Friday, October 28, 2016

IGNITE Your Innovation .... a York County Entrepreneurship Conference

This highly informative afternoon could provide the extra motivation you need to find new solutions to old problems, learn new ways of increasing sales and visibility, and making your already successful business even more successful!    November 2nd, 2016 .......... To register or for more information, go to

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Oh goody, goody!

    Great speakers and lessons, great goody bags, great lunch, and networking with other SC women in business .....  what more could a woman ask for in a day-long conference?

     Only a few more days to register.  What are you waiting for?!!


Friday, October 7, 2016


Here it is!  Our finalized copy and agenda of the upcoming "A Woman's Business 2016."   You'll love these speakers and the messages they have to share! You'll love the interaction with other women business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs!  You'll love the discussion group!  You'll love the networking opportunity at lunch! For that matter, you'll love LUNCH! :-)  And finally, you'll love getting one of our event t-shirts!

With all that being said, why wouldn't you want to come?  Go ahead .... register today, and come join in the learning, the conversation, the connections .... it's all good!!

If you cannot register clicking on the URL in the flyer, click here for full information and registration: 

Call (803) 323-2283 if you have any questions.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A Woman's Business 2016

Here you are!  The 2016 schedule of speakers for A Woman's Business 2016!   You will be dazzled by these ladies ... their knowledge, their experience, their willingness to continue learning even while helping others learn the basics.  Don't wait to register ..... this day will help you run (or start) your business, and you'll enjoy every minute!

Register here:

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

"A Woman's Business" Conference - 2016 .... Registration Now Open!

A Conference for Women in Business in Rock Hill, SC
"A Woman's Business"  Conference 2016

October 26, 2016 --  8 am - 3 pm
Winthrop University's
DiGiorgio Center - Dina's Place Theater
Rock Hill, SC 29733
(803) 323-2283

An interactive seminar for women business owners and managers, and aspiring women entrepreneurs looking for mentoring, business advice, suggestions and creative input. 

We'll touch on topics such as planning, marketing through video, financial concerns, woman-owned business certification, adapting to new challenges, how to lead, and lessons learned along the way to building a business and developing a networking/mentoring environment.

You'll have the opportunity to listen to and ask questions of a variety of women who own or manage businesses, from small retail establishments to women who have reached award-winning heights in business operation and recognition.  You'll how they grew, what they've learned, how they handle the unexpected and how they propel themselves forward.  You'll also have the opportunity to get suggestions from women as mentors or take advantage of the opportunity to become a mentor yourself.    


  • Laura Mahony, Winthrop University's "First Lady" ... Adapting to new situations
  • Sara Cain, Owner of Synergy ... "Just Breathe"
  • Melissa Gladden, Owner of Carolina Recruitment ... Being A Disruptive Woman (in a good way!)
  • Louise Summey, Owner, Ellie Productions ... Video for Your Small Business
  • Felicia Pope, VP Marketing & Development for ArrowPointe Credit Union ... The Role Credit Plays
  • Garry James, Director of SC Office of Small & Minority Business ... Getting Woman-Owned Certification
  • Dr. Debra Boyd, Winthrop Provost & Exec VP Academic Affairs ... Leadership: What I've Learned
  • Danita Treiber, Owner of the new Southern Charms Event Venue ... Start-Up Lessons Learned
  • Donna Medley, Owner, CovRing Day Spa & Chamber Sm Biz Person of the Year ... Lessons Learned As I Grew
  • Carol Daly, SBDC .. "Let The Conversations Begin:" The Birth of a New Series of Conversations for Women.  Conversation #1:  "Why We Don't Network Well With the Boys"
Registration fee is $40 per person and includes lunch and an event t-shirt like you see here (for those who register no later than October 15th).  REGISTER NOW to ensure seating. 

 What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?  
There will be reserved parking for this event, and you will receive a Parking Pass via the email address you have entered here, as well as driving directions, on the Friday before the event.

