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Published on April 23rd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Wallace Named Regional Director for SC State Region SBDC

Mel Wallace

Mel Wallace

ORANGEBURG, S.C.—Mel Wallace has been selected to lead as regional director for the SC State Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located on the SC State University campus. As regional director, Wallace will lead outreach, education and consulting services for the SBDC in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Calhoun, Hampton and Orangeburg counties.

“It is a great honor to be a part of a historic university such as South Carolina State University. The Small Business Development Center’s focus is to create awareness in the campus community and throughout the seven counties that we serve,” stated Wallace.

Wallace, formerly the manager for the South Carolina SBDC’s Minority Outreach Program, will continue to focus on the African-American community and other underserved populations. Wallace plans to make a greater impact in these underserved areas by introducing entrepreneurship as a means to alleviate poverty.

A business strategist for advanced construction technologies, including building information modeling, Wallace has more than 20 years in advanced technology sales, channel management and corporate development of technology service providers. Previously a senior advisor with Ampirix Consulting, Wallace was also director of business development for Satellier, a multinational solution provider of documentation and digital design services.

Wallace is the founder of Visually Intelligent Solutions, a technology start-up offering consulting, training and design support for architectural, engineering and construction industries. He earned a B.S. in business administration and marketing from Limestone College and served honorably in the United States Marine Corp.

The SC State Region SBDC services include personalized, confidential and free business consulting concerning many aspects of running a small company. For example, consultants can assess the feasibility of a business idea, help write a business plan or provide marketing guidance. While the SBDC does not provide loans, their consultants guide entrepreneurs toward potential financial options.

“Not only do we work with startups, but we also work with small businesses. A small business with fewer than 500 employees and makes less than $12 million in revenue,” said Wallace.

“The SC State Region SBDC provides counseling services, technical assistance and strategic advisement on any issue that a small business would experience, if they are a startup or an existing business needing to get into exporting for example. These are all the things that we can cover,” he continued.

For more information on the SC State Region SBDC, to make an appointment for consulting or to request a speaker at a community event, contact the center directly at (803) 536-8445. is the center located on the SC State University campus in Belcher Hall. Wallace may be reached directly at mwallac3@scsu.edu.

About South Carolina Small Business Development Center
Seventeen South Carolina Small Business Development Centers across the state offer individual, confidential business consulting at no cost. Trained consultants assist both existing and startup companies. Consultants provide a variety of services, including advisement on business plans, fiscal and operations management, financing options, marketing strategies, human resources and much more. Centers conduct affordable education workshops and provide referrals and connections to other business resources. Specialized services include government contracting, exporting, manufacturing, technology commercialization, veterans business assistance and minority outreach. Visit www.SCSBDC.com to find a center and make an appointment.

About SC State University
Founded in 1896 as a land grant institution with a mission of providing service to the citizens of the state, South Carolina State University has evolved from a small teachers’ college into a major University center of learning and research. Located in Orangeburg, S.C., with a student population of some 3,500, South Carolina State offers more than 50 different fields of study on the undergraduate and graduate levels. South Carolina State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools.

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