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Featured Events

Boots to Business, Veterans


Boots to Business - JB Charleston Naval Weapons Station

Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by SBA as part of the Department of Defense's Transition Assistance Program (TAP). B2B provides participants with an overview of business ownership and is open to transitioning service members (including National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses. This foundational two-day, in-person course provides you with an introductory understanding of business ownership.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 8:30am EDT


National Small Business Week Awards

2022 Salute to Small Business

The South Carolina Salute to Small Business is the Palmetto State’s annual National Small Business Week event. The mission of the event is to connect the state's small businesses to new opportunities and resources and to honor South Carolina's top small businesses and small business advocates. Due to COVID restrictions, this year’s awards ceremony will be hosted virtually. We hope to continue our Procurement Matchmaker event in 2023.

Each year at the Salute to Small Business, we partner with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers, SC SCORE and the South Carolina Research Authority to recognize local small business leaders in several categories. Each award nomination undergoes a strenuous clearance and review process, ensuring that our winners are truly extraordinary. Please join us for this annual event to honor successful South Carolina small businesses.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 2:00pm EDT


Information Corner

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SBA Administrator Guzman Announces the Launch of Inaugural America’s Seed Fund Expo Competition for Small Businesses, Startups and Inventors, using SBIR Developed Technology

Applications will be accepted until April 22, 2022

Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, announced the launch of America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo 2022, a new initiative aimed at identifying innovative startups and supporting them with resources to help them scale, grow, and thrive. This competition comes in the midst of a historic economic recovery and record growth in new business applications as American entrepreneurs continue to start and grow their businesses and startups.

“Every day, in communities across America, entrepreneurs are advancing innovative solutions to our nation’s most pressing challenges. The SBA is committed to helping ensure that those good ideas from everywhere and anywhere connect to federally-supported ecosystems and partners to commercialize and grow into resilient American businesses,” said Administrator Guzman. “With the launch of SBA's first America's Seed Fund Expo, we will showcase exceptional entrepreneurs who have leveraged federal R&D funding in key industries and highlight the resources to advance these game-changing innovations right here in America.”

America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo 2022 will:

  • Provide broad exposure for innovative small business startups to nationwide innovation networks and local ecosystems across America;
  • Provide a platform for connecting innovative startups with networks that can enable these companies to scale, grow, and thrive;
  • Raise public awareness of the opportunity to commercialize critical innovation necessary for continued American competitiveness in the global marketplace; and
  • Showcase American entrepreneurial ventures at the forefront of AgTech, Climate & Energy, National Security, and Supply Chain Resiliency that are building a better America through innovation and choosing to manufacture their products at home in the U.S.

“The giants of future industries so often start as small business startups with big ideas. We know the public and private sectors must work together to nurture these small businesses with big ideas over many years so they may sustain and grow. America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo will lift up big ideas and provide a platform for our national innovation community to support the businesses of tomorrow,” said Associate Administrator DeVries.

How to Apply

The SBA is now seeking applications for companies to present at the inaugural competition, providing a new and notable opportunity for entrepreneurs that have developed technology through the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs to raise their profiles and grow their networks --- a critical element for small business startup success. Competition rules, requirements, and additional information can be found at

Submission period: Now – April 22, 2022

Winners to Be Announced: May 2022

Attend the Expo

Members of the innovation and venture capital community, SBA resource partners, media, and other entrepreneur support organizations are also invited and encouraged to attend. The Startup Expo will be virtual and held on May 25 at 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT. The Expo is open to the public.



Upcoming Events

Ask the South Carolina District Office
SBA Sponsored
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 10:00am EST

Business Plan Bootcamp
SBA Participating
Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 10:00am EDT

Small Business Accounting Workshop
SCORE Business Mentor
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 4:30pm EDT

Ask the South Carolina District Office
SBA Sponsored
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - 10:00am EST

Business Plan Bootcamp
SBA Participating
Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 10:00am EDT

Industry Day for Minority Contractors
SBA Participating
Friday, April 29, 2022 - 9:00am EDT