Newberry SBDC gets businesses going and growing

By Natalie Netzel

January 29, 2014

NEWBERRY — Nancy Williamson does just about anything for her clients. For one client, she sat in a chair for about eight hours getting her hair braided and for another she put her creative skills to work getting a sign ready for her client’s business the night before a grand re-opening.

Williamson is a certified business consultant with the Small Business Development Center in Newberry. She provides free and confidential business assistance to those looking to start a business or get their established business off to a better start.

The SBDC is funded by federal and state grants and the Newberry office also receives local funds as well, Williamson said at Monday’s Newberry Business Alliance meeting. The Newberry center is hosted by Newberry College at the Darrow Naval Training House, 1814 College St.

“Every state has one and South Carolina has four regions,” said Williamson. Newberry is in the Columbia/USC region.

In addition to having client sessions and helping businesses, she also hosts workshops from time to time. Social media and website workshops are the biggest need and get the bigger turnouts, Williamson said. She also offers IRS tax assistance to businesses.

Williamson said her workshops allow her to provide more one on one attention to those who attend.

“This (past) year, I helped a lot of clients,” said Williamson with a few of her clients located in the Bear Village shopping center. “My goal is to fill up every lot there (Bear Village).”

Some of Williamson’s clients from the past year included Celine Diona’s African hair braiding salon, Richard Fine Fencing, Weezie’s thrift store, the Newberry Chamber, Making It Personal, Kendall Austin Roofing, Our Cellular, Small Packages Catering, Figaro and Tiki Tan Tanning.

Williamson either helped the business owners and managers from the start or helped them with website and social media marketing.

For more information about the Newberry SBDC, visit or contact Williamson at