What can/can't I bring to the event?
You may bring a laptop/tablet if you wish to use that for notes.  You may also bring a camera or cell phone. Since we will be encouraging you to participate in our Instagram Contest during the day, you should also set up an Instagram account beforehand if you wish to participate.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Your ticket is transferrable if you will email us at with "Women's Business Conference Registration Change" in the subject line, and give us the email and telephone contact information for the person who will be taking your place.  What is NOT transferrable in this case, would be a change in the t-shirt size as we will have only enough and the exact sizes as ordered originally.

If you need to call or see a map, click on the Registration link below for that additional information.



With This Ring ... Favors, Gifts and Wedding Coordinator 
Southpaw Screen Printing and Embroidery

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"A Woman's Business" 2016 Conference ...... SAVE THE DATE!

YES! We're doing it again ..... bringing
area women in business together for a
day geared just to what they need to succeed, whether that be skills, stress control, time management, networking, sharing information or developing collaborative relationships.

Save the date!
You'll want to be here!  Details to follow.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Government Contracting 101 -- Workshop July 20th



Federal Contracting 101 Workshop DATE: July 20, 2016, 9 am EDT - 12 Noon
Hosted by the Winthrop Region SBDC, Rock Hill, SC
Sponsored by the Small Business Administration
Location Name:
Winthrop University (Thurmond Building - Room 415)
1708 Memorial Circle, (at intersection of Park Avenue and Memorial Circle on campus), Rock Hill, SC,29733
Parking: Registrants may park in any green-striped Visitor spaces. Several are available in the parking lot on Ebenezer Avenue around the exit of Memorial Circle, across from Carroll Hall.
This is a free event.

Registration required on the SBAs EventBrite page at

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Do You Know Your Return on Investment?

Return on Investment (ROI) ..... Do you know your company's ROI on your marketing expense? Human Resources expense? Equipment expense? Or in general? Watch this 1-hour long video Webinar to truly understand benefits vs cost and be able to evaluate and correct where necessary.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Have an Agricultural Business? Enter the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge!

This is a competition (which ends June 30th, so you need to hurry) to win $30,000 from the Farm Bureau “Strengthening Rural America 2017 Challenge” …… you would have to join the Farm Bureau  
( ) in order to enter if you’re not already a member, and then fill out the application online for the competition. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Understanding Credit & How to Manage Yours

Nothing holds a person back more than a bad credit score, but unfortunately, most people don't understand how credit works, what their score and their credit ratio is, how to improve a bad credit score, or how personal credit can affect business credit. 
This workshop will help you understand your own credit score and what you need to do to fix it, or if it's already a reasonably good score, how to make it even higher. You'll also learn what a banker looks for when considering a loan application, and how personal credit issues and decisions carry over into your business life.
This workshop will be taught by Felicia Pope, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at ArrowPointe Federal Credit Union, and a popular speaker in her own right.
June 7, 2016 - 6 pm - 7:30 pm, $15 Workshop fee.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Free Webinars for National Small Business Week

In recognition of National Small Business Week, the Small Business Administration offers the following free Webinars throughout this first week of May.  Register to learn more about what you need to know this year!

