Small Business Council
Small Business Council, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
According to the Small Business Administration, nearly 96.9% of all South Carolina businesses are small businesses. Within the Columbia Chamber, many of our Partners are small businesses with less than 100 employees. The Chamber is focused on creating and promoting an environment where businesses can flourish. The Small Business Council of the Columbia Chamber serves as an advocate for small business issues in our community and provides a forum for education, networking, and motivation.
Partnership in the Chamber provides access to time and cost savings programs such as SmartBuys. Additionally, the Chamber’s Small Business Council provide opportunities to convene with fellow small business owners who may face the same, or similar, challenges of running, and growing a business.
The Council hosts Small Business Breakouts on a monthly basis. These meetings are free and open to Chamber Partners and prospective Partners.
Small Business Breakouts for 2019:
For more information about the Small Business Council or resources, please contact Audra Hawisher by email or at (803) 733-1123.
Meet the members of the Small Business Council here.
The Chamber believes that access to resources can mean the difference between success and failure to a small business. Below are links to a variety of resources that may be helpful.
- The City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities is a resource for small, minority-owned and women-owned business, providing creative business opportunities to address many of the obstacles small business owners face. Information can be found on their website.
- Richland County’s Office of Small Business Opportunity certifies Richland County firms and assists in developing small local businesses to compete in county contracts. More information can be found here.
- SCORE is a free mentorship program, with an office in the Midlands consisting of over 50 volunteers and semi-retired business professionals. Learn more about the Midlands Chapter of SCORE here.
- The SC Small Business Development Center wants to advance our economic development by helping entrepreneurs grow successful businesses through free consulting, low cost seminars and linking businesses to resources. They can be found online here.
- The Small Business Administration is an independent agency of the federal government that helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Find out about their local office here.