Winthrop Region SBDC .... your local Rock Hill office of the

We Offer Business Consultation Services for Businesses: Big, Small, New, Generations Old, or still in the idea stage.

SC Small Business Development Centers

The Winthrop Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers  private, confidential one-on-one consultations to assist current  business owners as they grow, as well as helping aspiring entrepreneurs  develop business plans get their ventures open for business.  Whether just starting out or  looking for advice on expansion possibilities, we invite you to  participate in the business workshops we offer to benefit start-ups, business owners, CEOs and the companies they run. 

We have workshops on starting a business, complying with taxes and legal  requirements, franchising, marketing, or explain how we can help you get an online presence on a shoestring budget.  Browse our site now to find many answers about opening or operating a small business.

Ask any of our clients and they’ll tell you that the SBDC offers the best  business assistance you can get ..... and with the exception of some  workshops they may have attended, or having a start-up website built, it didn’t cost them a dime!

Step-by Step to Grow Your Business ... The Process . . .

When you call us for help, we take appropriate steps to insure that we serve you well whether that service includes an immediate appointment, or  making suggestions for some preliminary work on your part. We need to  make sure you have all the information you need and have done all the appropriate things to insure that you are ready to start or expand a  business.

Step 1 -- Fill out our website’s Contact Form with a brief description of the business concept you’re considering, or a description of your existing business. Answering those few brief  questions will help us decide what we need to do first to best serve you.  Each client’s needs are different, and our initial analysis of  what you need helps us to avoid wasting your time or ours, by insuring  you get the correct information and services in a timely fashion

Step 2 -- Click here to see how a typical inquiry for assistance for a Start-Up Business or an Existing Business might be handled.


Rock Hill, SC Area - Regional office:

Hours: 8:30 am - 5 pm Mon-Fri                    (803) 323-2283

The Rock Hill office serves York, Chester, Lancaster, Cherokee and Union Counties

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Meet Our Rock Hill Staff

Map to Rock Hill SBDC office -- 118 Thurmond, Rock Hill, SC. Turn left off Cherry Road at Park Avenue.  The Thurmond Building, located on the corner of Park Avenue and Memorial Circle

Workshop Dates & Registration

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Union, SC - Satellite Office

Lewis Jeter, Business Consultant

SC Works Building,  103 W. Main Street

Union, SC  29379

(864) 427-4119


Florence, SC Area Office:

ServingFlorence, Marion, Dillon, Darlington, Marlboro, Chesterfield, Williamsburg & Lee Counties

Meet the staff and Contact Florence Area SBDC

Telephone: (843) 661-8256


Location:  Florence-Darlington Technical College                      2715 W Lucas St., Florence, SC

Florence Area Workshop Dates

Cheraw, SC - Local SBDC Consultant

John Mahon, Business Consultant

Cheraw and Chesterfield County, SC

(843) 910-7352

Myrtle Beach Area, SC Office:

Contact Myrtle Beach Area SBDC                                                   Serving Horry and Georgetown Counties

Telephone:  (843) 349-5070

Location:  Coastal Carolina University

Atlantic Center (Procurement Building                                         642 Century Circle, Rooms 103 and 104

Conway, South Carolina 29526

Myrtle Beach Area Workshop Dates

Georgetown, SC - Local SBDC Consultant

Lee Mednikow, Business Consultant

(843) 606-0116



Our Sponsors


Consultations and services for your business are already paid for through our partnerships with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of South Carolina, and Winthrop University’s College of Businessand a variety of local and state grants when available.  We serve all businesses, from tiny home-based companies to mid-size service providers,  manufacturers, and multi-million dollar corporations ... we’re here to  help with services and share resources with all who ask.

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The Winthrop Region of the SC SBDC is located in Rock Hill, and oversees three area offices in Rock Hill, Florence (serving the PeeDee area), and Conway (serving the greater Myrtle Beach, SC area), as well as three  consultants who consult exclusively in rural areas of our region.  The Winthrop Region of SC SBDC is operated with assistance from the SBA, the State of  South Carolina, Winthrop University, Florence-Darlington Technical  College, and Coastal Carolina University.


Rock Hill Center of the SC SBDC Named District Winner by SBA

 The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at Winthrop University in Rock Hill has been named winner of the Excellence and Innovation Award for the Small Business Administration’s Region IV.  Region IV serves the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

At the urging of its Region Director Larry Stevens, the staff of the Rock Hill Small Business Development Center put his suggestion to “Challenge the Status Quo” to work, brainstorming and developing a plan to increase the Center’s impact in 2014. And the plan worked.

“The Rock Hill Area SBDC has proven exceptional, both through the assistance it has given to countless individual entrepreneurs and through the many innovative programs and partnerships it has developed to better serve the area business community,” said Elliott Cooper, District Director of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) South Carolina District Office.  “We are proud of everything they have accomplished, and we are beyond proud to count them as a partner.”

The SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award, which is part of SBA’s national awards program, honors an SBDC for “excellence in providing value to small businesses and advancing program delivery and management through innovation,” according to the official SBA award guidelines. 

Roger Weikle, Dean of the College of Business Administration at Winthrop, said, “I could not be more proud of the contribution of the SBDC.  The experts on staff contribute to the economic development of our region, increase the effective operation of a variety of small businesses, and assist in teaching our students in the process.  The Small Business Development Center is part of a great partnership, efficiently combining resources of the SBA, the State of South Carolina, and Winthrop University.”

The SBA administers the SBDC Program to give current and prospective entrepreneurs access to a wide variety of free and low-cost business assistance through nearly 1,000 locations across the nation. The SBA recognizes up to one SBDC in each state, which then go on to compete at the regional and national levels.  Nominee evaluation criteria include client satisfaction, business start-up numbers, job creation, capital infusion, and innovation and success in community economic development.

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Rock Hill Area office of SBDC, located at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC


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