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8(a) Business Development Program

Federal

To help provide a level playing field for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the 8(a) Business Development Program.

803-765-5377

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE)

State

The SCDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program aims to increase the participation of minority and women owned businesses in state and local transportation projects that are funded by the USDOT.

803-737-1200

Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business Program (EDWOSB)

Federal
An Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) is a small business concern that is at least 51 percent directly and unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more women who are citizens (born or naturalized) of the United States and who are economically disadvantaged. The EDWOSB automatically qualifies as a women-owned small business eligible for the WOSB Program.
803-765-5377

HUBZone Program

Federal
Makes your business eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts. HUBZone-certified businesses also get a 10 percent price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions.
803-765-5377

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

National
Certification offers minority suppliers the opportunity to connect face-to-face with many of America’s largest publicly-owned, privately-owned, and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals, and other buying institutions.
704-549-1000

Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)

State

Connects minority-owned small businesses to State contracting and procurement opportunities through the Material Management Office (MMO) while working with State agencies to implement and monitor minority-contracting programs in accordance with applicable policies, laws, and regulations.

803-734-5044

SBA Loan Program

Statewide

A cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business which provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

803-765-5377

SCDOT Business Development Center

Statewide

The Business Development Center (BDC) helps socially and economically disadvantages businesses certified through the SC Unified Certification Program (SCUCP) to compete in the transportation industry in South Carolina.

803-737-1200

Service-disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program (SDVOB)

Federal
Joining the disabled veterans’ business program makes your business eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts
803-765-5377

Small Business Enterprise Program (SBE)

State

The SCDOT Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program provides an avenue to maximize business opportunities and benefits which may increase business exposure around the state.  

803-737-1200

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Carolina District Office

Statewide

The SBA partners with state economic development organizations to provide South Carolina small businesses with assistance and further business opportunities through events, presentations and educational materials.

803-765-5377

WBENC-Certified Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) & Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)

National
Access supplier diversity and procurement executives at U.S. corporations and federal, state and local government entities; opportunites to pursue business deals; match-making sessions; networking and targeted marketing; opportunities for business partnerships
202-872-5515