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Applications Are Being Accepted for the COVID-19 EIDL through December 31, 2021 Or Until Funds Are Exhausted!

Effective Wednesday, August 4, 2021 Applications Will Be Accepted for PPP Loan Forgiveness for loans under $150,000!

South Carolina Department of Commerce Supporting SC Businesses - 2021 Workforce & Retention Series featuring Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina

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Applications Are Being Accepted for the COVID-19 EIDL through December 31, 2021 Or Until Funds Are Exhausted!

July 29 | 3:46 pm–December 31 | 11:59 pm
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Effective Wednesday, August 4, 2021 Applications Will Be Accepted for PPP Loan Forgiveness for loans under $150,000!

August 4 | 12:00 am–August 31 | 12:00 am
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South Carolina Department of Commerce Supporting SC Businesses - 2021 Workforce & Retention Series featuring Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina

August 4 | 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Virtual

South Carolina Department of Commerce Business Services Division will provide free monthly webinars that focus on workforce and retention options to help support your S.C.

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May 25–September 28
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Virtual

South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) - Landowner Resources Workshop

The Landowner Resources Workshops engages landowners and producers to learn about:

  • USDA NRCS funding programs available to enhance your land
  • How to increase profitability
  • Start an agricultural business
  • Agri-heritage tourism
  • Conservation planning
  • EQIP/CSP application and implementation processes

Workshop Dates:

Fairfield County:  May 25th

Hampton County:  July 6th

Orangeburg County:  July 27th

Williamsburg County:  September 7

Lee County:  September 28

*All workshops are virtual and will be held from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM

Limited capacity.  Each participant who attends this workshop will receive a $10 Subway gift card if you:

  • Register for the workshop
  • Log in and participate in the virtual event
  • Own a minimum of 4 acres of land located in S.C.

For questions, please contact Ken Harvin at ken@scaced.org. 

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June 22–October 12
10:00 am – 10:45 am
Virtual

2021 Relentless Challenge Virtual Information Sessions

The Relentless Challenge solicits proposals for projects that foster technology-based economic development through public-private partnerships.  Projects are required to address one or more of the program goals with sustainable solutions:

  • Catalyze high-growth entrepreneurship
  • Develop workforce solutions to support the state's knowledge-economy
  • Unlock risk capital for high-growth founders

All South Carolina based non-profit organizations; state, county or municipal entities; public higher education institutions; and chambers of commerce are all eligible to apply.  Proposals must demonstrate a dollar-for-dollar match of non-state appropriated funds. 

Join any of the Tuesday sessions below from 10:00 AM until 10:45 AM to review grant program details, including what it is, who is eligible, how to apply, and more:

  • June 22nd
  • July 6th
  • August 10th
  • August 24th
  • September 7th
  • September 21st
  • October 5th
  • October 12th   

If you have questions, please contact Julie Kunkle, Grants Administrator, at jkunkle@sccommerce.com .

 

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July 29–December 31
3:46 pm – 11:59 pm
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Applications Are Being Accepted for the COVID-19 EIDL through December 31, 2021 Or Until Funds Are Exhausted!

COVID-19 EIDL Applications Are Being Accepted Through Dec. 31, 2021 (or until funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first).

This SBA direct loan program provides funding to small businesses and non-profit organizations currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue related to COVID-19. Unlike the PPP, EIDLs cannot be forgiven and are to be fully repaid.  Also, EIDLs are intended to be used for general working capital purposes in order to pay expenses that you would have ordinarily been able to pay had the pandemic not occurred. Borrowers get a long term of 30 years to repay the loan with a fixed low interest rate of 2.75% for non-profits and 3.75% for small businesses. Maximum threshold has been increased to $500,000 and SBA is working on increasing this to $2 million.

SBA leadership has dedicated additional management capacity and resources to COVID EIDL. As a result, the SBA is excited to announce process improvements yielding more streamlined applicant experiences. Public data on the positive impact of these improvements and the corresponding application trends will be made available on the SBA website. 

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August 4–August 31
12:00 am – 12:00 am
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Effective Wednesday, August 4, 2021 Applications Will Be Accepted for PPP Loan Forgiveness for loans under $150,000!

Effective Wednesday, August 4, 2021, the SBA is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under $150,000  to apply for loan forgiveness directly through the SBA through participating lenders.

