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Application deadline for business accelerator program approaching

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The deadline to apply for the Midlands Minority Business Accelerator program is Friday. 

The initiative is a partnership between the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Minority Business Accelerator, funded with a seed grant from Bank of America. The program aims to advance economic inclusion by reducing economic disparities experienced by minority-owned businesses, according to its website

The 12-month program aids business owners in creating a customized, three-year strategic plan and provides tips to increase access to capital and secure corporate and government contracts. Participating businesses must be minority-, women- or veteran-owned and headquartered or have a significant presence in the Midlands. 

Boston-based nonprofit Interise created the program curriculum, led by instructor Wendell Jones. Jones is an S.C. businessman and entrepreneur with a finance degree from Wofford College. 

Business owners have until Friday to apply for the program. More information and applications are available online at


Reach Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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