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Promoting diversity and programs that help diversity-owned businesses succeed

Diversity-Owned Business Resources

Local, state and federal organizations can help to qualify minority-owned firms to develop and grow their businesses through counseling, training workshops, and technical guidance. Below are a few resources. 


Minority-Owned Certified Business Directory


Minority-Owned Business Certification

Certification is a review process designed to ensure that a small business is owned, controlled and operated by the applicants. Most certifications are granted for minority- or women-owned businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, and underutilized businesses.  


Veteran-Owned Businesses


Women-Owned Businesses


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender-Owned Businesses

  • Coastal Business Guild – Increasing visibility and support of Coastal South Carolina area gay-owned, gay-managed, and gay-friendly businesses through professional networking, marketing and education.

Entrepreneurs With Disabilities


Minority-Owned Business Funding


Contracting


Local Resources for Minority-Owned Business Development

Small Business Development Center
Coastal Carolina University
PO Box 261954 
Conway, SC 29528-6054

Grand Strand SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
Grand Strand Chapter 318
605 10th Ave. N.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-918-1079

Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp.
2050 U.S. 501 East, Bldg. 900
Conway, SC 29526
843-347-4604 or 800-844-4983

5th T Innovation Group/Conway Innovation Center
1119 Third Ave.
Conway, SC 2952
843-488-2783


TRAINING

Visit ChamberAcademy.com for free seminars aimed at helping you grow your diversity-owned business.

Educated Voices On Leading and Valuing Equity (EVOLVE) – This series provides an in-depth look at diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. 

Grand Strand SCORE Free Webinars - From finance and management to technology and marketing.

Small Business Administration Free Webinars - From managing a business to process improvements.

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