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Webinar: Government Solicitation, part 2 - Solicitation Review

July 6 | 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Online

*Part two of a three-part series:

As a business interested in being a government vendor, you need to understand how to read, navigate, and respond to solicitations. Get ahead of the game by learning the inside details of the Federal government's solicitation process. In part two of this series, PTAC SC will look at a solicitation and discuss contract clauses.

Presenter Vick Peltier is the Area III Procurement Center Representative with the Small Business Administration. Mr. Peltier has an extensive background in government procurement from his military career and is eager to share what he has learned during this three-part series.

Webinar: Made in America: SBA Resources, Government Contracting & More!

July 6 | 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Online

Join SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute on Wednesday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a ‘Made in America’ themed webinar to learn more about our government contracting resources and tools. Additional speakers may be announced. Please RSVP to guarantee your spot.

2023 Relentless Challenge Virtual Information Session

July 12 | 10:00 am–11:00 am
Virtual

The South Carolina Department of Commerce Office of Innovation will host regularly scheduled hour-long Relentless Challenge information sessions. Meetings will be held 1-2 times per month starting in June (see dates below). Each session will go over grant program details, including what it is, who is eligible, how to apply, and more. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

It is highly recommended applicants attend at least one Relentless Challenge information session; however, people should feel free to attend more than one to ask additional questions. If a full hour session is not needed for those who attend a given call, then that call may end earlier.

61st CDCA Small Business and Industry Outreach Initiative Symposium

July 13 | 8:30 am–5:00 pm
North Charleston

The CDCA Small Business Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI) is a collaboration of industry and government between CDCA and the leadership of NIWC Atlantic. We truly value this cooperative partnership, and are delighted to continue providing events to both new and old industry partners looking to contract with NIWC Atlantic.

Business Smart Series

July 13 | 10:00 am – August 9 | 11:30 am
Online

Three-part series to learn the steps needed to start a small business and how to build an effective business plan for lenders.

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Business Smart Series – Online Workshop with Live Presenter

Ready to Start and Grow Your Business?

Join the Florence Chamber, Small Business Administration and FMU Kelley Center for this free, three-part workshop designed to help entrepreneurs understand how to start and grow a business and the local resources available. Additional topics will include registering your business, legal structures, marketing, and finance. This workshop is laid out in three parts:

Part One (READY): Wednesday, July 13th, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Key steps to getting your business off the ground
  • 10 Pitfalls to avoid when starting a business
  • Various financing options
  • Basic requirements for borrowing money

Part Two (SET): Tuesday, July 26th, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Five C’s of credit
  • How to become credit-ready
  • What is a credit score and why it matters
  • Understanding loan applications
  • Business funding sources

Part Three (GO): Tuesday, August 9th, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Developing a business plan
  • Finding local resources: SBDC, SCORE, WBCs, VBOCs, Microlenders

Registration is FREE and includes access to the entire series. This is a VIRTUAL event and access information will be provided after registering. Questions are welcome during the event

Webinar: SBA Resource Day

July 13 | 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Sponsored by the Small Business Administration South Carolina District Office. Attend this free virtual workshop to learn about the resources that are available through SBA to help entrepreneurs start, grow, expand and recover their small business.

Topics include: How to get counseling assistance through SBA Resource Partners, small business financing, federal contracting and certifications.

America's Seed Fund Week 2022

July 18 | 1:00 pm – July 22 | 5:00 pm
Online

America’s Seed Fund provides over $4 billion in funding to startups across a variety of technology areas annually. Learn more!

About this event

The 2022 America's Seed Fund Week will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from the participating federal agency program managers that administer over 7,000 new awards annually. Visit AmericasSeedFund.us/Week to view the exciting and informative week-long programming.

Whether you’re a new entrepreneur, existing small business, or entrepreneur support organization, join us to learn more about the country’s largest source of early stage, non-dilutive funding.

Webinar: Importance of Cybersecurity in Business

July 19 | 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
Virtual

Cybersecurity may seem boring as a topic. As our society grows more virtual each day, so does the importance of securing your business information. As a small business owner, what are you doing to protect yourself? Join cybersecurity analyst Dillon Jowers for a webinar and learn best practices that can protect your business. Whether you are a consumer-focused business or sell to the government, this workshop is for you!

What you will learn:

  • Fundamentals of cyber hygiene
  • Trends for business cyber protection
  • Cybersecurity Best practices

In-Person Lender Matchmaker Event

July 20 | 9:00 am–1:00 pm
North Charleston

Do you need funding to expand your business, purchase a building, or invest in new equipment?

Join SCORE Charleston for this free, in-person event to meet with SBA traditional and non-traditional lenders, including:
  • CLIMB Fund
  • SC Community Loan Fund
  • Community Works
  • TD Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • Provident Business Financial Services
  • Beacon Bank
  • Capital Bank
  • Optus Bank

Charleston SCORE, I-HOPE Women's Business Center, and the Charleston Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will also be onsite to provide resources.

This event is free to attend. Light refreshments & lunch will be provided.

Webinar: Everything You Need to Know About USDA SBIR

July 20 | 10:00 am–11:00 am
Online

During this engaging webinar, led by Melinda Coffman, USDA SBIR Program Coordinator, we will cover everything you need to know about the agency’s SBIR process. We’ll discuss:

  • Topic areas
  • USDA’s process
  • Award timelines
  • TABA assistance
  • Award amounts
  • Important aspects of the application process
  • Resources to find assistance
  • Success stories

There will be time for live Q&A.

Good Business Workshop: Commercial Space University

July 20 | 5:30 pm–7:00 pm
Goose Creek

In partnership with The City of Goose Creek, Lowcountry Local First presents a Good Business workshop: Commercial Space University.

When you start a business, you are an expert in your product or service — but not necessarily in real estate. Power imbalances can be created when small business owners don’t have the information they need to make informed, strategic real estate decisions. This crash course workshop will engage real estate experts to give need-to-know information for finding, evaluating, leasing, or buying a commercial space.

2023 Relentless Challenge Virtual Information Session

July 26 | 10:00 am–11:00 am
Virtual

The South Carolina Department of Commerce Office of Innovation will host regularly scheduled hour-long Relentless Challenge information sessions. Meetings will be held 1-2 times per month starting in June (see dates below). Each session will go over grant program details, including what it is, who is eligible, how to apply, and more. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

It is highly recommended applicants attend at least one Relentless Challenge information session; however, people should feel free to attend more than one to ask additional questions. If a full hour session is not needed for those who attend a given call, then that call may end earlier.