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SBA, SCACED and NPHC to Host Free Small Business Resource Session in Columbia

CRBR Biz Wire //June 7, 2023//

SBA, SCACED and NPHC to Host Free Small Business Resource Session in Columbia

CRBR Biz Wire //June 7, 2023//

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COLUMBIA, S.C. —The Small Business Administration (SBA), South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED), and the Columbia Chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) have announced a partnership to bring resources and support to entrepreneurs and small businesses owners at an informational session in Columbia, SC on June 19th from 4:00 – 6:30 PM. This unique event celebrates the leadership role the nine national historically black Greek lettered fraternities and sororities (the Divine Nine) to South Carolina and the nation’s economic mobility and progress.

The session, titled “Access to Capital & Resources for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs”, will be held at the Palmetto Patio located at 1122 Lady Street, Columbia, SC 29201. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and small business resource providers who support businesses in all stages of development.

Regional SBA leaders and small business resource providers, such as the SBA-funded South Carolina Community Navigator Program, will be on-site to offer complimentary services that assist the unique needs of each small business owner. Services offered will focus on:
• Access to capital
• Government contracting
• Disaster recovery and resilience
• Counseling and technical assistance

“SBA is committed to helping small businesses start, grow and succeed in South Carolina and beyond,” said Gregg White, SBA District Director for South Carolina. “We are excited to partner with SCACED and NPHC to bring valuable information and resources to the small business community in Columbia.”

“SCACED is proud to be part of this initiative that connects entrepreneurs and small businesses with the tools and support they need to thrive,” said Bernie Mazyck, President & CEO of SCACED. “As a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., I encourage anyone who is interested in starting or growing their business to attend this session and learn more about the opportunities available.”

“NPHC is honored to host this event and support our fellow entrepreneurs and small business owners,” said Dr. Brenda B. Branic, President of NPHC Columbia Chapter. “We believe that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and our community, and we look forward to seeing them succeed.”
Registration for the event is free but required. Complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.

Those who are interested in attending the event can register at

About SCACED (
SCACED is a coalition of over 170 individuals and organizations who support the development of healthy and economically sustainable communities throughout South Carolina. For over 25 years, SCACED and its members have worked collaboratively to build wealth and create economic opportunity for all SC residents including a focus on minority communities and other groups who have been left out of the economic mainstream.