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Local Lowcountry market thrives with assistance from the Beaufort Area SBDC

Local, kitschy and fun are all words that describe Marsh Tacky Market Cafe. Owner Bobby Marshall likes his island market to have an eclectic vibe. The unique name comes from the Marsh Tacky horses that are native to South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

When Marshall was considering places to open his market and cafe he contacted his local Small Business Development Center. There he met business consultant, Martin Goodman, who serves as the region director for all of the SBDC centers associated with the University of South Carolina. Marshall had found a location he thought would work for his new enterprise, but after discussing this option with Goodman, he realized that the lease was untenable.

Goodman suggested a location next to St. Helena and Hunting Island on the Sea Island Parkway.

“The owners of the location were amenable,” Marshall said. “They did everything they could to help us out. They fixed some things that needed fixing and we have developed a good relationship with them.”

While Marshall wanted to offer light food services like breakfast, his market wasn’t equipped with a restaurant kitchen. Goodman helped him work out a menu that could be offered with a minimal amount of equipment and cleanup. Now breakfast and lunch have become a big part of what Marshall offers, as well as frozen yogurt and unusual local beers like Palmetto and Holy City. Outside tables allow patrons to hang around and enjoy their adult beverages while Marshall gets to avoid the expensive license needed to actually serve alcoholic drinks.



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Dr. Jim Wasson

SC SBDC welcomes new technology commercialization specialist

The South Carolina SBDC welcomes Dr. Jim Wasson as our new technology commercialization specialist. Wasson will assist small businesses and university research partners in identifying and winning federal Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grants. He will also provide consulting assistance in commercialization, growth strategies, financing, IP strategies, business management, government contracting, networking and business development.

Wasson comes to the SC SBDC from Growth Strategies International (GSI), a management consulting firm that assists entrepreneurs in the creation and expansion of businesses. At GSI, Wasson worked with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy providing assistance on the SBIR Commercialization Readiness Program. He also provided composite manufacturing engineering project management support and training on the 787 Dreamliner program for Boeing South Carolina.

Prior to relocating to the Charleston area in 2010, he was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at BAE Systems, a major aerospace and defense company, where he planned and directed new product development and created and led the Innovation Venture in the U.S. and Europe. Wasson has 20 years of experience as Director of Program Management and Business Development at Smiths Aerospace (now GE Aviation) and McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing).

Wasson, who was Chairman of the Graduate Business and Management College for the University of Phoenix in West Michigan and an MBA Adjunct Professor for 15 years has published several textbooks. Wasson has also founded and operated several successful high-tech small businesses.

“We are pleased to welcome Jim to our network. We are fortunate to have a consultant with his wide range of experience,” said Michele Abraham, SC SBDC state director. “He will be a great assist to SBDC clients as our state’s knowledge economy grows.”



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