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Manager, Small Business Development - SC Department of Commerce


Open Date:                                                           Closing Date:

11/25/2014                                                             12/25/14

Job Title: Mgr, Small Business Dev.                     Class Code:
State Salary Range:
                                             Agency Hiring Range – Min:

$47,092 - $67,108 - $87,125                                  Agency Hiring Range – Max:

Location: Richland County, South Carolina

Job Type:  FTE – Full-Time

Normal Work Schedule:  Monday-Friday (8:30-5:00)

Residency Requirement:

Residency Requirement Specifics, if any:

Agency Specific Application Procedures:  On-line applications only:

Job Responsibilities:

Under supervision of the Small Business and Rural Development Deputy Director:

·       Collaborates with other state agencies and non-state organizations to develop and implement strategies for small business development.
Serves as agency staff responsible for implementation of initiatives coordinated with the Small Business Advisory Council.
·       In cooperation with allies, helps develop and support minority business development initiatives.  
Develop and implement a program to establish a small business outreach and support template for local and regional small business initiatives.
Assess/resolve inquiries starting and growing SC businesses and disseminate information on resources available for same.
Provides technical guidance and referrals to small businesses on regulatory matters, finance, workforce, operations, and any other needs/requests, both one-on-one, and through web related and other group outreach events.
Provides direction and support to small businesses as related to supply chain development. Coordinates business to business matchmaking opportunities for SC small businesses, especially related to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 suppliers; using the Buy South Carolina database and various supplier outreach events.
Oversees staff support for the Small Business Regulatory Review Committee.
Works closely with Marketing and Communications Division to address needs and requirements related to the Small Business section of Commerce website for content presentation and collateral material.
Provides assistance with the broader Industry Appreciation outreach efforts, including the Ambassador for Economic Development recognition program.
Develops and coordinates public awareness campaign regarding resources and services available to small business; as well as the results of small business success metrics.
Provides media story ideas for Communication Division highlighting small business successes.
Coordinates and prepares, for Small Business and Rural Development senior staff, and the Secretary of Commerce, a monthly report of small business measurements and successes as identified by the Small Business Advisory Council, and other related stakeholder allies.

Minimum and Additional Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree in business economics or related subject area; and general experience with business, sales, marketing, economic development or related experience, as well as more specific involvement with small  business (companies with under 50 employees) as owner, employee, sales and service to, or other related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Five (5) years’ experience in private sector small business.

Additional Comments:

Applicants must possess a valid SC Driver’s License, or if licensed in another state, obtain a SC Driver’s License within 90 days of employment, unless otherwise indicated.  Applicants must also provide a current copy (not more than 6 months old) of their Motor Vehicle Record (MVR), obtained at the applicant’s expense.

Director of Business Development - North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA)


Facts Regarding NESA: The North Eastern Strategic Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit organization organized for the purpose of promoting the joint development of North Eastern South Carolina through coordinated and planned sharing of resources, directed toward addressing the common needs of the entire region.  Specific areas of focus include increased economic development, the acquisition and maintenance of proper infrastructure, improved educational opportunities, and labor force preparedness, among others.  The North Eastern Strategic Alliance, Inc. derives its revenues from both public and private sector contributions.




The Director of Business Development has various roles, including establishing and maintaining relationships with domestic and international companies, associations, and business multipliers as part of the overall program of work.  The Director of Business Development has outstanding and relevant academic credentials, the ability to work directly with domestic and international clients, investors of NESA, and with all other members of the NESA team.


This position requires frequent travel within the state and to US and international destinations, working non-traditional hours to accommodate time changes and sensitivity to domestic, international, and business protocols.


This position reports directly to the Executive Director, but works very closely with all members of the NESA team.




A. Business Development

·        Build and maintain business network to develop business leads;

·        Work with domestic and international business executives and groups during their visits to the region;

·        Participate in business organizations statewide, domestically, and internationally;

·        Organize and facilitate domestic and international business seminars to promote the NESA region;

·        Organize and facilitate international business development missions; and

·        Develop and distribute domestic and international direct mail/email campaign. 

B. Process Improvement and Automation

·        Research and document procedures related to process automation to improve the speed, accuracy, and professionalism of NESA services;

·        Research and analyze data for targeted marketing efforts, especially international information; and

·        Work with local developers and other allies to improve our proactive and reactive efforts.

C. Professional Engagement

·        Actively be engaged in international, national, and regional economic development business organizations including, but not limited to IEDC and SCEDA and

·      Contribute to the efficiency of the North Eastern Strategic Alliance by performing other duties and participating in special projects as needed.

Knowledge and/or Experience An undergraduate degree in a related field is required.  A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.  A minimum of 5 years’ experience in economic development, including experience in dealing with executives in a professional and social environment.  CEcD certification (see is preferred, but not required.


Salary: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus benefits.


Materials Needed: 1) Letter of Interest (Referencing Position Number 15-22); 2) FM Staff Application; 3) resume; and 4) copies of all transcripts (official transcripts will be required of the successful candidate).  In addition, the successful candidate will submit to a credit check and a federal government background check.


Send Application Packet to: Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration, Francis Marion University, PO Box 100547, Florence, SC  29502-0547 or FAX to (843) 661-1202.


Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

  Minorities and Women are strongly encouraged to apply.


 To obtain the FM Staff Application, please visit


To obtain more information about the State of South Carolina and other support services for state employees, please visit

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution

Executive Director of Economic Development - Clarendon County, SC



Under the supervision of the Clarendon County administrator, the director implements the mission and directives of the Clarendon County Development Board in order to ensure the effective facilitation of industrial, business and commercial investment in Clarendon County.  With considerable initiative and independent judgment, directs the economic and industrial development of the County with the creation and implementation of economic development strategies.  These strategies include short and long range initiatives to ensure future success.  The director promotes expansion of existing industries in the County and the establishment of new industries. Assists new and existing industries and businesses in obtaining infrastructure support, grant funding and manpower.  Promotes the County’s attributes with the creation of marketing materials and maintains a database of County resources.  Coordinates economic development activities with various local, regional, State and Federal officials and agencies and the Central SC Alliance. 


