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SBA Regional Administrator Ashley D. Bell visits Columbia to Engage Partnerships with Community Organizations

Columbia, S.C. – On Tuesday, April  9,Ashley D. Bell, Region 4 Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will visit Columbia, SC to sign strategic alliances with three entities that assist small businesses in South Carolina.

The purpose of a strategic alliance is to develop a formal relationship with organizations to strengthen and expand business development in the local area. This will include the sharing of resources, training, co-collaboration of events, and assists in bringing the tools each organization has to South Carolina’s 407,000 small businesses.

WHO:               SBA Region 4 Administrator Ashley D. Bell (available for media interviews)

WHEN:           Tuesday, April 9, 2019

2 p.m. –                  Signing with Benedict College (available for media interviews)

Dr. Roslyn Artis, President and CEO Benedict College

WHERE:        Small Business Administration, District Office

1835 Assembly Street., Columbia, SC 29201


To coordinate interviews, please contact Savannah Wilburn with the SBA South Carolina District Office, at Savannah.Wilburn@sba.govor (803) 253-3121 or  Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing for Benedict College, at or (803) 705.4519.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations.  To learn more, visit

About Benedict College

The Benedict College Business Development Center (BDC) was established in 2002 and created with a mission to expand the college’s role and effectiveness in addressing the economic and business development needs of small and minority businesses. The center’s goal is to create jobs, increase business development and provide entrepreneurial opportunities for low-to-moderate income persons.

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