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Doing Business with the Federal Government Information Session


Federal Contracting 101

Get the information you need to know about how to do business with the world's biggest customer--the U.S. government. Plus, learn about the SBA's small business contracting programs, including the 8(a) Program for socially and economically disadvantaged business owners, Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program. Also learn about prime and subcontracting assistance programs. Spaces are limited!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 9:00am EST
The Continuum
208 West Main Street, Lake City, SC 29560

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Third Annual McNair Entrepreneurship Showcase

The third annual McNair Entrepreneurship Showcase is slated for Friday, January 31, 2020, hosted by the University of South Carolina McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise and featuring Steve Forbes as the keynote speaker at 3pm. The showcase is designed to inspire, invigorate and inform students, business leaders and alumni about entrepreneurship and innovation in South Carolina. The afternoon showcase event is free and open to the public and is presented by the Young Americas Foundation.

Previous showcases have featured Alli Webb, founder and chief creative officer of Drybar and Dave Knox, best-selling author of Predicting the Turn: The High Stakes Game of Business Between Startups and Blue Chips. In addition, UofSC alumni will be showcasing their companies as well as detailing their unique personal journeys to owning their own businesses. The showcased companies represent a variety of industries such as technology, consumer goods, and marketing. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to interact with leaders in the community as well as resource providers for starting a company.

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 2:00pm EST
The Senate
1022 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201
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Information Corner

Disaster Loans Apply

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in South Carolina Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced on Dec. 20, 2019 that Working Capital Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in South Carolina as a result of drought beginning Sept. 10, 2019.

The loans are available in the following counties: Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Clarendon, Colleton, Edgefield, Florence, Hampton, Jasper, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, and Sumter in South Carolina.

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 and ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions. 

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

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

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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Submit completed loan applications to SBA no later than Aug. 17, 2020.

Upcoming Events

How To Do Business In Myrtle Beach
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 1:00pm EST
Myrtle Beach Historic Train Depot
851 Broadway Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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How to Start a Business
Small Business Development Center
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 4:00pm EST
Colleton Commercial Kitchen
514 East Washington Street, Walterboro, SC 29488

Financial Audit Preparation
Small Business Development Center
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 2:30pm EST
The Mill on Park
237 Park Ave SW, Aiken, SC 29801

Effective Website Development Workshop
SCORE Business Mentor
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 6:00pm EST
Charleston County Public Service Building
4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, SC 29405

How to Start a Business
Small Business Development Center
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:00pm EST
Trident United Way Community Room
6296 Rivers Avenue, N. Charleston, SC 29406
Registration Required

Entrepreneurship Day 2020
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 9:00am EST
Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology
1951 Pisgah Rd., Florence, SC 29502
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Full SBA and Resource Partner Calendar

Customer Experience Survey