Friday, August 28, 2009

SC State University’s Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Small Business Programs, and the Center for Entrepreneurship Development at Claflin University, will sponsor the Employer Compliance Assistance Forum.

This forum will be held on Friday, August 28, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Staley Hall on the campus of SC State University, and will specifically focus on Department of Labor regulations. Rules regarding minimum wage, overtime, fair labor standards, workplace safety, and employee health and pension benefits will also be addressed.

John Goodwin, regional director for the Small Business Development Center, says that this educational forum will aid all small business owners. “The knowledge of the Department of Labor rules and regulations is only one more component any business person should have to avoid pitfalls because of the lack of business knowledge, especially laws pertaining to labor and wages,” said Goodwin. “This seminar will provide entrepreneurs with one of the stones of success to keep them from drowning in the world of, ‘I was not aware,’” he continued.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Small Business Programs, Wage and Hour Division, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration will participate in the forum, and answer questions from small business owners.

For more information on the Employer Compliance Assistance Forum, contact Pamela Free of the Small Business Development Center at (803) 536-8445, or send your e-mail to Please RSVP for this event.