Business Development Center


2601 Read St.
Columbia, SC 29204
Office Hours 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Established in 2002 the Benedict College Business Development Center was created with a mission to expand the college’s role in addressing the economic and business development needs of small and minority businesses.

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The BDC’s Mission

Our mission is to act as a catalyst for economic development by increasing the capacity of entrepreneurs, and small and minority owned businesses in Columbia and throughout South Carolina.

The BDC’s Core Objectives

  • Promote the growth of small and minority businesses throughout the community
  • Provide technical support, mentoring and business training to entrepreneurs
  • Improve and expand access to financial resources and business networks.
  • Promote the use of technology enhanced business strategies.

Discover Our Programs

  • Business Incubation
  • Business Skills Training
  • Ongoing Technical Support for up to 3 years

Jumpstart Your Business

  • Advice from Targeted Mentors
  • Improve & Expand Your Access to Financing & Resources
  • Grow your customer Base

Enjoy Your New Address

  • Midtown Location
  • Secure 24/7 Building Access
  • Access to Shared Meeting Sapce
  • Professional Office Space below Market Price
  • Temporary Office Space Available at Hourly Rates


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