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Made with Love in Travelers Rest

After 18 years of wishful speculation, Chris Williamson’s lifelong dream finally became a reality. Together with his wife and business partner, Katie, Williamson opened the doors to Farmhouse Tacos, a Mexican-style restaurant that fuses Williamson’s passions for good food, locally-sourced ingredients, handcrafted specialty drinks and creative cuisine.

Chris and Katie, both Greenville natives, moved to Travelers Rest in 2015. The couple thought the locale was an ideal setting for their farm-to-table restaurant. “We liked the community and being close to the Swamp Rabbit Trail,” Chris said. The Williamson’s devotion to the area is even reflected in the restaurant’s motto of “Made with love in Travelers Rest.”

Having selected the perfect site for their venture, the Williamson’s needed assistance transforming their vision into a thriving establishment. So the couple followed the advice of a local business owner and contacted the Greenville Area SBDC, where they were introduced to consultant Kostas Ioannidis.

“It was apparent at our first meeting that Katie and Chris understood the restaurant industry and had conducted extensive market research,” said Ioannidis. He credits the couple for doing the lion’s share of the work. “I simply steered them in the right direction, crunched some numbers and connected them to the best resources.



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The SC SBDC Names 2017 State Star Darrell Jones as New USC Region Director
Outgoing director Martin Goodman steps down after 11 years at the helm

The South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) has named Charleston native and longtime community business leader Darrell Jones as director of the University of South Carolina (USC) region which covers 13 counties.

Jones will be replacing Martin Goodman who will be stepping down from the post after a successful 11 year run. SC SBDC State Director Michele Abraham is grateful for Goodman’s leadership and lasting contributions to the SBDC. “Martin thrived on finding innovative ways to galvanize the USC region and was utterly devoted to his clients. Fortunately, Martin will continue providing outstanding service as Area Manager and business consultant at the Beaufort Area SBDC.”

Jones acknowledges that he has some very big shoes to fill. “Martin has left behind a truly remarkable legacy. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity and talented staff to build on that legacy,” said Jones.

Michele Abraham has the utmost confidence in Darrell’s ability to lead and inspire his team. “Darrell consistently excels in everything he pursues,” said the state director. “He is fueled by a passion that motivates others and upholds the SC SBDC’s reputation for performance excellence.”

Jones, who joined the Charleston Area SBDC in 2014 and began managing the center in 2016, will now be wearing two hats: he will continue to manage the Charleston Area SBDC while simultaneously overseeing the eight area centers comprising the USC region.



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