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The Winthrop Region office for the SC SBDC is hosted by Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC


Winthrop Region Small Business Development Center serves the areas of Rock Hill, Florence and Myrtle Beach, SC, providing a variety of services  for smalll business owners and  those who want to start a business

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Winthrop Region SBDC .... your local Rock Hill office of the

SC Small Business Development Centers

We Offer Business Consultation Services for Businesses: Big, Small, New, Generations Old, or still in the idea stage. 

  General Information


Step-by Step to Grow Your Business

Here’s our process to determine what you need to develop your business


  To help with your planning:

Create your financial model (video) - courtesy Alaska SBDC

Services and Training

Free Counsultations

Start-Up Guidelines

Small Business News Blog

See what business building assistance from the SBDC has done for some of our larger small businesses across the state ... view the SBDC video here



General Business Links and Start-Up Information

About your business needs

Small Business Success Stories

Who we Serve & Where to Find Us


About the SBDC


Leaders are made, not born. You learn to become a leader by doing what other excellent leaders have done before you. You become proficient in your job or skill, and then you become proficient at understanding the motivations and behaviors of other people.

          ~  Brian Tracy, Motivational Coach and Author

The Staff of the Rock Hill Area SBDC

at Winthrop University’s College of Business

We’re here to serve you as you begin your journey toward owning and operating your own small business. 

Whether you need assistance in getting started on developing your business plan, locating funding sources, or information regarding your business taxes, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to meet with you one-on-one to get you on the right road.

Our staff and graduate student consultants are uniquely qualified to guide, advise, and walk you through the various processes necessary to get your business started on the right foot.

Larry J. Stevens, Region Director

  • Assistant Professor of Management, Winthrop University
  • Member of Michelin Development Steering Committee
  • Member of Board of Directors, York County Regional Chamber and Union County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of York County Regional Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council
  • York County Regional Chamber (YouLead) Youth Leadership Planning Council

Email:  (803) 323-2283 -- (on campus, dial 6122)

Larry Stevens, Winthrop Region SBDC Director
Forrest Norman, CPA and Certified Export Consultant

Forrest Norman, Senior Consultant

  • 30 years experience as a CPA working as a Controller and CFO in the textile industry in the Carolinas with extensive experience in the areas of financial reporting, staffing, asset manager, coordination with operational areas, accounts receivable manager, public reporting and other areas of fiscal management
  • Serves on Small Business Councils for Lancaster and Chester Counties, SC
  • Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), consulting business owners regarding exporting
  • Former SCORE consultant 
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Former Captain, US Army

Email:         (803) 323-2283  -- (on campus, dial 6123)

Carol A. Daly, Web Site and Marketing Consultant

  • Experienced business management, online and off; web site building and site maintenance experience for small and home-based businesses and organizations since 1998.
  • Founder of The Creative Enterprises Network for online merchants, and small business owners


(803) 323-2283  -- (on campus, dial 6129)

Carol Daly, Marketing and Website Development Consultant
Eduardo Venegas - SBDC Consultant

Eduardo Venegas, Consultant

  • Fluent in Spanish and English
  • MBA degree from Winthrop University
  • Bachelors Degree from Latin University of Costa Rica in Computer Systems Engineering
  • Experienced small business owner of Flor de Lis Naturalist Tours, Monteverde, Costa Rica
  • Former Logistics and IT Manager, University of Georgia, Costa Rica campus
  • Member of International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma.


(803) 323-2283  -- (on campus, dial 6127)

Asriel Childs

  • Graduated from Winthrop University with an MBA in Accounting
  • Graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS Degree in Accounting
  • Interned with KPMG, LLP and the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts
  • Worked with Dixon Hughes & Goodman on the BP Oil Spill Engagement
  • Member of Alpha Kappa Psi, Professional Business Fraternity
Asriel Childs - SBDC Consultant


(803) 323-2283 -- (on campus, dial 6125)

Shameka Marshall - SBDC Consultant

Shameka Marshall

  • Pursuing a general MBA
  • Graduated from Winthrop University with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics
  • Member of Alpha Kappa Psi, Professional Business Fraternity
  • Plans to open a non-profit business after graduation


(803) 323-2283 -- (on campus, dial 6127)

James Haley

  • Pursuing an MBA in finance
  • Graduated from West Virginia University with a BS degree in Sports Management 
  • Formerly worked in ticket sales for professional and college sports
  • Plans for the future include a career in the banking industry
  • Email:

    (803) 323-2283 -- (on campus, dial 6125)

Andressa Garcia, SBDC Consultant

Andressa Garcia

  • Pursuing an MBA in finance
  • Graduated from Winthrop University with a BA degree in Economics with a concentration in Business Administration
  • Fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese
  • Plans to start a new business after MBA graduation


Phone: (803) 323-2283 -- on campus, dial 6124

Member of

The Association of Small Business Development Centers provides SBDC consultants all over the country with training and resources to allow us to help you

Chester Chamber of Commerce


Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce

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