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Rep. Norman To Moderate Forum on Small Business Challenges This Thursday

This Thursday, February 23rd, starting at 8:30 AM, Rep. Ralph Norman will facilitate a special forum at Winthrop University on the current and emerging challenges faced by small businesses in our community.
This forum is sponsored and hosted by the South Carolina Small Business Development Center (SC SBDC), and will feature Dr. Joey Von Nessen, a research economist with the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina along with Michele Abraham, the State Director of the SC SBDC. Winthrop University President Dr. Edward Serna is also expected to make opening remarks.

Forum Topics
The SC SBDC recently contracted with Dr. Von Nessen to conduct a statewide survey to identify the largest concerns of small business owners. During Thursday's forum, Dr. Von Nessen, Michele Abraham, and Rep. Norman will discuss those findings and also hear from a panel of local small business owners. Topics of discussion are likely to include:
  • supply chain disruptions;
  • difficulties hiring and retaining employees;
  • inflation; and
  • other factors hurting revenues and resiliency.
Rep. Norman may also provide insight on the federal government's role managing inflation and what small business owners can expect moving forward from a legislative standpoint.

Media coverage is welcomed and encouraged. Media inquiries for Rep. Norman should be directed to Austin Livingston at 202-740-8937.

Registration & Cost
This public forum is sponsored and hosted by the SC Small Business Development Center, which is charging $10 for general admission to help offset the costs associated with this event. Registration can be done online through the following link:
Light refreshments will be available.

Date: Thursday, February 23rd

Time: 8:30 AM - 10 AM

Location: Richardson Ballroom inside the DiGiorgio Campus Center at Winthrop University

Cost: $10 to help the SC SBDC offset costs associated with this event

General Public Registration: online here