Small Businesses Expand with a Little Help

The USC Salkehatchie Leadership Institute’s Center for Business Development was busy during the 08-09 academic year, connecting local entrepreneurs and small businesses with the help they needed to make their personal goals come true. Director Pat Ciez assisted with business plan development and subsequent financing for the expansion of two businesses in Allendale – 2 The Extreme Car Care and JJ’s Garage. In addition, he continues to assist with planning for a daycare center in Hampton, a women’s boutique in Bamberg, and a paper company in Walterboro. A 10-week small business start-up class in the spring, offered in conjunction with Voorhees CDC, gave 14 aspiring business owners the foundation they need for success.