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Published on November 28th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Small Business Thriving in the World of Big Business

Registration for SB Connect Business Seminar is Now Open


COLUMBIA, SC — DESA, Inc., in conjunction with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center – Columbia, is pleased to announce that registration for SB Connect is now open. SB Connect, in its inaugural year, is a one-day business seminar that provides construction managers, engineers, contractors, developers, surveyors, architects, lawyers, and all trade professionals with industry-specific information to benefit their organizations.

The theme for the 2014 SB Connect seminar is Small Business Thriving in the World of Big Business. Diane Sumpter, president and CEO of DESA, Inc. says, “After years of hosting SC MED Week, which was geared towards minority businesses, we decided to offer a seminar that would benefit all businesses working within the construction arena. We are calling it SB Connect because it provides a forum for small businesses to connect with large businesses, as well as each other, in a meaningful way.”

This year’s seminar will focus on construction law, an ever-evolving area that can have a major impact on a business’s success. Ron Robey, partner and counsel at Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP, will lead the business seminar in two sessions. The morning session will feature Common Sense Construction Law, a highly-acclaimed reference guide that provides a practical introduction to significant legal topics and questions affecting construction industry professionals. The afternoon session will be instructed from Federal Socio-Economic Policies, a complete and practical reference guide to federal government construction contracting for industry professionals.

“I am excited to have Ron Robey at the SB Connect business seminar,” Sumpter continues. “His firm is the national authority on construction law; they literally wrote the book on the subject. With this being our first year hosting SB Connect, I wanted to offer something that would benefit all construction-related businesses, both large and small. The need for businesses to arm themselves with the knowledge to avoid pitfalls is very real. In this litigious climate, legal knowledge is the one thing that all businesses can use. This seminar truly has something for everyone.”

Also important to the foundation of SB Connect are real opportunities for small and large businesses to work together. Major corporations, including Barton Malow, Metcon, Duke Energy, and Columbia Metropolitan Airport, have partnered with SB Connect to present their projects to the businesses that attend. “In addition to knowledge-transfer, small businesses can also expect to gain significant information on projects that will be available in the very near future. This is truly a win-win situation,” Sumpter says.

SB Connect is scheduled for December 11, 2014 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Check-in begins at 8:30 am and the morning session begins at 9:00 am. Invited to attend are all business owners and professionals within the construction and engineering industries, including contractors, developers, surveyors, architects, lawyers, and all trade professionals. Visit to register.

DESA and MBDA Business Center – Columbia thank our sponsors for their generous display of support: City of Columbia, MetCon, Gilbane, Barton Malow, Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Duke Energy, First Citizens, CDI, EnviroAg Science, Chao & Associates, and Freeland Construction.


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