SC SBDC State Director Michele Abraham Interviews Senator Lindsey Graham About the State of Small Businesses in South Carolina
The Video-Taped Interview Provides an Insightful Discussion About the Impact Small Businesses Make on the State’s Economy
COLUMBIA, SC–The South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC), the state’s premier provider of business assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners, is pleased to announce that now available online is a video that captures State Director Michele Abraham interviewing U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) about the state of small businesses in South Carolina and the impact they make on the state’s economy.
“I was honored to be granted this opportunity to interview Senator Graham,” said Abraham. “He was very generous with his time and provided some very insightful feedback. Since he is the son of small business owners he offers a compelling view on the advantages and challenges of being an entrepreneur.”
“About 70 percent of the employed people in the state work for small businesses,” said Senator Graham in the video. “I grew up and my dad owned a restaurant, a bar and a liquor store. You get up every day and go to work; if you don’t go to work you don’t get paid. You can’t afford to get sick. That’s small business.”
Graham goes on in the video to say that small businesses are a “force multiplier.” “The SC SBDC allows a small business to tap into the expertise they otherwise cannot afford. The big companies have in-house services. Small businesses have the SC SBDC,” said Graham.
The interview was conducted by SC SBDC State Director Michele Abraham, who has more than 20 years of small business development experience and joined the SC SBDC as its Director in 2010. In this role, she leads the organization’s more than 45 employees, providing strategic vision and oversight in the continued success of South Carolina’s principal business assistance organization.
“We are very fortunate to have leaders like Senator Graham who recognize the importance of small business,” said Abraham. “They are absolutely vital to ensuring a thriving economy. I can’t imagine a more rewarding career than helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.”
About the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC)
Twenty-one South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) located throughout the state’s 46 counties offer pro bono individual, confidential business consulting. Highly-trained consultants assist both existing and startup companies providing a variety of services including business plan development, fiscal and operations management, human resources, financing options, marketing strategies and much more. In addition to conducting a variety of free or low-cost education workshops, SBDC centers refer clients to useful business resources. Specialized services include government contracting, exporting, technology commercialization, veterans’ business assistance and minority outreach. Visit SCSBDC.com to find a center and make an appointment. Follow us at facebook.com/SCSBDC and @SCSBDC.