SC SBDC State Director Michele Abraham Elected ASBDC Board Chair

COLUMBIA, SC–The South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC), the state’s premier provider of business assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners, is pleased to announce that State Director Michele Abraham was elected by members of the America’s SBDC association to serve as Chairperson of its Board of Directors.

SC SBDC State Director Michele Abraham

America’s SBDC represents the network of nearly 1,000 SBDC offices and 5,000 employees nationally. It is the Small Business Administration's largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses.

Abraham was selected Board Chair at the ASBDC’s annual meeting held September 4-6 in Long Beach, Calif. This will be Abraham’s sixth year as a Board member. She has previously served as Board Vice Chair and Secretary. America’s SBDC Board comprises 10 elected Directors responsible for the supervision, control and direction of the Association’s mission, overall policies, strategic and operating plans and budget.

Abraham, who has more than 25 years of small business development experience, joined the SC SBDC as its Director in 2010. In this role, she leads the organization’s more than 56 employees, providing strategic vision and oversight in the continued success of South Carolina’s principal business assistance organization.

Under Abraham’s leadership and commitment to continuous improvement and performance excellence, the SC SBDC has earned two national accreditations at the highest level with no conditions and multiple commendations and best practice citations.

Abraham is credited for leading the organization during a period of unprecedented change. From increasing its role in boosting small business U.S. exports to developing a special unit focused on technology commercialization projects, Abraham’s strategic leadership consistently has achieved impressive results, including increased ROI for taxpayers. Members of her team say she is a gifted communicator who challenges others to work hard while holding herself to the same high standards.
“This position is a high honor and one I am pleased to undertake on behalf of my colleagues across the U.S. I look forward to working with the other board members and our entire membership to continue developing and implementing strategic initiatives that will further enhance the services we provide to small businesses and contribute to strong economic health.”

About America's SBDC
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. It is the Small Business Administration's largest partnership program, providing 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-one South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) located throughout the state’s 46 counties offer pro bono individual, confidential business consulting. Highly-trained consultants assist both existing and startup companies providing a variety of services including business plan development, fiscal and operations management, human resources, financing options, marketing strategies and much more. In addition to conducting a variety of free or low-cost 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 and @SCSBDC.