Small Business Grant Program for Veterans

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SCORE Charleston SC has announced the launch of its 2017 veterans’ small business grant program and call for applications. According to Mel Flaming, Chairman of SCORE Charleston SC, they will be distributing a total of $5,000 in grant funds to eligible veterans to help them either launch or continue their small business operations.

The amount of each grant will be determined by a SCORE grant committee.  Each award will be an unrestricted cash grant. In addition, each recipient will receive free QuickBooks training valued at $800 from Pathways Consulting Inc., a full- service accounting and bookkeeping firm serving the Tri-county area.

To be eligible, all prospective nominees must be either a veteran or currently considered on active duty, and have been assigned to a SCORE volunteer mentor for counsel.  The deadline for applications is June 1, 2017. The application can be downloaded online at https://charlestonsc.score.org/resource/2017-veterans-grant-program-application. Or, you may contact Allyn Graham at allyngraham08@gmail.com.   
Flaming noted, “Because of an increase in proceeds from our yearly fund-raising golf outing, we will be able to provide these grants to deserving veterans.”  To fund next year’s program, SCORE is already planning its next golf tournament which will be held in October of 2017 at the Charleston National Golf Course in Mount Pleasant. 
 
SCORE Charleston, SC is the local chapter of a national non-profit organization of volunteer business professionals who provide free and confidential business mentoring, low cost workshops, and various business roundtable support to aspiring and established small business entrepreneurs. The Charleston area chapter has been helping small businesses start and succeed for more than 40 years.

2017 Legislative Luncheon Recap

More than 150 members and SC Legislators attended SCACED's Legislative Luncheon held on Wednesday, February 8th, in Columbia. During the event, SCACED unveiled a video illustrating the work of Community Economic Development in South Carolina and showcased the support for the SC Community Development Tax Credit (2017 Public Policy Agenda).

We are excited to share that we are already seeing progress just one week after our Legislative Luncheon. The Community Development Tax Credit legislation was sponsored and introduced by Senator Paul Campbell on February 14th. This legislation aims to increase the tax credits from 33% to 100% and raise the annual limit from $1 million to $5 million annually. View Bill #S.412.
 
Thank you to our network of supporters and please be on the lookout for SCACED Calls to Action regarding this bill. We now invite you to view the video that we unveiled as well as our event photo gallery...
 

SC Community Economic Development VIDEO

 

Legislative Luncheon Photo Gallery

America’s Rural Opportunity Series

SCACED's President and CEO, Bernie Mazyck, participated in a panel discussion at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, on February 10th. The event was a part of America’s Rural Opportunity, a six-part series of panel conversations that invites policymakers, economic and community development practitioners, and business and philanthropic leaders to engage in real dialogue around advancing a rural opportunity agenda.

This particular discussion was about how local innovation strengthens rural economies, and Bernie spoke about tax credits for rural investment through the South Carolina Community Development Tax Credit. The discussion was available via livestream, and we invite you watch the recording below. In addition, you can learn more at aspeninstitute.org/events/local-innovation-rural-economies.

2017 Legislative Luncheon

SCACED's Board of Directors invites you to the 2017 Legislative Luncheon at the statehouse in Columbia at which we will be unveiling our 2017 Policy Agenda. We hope that you will join us and encourage your legislator to attend this important free event...

2017 Legislative Luncheon
February 8th
12 to 2pm
Columbia, SC

2017 Policy Agenda:

  1. New CED Tax Credit Legislation
    • 100% tax credit
    • $5 million annually in perpetuity
  2. Secure $100,000 in the State Budget to fund the SC CED Act
  3. Secure $250,000 appropriation in the State Budget to fund the Microenterprise Development Act
  4. Request the SC State Housing Authority to restore the Homeownership program funded through the State Housing Trust Fund

Please join us and let your voice be heard!

Healthy Insights Grants Awarded

We introduced our Healthy Insights Grant Program last September (view article) and are happy to announce that SCACED has awarded a grant in the each of these South Carolina regions: Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee and the Upstate.

The purpose of the program was to demonstrate how public data sources can be used to guide initiatives that improve the health of and promote healthy lifestyles in South Carolina's communities. Each community is unique, and upfront data analysis helped illustrate how and where funds should be directed to support projects that address the health challenges a particular community faces. Considering this data, SCACED is making strategic investments in the following community health projects...

Lowcountry

Fresh Future Farm
“Cooking Up Community Economic Development”

In an effort to fulfill its mission to leverage urban agriculture to create socially just economic development, Fresh Future Farm will partner with the Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC) and others to design and build a mobile DHEC certified kitchen incubator. This incubator, primarily located at FFF’s location in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood of North Charleston, will allow FFF to extend the shelf life of its produce and herbs, create and sell value added products, and train area food entrepreneurs to use the kitchen and grow their businesses. They will work with North Charleston and DHEC officials as well as architects to create a kitchen that can be reproduced in any part of the state.

Midlands

Chester County Literacy Council
“Proper Nutrition 101”

This program will deliver an easy-to-understand nutritional curriculum for the population at large to make real and lasting change. Based on a grassroots initiative with the goal of developing universal nutritional programming, the Nutrition 101 curriculum supplies the catalyst to raise public awareness of the diet-health relationship across diverse literacy levels. Detailing the predisposing, enabling, and reinforcing factors for health and wellness, this initiative will create 100 “lay nutritionists” who gain the skillset to take active roles in their families’ health. Through three cycles of classes with twelve weeks of instruction per cycle, the curriculum fosters a mindset of nutritional knowledge that can maintain any individual for life and not just for a few months.

Pee Dee

A Father’s Place
“Pathways to Health and Employment”

Pathways to Health and Employment will enhance participants’ health, employment readiness and economic stability by strengthening health education and increasing access to health services. The project’s goal is to improve the economic and health conditions of low-income noncustodial fathers in Marion County so they can be employable and contribute financially and emotionally to their children and communities. The project will serve 75 participants in Marion County. Through provision of a health education curriculum, bi-annual health screenings, consultations, and increased access to medical services, participants will improve their knowledge about healthy behaviors, health conditions, and nutrition.

Upstate

Mill Community Ministries
“Mill Village Market at Greenlink Transit Station”

This project will transform a vacant space within the Greenlink Bus Transit Station in downtown Greenville into a vibrant, educational, and affordable farmer’s market storefront. The new market location will impact the surrounding residents as well as the more than 2,500 riders that pass through the Transit Station every day. Through this market, MCM will be able to reach more at-risk youth with paid employment to serve their community and be empowered with life- and job-skills. The market will also help expand MCM’s produce distribution, which will allow them to expand their agricultural opportunities and create more youth gardening employment opportunities. Finally, this project aims to provide educational outreach on sustainable backyard gardening by building a demonstration garden in the landscaping beds adjacent to the market.

Congratulations to all of our Grant  recipients!