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Small and Minority Business Division

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The mission of the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Small and Minority Business Division is to identify key issues and services that are necessary for the development of minority, small businesses, as well as the best measures for sustainability, programmatic implementation, enhancement, and economic growth. 

Current Priorities:

  1. To deliver high quality professional development and training to business firms, with the focus being on enhancing growth and increasing economic prosperity.

  2. To effectively communicate with all stakeholders through intentional marketing and media coordination for increased visibility and awareness.

  3. To design strategic management systems and processes that improve information sharing with collaborative partners and governmental agencies.

  4. To actively seek out and secure available funding opportunities available to small and minority businesses.

  5. Raise and increase awareness regarding the benefits of partnering with the Commission for Minority Affairs through continuous governmental, community and civic engagement. 

Community Navigator Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting applications for its new Community Navigator Pilot Program which will help nonprofits, local and tribal governments, and other organizations connect underserved small businesses with resources and support they need to get back on track. For more information, visit the SBA's Community Navigator Pilot Program webpage.

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The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is seeking proposals to operate one of 13 American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AIANNH) MBDA Business Centers to provide entrepreneurial assistance, training, capital access and facilitate job creation and retention, and economic impact for Tribal communities and businesses. To learn more, visit the MBDA's website. Applications must be submitted to Grants.gov no later than June 30th, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.

Relentless Challenge

The SC Commerce Office of Innovation’s Relentless Challenge is a statewide competitive grant program that helps fund projects focused on fostering the relentless pursuit of transformational ideas, specifically in the areas of high growth entrepreneurship, talent development and access to capital. For more information, visit the Relentless Challenge website

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Federal Resources for U.S. Small Businesses

Are you looking for relevant federal agency resources, access to the latest news from federal agencies and more? Visit https://www.covid-sb.org to gain access to a consolidation of COVID-19 related information and resources from multiple federal agencies. This site is developed through a partnership between the Association of Women Business Center and America’s SBDC and is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

US SBA-South Carolina District Office Upcoming Events

To view upcoming events, resources and news from the South Carolina District Office of the Small Business Administration, visit https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/sc/columbia.