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SBDC, SCORE, WBC Partner to Bring eCommerce Startup Series to the Upstate

GREENVILLE, SC | March 9, 2021 – Three small business and entrepreneur support organizations are partnering to present a three-part series on starting an eCommerce business.  The Greenville Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Piedmont Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the CommunityWorks Women’s Business Center (WBC) coordinated the training to reach a wider audience across the Upstate and highlight each organization.

The leaders of the three organizations are looking forward to coming together to present this series.  As related SBA programs, sharing resources and ideas magnifies all of their efforts to support entrepreneurs looking for in-depth eCommerce assistance.  The SBDC’s Earl Gregorich, Ana Parra, the new program director of the WBC and Jerry Smith, a volunteer with Piedmont SCORE who leads their training programs, quickly agreed on a concept, its importance and how they would divide the work.  They planned the curriculum together over a few meetings and are promoting the whole series to each of their entrepreneurs and business owner clients.  The UEE and Ten at the Top are adding additional promotional support for this important series for Upstate entrepreneurs.

“Ana, Earl and I are excited to bring this eCommerce workshop series to the local small business community.  The collaboration of the WBC, SCORE, and SBDC will provide a diverse approach and ensure this important topic is fully explored,” said Jerry Smith, SCORE Mentor.

The workshops are all virtual and hosted by a different organization. They launch on March 15th at noon beginning with “eCommerce: Is it Right for Your Business?” provided by the WBC.  On April 15th at noon, Piedmont SCORE will present “eCommerce: Planning for Success”.  On May13th at noon, SBDC will wrap up with “eCommerce: Finding the Right Technology”.  This series will provide attendees with the information they need to determine if selling online is right for their business, the steps to set it up properly and how to evaluate and utilize the many technologies available and necessary. 

“All of our organizations emphasize the need for small businesses to form strategic partnerships.  This training provides a great example of how partnering can be beneficial to all those involved,” said Earl Gregorich, Greenville Area Manager, SBDC.

The Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem (UEE), an initiative of Ten at the Top, serves the role of increasing the capacity and ability of the ecosystem to help entrepreneurs be more successful faster.  Erin Ouzts, in her role as facilitator for the UEE for Ten at the Top, saw that each organization was offering important parts of eCommerce startup and management training, but it had been a while since there was an overview of the steps to launch.

“The pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for online access to products and services”, said Erin Ouzts, Director of the Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem. “Any education we can provide for our entrepreneurs and business owners about how to evaluate and successfully launch a website to sell online, is another step toward helping our local businesses survive.”

The SBDC, SCORE and WBC are supported in different ways by the US Small Business Administration (SBA), and while they work together with common clients and cross-over programs, having all three collaborate on a single 3-part event is rare.  All regularly provide workshops, training, mentoring and support for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Entrepreneurs tend to stay with the original organization throughout the time they need support. This series will help entrepreneurs understand that each group is equally important and helpful to their potential success. 

“Collaboration is always a good idea and right now when there is such a critical need, a partnership among resource partners helps us reach more business owners and provide additional tools to keep businesses sustainable,” said Ana Parra, WBC Program Director.

ABOUT SCORE | SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, we have provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs. SCORE is a nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Thanks to this generous support from the SBA and because of the selfless contributions of our more than 10,000 dedicated volunteers, we are able to deliver most of our offerings at no cost.

ABOUT WBC | The CommunityWorks Women’s Business Center (WBC) serves women throughout South Carolina by empowering entrepreneurs through advocacy, outreach, education and support. The center focuses on serving women of color and those who may be economically disadvantaged – working to offer comprehensive training and counseling to foster business skills. The WBC builds upon CommunityWorks’ mission to provide opportunities for all through equitable lending, investing and financial education.

ABOUT SBDC | For more than forty years, entrepreneurs have turned to South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) for help expanding an existing business or starting a new enterprise. Through free consulting, low-cost seminars and links to resources, the SC SBDC helps jump start startups and makes existing businesses thrive. SC SBDC consultants work with companies in all stages of development – from a person with an innovative product but no idea how to move forward to the owner of a company looking to capture new markets. A statewide organization, the SC SBDC has 20 area centers in communities across South Carolina, serving both urban and rural business needs. The SC SBDC helps more than 6,000 clients each year.