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Drive 8 a Federal Business Summit June 26th from 9-12 in Sumter, SC

Learn More about the 8(a) Program

Hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Carolina District Office.

•Are you a minority or socially disadvantaged business looking to expand your contracting opportunities with the federal government?

•Is your net worth below $250k (economically disadvantaged)?

•Have you been in business for a least two years?

If so, you might be missing a huge opportunity to gain access to federal contracts that are set aside for 8(a) Business Development Program.

At the Drive 8a Summit , participants will learn how to qualify, apply, and utilize the certification to increase business revenue. Attendees will also meet Dr. Louis Lynn and other members of the Drive 8(a) committee speak about their success with the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 9:00am EDT
USC Sumter Arts and Letters Building
200 Miller Road, Sumter, SC 29150


Information Corner

Hurricane Florence Recovery

Deadline Alert for South Carolina Private NonProfit Organizations to Apply for SBA Working Capital Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding Private NonProfit (PNP) organizations in South Carolina of the July 16 deadline to submit Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications for damages caused by Hurricane Florence from Sept. 8 through Oct. 8, 2018.

Certain Private NonProfit organizations that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. Examples of eligible non-critical PNP organizations include, but are not limited to, food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges.

PNPs located in Berkeley, Calhoun, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lancaster, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg counties in South Carolina are eligible to apply.

The SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help eligible non-critical PNP organizations meet their working capital needs such as ongoing operating expenses.  This assistance is available regardless of whether the organization suffered any physical property damage.  Loan amounts can be up to $2 million with an interest rate of 2.5 percent and terms up to 30 years.  The SBA sets loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s financial condition. To be considered for this assistance, PNPs need to apply by the deadline.

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

Disaster loan information and application forms may 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 sending an email to  Loan applications can also be downloaded from 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 July 16, 2019.

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