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Have questions about starting, growing, expanding, or recovering your small business? Join this weekly call with the SCDO team to hear answers to commonly asked questions about COVID EIDL, PPP forgiveness, federal contracting, loans for start-ups, and other small business resources!

Every Wednesday - 10:00am EDT

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Federal Contracting Readiness Program

This comprehensive (8) week training program will assist 7(j) eligible firms interested in obtaining 8(a) certification. The webinar will focus on the process of becoming “Federal Contracting Ready”. Come see how obtaining 8(a) certification and catapult your company to the next level!

You Will Learn: 8(a) Eligibility Requirements, Federal Contracting Environment, Potential for Success and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) / DCAA Compliance.

Friday, October 15, 2021 - 11:00am CDT


Information Corner

Two SC Incubators Win $50,000 in Growth Accelerator Competition to Support Inclusive Entrepreneurship in the Innovation Ecosystem 

The Biden-Harris Build Back Better Agenda Would Invest $400 Million to Support Additional Growth Accelerator Fund and Small Business Innovation Research Catalyst Competitions 

COLUMBIA – U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced 84 winners for the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC) and eight winners for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Catalyst competition, a new component aimed at spurring investment in underrepresented communities within the innovation economy at scale, receiving a combined total of $5.4 million in awards.  Two GAFC winners come from South Carolina, receiving $50,000 each.

The two GAFC recipients from South Carolina are the USC Technology Incubator in Columbia and the Don Ryan Center for Innovation in Bluffton. The USC Technology Incubator helps innovative businesses grow through education, mentoring, and an established sense of community in an incubation facility that serves the Midlands of South Carolina. The Don Ryan Center for Innovation provides small business development to innovators, start-ups and early stage business launch assistance to entrepreneurs located in Jasper and Beaufort counties.

“We are proud to see two winners from South Carolina,” said Gregg White, District Director for the South Carolina District Office. “We look forward to seeing how these awards benefit underserved inventors and innovators in Columbia, Jasper, and Beaufort. South Carolina has a robust appetite for new ideas, and I am excited that these two organizations will have more funding to fine-tine the cutting edge products and services that their clients are developing.”

This important initiative would be expanded significantly by the $25 billion Biden-Harris Administration Build Back Better for small business agenda, which would invest an additional $400 million in the GAFC to support start-up accelerators and incubators working with underrepresented entrepreneurs. In providing a template for the SBA to further scale its innovation programming, these awards also highlight the outsized impact local winners can have at home with increased resources and the expanded role of small businesses as hubs for job creation and economic growth in our country.

“I am proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition and SBIR Catalyst prize competition. This year’s cohort of winners emphasizes our commitment to equity. Our awardees have innovative plans to support underserved entrepreneurs, including women, people of color, and individuals from underrepresented geographic areas,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “The Growth Accelerator prize funds will ensure a wide range of startups and innovators working on cutting edge STEM/R&D ideas have access to technical support and capital. The success of the first-ever SBIR Catalyst track will ensure newly piloted regional collaboratives represent the diverse potential of the U.S. innovation ecosystem.  And President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda would enable us to ramp up this program even more, helping to reach thousands of innovators from underrepresented communities and geographic areas.” 

The winners of the GAFC are accelerators and incubators who proposed targeted assistance to STEM/R&D entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, rural, and veteran entrepreneurs. The GAFC prize winners support a broad range of industries including clean energy, supply chain resilience, and infrastructure. Many accelerators and incubators also work to expand the participation of innovation-focused small businesses located in HUBZones. GAFC winners will each receive a $50,000 prize.

Competitors were required to submit a presentation deck and a 90-second video to describe their overall plan for an award, including their work with targeted entrepreneur groups, experience with STEM/R&D, and implementation plans for the prize funds. Applications were judged by panels of experts from the private and public sector with experience in early-stage investment, entrepreneurship, academic, startups, and economic development.   

For a full list of winners, please visit >>>>www.sbir.gov/accelerators<<<<;;;.  

Upcoming Events

I-HOPE Women's Business Center Orientation-Get to Know Us!
Women's Business Center
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 10:00am EDT

Are You Ready to Borrow?
Small Business Development Center
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 12:00pm EDT

Grant Writing & Fundraising - Nonprofit Workshop Series Fall 2021
SCORE Business Mentor
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 12:00pm EDT

Business Smart Series: Part 2
SBA Participating
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 10:00am EDT

International Trade: Increase Your Revenue by Tapping Foreign Markets
SBA Participating
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 10:00am EDT

Introduction to Business Resources for the Latino Small Business
SBA Participating
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 6:00pm EDT

National Women Small Business Month
SBA Sponsored
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 2:00pm EDT