“With the new simplified application portal, thousands of Southeastern businesses, and even sole proprietorships that borrowed PPP funds will have these funds forgiven," said Janita R. Stewart, Acting Regional Administrator for the Southeastern Region. "Most entrepreneurs waiting for forgiveness have loans under $150,000. It was time we made the process more efficient so businesses can get back to sustaining our communities."

This new change will help rush relief to the Southeast’s smallest of small businesses, which has been the Administrator’s priority since day one. The new forgiveness platform will begin accepting applications from borrowers on August 4, 2021. Lenders are required to opt-in to this program through directforgiveness.sba.gov. In addition to the technology platform, the SBA is standing up a PPP customer service team to answer questions and directly assist borrowers with their forgiveness applications.  Borrowers that need assistance or have questions should call (877) 552-2692, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EDT. 


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August 4
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Virtual

South Carolina Department of Commerce Supporting SC Businesses - 2021 Workforce & Retention Series featuring Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Commerce Business Services Division will provide free monthly webinars that focus on workforce and retention options to help support your S.C. business.  Speakers from across the state will provide information on available staffing programs, workforce resources, state labor laws and regulations, and other timely information that can assist your business continued success in the Palmetto State.

Join this webinar to hear from Rachel Williams Putman, Vice President Mission & People and Tracy Bledsoe, Job Connection Missions Manager, to learn more about Goodwill's Services for Businesses:

  • Employer Services
  • Business Support Services
  • Recruitment
  • And more!
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August 11
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Virtual

Certification Success

Join the CommunityWorks Women's Business Center to learn more about business certification options.  Joining the CWWBC will be the:

  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT)
  • Small and Minority Business Contracting and Certification (SMBCC)

You will also hear from James Jordon, Entrepreneur, who will share his journey with government contracting and how he got started.   

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August 18
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Virtual

I-HOPE Women's Business Center Orientation - Get to Know Us!

This monthly orientation is a chance for you to get to know I-HOPE Women's Business Center and the services they offer to you at NO COST!  

The mission of I-HOPE WBC is to inspire and empower women, minority, and veteran entrepreneurs by providing programs and services focused on small business education, development, and support.  

I-HOPE WBC is powered by the U.S. Small Business Administration and a program of Increasing H.O.P.E. Financial Training Center.  So bring your ideas and small business questions for an informative hour on how I-HOPE can help you START & GROW your business!

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September 1
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Columbia

SC Cybersecurity Summit

SC Manufacturers with the DOD Supply Chain - learn how to bolster cybersecurity resiliency within your company.  Information about the SC Cybersecurity Assistance Program Grant will be shared and you will be able to engage with state resources from SLED, SCMEP, IT Cybersecurity providers, CyberSec, as well as an SC Infrastructure panel of experts. 

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September 2
7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Greenville

2021 BMW Supplier Diversity Conference- Registration for BMW Suppliers Now Open

Your participation in this event will benefit the growth of minority, women, and veteran-owned companies through partnership.  

The event will be held on Thursday, September 2, 2021.  The deadline for Booth Commitments is Monday July 26th.  

PLEASE NOTE:  Booth spaces are only open to current BMW Tier 1 Suppliers and Community Partners.

There is NO CHARGE for a booth space at the event.  BMW will handle the fees associated with your booth space.  However, companies that commit to exhibit and do not attend to man the booth will be subject to a $1,000 penalty fee for the production of items related to the booth space. 

Booth Questions?  Contact bmw@exhibitssouth.com or call 678-225-5230

Event Questions?  Contact guestservices@sterlingevents.com or call 336-778-0101

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September 2
7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Greenville

Registration is now open for Minority-, Women- and Veteran-Owned Companies and Community Partners for the 2021 BMW Supplier Diversity Conference, The Ultimate Connection

The BMW Supplier Diversity Conference attracts hundreds of people from around the globe who are looking to create connections. 

Register today to attend and meet diverse business leaders making a meaningful impact on their industries:

  • MBE/WBE/Veteran - Companies that register before July 26 will have their company information printed in the BMW directory book that will be distributed at the conference.  
  • Community Partner (not suppliers to BMW) - Companies that have a working relationship with BMW.  Examples include nonprofits, government agencies, chambers of commerce, technical colleges and universities, and corporate partners.

As a conference attendee, you are also invited to experience a Ride & Drive at the BMW Performance Center.  See first-hand how BMW vehicles can tackle terrain challenges.  To reserve your seat, visit https://corporate.eventsbmw.com/2021-09-01-BMWDiversityEvent .

If you have questions, please contact Sterling Events Guest Services at 800-777-8741 or at guestservices@sterlingevents.com.

 

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