Celebration of ‘SBDC Day’ set for March 17, 2021

Businesses always have celebrated ribbon cuttings, grand openings and company anniversaries. For the fifth year, they'll be able to commemorate the organization that helps them turn their dreams into reality: Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). America's SBDC Day is set for March 17th, 2021, a day that will unite nearly 1,000 SBDCs across the country and the hundreds of thousands of clients they've served in their 41-year history.

In 2020 SBDCs collectively helped generate; 91,767 jobs, $7 billion in sales growth; $6 billion in capital investments; and started 20,374 new businesses proving once again, SBDCs are leaders in job creation and economic development.

"Here in South Carolina, small businesses represent 97 percent of the state's employers," said SC State Director Michele Abraham. "By supporting their formation and growth, the SC SBDC plays a vital role in driving a thriving economy and creating jobs."

With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. SBDCs have also supported small businesses in ways beyond business development.

"The SC SBDC plays a critical role in assuring the prosperity of small businesses in South Carolina," said Abraham. "This past year our network of consultants helped 11,926 small business owners expand their eCommerce capabilities, attract new customers through creative marketing campaigns, access working capital, develop sustainable growth strategies, scale operations to sell globally, win lucrative government contracts, and more."

America's SBDC network is a partnership that includes the U.S. Congress, SBA, the private sector, and the colleges, universities and state governments that host SBDCs across the nation. SBDCs provide management and technical assistance to an estimated one million small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs each year.

Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can go to their local SBDCs for no-fee, face-to-face business consulting and affordable training on writing business plans, accessing capital, marketing, regulatory compliance, international trade and more.

Small businesses, partners, and advocates are invited to help spread the word about SBDC Day using the hashtag #SBDCDay. On March 17, participants are encouraged to share how their local SBDC has created a difference in their lives and communities.

To learn more about SBDC Day and to join the movement, visit www.AmericasSBDC.org/SBDCDay.

About America’s SBDC and Small Business Development Centers:
America's SBDC represents the Nation's 63 Small Business Development Centers, a national network of partnerships uniting higher education, state and local nonprofit economic development organizations, private enterprise and government. The Small Business Administration's largest partnership program provides management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their own businesses. Learn more at www.AmericasSBDC.org.

About the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC):
Twenty South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) located throughout the state’s 46 counties offer no-fee individual, confidential business consulting. Highly-trained consultants assist both existing and startup companies by providing various services, including business plan development, fiscal and operations management, human resources, financing options, marketing strategies and much more. In addition to conducting various affordable education workshops, SBDC centers refer clients to useful business resources. Specialized services include government contracting, exporting, technology commercialization, veterans’ business assistance and minority outreach.

Visit SCSBDC.com to find a center and make an appointment. Follow us at facebook.com/SCSBDC & @SCSBDC

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