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South Carolina SBDC welcomes
technology commercialization specialist

chad hardaway 3Innovative thinkers have a new friend at the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers. People and companies with original ideas and pioneering products can benefit from the SC SBDC’s new technology commercialization services headed by business consultant Chad Hardaway.

“We are delighted to have Chad join our network,” said SC SBDC State Director Michele Abraham. “Often companies come to us with a ground-breaking project or product, but they have no idea how to move forward. Chad’s vast experience in technology commercialization can help take an idea and turn it into a viable business.”

In addition to being the SC SBDC’s technology commercialization specialist, Hardaway is the Associate Director of Innovation for the Faber Entrepreneurship Center at USC’s Darla Moore School of Business. As an MBA, a chemical engineer and a lawyer, Hardaway has more than a decade of experience in intellectual property and technology development, strategy and management from both a top-tier research university and a corporate perspective.

Hardaway knows how to form partnerships, find capital, research opportunities, explore new markets and move products into production and finally into the hands of consumers. He can assist in technology startup creation, license generation, patents and intellectual property issues and early stage funding for startups. He is adept at navigating the grant proposals and awards of the federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and its Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Hardaway facilitates partnerships between private sector companies and universities where grants fund studies that help bring a company’s product to market backed by the scientific data of a major research university.

“It gives me great pleasure to see someone leave my office with a clear sense of their options and a focus on the most profitable next steps,” Hardaway said. “There are a lot of great people with amazing ideas and often all they need to know is what path to take. It’s my job to point them in the right direction.”

Click the Technology Commercialization tab on the left menu of this website for more information. Hardaway can be reached at his office in the Moore School at 803-777-4031 or by email at