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Small and Minority Business Division

Ethnic Minority Business Support

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Small and Minority Business Division promotes economic self-sufficiency for minorities and their families by providing entrepreneurial education and training, technical assistance, and access to business and financial resources.

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.

Education and Training

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The CMA offers the NxLevel Small Business Training course, a 12-week program designed to teach entrepreneurs about a variety of topics including business planning, marketing assistance, financial resources, accounting, e-commerce, website development and more.




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.




Technical Assistance

Smiling womanThe CMA seeks to provide existing and startup business owners with Business Management and Technical Assistance via subsidized consulting services designed to promote business growth.