Jovita Carranza Pledges to Create More Opportunities for Underserved Entrepreneurs

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How to Do Business In Myrtle Beach Workshop


  • How to work with the city, county state, and federal government
  • How to win bids and obtain contracts.
  • How to start and do business with Myrtle Beach and other government entities.


  • Presentations by resource agencies who can assist with business start-ups

  • Information on local entrepreneur resources

  • A panel presentation on accessing local government contracts

  • Break-out sessions on a variety of topics, including vendor registration, small business/disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) programs, and e-procurement systems

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 1:00pm EST
Myrtle Beach Historic Train Depot
851 Broadway Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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Entrepreneurship Day 2020

Florence-Darlington Technical College's Gould Business Incubator and Francis Marion University's Kelley Center for Economic Development have announced a day to educate entrepreneurs about valuable resources that are available to help initiate, market, and finance their businesses. 

Entrepreneurship Day 2020 is open to anyone who is thinking about starting a new service or developing a product, as well as established businesses who want to stay current in their industries and network with emerging companies.

Registration begins at the SiMT Conference Center at 8:30 am with the program lasting from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be demonstrations of the Virtual Reality Production Studio and the Advanced Manufacturing Center following the presentations.

Topics will cover:

  • The Art of the Pitch
  • Product to Market Strategy
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Digital Marketing and Sales
  • The Pee Dee Idea Challenge
  • Winning Contracts and Grants
  • Alternative Funding Sources
  • Social Media Research
  • Manufacturing Technologies
  • Virtual Reality Production

Agency informational tables will be available for additional resources for business owners. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. $25 to attend.

For more information contact event organizers:

Ashley Deaza at, 843-413-2755 or Brianna Dennis at, 843-661-1205.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 9:00am EST
Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology
1951 Pisgah Rd. Florence, SC 29502
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SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza

Jovita Carranza Pledges to Create More Opportunities for Women, Underserved, and Veteran Entrepreneurs

Received Broad Bipartisan Support During U.S. Senate Confirmation as New SBA Administrator

Jovita Carranza now serves as the 26th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Administrator Carranza will lead the only federal agency exclusively dedicated to assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs in starting, growing, and expanding their businesses. Additionally, the SBA provides targeted recovery support in the event of a declared disaster. This is Administrator Carranza’s second tenure at the SBA. She served in the George W. Bush Administration as Deputy Administrator, from 2006-2009. The President nominated Administrator Carranza to lead the SBA while she was serving as the 44th Treasurer of the United States. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a strong bipartisan vote of 88-5.

“I want to thank the President for his confidence in me to be an advocate in the Cabinet for our country’s 30 million small businesses, and I want to express my sincere gratitude to the U.S. Senate for confirming me in a bipartisan fashion,” Administrator Carranza said. “I look forward to helping elevate female entrepreneurs and our military veterans, expanding access to SBA resources among entrepreneurs in disadvantaged communities, and continuing to prioritize disaster relief.”

“I would like to thank former Administrator Linda McMahon for her leadership at the SBA, and the dedicated professionals at the Agency during this transition,” said Administrator Carranza.

Administrator Carranza’s experience includes a remarkable 30-year career with United Parcel Service, where she began as an hourly dock worker, rose to oversee operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, and ultimately retired as the highest-ranking Latina in the company’s history.

In testimony on December 11, 2019, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Administrator Carranza discussed her hands-on experience in the private sector, public service and the life-changing potential of entrepreneurship:

“Throughout my life – as a young girl in a working-class community, as an executive leader at a global company, and as a government official – I’ve seen the transformative power entrepreneurship can have on individuals, communities, and the global economy.”

Administrator Carranza pledged to preside over an Agency focused on creating more opportunities for women and historically underrepresented entrepreneurs while ensuring the SBA remains prepared to assist displaced homeowners and small businesses impacted by disaster:

“Members of this Committee, whatever success I achieved in life has been a function of not only hard work, but also opportunity, guidance and advocacy I received from others. … I will leverage the power of this agency to continue to provide the same kind of support that I received, to entrepreneurs who need it most. I intend to put particular emphasis on opening more doors for women and for entrepreneurs in underserved communities, including military families and veterans. And I intend to prioritize disaster preparedness.”

Administrator Carranza earned her MBA from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and received executive, governance, management and financial training at the INSEAD Business School in Paris, France; Michigan State University; and the University of Chicago.

Upcoming Events

SBA Resource Day at Voorhees College
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 9:00am EST
Voorhees College
151 Academic Circle, Denmark, SC 29042

Business Planning
SCORE Business Mentor
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 6:00pm EST
Greenville County Public Library
25 Heritage Square, Greenville, SC 29601

Writing Your Business Plan Workshop
SCORE Business Mentor
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 6:00pm EST
Charleston County Public Service Building
4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, SC 29405

How to Improve Your Management Skills
Small Business Development Center
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 1:30pm EST
Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce
107 Court Square, Abbeville, SC 29620

Before You Launch - Plan!
SCORE Business Mentor
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 6:00pm EST
Friendship Baptist Church
515 Richland Avenue E, Aiken, SC 29801

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