Resource Partner Network
SCRA's Resource Partner and Executive Advisor Network fosters business collaboration, connects executive mentors and provides meaningful support in key business areas.
Resource Partner Network Qualifications:
- Established companies in South Carolina (minimum 2 employees)
- Proven track record with early-stage startup companies
- Market leaders in respective business specialization
Executive Advisor Qualifications:
- Significant background in a key business area (eg, general management, finance/accounting, funding, sales, marketing, etc.)
- Location in South Carolina preferred but not required
- Experience working with early-stage startups is preferred
- Qualified applicants may be members of SBA's SCORE Program, active or retired business executive consultants, etc.
- Provide a minimum of ten (10) hours of direct assistance to one or more SC Launch Client Companies
- Participate in minimum of two (2) SC Launch events such as: "Launch-N-Learns", open house, Startup Coffees, SC Launch Summit, etc
- Provide referrals, discounted/waived fees, in-kind services, as appropriate
You can click the links to jump to the specialty areas. Check out all the great resource partners we have in the network!
One of the Southeast's premier accounting and consulting firms. Our professionals offer Tax Planning & Compliance, Business Valuation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Accounting & Auditing, Business Consulting, Estate & Financial Planning, Bankruptcy Services and Litigation Support. We provide services to clients of all sizes in a number of industries, including Telecommunications & Technology, Captive Insurance, Construction, Manufacturing & Distribution, Real Estate, Insurance, and Hospitality.
Supporting Strategies provides virtual outsourced bookkeeping and operational support to companies ranging in size from start-up to lower middle market businesses that do not require a full-time in-house resource. Our average client uses Supporting Strategies 5.5 hours per week and is pre-revenue - $15 million in annual sales. Start-ups and high growth companies value our variable cost delivery model. Our staff averages 15 years of financial accounting experience.
Park Sterling Bank is a publically traded, full service banking organization with 57 offices serving clients in SC, NC, VA, and GA. Our commitment is to be large enough to help our customers achieve their financial aspirations and small enough to care that they do. Park Sterling Provides commercial banking services including loans, deposits, cash management, and capital markets. Park Sterling also provides personal banking services including mortgage loans, consumer lending, deposits, trust, and wealth management. Park Sterling specializes in working with small to mid sized family owned businesses.
Cedar Ventures, LLC is an advisory and venture capital management firm with an existing portfolio of venture investments from a prior fund. Cedar is currently in discussions with some investors about a pledge fund where investors will have the opportunity to decide on a case by case basis whether or not to invest in a particular transaction. Cedar will then manage the investment.
One Cedar Ventures fund invests in seed fund/startup/early stage companies and has a strategic consulting division that assists companies commercialize their technology, find strategic partners and define their growth. We have relationships with many private equity firms since we have co-invested and worked with these firms in prior transactions.
Clemson Consulting Group / CCG is charged with creating new business opportunities for clients from start-up to mid-size businesses. The Clemson based group is equipped with an extensive research resource base to provide accurate and timely information. CCG is able to provide its clients with all of the necessary information and tools required to help create new business relationship opportunities resulting in increased revenue and stakeholder value.CCG has a long successful history of creating growth opportunities in a number of industries including, advanced materials, electronic packaging and biotechnology. Experienced in expanding international business including sales, marketing and new product development. The team at CCG has a proven track record of working with stakeholders to provide qualified acquisition candidates and to create viable exit strategies.
FinTrust Capital Advisors is an independent financial consulting and investment advisory firm based in Greenville, SC. FinTrust serves both corporate/institutional and personal wealth clients with its team of credentialed professionals which includes those with the AIF, CFA, CFP and CPA designations. Our guiding values of knowledge, integrity and stewardship lead us as we work with our clients. We offer a range of investment advisory services including strategic planning, fiduciary and retirement plan consulting, and investment management.
We recently received regulatory approval to offer a proprietary web-based securities portal. This online marketplace will connect private companies seeking capital and investors searching for opportunities.
We look forward to sharing our expertise and knowledge with SCRA and SC Launch! affiliated companies.