                 Ability to perform at a high level of independence.  Plans, organizes and directs all programs and activities of the Economic Development Department, with emphasis on creating and implementing short and long range strategies to enhance the economic well-being of the Clarendon County area.  Gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations.

                 Provides direct assistance to the County Administrator, County Development Board and County Council in economic development matters and regarding various special projects.

                 Develops programs to attract new industry and business to the County; receives and responds to  inquiries from business representatives, manufacturers and others interested in establishing or expanding operations in the County; arranges and/or conducts tours of County facilities and real estate available for industrial use.

                 Negotiates with industry representatives to encourage a location in the County. Plans, conducts and follows up on prospect visits; prepares prospect presentations, presentation graphics and proposals.  Actively involves the Development Board in industry recruitment.  Meets with elected officials to discuss incentive recommendations for prospects.

                 Assists existing industries and businesses in County with problems and concerns pertaining to infrastructure support, grant funding and manpower availability, contacting County, State and Federal agencies to provide available assistance as appropriate.  Encourages existing industries to create new jobs and invest additional funds.

                 Serves as coordinator for, or participant in, community and regional economic development committees, providing input and advice based on expertise and/or observations; participates in activities of such groups as appropriate to promote interests of County.

                 Prepares, collects and maintains demographic, geographical and economic data about the County; investigates labor supply, transportation, utilities, taxes, zoning, community services, financing tools and other requirements for establishment of new and growth of existing industry. Prepares and continually updates technical reports, brochures, news releases; etc., used in publicizing the advantages of locating in the County. 

                 Receives and responds to requests for information, inquiries, complaints and concerns for economic development purposes.

                 Develops and maintains a comprehensive inventory of available buildings and sites in the community for economic development purposes; identifies potential properties to be used for industries, businesses, industrial parks and commerce business centers; identifies costs and potential funding sources for site and park development.  Photographs and develops necessary materials to market the properties.  Maintains data on all marketable properties.

                 Directs activities such as research, analysis and evaluation of technical information to determine feasibility and economic impact of proposed expansions and developments.

                 Coordinates economic development and marketing efforts with regional alliance and other allies.

                 Compiles, organizes and utilizes various financial information necessary in the preparation of the departmental budget, and prepares and monitors the budget. Oversees the development and administration of the department budget; ensures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time.

                 Prepares and submits grant proposals for special funding; administers grants received. Negotiates and administers various contracts, agreements, partnerships and coalitions. 

                 Receives and reviews billing invoices, public bids, grant applications, agreements, agreements, utility contracts, deeds, tax records, annual reports, etc.

                 Ability to review, evaluate, prepare and/or process technical and legal documents, agreements, prospect presentation materials, site maps and plans, utility maps, cost/benefit analyses, technical reports, statistical reports, budget documents, proposals, memos, correspondence, etc.

                 Attends and participates in conferences, trade shows, marketing missions, prospect visits etc. to promote Clarendon County.

                 Attends and participates in community, County and Development Board meetings; attends classes, workshops and seminars as appropriate to keep abreast of legislation and trends in economic development practices.

                 Interacts and communicates effectively and persuasively with various groups and individuals such as subordinates, the County Administrator, members of County Council, County department heads and staff, elected officials, members of the Development Board, industry/commercial officials, prospects, site owners, news media, consultants, engineers, attorneys, school officials, real estate brokers and the general public to develop public awareness and support of economic development efforts and to foster effective working relationships.  Confers with local, state, and federal governmental officials to effect changes in local policies or ordinances discouraging effective development.

                 Presents programs about development plans to various community, industry and civic groups; prepares public relations materials in multi-media formats, including on-line and computer media.

                 Represents the department and County at various local, regional and national conferences and meetings; serves as liaison to other counties, municipalities, state and federal agencies, various boards and commissions, chambers of commerce, merchants’ associations and other community/professional/civic groups, industries / businesses, the news media, other professionals and the general public.

                 Performs planning duties with respect to transportation and infrastructure needs; contacts land owners to determine and discuss potential development sites; utilizes computerized tools to draw building and utility lines on site maps for clients.

                 Supervises the operation of the Development Board Department; directs and supervises duties of support staff. Supervisory duties include: instructing, assigning, reviewing and planning work of others; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; allocating personnel; selecting new employees; acting on employee problems; recommending employee discipline, discharge and salary increases. 

                 Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy; evaluates and makes recommendations as appropriate; offers advice and assistance as needed.  Provides for adequate staff training and development opportunities.


                 Performs general administrative work as required; including: typing and preparing reports and correspondence, entering and retrieving computer data; reviewing email, mail and literature; conducting and attending meetings, answering the telephone, faxing information, copying, filing, etc.

                 Operates a variety of equipment such as a computer, printer, automobile, copier, telephone, calculator, fax machine, tape recorder, etc. with knowledge of relevant software programs.

                 Performs related duties as required.

                 Must maintain residency in Clarendon County within one year of employment.


Requires Bachelor's degree or education and training equivalent to four years of college education in urban or regional planning, business or public administration, economics, finance, marketing or other related field with at least five years of experience in public administration, economic development or marketing; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


                 Must possess a valid state driver’s license. 

                 Economic development related certifications are preferred.


Requires at least six years of economic development experience.  Management experience is preferred.  The director must reside within the County and be actively involved in community events and organizations.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter stating salary requirements to

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