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Small Business Grants for Women in South Carolina

Looking for small business grants for women in South Carolina is anything but easy.

A Google search will bring up a long list of sites. But most either look like scams or complicated government (Small Business Administration) sites.

We’re different. can help you find REAL grants, loans, and other funding for your business venture. Yes, you’re still going to have to put in some hard work and time. But if you’re serious about getting your business to the next level, you’ll find our site a big help.

A simple place to start is with our Amber Grant for Women. Business women from South Carolina (and all around America) are eligible to apply for this grant. Our judges award this grant every month – so today would be the perfect time to apply.

After you’ve applied for our grant, please take a bit of time to check out the resources below. There are folks in South Carolina waiting to help women business owners just like you!

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What is an Amber Grant?

WomensNet launched the Amber Grant in 1998 to honor the memory of an ambitious young woman who died at the age of 19, before she could realize her entrepreneurial aspirations. Today, these grants help women like you fulfill the dreams that Amber could not.

How Does It Work?

Every month, the WomensNet judges award one or more Qualifying Grants of $500 each. Then, at the end of the year, one of those Qualifying Grant recipients is selected to receive the $2,500 Amber Grant.

How Do I Apply?

By telling us your story. There are no lengthy, complicated documents to complete; just answer a few questions about your business. But hurry—applications are due by the end of the month for the next $500 Qualifying Grant.

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Six steps you should take when looking for a business grant:

1. Analyze your organization's needs. Make sure you have a solid understanding of the:
  • Problem or need you want to address
  • Audience that will benefit from your product or service
  • Kind and amount of support you need
  • Resources and commitment your group brings to the project
  • Potential and prospective partners in the community
2. Research various types of foundations. Learn the operational differences between:
  • Corporate foundations
  • Civic foundations
  • Private foundations
3. Look for funding matches. Identify funders who:
  • Are able and likely to fund projects in your geographic area
  • Share a similar core mission or goals
  • Have already supported similar ventures or projects
4. Compile a list of prospects. Group them in two ways:
  • By Geographic Location (city, state, region)
  • By field of interest or program subject
5. Review and refine your list. Eliminate prospects that DON’T FUND:
  • In your state
  • Your type of organization
  • Your subject
  • The type of support you need
  • Your size project
6. Select the most appropriate funding prospects. Research them in detail:
  • Contact them directly to request annual reports and other publications
  • Search print and online media to identify projects that received grants in the past
  • Ask former grant recipients for advice and why they felt they were successful over other applicants

Not Sure Where to Start?

You’re in luck. We’ve done hours of research and compiled a list of the 21 best small business grants available for women today—and we’d love to share it with you!

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“21 Terrific Grants for Women Business Owners.”

And be sure to check out these excellent resources available to help businesswomen like you in South Carolina:

Resources for businesswomen in South Carolina:

Coastal SCORE
4500 Leeds Ave# 100
N. Charleston, SC 29405
Ph: (843) 727-4778

Grand Strand SCORE
605 10th Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Ph: (843) 918-1079

Midlands SCORE
1835 Assembly StreetStrom Thurmond Building, Room 1425
Columbia, SC 29201
Ph: (803) 765-5131

Piedmont SCORE
300 E. Washington Street Federal Bldg., Room B-02
Greenville, SC 29601
Ph: (864) 271-3638

SC Lowcountry SCORE
1 Chamber of Commerce Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Ph: (843) 785-7107

SouthCentral Region SCORE
PO Box 892
Aiken, SC 29802
Ph: (803) 641-1111

South Carolina Women’s Business Center
129 Cannon Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 763-7333 ext. 211
Fax: (843) 763-3441

South Carolina Women in Business
P.O. Box 50074
Columbia, SC 29250
Rose E. Jackson
Owner, Rose E. Jackson Financial Services
CEO & Founder, South Carolina Women In Business
803-775-3687 (Sumter)
803-360-2468 (Columbia)

Small Business Development Center
State Director’s Office
1705 College Street
Darla Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803.777.4907

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