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‘The Beanstalk’ aims to grow entrepreneurship in Sumter area

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Staff Report
Published Aug. 25, 2015

A networking opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners has been launched in Sumter.

The event, which kicked off May 26, is part of a regional initiative known as the Santee Lynches Ecosystem for Enterprise Development (The SEED).

Dubbed ‘The Beanstalk’, the regularly scheduled networking events serve as a starting place for anyone in Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, and Sumter counties hoping to start or grow their own business or meet local entrepreneurs.

Sessions are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at Serendipity Cafe in downtown Sumter, 118 S. Main St. Coffee and light refreshments are available to participants free of charge.

Each Beanstalk session features one or two speakers who will share their ideas to grow their business, challenges, and successes, followed by an interactive discussion with participants. There will also be time for attendees to network in an open setting.

“The Beanstalk will use networking to grow our community of entrepreneurs and improve economic opportunity in the region”, said Michael Mikota, executive director of the Santee Lynches Council of Governments. “For the entrepreneur, it will exponentially expand their resources and offer high-quality input to their business ideas, and will facilitate collisions of ideas that are critical for successful entrepreneurship and new business formation.”

For more information on The SEED or the Beanstalk program, contact the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments at 803-774-1377.

The SEED is made possible by an Innovation Challenge Grant from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

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