Small Business Council

Who Should Attend
Business owners who have been operating 7-10 years and are interested in strategies, techniques and resources to create business success and growth.

2018 Sessions - More information coming soon, please check back.

Expert Coaching by the OBO Small Business Council (SBC)
The participants in this pilot program will receive coaching by our subject matter experts – The SBC Team - to better equip them in the running of their businesses. This coaching, by a local banker, attorney, and insurance agent, will provide specific attention to each business on a one-on-one basis.  Participants could not get this level of expert attention in a classroom or group setting.

Using a confidential format during two-hour sessions, each business will present its current challenges and goals. The business will then receive coaching, recommendations, advice, and resources to assist in achieving those goals. The anticipated outcome is that the business owner will strengthen their business model sustainability.

Coaches will help with strategies and techniques to create business success and think smarter about business. Participants can expect assistance in formulating a strategy to define and solve the current small business challenge(s) and in crafting a cohesive action plan for growing their business.
Past participants have given the program great reviews:

"Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the City of Columbia Small Business Academy Hosted by Tom Sawyer Group today.  What a wonderful experience.  The information shared by the group of experts was invaluable.  I am vested in my business and determined to move it to the next level and beyond.  The experts' comments, suggestions, and offers to provide additional assistance will definitely assist me in my quest" B. P.

“Having the opportunity to have your business reviewed and dissected by key experts covering all aspects of business operations…Bravo!” N.S.

“The one-on-one session and availability of having 4 subject matter experts in one room made it easier to get the answers I needed. I would highly recommend.” – L. W.

Contact Office of Business Opportunities at 803.545.3950