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International Trade - Increase Your Revenue by Tapping Foreign Markets

South Carolina Department of Commerce Supporting SC Businesses - 2021 Workforce & Retention Series featuring SCDEW's Second Chance and Federal Bonding Programs

CV-19 Small Business Relief Grant Application Workshop

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International Trade - Increase Your Revenue by Tapping Foreign Markets

October 20 | 10:00 am–11:30 am
Virtual

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South Carolina Department of Commerce Supporting SC Businesses - 2021 Workforce & Retention Series featuring SCDEW's Second Chance and Federal Bonding Programs

October 20 | 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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CV-19 Small Business Relief Grant Application Workshop

October 20 | 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Columbia

This workshop is for small businesses in Richland County.

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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 17–April 12
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
For the following counties: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Greenville, Laurens, Newberry, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union, and York.

Applications are now being accepted for SBA EIDLs due to freezing temperatures on April 2-3, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and private nonprofit organizations in South Carolina due to freezing temperatures on April 2-3, 2021.

Under this declaration, the SBA's EIDL Program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of the disaster.  Apart from aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, and ranchers.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 3% for small businesses and 2% for private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, with terms up to 30 years. 

These low-interest disaster loans are available in the following counties:  Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Greenville, Laurens, Newberry, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union, and York.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by:

  • Phone:  BA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Email:   DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov 
  • Download Application:  sba.gov/disaster

Mail completed applications to:  U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  75155.

Submit completed applications to SBA no later than April 12, 2022.

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October 20
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Virtual

International Trade - Increase Your Revenue by Tapping Foreign Markets

Join this webinar to learn:

  • What are the funding incentives available for exporting?
  • Are you a small business considering international trade (export)?
  • What are the risks?
  • What are the solutions?
  • Who are export resource partners?

This event is free but registration is required.

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October 20
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Virtual

South Carolina Department of Commerce Supporting SC Businesses - 2021 Workforce & Retention Series featuring SCDEW's Second Chance and Federal Bonding Programs

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 Amy Hill, Work Opportunity Tax Credit & Federal Bonding Program Manager and Lisa Long, Area Director-Region I Employment Services and learn about Work Opportunity Tax Credits, Federal Bonding, and the Second Chance Program! 

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October 20
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Columbia

CV-19 Small Business Relief Grant Application Workshop

This workshop is for small businesses in Richland County.

The Richland County Small Business Relief Program was established to assist businesses with 1-50 employees of up to $15,000 in reimbursable expenses.  This program is funded through a portion of Richland County's disbursement of Community Development Block Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the CARES Act.

Location:  Upper Richland Community Center, 280 Camp Ground Road, Columbia, SC  29203

Please note:  Attending this workshop doe not guarantee funding.

 

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October 21
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Virtual

Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem Virtual Workshop Series - How to Talk About Problems: Conversations to Clearly Explain Issues and Solicit Feedback

Join this virtual workshop presented by Community Works Women's Business Center, Ten at the Top, South Carolina Small Business Development Center, and SCORE to learn how to master hard conversations about problems. 

Presenter:  Erin Ouzts of the Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem

 

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October 23
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Irmo

CV-19 Small Business Relief Grant Application Workshop

This workshop is for small businesses in Richland County.

The Richland County Small Business Relief Program was established to assist businesses with 1-50 employees of up to $15,000 in reimbursable expenses.  This program is funded through a portion of Richland County's disbursement of Community Development Block Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the CARES Act.

Location:  Friarsgate Park, 1712 Chadford Road, Irmo, SC 29063

Please note:  Attending this workshop doe not guarantee funding.

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October 27
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Virtual

Woman-Owned Small Business Certification 101

In celebration of National Women's Small Business Month, come learn about the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) program, designed to help women-owned small businesses to win federal contracts by providing a level playing field for WOSBs to compete.

William Furman, Senior Area Manager, SC District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration presents:

  • What is WOSB/ED-WOSB certification?
  • Who is eligible?
  • Why is it important to win federal contracts?
  • How to get certified
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November 3
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Virtual

South Carolina Department of Commerce Supporting SC Businesses - 2021 Workforce & Retention Series featuring SCMEP

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 us and learn how some companies are changing what they do internally to attract and retain viable job candidates.

Rhonda Huskins, Regional Vice President, South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) will discuss how small business manufacturers can maximize recruitment and retention efforts. 

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November 4
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Virtual

Year-End Tax Planning for Your Business

In the final quarter of this challenging year, there is still time to take actions that can favorably impact your bottom line and your tax bill for 2021.  

These measures relate to your employee, your customers, your equipment, and your operations.  They reflect big changes made by the American Rescue Plan Act and other legislation including the extension of the Paycheck Protection Program as well as IRS pronouncements.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Year-end actions to reduce your 2021 tax bill
  • Best business practices to avoid problems with the IRS
  • Strategies for potential tax changes to come
  • Necessary actions to get ready for 2022
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