News Archive

SC Small Business Development Centers welcomes minority business advisor

mel wallaceSC Small Business Development Centers welcomes Mel Wallace as the advisor for minority business development. The SC SBDC’s Minority Outreach Program began in 2012 with a focus on the African-American community in the Midlands. Wallace will continue to assist the growth of small businesses in the Midlands while also expanding services into the Rock Hill area.

While fully half of the Minority Outreach Program’s client base is from the black community, Wallace intends to reach out to all minority groups to lend help with startups and to accelerate existing businesses.

“I recently met with the Catawba Nation to discuss collaborating on small business growth initiatives,” Wallace said. “I’ve also met with the Hispanic Leadership Council to ensure the continued success of Hispanic-owned companies that in turn strengthen our local economy and create jobs.”

A business strategist for advanced construction technologies, including (BIM) building information modeling, Wallace has more than 20 years in advanced technology sales, channel management and corporate development of technology service providers. Previously a senior advisor with Ampirix Consulting, Wallace was also director of business development for Satellier, a multinational solution provider of documentation and digital design services. Wallace is the founder of Visually Intelligent Solutions, a technology start-up offering consulting, training and design support for architectural, engineering and construction industries.

“In my new position I will be assisting companies in all stages of growth. From start-ups to businesses just trying to survive and make a turnaround,” Wallace said. “I’m particularly eager to work with companies that are primed for expansion. In my experience as a business consultant, companies positioned in high-growth markets provide the greatest potential for job creation.”

As the managing advisor for minority business development Wallace will bring the considerable resources of the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers network to these communities. SC SBDC services include personalized, confidential and free business consulting concerning many aspects of running a small company. For example, consultants can assess the feasibility of a business idea, help write a business plan or provide marketing guidance. While the SC SBDC does not provide loans, their consultants guide entrepreneurs toward potential financial options.

A licensed minster and ordained elder, Wallace will be reaching out to the faith-based communities. Wallace earned a B.S. in business administration and marketing from Limestone College and served honorably in the United States Marine Corp.

“I look forward to bringing the resources of the SC SBDC to our minority communities,” Wallace said. “Nowhere else can the citizens of South Carolina access such stellar services free of charge.”

For more information on the Minority Outreach Program, to make an appointment for consulting or to extend an invitation to speak at a community event, contact Mel Wallace at 803.777.4409 or melwallace@sc.edu. His office is located in the Columbia Area SBDC at 1225 Laurel Street in downtown Columbia inside the USC Incubator.

The Minority Outreach Program contributes to the core SC SBDC program, which focuses on job creation and comprehensive business services. The Minority Outreach Program is funded by a grant provided to the SC SBDC under the federal Small Business Jobs Act. The South Carolina Small Business Development Centers network is headquartered in the Darla Moore School of Business.