the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers opened a satellite office in Chapin.
The organization provides consulting services to existing and potential small business owners and entrepreneurs. Chapin’s office, in partnership with the Chapin Chamber of Commerce, is led by senior business consultant Beth Smith.
Smith is currently offering appointments every Tuesday with plans to increase availability as demand increases.
Nancy Williamson, Chair of the Chapin Chamber Board, is a former director of the Newberry Area SBDC, an experience that sparked the idea of a Chapin office, as well as a longtime colleague of Smith. Smith has worked for SC SBDC since August 2008, helping clients secure nearly $30.5 million in funding.
“Beth helps many business owners chart a course for success, and she has helped make SC SBDC a vital player in the state’s economic landscape,” said Michele Abraham, SC SBDC State Director. , in the press release.
Chapin Chamber President and CEO Paul Salder said Smith’s leadership will boost the Chapin business community.
“His wealth of knowledge in all types of businesses will be an asset to anyone who has a business or is considering starting a business,” he said.
Smith managed the Spartanburg Area SBDC from 2011 to 2019. In a typical year, she conducted over 1,290 counseling sessions, assisted 195 clients, and hosted workshops with over 200 attendees. She won SC SBDC’s South Carolina State Star award in 2016.
Smith is also the SC SBDC representative to the South Carolina International Trade Coalition.
Contact Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.