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

SBA Working Capital Disaster Loan Assistance - Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)

Dillon | Horry | Marlboro

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period. 

Under the recent, regional drought declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. Apart from aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions. 

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at 
https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. 

(800) 659-2955

SCORE’s GS-360 Mentoring Program

Horry | Georgetown | Florence | Marion | Williamsburg | Dillon | Chesterfield | Darlington | Marlboro

For Pee Dee region small businesses, Grand Strand SCORE's new GS-360 service is offering a new mentoring services for established and mature small businesses in Horry, Georgetown, Florence, Marion, Williamsburg, Dillon, Chesterfield, Darlington or Marlboro counties. The GS-360 team, comprised of SCORE certified mentors, will work with small business employees and/or owners on a scheduled basis where an agenda that is set by the key SCORE client - business owner(s).

GS-360 is only an advisory service with no voting or legal standing but may offer clients a different fresh perspective on their business that may have been overlooked. The GS-360 team will confidentially review the status of your business, help you to identify the root cause of the problem and to define the path to full business recovery and steady growth. In addition, the Grand Strand SCORE will introduce you to a healthy network of local organizations that support small businesses, which will assure the sustainability of the offered solution on the local market.

T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined

Grow a More Profitable, Efficient, and Competitive Business

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined is a 6-month intensive training program that helps CEOs and Executives get unstuck and take their business to the next level. Accelerate your leadership skills, learn an MBA-level curriculum, receive tailored business coaching, and build relationships with a community of business owners, advisors, and experts. Apply today to become a 2022 T.H.R.I.V.E. participant!

T.H.R.I.V.E. stands for Train. Hope. Rise. Innovate. Venture. Elevate - an executive-level training series designed to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses across the United States

The T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives who:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
  • Have been in business for at least three years
  • Have at least one employee other than themselves
  • Can commit to completing the entire program, including training, submitting assignments, participating during sessions, and reaching out for help
  • Are coachable, ready to be challenged and supported, and willing to put in the necessary work to accelerate growth