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Featured Events

8a Business Development Program Information Session

8(a) Business Development Program Webinar

Do you meet all three of the requirements below? If so, you may be a good candidate for the 8(a) Business Development Program for Federal Government Contracting Opportunities!

1. In Business for at least two years?

2. Socially Disadvantaged (in a minority group)?

3. Economically Disadvantaged (personal net worth below $250K)?

Learn about 8(a) Business Development Program, a nine-year program for socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses that have been in business for at least two years. This class may help you gain a foothold in federal government contracting. Includes an overview of the benefits of the program, program eligibility, and the application process. Part of the SBA South Carolina District Office's Small Business Contracting webinar series.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 9:00am EDT


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

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration, The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the South Carolina Small Business Development Center, and SCORE for a half-day business expo focused on the development of rural small businesses and farms. Location sponsored by the Colleton Commercial Kitchen.

  • Featuring guest speaker Hugh Weathers, South Carolina Commisioner of Agriculture, and Ashely Bell, SBA Region VI Administrator.
  • Hear from representatives of SBA and USDA about the resources that are available to small businesses and farmers
  • Learn about the economic development of rural small businesses and farmers within the state
  • Listen to a panel of business owners and farmers discuss best practices for rural businesses
  • Network with over 20 different organizations in the state that provide free or low-cost assistance to rural entrepreneurs.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 8:30am EDT
Colleton Commercial Kitchen
514 E. Washington Street, Walterboro, SC 29488


Get Funding to Start or Grow your Small Business

City of Columbia's 2019 Access to Capital Symposium

Are you looking for capital to start or expand your business? Then plan to attend the 2019 Access to Capital Symposium, a lender matchmaker event between traditional/non-traditional lending organizations and small business owners. This unique networking opportunity, hosted by the City of Columbia's Office of Business Opportunities, will address current lending practices and is designed to help small business assess their lending options in the most efficient way. This year, the event will consist of matchmaking sessions, allowing for one-on-one (15 minute) meetings with lending organizations.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 8:00am EDT
Columbia Convention Center
1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201


Information Corner

Hurricane Florence Recovery

Deadline Approaching in South Carolina for SBA Working Capital Loans

U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that July 8 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in the South Carolina counties of Chesterfield, Dillion, Horry and Marlboro as a result of Hurricane Florence, flooding and wind that began on Sept. 14, 2018.

"These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in North Carolina. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included," said Kem Fleming, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers.

The loans are for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 3.675 percent for eligible small businesses and 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations, and terms up to 30 years.

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

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

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than July 8, 2019.

Upcoming Events

Full SBA and Resource Partner Calendar

Drive 8a Federal Business Summit on June 26th in Sumter SC

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