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SC Small Business Development Centers welcomes new minority business advisor

The SC Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) welcomes Cheryl Salley as the network’s new minority business development manager. Salley has more than 20 years of experience working with small and minority businesses throughout the Southeast. She concentrates on management and technical assistance, counseling, administrative management, strategic business growth and recognizing and promoting business development opportunities.

An entrepreneur herself, Salley started several small businesses of her own where she offered private online consulting and website development. Salley, who has served the small and minority business community in since 1986, was recently nominated to participate on the Columbia Minority Business Advisory Council that was launched by Mayor Steve Benjamin, the SC Minority Business Development Program Advisory Committee and the SCNAACP Minority Business Advisory Council.

In her new position, Salley will lead development strategies to increase the SC SBDC’s visibility and client base, as well as network with other centers and businesses to share information, ideas and best practices for minority businesses. SC SBDC State Director, Michele Abraham said, “We look forward to the many opportunities Cheryl will provide South Carolina’s small and minority-owned business community.”

Through experience, strategic partnerships and the use of federal Small Business Administration (SBA) technologies, the SC SBDC serves small and minority-owned businesses throughout South Carolina and seeks to place such clients on a high-growth trajectory by promoting relationships and business opportunities that increase their market, capital, education and training.

A native of South Carolina, Salley earned her associate’s degree in business management from Midlands Technical College and a BA in public affairs and political science from Columbia College. Salley is a certified economic development specialist through the National Development Council.

Cheryl Salley can be reached at the Columbia Area SBDC at 803.777.4409 or csalley@sc.edu.