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Small But Mighty: The Power of Small Business


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Small businesses are the backbone of our communities. From neighborhood grocery stores and cozy restaurants to vibrant barbershops and dance studios, they're the heart and soul of our neighborhoods.

With our series "Small But Mighty: The Power of Small Business," the objective is clear: to provide small business owners and the next wave of creative and innovative entrepreneurs with the tools, resources, and connections they need to succeed.

We invite you to join the conversation by using the hashtag #SmallButMightySC to share your stories about the small businesses driving South Carolina forward.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram at @sccfma and connect with us on Facebook at @southcarolinacommissionforminorityaffairs to stay up to date on new episodes.


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Episode 1-Christa Williams, Uncle Willie’s Grocery Store

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Located on historic Main Street, Uncle Willie's Grocery Store has become more than just a place to shop; it has become a hub for the community. In the premiere episode of our new series "Small but Mighty: The Power of Small Business, "Christa Williams, the owner of Uncle Willie's Grocery Store, shares her passion for serving the locals, building connections, and creating a space that feels like home.

In this series episode, we'll take you behind the scenes of:

  1. The origins of Uncle Willie's and Christa's commitment to the community
  2. The unique products and services that have won the hearts of customers far and wide
  3. Christa's unwavering dedication to supporting local farmers and businesses
  4. How Uncle Willie's Grocery Store has grown and adapted to changing times

Watch the episode: Facebook / YouTube 

Episode 2-Lina and Ismael Cordero, Waffle Drop

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Nestled in Hampton Station, Greenville's very own Waffle Drop brings a taste of Hong Kong to South Carolina, courtesy of Lina and Ismael Cordero. This dynamic couple saw an opportunity to blend cultures and introduce the bubble waffle—a beloved Hong Kong treat—to a whole new audience.

In the second episode of "Small But Mighty: The Power of Small Business," join us as we indulge in the sweet success of Waffle Drop:

  1. How Lina and Ismael were inspired to introduce this Hong Kong classic to South Carolina
  2. The special twist they add to their bubble waffles to make them truly one-of-a-kind
  3. Their experiences as business owners hailing from Ecuador and Mexico and how their diverse backgrounds influence Waffle Drop
  4. The role Waffle Drop plays in the growing diversity of Greenville County Tune in and don’t miss this opportunity to learn how Waffle Drop has been making life a little sweeter in Greenville.

Watch the episode: Facebook / YouTube 

Episode 3-Landry Phillips, Regal Lounge

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Situated on Bull Street in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC, Regal Lounge is more than just a barbershop; it's the epitome of luxurious grooming. With its majestic navy blue exterior and air of sophistication, once you step inside, Regal Lounge provides a space of opulence in an otherwise conventional grooming landscape.

In the third episode of "Small But Mighty: The Power of Small Business," journey with us as we spotlight Landry Phillips, CEO and co-owner, behind the grooming destination, providing more than just a haircut and a shave, but an experience and exploration:

  1. The inception of Regal Lounge and what fueled Landry's passion to elevate the grooming experience
  2. The unique and signature services that set Regal Lounge apart, making it a sought-after destination in the Midlands
  3. The challenges of building a business during the COVID-19 pandemic and how Landry leveraged small business resources to propel his vision forward even in the face of challenges
  4. Landry's advice to budding entrepreneurs and his roadmap for success

For more information on Regal Lounge, visit

City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities,
SC Small Business Development Centers,

Watch the episode: Facebook / YouTube

Episode 4-Canvas Studio

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Episode 4 of Small But Mighty: The Power of Small Business is here, and we are thrilled to showcase the incredible all-women trio of Kathryn, Jessie, and Karla from Canvas Studio! Located on Augusta Road in West Columbia, SC, this nail salon studio is not just about beauty; it's about community, passion, and the power of small business.

In this episode, we dive deep into:

  1. The journey of Canvas Studio and discover how Kathryn, Jessie, and Karla's unwavering commitment to their clients has made them a local favorite.
  2. The innovative nail services, intricate designs, and high-quality products that have customers raving and coming back for more.
  3. The power of women lifting each other up as the trio shares their passion for creating job opportunities for women in the community and their dedication to supporting local businesses.
  4. How Canvas Studio has navigated the ups and downs of the nail and beauty industry, constantly evolving and adapting to ensure they are always at the top of their game. 

Watch the episode: Facebook / YouTube