Throughout his 25-year career I have focused on solving problems for my clients and their businesses, coaching sales teams to success, and finding the best technological pieces to connect companies to their customers - all in a pleasantly persistent approach. He also mentor and invest in startups throughout the Southeastern US.
Knowledge Capital Group (KCG) is a business strategy and performance optimization consulting firm based in Charleston, South Carolina. The firm’s expertise spans an array of industries, including hi-tech, manufacturing, non-profit, and professional services. Using our collaborative methodologies, we employ strategies to transform organizational issues into opportunities, inefficient processes into best practices, and marginal outcomes into world-class results.
Anthony Powell, Founder and Managing Director
NEXT attracts and grows high-impact, knowledge-based companies by developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting entrepreneurs to it. NEXT is a program of the Greenville Chamber and currently supports over 100 knowledge-based companies in Upstate South Carolina.
Performance Resource Partners specializes in manufacturing strategy, new product development, technology commercialization, and business performance assessment for small to midsize manufacturing organizations. The PRP consulting team is expert in the design and implementation of continuous improvement strategies, utilization of best practices, coaching and mentoring of business teams, and project management. Their expertise spans a variety of industries and product technologies in both regional and global markets.
Bill Franch, Managing Director
TechCXO was founded on the premise that high potential companies can greatly benefit from proven, interim executives who they otherwise may not be able to access due to cost, availability or because they do not necessarily need them full time. Our purpose is to provide the best executive talent available, on demand.
SAARP INTERNATIONAL LLC, was launched to promote Green engineering and technology among the existing and upcoming industry sector. The driving force behind this initiative is to design and develop Environmentally benign, economically viable, less Energy intensive and Equity oriented approach for sustainable and maintain dynamic equilibrium of the planet earth.
Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) supports the development of business through technical expertise and advanced manufacturing solutions for clients. With state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and core competencies in Additive Manufacturing & Rapid Prototyping, Advanced Machining, Interactive Production Studio, Social Media Listening Center and Advanced Design Engineering, SiMT can assist companies from the prototype stage of product production to larger product runs.
The Kidder Group, Inc. recruits candidates who are either seasoned executives in manufacturing or technically superior engineers and managers. These people are in the top 10% of their peer group, and we define this by past accomplishments with quantifiable achievements and long discussions about their philosophy of management and leadership.
McPherson, Berry & Associates, Inc. is an award winning HR consulting firm with proven strategies to help grow companies by providing world-class management solutions. We provide HR Outsource services resulting in effective performance management, operational excellence, and reduced risks for superior sustainability. McPherson|Berry is the place top startups and small businesses come for human resources help, tools/systems, and talent. Our consultant staff and associates have over 20 years of industry experience and our firm is certified to help with minority/woman-owned spend goals. We are the HR partner to enrich the capacity of your people, organization, and processes. As an SC Launch resource partner, we would like to offer a free HR performance session to evaluate your organization.
Smart Work | Network, Inc. utilizes unconventional wisdom around people and performance. We find that conventional approaches to selecting executives or careers just don't work with today's business challenges.
Don’t let having the wrong people on your executive team put you out of business. As a SC Launch Company you receive our special flat fee pricing to assess your current management team and for selecting your new team members. We know you can’t afford to pay for personnel who aren’t perfectly suited to your positions, your business and to you!
As a Resource Partner we can give you confidence that you have and will have the right people working for you. Using our proprietary Science of Selection™ system you eliminate the millions of dollars at risk when paying and selecting executive and senior level professionals for your organization. Using traditional HR practices or paying contingency search fees no longer makes sense now that you have preferred status and can save money using science to calibrate your “Human Capital Balance Sheet”. Better aligned people can optimize your technology, capture your full potential market share and help you thrive as an enterprise.
We’re proud to have helped SC Launch find and select key members of their team (as well as their parent organization, SCRA) along with finding key players for current Portfolio Companies in assignments here and internationally. Also, if you have or hope to have government contracts, we can give you nationally certified woman-owned supplier status.
For more information about our processes or to see what your SC Launch colleagues say about us, visit our website or call us in Greenville at 864.233.3007.
