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.

Connect With Us

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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

Kauffman FastTrac

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

SCORE Midlands

1 Million Cups Affiliates - Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill, Anderson, Greenville, and Spartanburg

EngenuitySC

Richland Library

Midlands Technical College - Center for Entrepreneurial Success and Community Engagement

SOCO – For Creators

Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce

Hatchtribe

Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network

Venture South/Angel Network

Lead Investors

Grow with Google
South Carolina Department of Commerce Office of Innovation Startup Fuel Cell Challenge

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

On Location

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 McNair Center, your location, or virtual

Featured Expert

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

Educational Programs

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.

Submit a proposal.

Consulting Opportunities

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.

About Volunteering

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 wbcofsc@columbiasc.edu or 803.470.6306. We are happy to work with volunteers to recognize their contributions in a meaningful way.

Volunteer

Katherine Swartz Hilton & Kasie Whitener, Co-Founders, Women’s Business Center of SC