Chamber offers business-counseling services

on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. Posted in News, Local News

The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce offers business-counseling services to entrepreneurs through the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the SC Small Business Development Center (SBDC). SCORE counsels clients on the first and third Wednesdays in the chamber’s boardroom.

Beginning, in June, a representative from the SBDC will begin helping clients on the last Tuesday of every month, also in the chamber’s boardroom. “SCORE is a vital part of the chamber and has been since the 90’s. They have counseled hundreds of business people in many stages of business. Now, the chamber is happy to announce the addition of services offered by the SBDC,” says chamber president Quinetta Buterbaugh.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. At this time, our SCORE group has several expert volunteers in areas like business planning, startup, marketing, human resources, finance, budgeting, manufacturing, legal, accounting, and communications.

The SC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has 21 locations across the state, dedicated to working with companies in all stages of development- from a person with an innovative product but no idea how to move it forward to the owner of a company looking to capture new markets. The SBDC office in Florence counsels many clients from the greater Hartsville area on a regular basis. Now clients wishing to meet with an SBDC consultant may do so in Hartsville.

Both organizations offer free, confidential counseling to entrepreneurs who are just starting out or who are already established and need help in specific areas. Counseling services are not limited to chamber members.

The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based business advocacy organization founded in 1910. The Chamber provides a voice for local businesses, supports economic development, and promotes the vibrant and personal community that makes Hartsville appealing to businesses and residents.