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Featured Events

Did you know one out of every five American jobs is tied to exports?

Manufacturing Day Exporting Webinar

Discover Federal Government Resources to Grow Your Export Sales! Celebrate Manufacturing Day by registering for a virtual roundtable with accomplished small business manufacturers. Hear their secrets to success and grow your company’s international sales. Topics include: Access Trade Data, Find New Buyers Finance Deals, Extend Credit, Reduce Nonpayment Risk. Representatives from government agencies will also highlight key programs and opportunities for U.S. manufacturers. Sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Export-Import Bank, U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Census Bureau.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 2:00pm EDT


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Letters of Credit & Cash Against Documents

Documentary letters of credit or documentary collections or drafts are often used to protect the interests of both buyer and seller. These two methods require that payment be made on presentation of documents conveying the title and showing that specific steps have been taken.

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 10:00am EDT



Information Corner


SBA Awards $125,000 Grant to USC to Support Small Business Innovation and R&D Commercialization

The University of South Carolina was one of 24 grantees to receive an award of $125,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The grant will be used for specialized training, mentoring, and technical assistance for R&D-focused small businesses under the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program administered by the SBA’s Office of Innovation and Technology. FAST seeks to improve outcomes in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs for underserved communities by increasing participation from women-owned, rural-based, and socially economically disadvantaged small businesses. 

“Our FAST partners address the unique needs of next-generation, high-tech small businesses.  The program supports innovative entrepreneurs from underserved communities by helping them start and grow—a primary mission for SBA,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.  “Programs like FAST are more critical than ever as the SBA is laser-focused on helping small businesses recover and once again propel the national economy forward.  The SBIR and STTR funding can be the early seed capital to jumpstart companies today and make them successful in the future.  Some of our nation’s leading technology firms got their start with SBIR funding, and FAST is helping expand those opportunities to other entrepreneurs.”

The FAST Partnership Program provides one-year of funding to organizations that team up with others in their state to help build the innovation ecosystem that is key to helping grow the tech economy in that state.  Current law only allows one proposal per state and territory.  Candidates are endorsed by their state and territorial governors.  Proposals are evaluated by panels of reviewers from SBA and the SBIR participating agencies.  Varying levels of matching funds are required, based on the number of SBIR Phase I awards in each state.

Recipients this year cover a wide geographic area and include state and local economic development entities, Small Business Technology Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, incubators, accelerators, colleges, and universities.  All entities will provide support to small businesses developing high-risk technologies.

For more information on the FAST grant, visit

Upcoming Events

Columbia CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund Webinar
Women's Business Center/Small Business Development Center
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 11:00am EDT

SCORE's "Quickbooks 101 for Beginners Webinar
SCORE Business Mentor
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 1:00pm EDT

Financing Your Small Business Webinar
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 10:00am EDT
SBA Sponsored