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Minority Business Support


Rogie D. Nelson

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The CMA’s Micro-Business Development Program supports the expansion of micro-businesses as a means to foster economic prosperity among ethnic minorities.

Contact Rogie Nelson,
Program Coordinator

Tel:  (803) 832-8166
Email: rnelson@cfma.sc.gov

What Is A Micro-Business?

A micro-business is a small business…
— with five or fewer employees,
— requires $35,000 or less in start-up capital,
— and has limited access to traditional bank loans.

If this is you, the CMA can help.

Our support includes providing:
1. Entrepreneurial Education and Training
2. Business Technical Assistance
3. Microloan Programs

Micro-businesses are critical for economy, accounting for 86.54% of all SC businesses.

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Other Businesses

Education and Training

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The CMA hosts entrepreneurial training programs designed to teach skills that are essential for managing a competitive business.

The CMA also hosts an innovative contractor training program designed to provide practical training for trade contractors & subcontractors.

Microloan Programs

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The CMA  helps microbusinesses to secure non-traditional financing.

This includes connecting businesses with lenders and providing technical assistance to those businesses in order to make their microloan application bankable and ready for approval.