Small Business Development Center celebrates 28 years of service

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

ORANGEBURG – Current and former clients of the Small Business Development Center at South Carolina State University, joined by federal officials will celebrate 28 years of helping the “little guy” to succeed.

SC State’s Small Business Development Center will celebrate its 28th anniversary on Friday, March 16, at 11 a.m. in the fourth floor auditorium of Belcher Hall. A reception will follow on the third floor at 12 p.m. For additional information, contact John W. Goodwin, interim regional director, at (803) 536-8445.

In attendance at the anniversary celebration will be university officials, as well as federal and state small business administration and elected officials. In addition, several current and former clients – including Randolph Technology Inc., a Townville-based mechanical contractor; Sole Mates Shoe Salon, Inc., a Sumter-based upscale retail shoe salon; Platinum Shear Inc., an Orangeburg-based cosmetology school; PST Inc., an Orangeburg-based roofing insulation manufacturing company; and Drive Safe Inc., a Columbia-based, award-winning company that markets driver safety notification signs – will be on hand to provide testimonials on behalf of the center.

SC State’s Small Business Development Center is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The center offers numerous services to small businesses, including free expert consulting services, concentrated training and information resources. The center is dedicated to the success of entrepreneurs and small businesses in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Colleton, Hampton and Orangeburg counties.

Consultants in SC State’s Small Business Development Center provide one-on-one consultation, analyze business operations and assist clients in the preparation of business plans and loan proposals. The center also supports the start-up and growth of small businesses through ongoing training and workshops and specialized consulting services. All of the services provided by the center are free to clients. The center is one of four regional Small Business Development Centers located on the campus of a South Carolina public institution.

SC State’s Small Business Development Center is an administrative unit within the College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences. Under the supervision of the dean, the center implements a part of the school’s service goals and serves as a resource for classroom and application-oriented interactions with faculty and students. The center’s activities also implement a part of SC State’s mission to provide education, conduct research and provide service to the State of South Carolina through an aggressive outreach program designed to increase the growth of entrepreneurship. One of the specialties of the Director is Turnaround Management.