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

Community Opportunity Leasing Agreement (COLA) Program

Richland | Lexington | Newberry | Fairfield | Lee | Kershaw | Sumter | Clarendon | Calhoun | Orangeburg

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport’s COLA Program is designed to showcase and extend retail merchandise and food service product offerings for our traveling passengers at CAE. The COLA program is a short-term, low-risk opportunity for local small business and independent merchants looking to expand their business and reach over one million annual passengers.

For eligibility and application information, click here.

803-822-7838

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.

South Carolina Share Your Road

Statewide

Everyone has a story about how they got to where they are today — and every story holds lessons. All South Carolinians are invited to submit a profile to the South Carolina Share Your Road website, where your story can help inspire, mentor and inform thousands of students around the state. Submitting a profile is free and takes 15 minutes or less.