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Success Story Archive

Walker Emulsions Wins USDA Grant with Help from the SC SBDC

“The devil is in the details.” That’s what Scott White, the facility manager for Walker Emulsions [USA Inc.], would tell you about his first encounter preparing a federal government loan application. The events leading up to White’s epiphany date back to 2014; the year Walker Emulsions established a site in Orangeburg. The company is quite unique in that it not only takes pride in manufacturing superior asphalt and industrial emulsions; it is equally proud to be an environmental steward.

In fact, to enhance the efficiency of its 53,000 sq. ft. facility, the company installed 261 LED light fixtures and added automated timing and dimming features to the existing system. Whereas the original impetus driving this initiative was to conserve resources, Jim Johnson, director of the South Carolina State University region for the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC), identified a benefit unforeseen by the Walker Emulsions leadership team.

Having attended a presentation by the USDA’s State Director for Rural Development, Johnson was well-informed about the agency’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). So when Jim learned that Walker Emulsions was self-funding initiatives to create a more eco-friendly work environment, Jim informed the company that it qualified for a USDA-sponsored REAP grant.

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SC SBDC Provides Mission-Essential Training and Resources
to Entrepreneurial-Minded Veterans

Through its Veterans’ Business Program (VBP), the SC SBDC supports transitioning service members considering the merits of owning a small business. While SC SBDC veteran-related initiatives are coordinated by Earl Gregorich, a business consultant with the Columbia Area SBDC, there are many knowledgeable consultants throughout the statewide network working daily to provide no-cost support services to the state’s veteran community. In fact, in a nationwide survey released by the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business, the SC SBDC’s support of veterans’ programs helped catapult South Carolina to the No. 1 spot when ranked by the percentage of veteran-owned businesses in a state.

Training: Workshops and Seminars
In cooperation with the SBA, the VA and the National Guard, the SC SBDC administers the “Boots to Business/Reboot” accelerated training programs to provide entrepreneurial-minded veterans vital instruction on the fundamentals of launching and operating a small business. In 2016, hundreds of veterans attended at least one SC SBDC-sponsored workshop. The SC SBDC’s goal for 2017 is to offer approximately 25 classes for more than 300 attendees. We provide Boots to Business workshops to seven separate military bases in SC from the following four installations: Fort Jackson, Shaw Air Force Base, Marine Corps Air Station-Beaufort and Joint Base Charleston.

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