OVERVIEW: Seventeen South Carolina Small Business Development Centers across the state offer individual, confidential business consulting at no cost. Centers conduct affordable education workshops and provide referrals to useful business resources. The USC Region SBDC centers serve Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Fairfield, Sumter, Clarendon, Newberry, Aiken, Beaufort, Jasper, Dorchester, Berkley and Charleston counties.
1. Consulting: The SBDC provides quality consulting in such areas as business plans, marketing, record keeping, financial loan packaging, and general management.
2. Continuing Education: The SBDC conducts workshops and seminars for both new and existing business owners and entrepreneurs.
3. Information and Referral: The SBDC maintains current information on a wide range of small business services provided by other agencies.
4. Special Purpose Programs: Procurement, Exporting and Technology Transfer.
FEES: Consulting and referral services are offered without charge. Seminars are provided at a nominal fee.
CONFIDENTIALITY: Consultants have signed a confidentiality agreement and cannot discuss any details pertaining to our clients,outside the SBDC, without express written consent.
ACCESS: The SBDC offices are normally open from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.
SBDC FACTS FOR 2011:
6,096 S.C. entrepreneurs & business owners walked through our doors.
$192 million in Economic Impact.
2,735 Jobs created.
$54.7 M in Capital Formation
$117.9 M in Government Contract Awards
105 New Business Startups
$5.85 generated in federal and local funds for every $1 invested by the State of South Carolina. As a 1:1 match program, state funds ensure that we can use all available federal funding.