Governor Henry McMaster Signs Proclamation Designating March 17 as “SBDC Day”

COLUMBIA, SC – In honor of the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC), an organization that for over forty years has helped small businesses across the Palmetto State grow and thrive, Governor Henry McMaster issued a proclamation Monday that officially designates March 17, 2021, as Small Business Development Centers Day (SBDC Day) in South Carolina.

The Governor’s proclamation notes that with small businesses representing 97 percent of the state's employers, the SC SBDC's support of their formation and growth is vital in driving economic growth and reducing unemployment throughout the state.

In 2020, the SC SBDC assisted 11,926 individuals and helped create/retain 3912 jobs, increased client sales by $18.5 million and started 143 new businesses proving once again, the SC SBDC is a leader in job creation and economic development.

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.

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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