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Statewide programs and initiatives to help new and existing South Carolina businesses thrive.

ACRE (Agribusiness Center for Research & Entrepreneurship)

Statewide

Supports agribusiness entrepreneurs who are ready to launch their product or process into the marketplace but need investors and/or mentors.

803-734-2324

ACRE Agribusiness Advanced Entrepreneurship Program

Statewide

Homegrown innovators could get business mentoring and funding through a program aimed at helping South Carolina agribusinesses.

The Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE) at the South Carolina Department of Agriculture will accept applications for its 2022 Advanced Entrepreneurship program through April 29, 2022. Applicants selected will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel.

The Advanced Entrepreneurship application requires a business plan and a ready-to-launch prototype or sales history for the applicant’s company or product. Applicants’ businesses must be located in South Carolina. The application also includes a detailed guide to what ACRE is looking for in a business plan.

ACRE has a separate program each fall for beginning innovators who have an agribusiness idea but don’t have experience in business.

For more information, visit acre-sc.com/programs or contact Kyle Player at 803-734-2324 or kplayer@scda.sc.gov.

803-734-2324

Appalachian Council of Governments

Anderson | Cherokee | Greenville | Oconee | Pickens | Spartanburg

A multifaceted service organization for local governments, providing public administration, planning, information systems and technology, grants, workforce development, and services for the elderly population. 

864-242-9733

Applied Research Center at Savannah River Research Campus

Aiken

The Applied Research Center (ARC) was created specifically as a place for both primary technical research and collaborative discussions about applied technologies in energy, healthcare, homeland security, transportation and other applications.

803-643-6701

Ask The S.C. SBA

Statewide

Have questions about starting, growing, expanding, or recovering your small business? Join this weekly call with the SBA South Carolina District Office team to hear answers to commonly asked questions about COVID EIDL, PPP forgiveness, federal contracting, loans for start-ups, and other small business resources! Webinars are held every Wednesday morning, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., through September 28, 2022.

Beaufort Digital Corridor

Beaufort

A community-sourced initiative to attract, nurture and promote Beaufort's technology entrepreneurs, and ultimately, the region's tech economy through an array of impactful programs, products and events while leveraging Beaufort's renowned livability.

843-470-3506

Charleston Digital Corridor

Charleston
A community-sourced initiative to attract, nurture and promote the regions tech economy through impactful programs, products and events while leveraging Charleston's renowned livability.
843-607-1264

Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

Statewide
Provides education, research, and economic development collaborations to create a global venue for the automotive industry.
864-283-7100

Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF)

Pickens
Serves as the translator between the research enterprise and the external stakeholder (e.g. company, entrepreneur, investor, community, etc.) and is the pathway through which they can engage.
864-656-0797

Don Ryan Center for Innovation

Beaufort | Jasper

Promotes a vibrant entrepreneurial business climate within the region through economic development emphasizing organic, sustainable growth. Provide Startup and Growth assistance to Beaufort and Jasper County entrepreneurs. THey give guidance to anyone that needs support when starting or running a business.

843-540-0405

Grow with Google

Statewide

Grow with Google helps ensure that the opportunities created by technology are available to everyone.  Through free tools and training, Google helps people get the right skills to grow their businesses. 

Your South Carolina Digital Coach is Shennice Cleckley and she can be reached at digitalcoachSC@growwithg.co.

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