Headquartered at Columbia College, the Women's Business Center of South Carolina establishes programs aimed at assisting women business leaders throughout the state. The WBC holds weekly programs, regional networking events, and locally hosted opportunities for engagement.
Start, run, and grow your business. Be part of a women-sourced, women-driven network of activity that results in economic growth for all. Our statewide congregation of women entrepreneurs is united through community and common purpose to add jobs, increase revenue, and achieve economic independence.
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View our calendar of events and join us for a weekly program or text WBCOFSC to 41411 to opt-in.
- Community Partners
Senator Tim Scott
Congressman James Clyburn
City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Mayor Pro Tem Tameika Isaac Devine and Councilman Sam Davis
South Carolina Small Business Development Centers
South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
South Carolina Technical College System
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
Bank of America
University of South Carolina McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise
USC/Columbia Technology Incubator
Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurship at Clemson University
Winthrop University Gender & Women’s Studies program
1 Million Cups Affiliates - Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill, Anderson, Greenville, and Spartanburg
Midlands Technical College - Center for Entrepreneurial Success and Community Engagement
SOCO – For Creators
Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce
Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network
Venture South/Angel Network
- Lead Investors
- Volunteer Opportunities
12@12 Mentoring Luncheon Series
This luncheon series connects women entrepreneurs and leaders over a casual and meaningful mentoring lunch. Each month a successful woman will host a lunch for 12. You’ll share your story and wisdom. Participants will have a chance to not only ask questions of you, but also meet a small group of like-minded aspirational women.
Recommended times: Fridays at 12pm, 1.5 hour commitment
This is a behind-the-scenes tour, insider's view, and meet-and-greet at women-owned places of business. Hosts can can guide and facilitate the conversation in the direction they choose.
Recommended times: Friday mornings (8-10am) or Friday afternoons (3-5pm); flexible
Office Hours 1:1 and Small Group Coaching
Share your expertise, experience and wisdom with women business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in our 1:1 and small group coaching sessions. The women will bring their biggest challenge and burning question. You’ll help them craft a solution and develop an action plan. The WBC will follow up with each client on their action plan following the session.
Recommended times: Flexible; recommend 3-4 hour block at the Center for Entrepreneurism, your location, or virtual
The WBCofSC hosts digital programming as a way to engage women on a variety of platforms. Tweet Chats, Facebook Q&A/Live, digitally published interviews and video interviews are all opportunities here.
Recommended times: Friday at 10am; flexible; 1-2 hour commitment
We’re seeking proposals for workshops, conferences, and certificate or badge programs with an emphasis on “Do It Together,” hands-on, applied learning and coaching during the workshops themselves.
We will be seeking experts to help us build and grow the Women’s Business Center, including coaches and subject-matter experts. We will be issuing RFPs through our weekly newsletter, partner network and media release.
The WBCofSC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization as an outreach office of Columbia College. Dr. Kasie Whitener, co-founder of the WBCofSC, oversees programs and volunteers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803.470.6306. We are happy to work with volunteers to recognize their contributions in a meaningful way.
J.P. Mililli is the Director of the Women's Business Center of South Carolina and the Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia College.