By POPULAR DEMAND,  Eric Spellmann CAME BACK FOR OUR 2016 Business Success Extravaganza, and we were just as excited about that as everyone else who attended his sessions last spring!   In addition to his main presentation, Eric also served as our Keynote Speaker at lunch speaking on “The Evolution of Word of Mouth” and what that means in 2016.

We wanted to start the day by getting the attendees excited and enthused .... make them think about what it was that made them start their businesses to begin with ...... and encourage them to “Get Jazzed To Grow Your Business!”   This fun version of “morning aerobics” did the trick!

Eric Spellmann

Eric Spellmann, Amarillo, TX -  Eric,, Owner and President of Spellmann & Associates, a Texas  online marketing and website design firm, is the KING of social media and search engine optimization for people who don’t speak geek.  A favorite at our national ASBDC conferences for several years, he’ll help you understand exactly what you need to do to have your business get found and thrive online, which leads directly to how well your business does off line!  Whether you currently have a business website or not, you are online .... the task of managing the reputation that your business has with or without a website presence is something you need to hear.  Eric is the guy with the answers!

Jay Rinehart

Jay Rinehart, CEO/President of Rinehart Realtyť, Rock Hill, SC

Joanie Winters

Joanie Winters, Labor and Employment Attorney, Chester, SC

With a background in Human Resources, and as an attorney, Joanie has a better understanding for the issues business owners face in matters of labor and employment, as well as understanding the complexities of deciding on the legal entity for your business: Sole Proprietor, LLC, Patrnership, S Corp, etc.  Her specialties include reviewing or creating employee handbooks, training, writing and updating affirmative action plans, representing employers in charges of discrimination, assisting in preempting those charges, job descriptions, wage and hour issues, mediation, comprehensive understanding of public sector employment laws.  She is also an Adjunct Professor at both Winthrop University and York Technical College.

Aaron Wesley Means, Owner of ACTIVATE Business Solution, Asheville, NC

Aaron is a Communication Specialist, Internet Marketer, Marketing Trainer, and Business Owner, providing specialized coaching, consulting and training in the areas of Communication, Engagement Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Internet Marketing strategy, Marketing Systems Development and Public Speaking. He is also a Master Certified Constant Contact Solution Provider, and was named “2015 Solution Provider of the Year” for the Southeast, and was winner of 2014 “Above and Beyond Award” from Constant Contact for his work in helping small businesses and non-profits all over the Carolinas.   Aaron spoke at our 2015 “A Woman’s Business” conference, and was a big success that day!

Aaron Wesley Means

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Jay may well be one of the friendliest and most recognized professionals in York County.    An attorney, he practices law while also leading Rinehart Realty's brokerage company, and the company's property management division.   Specialties include leadership development, negotiation, motivation and strategic planning.   Personally, he’s a fantastic ambassador for his family's company, being a master of sincere yet purposeful networking.  He has much to teach those who question the purpose of networking for business growth.

Nancy Williamson

Nancy Williamson, Business Consultant with SC SBDC’s Aiken, SC center. 

Nancy is the owner of Carolina Web Design Services, and an "Official City Partner" for Google in its "Let's Put Your City on the Map" program.  Nancy will be presenting a session on Google Maps & Analytics.  PLEASE BRING A LAPTOP IF YOU WILL WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS SESSION. 

Ed Brock, Market President, B B &T

Ed has worked in banking in the greater Charlotte area since 1993 and is well-known in world of small business lending and credit analysis.  He’s happy to speak to small business owners regarding the requirements and problems with trying to get loans for start-ups, operation costs or expansions, and what bankers are looking for when reviewing a business plan.. 


and The Real Entrepreneurs ..... A group of highly diverse entrepreneurs in businesses of varied subjects and sizes, serving just as many markets.  They’ve seen the early and sometimes stressful part of starting a business .... they’ve been through discussing and brainstorming and trying and failing and trying again.  And they’ve experienced “Coming Through Adversity to Success in Business.”  The 2016 Real Entrepreneurs include these local business owners:


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We say Goodbye to another Business Success Extravaganza, pleased with the knowledge that those who attended were well-served with good information, great guidance, and new contacts to take them to new heights in their business management and growth opportunities. 

Business Success Extravaganza 2016, you were fantastic!!

Thanks to all our sponsors and the part they played in making this such a fantastic event!

We also introduced two local service providers that can be of assistance to business owners with very inexpensive services to help a small business grow affordably:  Rachel Nash with South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department, and Grecia Villanueva of Regus Office Spaces, for part-time, temporary or full-time full service business rentals.

Jason Collett, ARCPoint Labs

Jason Collett, ARC Labs

Deborah Saunders, Putt Girl Books and Golf Clinics for Girls

Deborah Saunders, Putt Girl
Troy Harris, Get Fit With Troy

Troy Harris, Get Fit with Troy

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