Via an array of state, federal and personal partnerships, the Clemson Extension Agribusiness group has launched a complete, one-stop store to offer experience in quite a lot of areas for South Carolina start-ups.
Devoted to enhancing and increasing native meals and agricultural companies within the state, the S.C. Heart for Cooperative and Enterprise Improvement (SCCCED) is operated by Clemson College by way of Clemson Cooperative Extension and funded by way of a U.S. Division of Agriculture Rural Improvement Cooperative Improvement Grant.
“We need to get the phrase out that there’s assist for folks seeking to put companies collectively, whether or not that’s with preliminary constructions or issues like organizing or incorporating,” mentioned SCCCED Director Steve Richards, an Agribusiness Grasp Extension affiliate. “The Heart can present technical help to cooperatives, mutually owned companies and different small companies inside a number of industries, however with a powerful give attention to agricultural companies. So, it’s extra than simply serving to one individual begin one enterprise, though the middle would assist with that, too.”
SCCCED represents a collaborative effort between Clemson Extension, South Carolina State Small Enterprise Improvement Heart (SBDC), the S.C. Division of Agriculture (SCDA) and Matson Consulting.
“What’s good is the Division of Agriculture has experience in sure areas, Matson Consulting has experience in cooperatives and Jim Johnson with SBDC is everywhere in the state serving to companies get began and funded,” Richards mentioned. “So, it’s a fairly good group that, whoever calls can get assist from any variety of folks; it’s not simply the Clemson Extension Agribusiness group. That’s what makes it robust.”