The SC SBDC Hires David Dougherty as Community Navigator Program Business Consultant

South Carolina SBDC Network Headquarters (Columbia, SC) – The South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC), the state’s premier provider of business assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs, is pleased to announce the hiring of Community Navigator Business Consultant David Dougherty. A seasoned business professional with over 47 years of banking experience in South Carolina, Dougherty will support the state's Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP) in its mission to equip and empower minority, rural and other underserved sectors of the entrepreneurial community.

The CNPP operates to create a more equitable small business economy, and Dougherty’s background in community development, investor relations, employee sales training and commercial and retail banking relationship management has prepared him to “help entrepreneurs lay a foundation that will translate into a successful career.”

Throughout his professional career, Dougherty has developed a passion for seeing small businesses succeed. Having once been a part of a family-owned business himself, he understands both the struggles and rewards of small business ownership and offers a unique perspective and extensive knowledge to all SC SBDC clients. Dougherty is enthusiastic about engaging with South Carolina business owners and is determined to learn about their struggles and help them identify long-term solutions.

“I would like to play a small part in the creation and expansion of sustainable minority and woman-owned small businesses serving Upstate South Carolina,” he said. “The SC Business Navigator program offers underserved entrepreneurs an opportunity to tap into expertise that can guide them to have successful outcomes operating their business.

For more information on the SBA’s Community Navigator Pilot Program, please visit

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