WASHINGTON, June 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Small
Business Administration announced today the launch of two South
Carolina Women's Business Centers hosted by HBCU Benedict College in Columbia, SC and Community Works Women's
Business Center in Greenville,
SC. These new opportunity centers will carry out the mission
of helping women-owned small businesses start, grow, expand and
recover their businesses as America works to restart the
economy. The commitment to continue to safely open and expand
Women Business Centers (WBC) reflects the SBA's priority to
increase access for women entrepreneurs to make an impact on job
creation and economic recovery.
"The SBA's funding of the Women's Business Centers will continue
to empower women entrepreneurs in South
Carolina, especially as businesses start to recover.
The new Women's Business Centers will provide the entrepreneurs
with greater access to the training and technical assistance
services they need to reopen, sustain or grow their businesses as
well as serve as the engine for job creation," said SBA
Administrator Jovita Carranza.
"The new centers are a key part of the SBA's expansion of service
to foster stronger local economic opportunities, especially to
those businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic and are
now focusing on a safe reopening of our great country. The
soul and spirit of American entrepreneurs and small business owners
will continue to thrive and grow in the community and workforce as
they participate in the pursuit of the American dream."
The SBA's Women's Business Centers are a national network of
more than 100 centers that offer one-on-one counseling, training,
networking, workshops, technical assistance, and mentoring to women
entrepreneurs on numerous business development topics, including
business startup, financial management, and procurement.
"As an ongoing commitment to build strong and healthy economic
ecosystems and create business-friendly environments, Benedict College is the perfect location for the
new WBC and a top priority for the SBA. Founded in 1870 by an
African American woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, this WBC will strive
to prepare men and women to be a 'power of good in society,'
just as Ms. Benedict had intended so many years ago. The SBA is
honored to be a part of this partnership and many more across the
country as we work toward a safe reopening," said SBA Associate
Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development Allen
Gutierrez. "This expansion in both Greenville and Columbia will enable Women's Business Centers
to help more women entrepreneurs not just stay afloat or recover
but be poised to expand."
To learn more about SBA's programs and services for women
entrepreneurs, visit online at www.sba.gov/women, and to find other
WBC locations and SBA resources, visit
About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of
business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and
voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal
government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business
owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or
expand their businesses, or recover from a declared
disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of
SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private
organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.
Contact: Cecelia.Taylor@sba.gov (202)
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