SBA Regional Administrator Ashley D. Bell visits Columbia to Engage Partnerships with Community Organizations

Columbia, S.C. – On Tuesday, Feb. 26, Ashley D. Bell, Region 4 Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will visit Columbia, SC to sign strategic alliances with three entities that assist small businesses in South Carolina.

The purpose of a strategic alliance is to develop a formal relationship with organizations to strengthen and expand business development in the local area. This will include the sharing of resources, training, co-collaboration of events, and assists in bringing the tools each organization has to South Carolina’s 407,000 small businesses.

WHO: SBA Region 4 Administrator Ashley D. Bell (available for media interviews)

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2018

9 a.m. – Signing with the Women’s Business Center at Columbia College

Dr. Carol Moore, President, Columbia College

Columbia College Women’s Business Center

10 a.m. – Signing with Richland County

Paul Livingston, Council Chair, Richland County
Richland County Government Building

2 p.m. – Signing with Benedict College

Dr. Roslyn Artis, President, Benedict College
Benedict College, Office of the President

WHERE: Columbia College Women’s Business Center

1301 Columbia College Dr., Columbia, SC 29203

Richland County Government Council Chamber

2020 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29204

Benedict College Office of the President

1600 Harden St., Columbia, SC 29202

To coordinate interviews, please contact Savannah Wilburn with the SBA South Carolina District Office, at or (803) 253-3121.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

About the Columbia College Women’s Business Center

Headquartered at Columbia College, the Women's Business Center of South Carolina is a non-profit organization that establishes programs aimed at assisting women business leaders throughout the state. The WBC holds weekly programs, regional networking events, and locally hosted opportunities for engagement.

About Richland County - Office of Small Business Opportunity

The Richland County Government – Office of Small Business Opportunity is a municipal department of the county. The Office of Small Business Opportunity uses several economic development tools to provide creative business opportunities to address many of the obstacles that face small business.

About Benedict College

The Benedict College Business Development Center (BDC) was established in 2002 and created with a mission to expand the college's role and effectiveness in addressing the economic and business development needs of small and minority businesses. The center's goal is to create jobs, increase business development and provide entrepreneurial opportunities for low-to-moderate income persons.

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