“Live Your Dream” with SC State’s Small Business Development Center

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Orangeburg, S.C. – The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SC State offers a variety of free resources for those seeking to establish a small business or those currently operating a business.

Established in 1979, as an administrative unit within the College of Business and Applied Sciences at SC State, the Small Business Development Center provides programs and services that foster economic growth and development to new and existing entrepreneurs. The Center is dedicated to the success of small businesses within its service area of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Colleton, Hampton and Orangeburg counties.

The SBDC’s activities also implement a part of the University’s mission to provide education, conduct research and provide service to the State of South Carolina.

“Our program is designed for anyone who has a desire to go into business for themselves or those who are currently operating existing businesses,” said John Goodwin, regional director for the Small Business Development Center at SC State.

Each year more than 160 businesses benefit from services provided by the Small Business Development Center. Through specialized support, business owners receive assistance in areas that best suit their needs.

During the past year, the center has been a focal point for those interested in developing a small business. However as economic challenges are realized, Goodwin says they seek to move in a new direction.

“We find that there are a lot of existing businesses that need our assistance to stay afloat. We will begin conducting financial management workshops in the beginning of 2009, which will inform business owners how to maintain financial balance, which provides an alternative to bankruptcy,” says Goodwin.

In addition to helping clients obtain adequate funding for business development, the SCBC offers training programs that cover an array of topics and workshops presented by top professionals in areas such as financial analysis and computer technology education & training.

Additional SBDC services include:

  • One–on-one Technical Assistance
  • Assistance with the preparation of business plans
  • Financial Management and Analysis
  • Turnaround Management
  • Assist clients with Procurement Opportunities
  • Marketing
  • Steps to Develop a Small Business
  • Small Business Accounting
  • Business Education and Training Seminars
  • Financial Planning and Loan Packaging
  • 8a application assistance (small business certification assistance)

“Once a client comes to us for service, we work with them for an unlimited length of time,” said Goodwin. The key to reducing the amount of failures is to make individuals feel comfortable about the assistance they are receiving,” he added.

For more information on the Small Business Development Center or upcoming seminars, please contact Pamela Free, SBDC business consultant at (803) 536-8445.