Webinar: The Decline of Magstripe Cards—and What That Means for Your Business
Sponsor: Square, Inc.
Webinar Date/Time: Monday, May 2, 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT
Description: The payments landscape is changing. New security measures, a decline in the use of traditional magstripe cards, the switch to EMV chip cards and emerging technologies like contactless payments, are forcing a monumental shift in the way people pay. These changes have major implications for businesses of all sizes. Is your business prepared? Join Square’s Head of Business Intelligence Owen Britton Jennings and Head of Seller Education Erin Renzas for this can’t-miss webinar. They’ll break down all of the major changes in payments and what you need to do to ensure you’re ahead of the curve. In this webinar:
  • Get need-to-know information on all the major payment changes
  • Understand how consumer behavior is shifting and how to address their new needs
  • Learn how to ensure your business is prepared for upcoming trends
Webinar: Cloud, Mobile, and Social: Great Apps and Services That Will Grow Your Business
Sponsor: YP
Webinar Date/Time: Tuesday, May 3, 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT
Description: Watch and learn from small business experts, Gene Marks and Ramon Ray, as they discuss the latest trends, tips, and services to help you grow, manage, and increase your profits. You’ll discover how to leverage cloud, mobile, and social technologies that will allow you to stand out from your competition.
Webinar: Access to Capital and Business Loans: Best Practices
Sponsor: Sam’s Club
Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday, May 4, 4:00pm ET / 1:00pm PT
Description: Cash is the lifeblood of any business yet access to capital, managing business finances, and navigating sources of finance are some of the most challenging areas for business owners and can make or break any enterprise. Sam’s Club has teamed up with Small Business Majority’s Rhea Aguinaldo to help entrepreneurs and small business owners bring finance into focus for long term success. Participants will learn background on the small business loan market and providers as well as how to identify the right type of financial product for the business need.
Webinar: Tips for Getting Your Business Financially Fit
Sponsor: Intuit Quickbooks
Webinar Date/Time: Thursday, May 5, 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT
Description: Understanding the fiscal condition of your business is critical when managing daily duties, planning for the longterm and making consequential decisions. But that means more than simply knowing what’s in your bank account. Join Intuit QuickBooks in this interactive webinar, where you’ll learn practical, actionable tips for improving the financial fitness of your small business.

Friday, April 1, 2016

SBDC Hosting Business Success Extravaganza 2016

Winthrop Region SBDC 
wishes to invite you to attend its
Business Success Extravaganza 2016 ..... undoubtedly the
best value in a small business seminar you'll find!

Great speakers .... great topics .... great ideas!
And we'll even feed you! 

To see the great reviews on last year's Extravaganza, visit our reviews page

Monday, February 15, 2016

14 Reasons We’re Sweet on Small Business

The Small Business Administration sent us a Valentine this weekend to let us know why we should all love small businesses .... we thought you'd enjoy it too ..... isn't it nice to know that someone notices all you do?

14 Reasons We’re Sweet on Small Business

By ngoriel, SBA Official

 Published: February 12, 2016

Small businesses are the heart of America’s economy. This Valentine’s Day, the SBA is sending small business owners this valentine with 14 reasons why we love small business. Small businesses in the United States:

1) Care about their communities – The 28 million small businesses in the U.S. contribute directly to local communities.
2) Provide opportunities – Small businesses make up 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms.
3) Create jobs – Two out of every three net new jobs created in the U.S. are from small businesses.
4) Grow the global economy – 97.7 percent of exporters are small firms.
5) Represent the diversity of America – Last year, SBA achieved record lending of $23.5 billion under our flagship 7(a) loan program, with loans up 23 percent to minorities.
6) Value military experience – One out of every 10 small business owners is a veteran.
7) Contribute to sales – Small businesses account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales.
8) Employ about half of the workforce – Small businesses employ about 56.1 million of the nation’s private workforce.
9) Produce goods and services for our government– In fiscal year 2014, $91.7 billion were awarded to small business contractors, resulting in the support of approximately 550,000 total jobs.
10) Lead the way for female entrepreneurs –According to Census data from December 2015, women’s ownership rates are up 27 percent, employing 8 million workers.
11) Direct local industries – Health care and social assistance; accommodation and food services; and retail trade were the three industries with the most small business employment.
12) Drive innovation – Small patenting firms produce 16 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms.
13) Create opportunities for flexible work and lifestyles – Home-based businesses account for 52 percent of all small businesses.
14) Inspire us – Small business owners work countless hours, sacrifice their personal time, improve their communities and follow their dreams.

Winthrop Region SBDC Director Explains Our Process on WRHI Radio Interview

Click below to listen to our Winthrop Region SBDC Director, Larry Stevens as he answers general questions about the SBDC and the many services we provide. It's very informative and will show you exactly how we could help your small business. Then give us a call .... we're happy to work with you to get your small business growing!