Women Helping Women Do Business Better.

By Christie MacConnell, Director, South Carolina Women’s Business Center

Sometimes, it’s just easier to talk to another woman about things than a man. The newly launched South Carolina Women’s Business Center is a place where women can freely express and explore their ideas about a new business concept or seek help improving their existing small business. It’s sufficiently scary and challenging enough to throw yourself into your own business without the added pressure of an unsupportive climate.

The South Carolina Women’s Business Center offers free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling by experienced counselors for women in all stages of business development. We can assist you with analyzing the viability of your business idea and your personal readiness to become an entrepreneur. We provide networking and mentoring opportunities that match you with the people you need to meet to further your own success. Our monthly training programs and workshops are designed to educate and help you create new pathways to get ahead. And, we’re knowledgeable about the resources available in the community, including financing and loans, to get your business going.

I’ve personally had over 15 years experience counseling women business owners in New York and Maine and I’m looking forward to bringing my know-how to this state. Women in South Carolina are opening businesses at unprecedented rates and we’re here to help. In the last 5 years, the number of women owned businesses nationally has grown by 50%. In South Carolina the number is even greater – 64%. In part due to fewer good job opportunities and lower pay, women are saying “bring it on” and striking out on their own. Women are creating, managing and building businesses that are a real economic engine in this state. Last year, women-owned or equally-owned businesses in South Carolina generated $27 billion in sales and employed 191,200 persons.

The South Carolina Women’s Business Center is an affiliate of the Center for Women, a non-profit organization that has been serving and inspiring women in the Lowcountry for over twenty years. We’re located at the Center for Women at 129 Cannon Street downtown between Ashley Ave and President Street. There is no fee for individual business counseling and all other program fees are very modest. If you’re a woman with a small business that is floundering or you need assistance with developing a strategic plan for growth, we can help you. If you’re strong in some areas, but weak in others, we can find ways to build up your expertise. If you have an idea for a business, but are unsure how to get started, we can point you in the right direction. An advantage of being part of the Center for Women is we understand that you’re a serious business professional, need assistance with your small business problems and still need to care for your family and other obligations. We’re unwavering in our recognition of needing a work-life balance.

The South Carolina Women’s Business Center is funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. We are proud to have the following local businesses as our 2012 sponsors: First Federal; Lynn Anne Gillen, CIMA, CFP and Mary Helen Condon Moore, CFM with Merrill Lynch; SC Biz News; Weight Watchers and Wynn Insurance. Visit our website www.scwbc.net for more information or contact me at 843-763- 7333 ext 212 or christie@scwbc.net. To receive our e-newsletter, send your contact information to info@scwbc.net.

First appeared in the Business Review section of The Post and Courier Monday, February 20, 2012.

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