The Rural Strong Business Expo Comes to the Upstate!

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The Ultimate Capital Workshop, Everything you need to know to access capital. ON 2/27 from 8-3 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Presented by the MBDA Business Center and the S.C. Department of Commerce. The Ultimate Capital Workshop is a workshop that all business owners can benefit from. If you’ve ever been turned down for capital or denied a business loan, then this workshop is for you.

You have more control of the access approval process than you realize. This workshop will teach you which type of capital to apply for and when. It also will show you how to get your business ready for approval. And finally, learn how to talk about the health and direction of the business to make your pitch more successful.

The more knowledgeable and prepared you are, the greater the possibility of securing the capital you need to grow your business.

The Ultimate Capital Workshop is Designed to Help You:
- Build your financial infrastructure
- Successfully seek and gain approval for capital

The workshop consists of:
- Three educational sessions
- One-on-one chat sessions with financial institutions

Session 1: Understanding Capital
Learn about the types and sources of capital, and how they are best utilized

Session 2: Building Your Financial Infrastructure
Learn what your financial infrastructure is and how to build it

Session 3: Packaging Your Business to Attract Capital
Learn how to present your business for capital approval. Don’t just submit your application, pitch your business for greater success

Introducing: The Financial Charette
Attendees will learn:
- How to attract capital
- How to develop and discuss Key Performance Indicators
- How to talk about the health and direction of your company

SBA will have a table at the event to provide resources on SBA backed loan programs.

$100 to attend. Includes lunch and refreshments.

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 8:00am EST
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201
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Business Planning

Minding Your Business

Gain the tools that you need in your business toolbox to be successful, including:

  • Utilizing best practices
  • Avoiding pitfalls
  • Building relationships with professional service and financial providers
  • Developing and maintaining an entrepreneurial culture and mindset
  • Learning about the City of Charleston’s M&WBE certification

SBA will also be present to talk about federal contracting, capital, and counseling resources.

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 11:30am EST
Gaillard Center
2 George Street, Charleston, SC 29401
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Rural Strong at the Piedmont Technical College James Medford Family Event Center on 3/4 from 8-12.

Join us for a FREE business expo focused on the development of rural small businesses and farms in the GLEAMS (Greenwood, Laurens, Edgefield, Abbeville, McCormick, Saluda) region. Hosted by Piedmont Technical College, and featuring guest speaker Hugh Weathers, South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture.

  • 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.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 8:30am EST
James Medford Family Event Center
620 Emerald Rd. N, Greenwood, SC 29646

Information Corner


SBA Announces Funding Competition to Organizations Providing Training to Women Veteran Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies, and institutions of higher learning are eligible to compete for funding of up to $300,000 to deliver entrepreneurship training to women service members, women veterans and women military spouses.

Up to six awardees will receive a total of $300,000 in grants administered by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development to participate in the Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program. The funds will be used to cover the costs of educating women service members and veterans, as well as women military spouses who are interested in starting or currently own a small business.

“Women veteran entrepreneurs have contributed in a major way to the growth of the U.S. economy, bringing in $10 billion in receipts over a five-year period,” said Larry Stubblefield, Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. “The SBA is committed to supporting women veterans with the training and resources they need to start, grow or expand a small business.”

Eligible organizations should submit applications for the Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program funding opportunity (WVETP-2020-01) through Applications not submitted via will not be evaluated. The submission deadline is Thursday, March 19 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The SBA will host a conference call on Wednesday, February 26 at 2 p.m. EST to answer questions related to the Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program grant announcement.

  • Submit questions to Jerry Godwin at no later than 4 p.m. EST on Monday, February 24.
  • Call in at (202) 765-1264; Conference ID:

A transcript of the webinar will be posted on and once it is available.

Upcoming Events

How to Start a Farm: Innovative Methods
Small Business Development Center
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 9:00am EST
Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College
3250 St Matthews Rd, Orangeburg, SC 29118

Introduction to QuickBooks Online
Small Business Development Center
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 9:00am EST
USC Aiken
471 University Parkway,Aiken, SC 29801

Small Business Resource Day: Connect with Counseling & Capital Resources
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 9:00am EST
Spartanburg County Public Library
151 S. Church St, Spartanburg, SC 29306

Are You Ready to Start a Business?
SCORE Business Mentor
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6:00pm EST
Mount Pleasant Library
1133 Mathis Ferry Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Full SBA and Resource Partner Calendar

2020 Salute to Small Business on May 6th from 8-2:30 p.m. at the Columbia Convention Center