

The SBA South Carolina District Office is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 state small business awards, which include both entrepreneurship and advocacy categories. The deadline to submit a nomination is January 3, 2013.

Major South Carolina awards include:

  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Small Exporter of the Year
  • Family Business of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year
  • Veteran Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year
  • Women in Business Advocate of the Year

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SBA Launches Online Learning Center for Entrepreneurs

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week last month, SBA launched an online small business learning center. The new learning center features a searchable catalog of small business educational resources, including self-paced courses, videos and web sessions. Visit the online learning center at

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Small Business Spotlight | Watermark Real Estate Group

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In 2007, the housing market imploded. The real estate industry went into a tailspin. And Radha Herring – the 2012 South Carolina Small Business Person of the Year – started Watermark Real Estate Group in Myrtle Beach.

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Note: Each issue includes two of the following three features: Words of Wisdom, Small Business Spotlight and Biz Best Practice

Biz Best Practice | The Gift of "Macro-Management"

Want to help your small business grow and give your employees a gift they'll treasure long after the holidays are over? It's simple... Just stop micromanaging.

Clifford Smith, president of Small Business Group, Inc., a North Charleston construction and environmental management firm, practices what he calls "macro-management." He's departmentalized each business responsibility and implemented weekly staff meetings. The result? A more efficient company that's more responsive to customers.

"I've seen so many small companies that can't [grow] because the owner wants to do everything," Clifford says. "That's inefficient. You have to let your people do what they do best."

SBA Lender Activity in SC | FY 2013 through November

Over 30 SBA lending partners were active in the first two months of the 2013 federal fiscal year. Find out which institutions made the list for October and November 2012.

Note: The lender activity reported is cumulative. Therefore, the activity available through the link below changes each month.

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District Office Announces New Lender Relations Specialist

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The SBA South Carolina District Office welcomes Frank Anderson, Lender Relations Specialist, to our team. Previously, he was Assistant Vice President - SBA Express Loan Specialist at Bank of America. 

An Army veteran, Mr. Anderson also has a background in credit, risk management, mortgage underwriting, and business and real estate financing.

Mr. Anderson joins Gregg White and Gail Newton in the office's lender relations division. His territory encompasses the Upstate.

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