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Submit Your Information to be Included in the Small & Minority Business Directory

The S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs is developing a statewide Minority Business Directory to provide information to users who are interested in doing business with minority-owned businesses. To be included in the directory, complete the Minority Business Directory Questionnaire.

EZ PPP Loan Application Available through November 30, 2020

A revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application is available through November 30, 2020. The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. In June 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, announced the new EZ and revised full forgiveness application. Click to download an application and read the full release.

More Than 11,000 Applications Submitted for SC CARES Act Relief Grant Programs

Gov. Henry McMaster and The South Carolina Department of Administration (Admin) announced that 11,217 applications were received for the SC CARES Act grant programs for the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program and the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program. These programs award grant funds to small and minority businesses and nonprofit organizations to reimburse qualifying expenditures for providing services or for revenue loss due to COVID-19.

Beginning on October 16, Governor McMaster, Admin, and other state leaders held events in Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Greer, and Myrtle Beach to raise awareness of the program and encourage business owners to apply for the program.

“Small businesses are the cornerstone of our state’s economy and they were hit hard by the pandemic,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “We knew we had to quickly get them the help they need through an easily-accessible program, and I’m happy to say that the results have exceeded our expectations.”

Act 154 of 2020 allocated $40 million for the Minority and Small Business Program, with grant awards ranging from $2,500-$25,000. The total number of application submissions for the Minority and Small Business program was 9,627, with a total requested amount of $213,297,112.30.

Act 154 allocated $25 million for the Nonprofit Program, with grant awards ranging from $2,500-$50,000. The total number of application submissions for the Nonprofit program was 1,590 with a total requested amount of $75,980,037.43. READ MORE

SCCMA Community Civic Engagement Initiative

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs (“CMA”) is encouraging communities to become more civically engaged through a new Civic Engagement and Education Academy. The Commission for Minority Affairs will offer a virtual course on civic advocacy beginning August 2020. Individuals, groups and organizations are encouraged to participate in the free program. READ MORE

Native American Studies Center Releases Fall Quarterly Newsletter

The University of South Carolina Lancaster's Native American Studies Center quarterly newsletter is out now! In this issue, the center highlights Columbus controversies and their work with the Governor’s School for Science and Math Summer internship program. CLICK TO READ THE NEWSLETTER

2020 Community Survey

The S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs is conducting an online survey to better understand the impact of COVID-19 and the recent tornadoes on communities across the state. The survey will track how communities are receiving information related to the COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of COVID-19 on individuals (employment) and small businesses, and the ability to receive financial assistance; the impact of the recent tornadoes (April 13, 2020) in South Carolina; and more. To complete the survey in English, click https://bit.ly/cmacommunitysurvey. To complete the survey in Spanish (Español), click https://bit.ly/cmasurveyspanish.

COVID-19 Statewide Working Group for Latinx & Immigrant Communities

The SC Commission for Minority Affairs, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, PASOs and Hispanic Alliance formed a statewide working group of individuals, organizations and businesses serving the Latinx and immigrant communities in SC. The purpose of the work group is to coordinate and share information and resources available to families responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The group created a Directory of Service Providers to facilitate the process of finding resources, sharing information and promoting networking. If you, or your organization, are assisting the Latinx/immigrant community, or if you want to start helping, please complete the form! To ensure an accurate database, please complete all information. For more information, contact Ivan Segura at isegura@cma.sc.gov or Louise Popock at LPocock@scjustice.org.  

We're Still Working for You

While our office is closed to the public, we're still committed to serving you. Our staff is working remotely and is available to assist you. To reach a member of our team, call (803) 333-9621 or email info@cma.sc.gov. STAFF DIRECTORY                    

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