Two Day Proposal Prep Class Next Week!

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Featured Events

Shaking Hands

SCAGPO Reverse Trade Show

Hosted by the South Carolina Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials (SCAGPO). an excellent opportunity for small, minority and veteran owned businesses. This event is also a great networking opportunity for any size business looking to provide goods and services to governmental agencies.

The cost is $65 per person online and $75 on the day of the event. Participants can also choose to pay $100 to attend this event and another in Charleston in June.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 9:00am EDT
Lexington Municipal Conference Center
111 Maiden Ln., Lexington, SC 29072



Two Day 7j Proposal Preparation Training

SBA 7j provider Ruffin Consulting will be on hand to discuss how small businesses can position their firms to successfully win federal contracts. Topics to include: proposal planning, bid/no bid decisions, RFP content, source selection and the proposal preparation process.

Lunch will be provided!!!!!! Registration open on a first-come first-serve basis, with priority given to 8(a) firms. This training is a two-part series. Participants can choose to register for part 1, part 2, or both sessions.

Part 1 - Technical Proposal
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 8:30am EDT

Part 2 - Cost Proposal
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 8:30am EDT

Strom Thurmond Federal Building
1835 Assembly St., 14th Floor, Columbia, SC 29201


Information Corner

Hurricane Florence Recovery. You might be eligible for SBA Disaster Assistance.

SBA Deadline for South Carolina Small Businesses to Apply for Working Capital Loans for Hurricane Florence is June 21

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in South Carolina that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations affected by Hurricane Florence from Sept. 8 through Oct.  8, 2018.

“Businesses that suffered economic losses as a result of the disaster and want to apply for low-Interest loans from the SBA are urged to do so before the June 21 deadline,” said Kem Fleming, director of SBA Field Operations Center East.

Low-interest disaster loans are available in the following counties Berkeley, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg in South Carolina; and Anson, Brunswick, Columbus, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland and Union in North Carolina.

Working capital disaster loans up to $2 million are available at 3.675 percent for small businesses, and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. The loans are intended to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. To be considered for this assistance, eligible entities need to apply by the deadline.

Survivors may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Businesses may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded at Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 21, 2019.

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Rural Strong Business Expo on June 18th at the Colleton County Commercial Kitchen