April 3, 2020

Greetings! ICYMI... We broadcast a webinar on Wednesday, April 1 on the Coronavirus Stimulus Package and what it means for your business and you. The webinar was hosted by Allen Gillespie of Fintrust Capital Advisors and had over 200 attendees. To view a recording of the webinar, visit our SCRA and COVID-19 webpage.
SCRA is pleased to welcome Adrian Grimes, Director of Marketing and Communications, to our team. Join us in giving her a warm welcome when she begins this Monday, April 6.
SCRA has allocated substantial additional funding in grants and investments with a particular focus on current Client Companies to assist them in navigating through these unprecedented times.

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Connect with local professionals, create new relationships, and discover new resources for business growth. Booth reservation
deadline has been extended to May 1.
Event will be held on July 16 .
July 23 | Greenville Convention Center

Aug 6 | Commerce Club, Greenville
SCBIO’s Annual Conference
has been moved from
October 2020 to
February 16-18, 2021.
RSVP Now: Second National Small Business Town Hall
Friday, April 3 | 12 PM EDT
This week’s session features Neil Bradley, the Chamber's Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, in conversation with Inc. Editor-at-Large Kimberly Weisul. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Last week’s Town Hall recording is available from our webpage, SCRA and COVID-19 .
US Department of Treasury has released Paycheck Protection Program Information. Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards. Click here for more info.

If you are interested in applying for the Paycheck Protection Program , please contact your financial institution to see if they are an SBA lender, or would like to become one. A current list of SBA lenders in South Carolina can be found starting on page 29 of the  South Carolina Small Business Resource Guide . Applications open Friday, April 3 .

United Community Bank is a preferred SBA lender and has up-to-date information. Please visit here for additional information. There is a section on the site that allows you to enter your name and email to receive electronic communication from the Bank. You can also listen to a recording of United Chairman and CEO, Lynn Harton, and Chief Banking Officer, Rich Bradshaw, discussing this new program and what it means for United customers Listen to the recording.
Governor orders nonessential businesses to close statewide. Gov. Henry McMaster ordered all “nonessential” businesses including entertainment venues, close-contact service providers and sports venues to close statewide.
Aiken launches $1 million small-business loan program. The city of Aiken has created a loan program to tide over small businesses until federal aid reaches them. The loan program will offer up to $10,000 for qualifying businesses.
New Profs on Call Group Helps Local Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 . The College of Charleston School of Business and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to provide pro bono consultations to Charleston-area businesses affected by the spread of the coronavirus.
State extends license renewal deadlines . Deadlines for state licenses, registrations and permits scheduled to renew from April through August have been extended until Sept 30 .
FDA Policy: Preparing Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers During COVID-19. The FDA has issued new guidance for entities that currently are not licensed or now registered manufacturers that would like to prepare alcohol-based sanitizers, either for public distribution or for their own internal use during the COVID-19 emergency.
In an effort to provide guidance and much-needed tools, SC Department of Commerce has launched the online  COVID-19 Business Resource Center
The SC Chamber is compiling the latest resources on COVID-19, so you can have easy access to the information you need to run your business and protect your employees.