We’re happy to share time discussing your present and future business needs. Remember … we get people.
Snelling was founded by staffing industry pioneers Lou & Gwen Snelling in 1951, and innovation has been a part of our culture ever since. From our first office in Philadelphia, Snelling has grown to serve more than 5,000 clients with 110 offices and franchises across the country and in Puerto Rico. With our leadership team now headquartered in Dallas, TX, Snelling continues to innovate by providing our clients/offices/franchisees with cutting edge tools, training, marketing, and research.
Snelling's goal is to partner with employers to find best-fit candidates that will help their business and their community succeed.
In 2005, Patriarch Partners and CEO Lynn Tilton invested in Snelling to support the organizations growth. With Ms. Tilton’s leadership, Snelling is now certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
CodeLynx, LLC specializes in software development for web-based applications and hardware and software integration projects. They serve their clients as either a complementary component to existing development efforts or as a turnkey project where they take on all aspects of a software development process. In the cases of many entrepreneurial endeavors with which they have assisted, clients have had their own developers but lacked some specific skillset such as Graphic Design, UI/UX Development, Quality Assurance, Technical Writing, Project Management, or simply the number of developers that the project required. In response, CodeLynx is able to scale to the appropriate level of need for each specific client.
The Cyberwoven team understands today’s shifting media and technology landscape and takes a web-driven approach to achieve our clients’ goals. Our custom, web-centric strategies provide clients with meaningful user experiences, consistent and powerful web branding, and solid web applications that drive our clients’ operations to succeed both on the web and beyond.
Immedion's objective is to keep customer business-critical data and applications available 100% of the time 24x7x365. We accomplish this by coupling a world-class data center facility and a strategic array of managed services developed to deliver the highest degree of reliability at a very competitive price.
Immedion’s staff of engineers and support professionals is committed to surpassing customer expectations. As trustees of some of our customers’ most critical assets, their data, our team strives to keep this data, along with the associated systems and applications available all the time.
entrepreneurs law group was formed to provide emerging businesses with legal advice from the entrepreneurs’ point of view. Our lawyers know that to be successful, you’ve got to take some risk. We counsel our clients on how to manage that risk by anticipating issues in advance. We’ve also learned over the years that it’s relatively easy to start a business, but the challenge is to maximize the likelihood that the owners will be “on the same page” when the inevitable difficulties arise. We like to spend time with owners discussing their goals and how they might deal with particular challenges, including how to address an impasse. Our role often looks more like pre-marital counselor than it does scrivener for the deal, but this is one of the ways we add value.
elg’s lawyers have the experience to advise you with your capital raising needs, and if it’s your goal, the future sale of the business. Kevin Hendricks, elg’s Group Leader, received his corporate finance and M&A training at one of the world’s largest law firms. After cutting his teeth in that environment, he joined a pre-revenue telecommunications company as General Counsel. Kevin advised the company every step of the way as it raised over $400 million of capital, which culminated in an investment by a global private equity fund. Having been part of the decision-making process in an entrepreneurial environment, Kevin has the perspective that legal advice should support the business and not drive it. He continues to provide practical advice to companies raising capital from institutional venture capital and private equity funds, as well as from individual investors and angel groups.
Haynsworth & Sinkler Boyd, P.A. brings innovative, effective and practical solutions to the problems clients face in today's interwoven and evolving areas of law, commerce, energy, technology, intellectual property, insurance, education, healthcare, government, and public relations. Backed by more than a century of commitment to the businesses it serves, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. provides clients with advice, counsel and representation covering an array of matters in regional, national and international settings. Over the years, our attorneys have formed thousands of start-up entities, assisted in the commercialization and licensing of numerous technologies developed in the three major South Carolina research institutions and into the public sector, and shepherded clients through grants, SBIR funding, mezzanine funding, and venture capital engagements.
Doug Kim is a Intellectual Property Attorney where he concentrates on counseling companies concerning the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights as well as assisting in enhancing intellectual property portfolios to increase company worth. He advises clients as to the creation, management and protection of intellectual property and assets and assists in the development of an intellectual property protection plan to create intellectual property portfolios.
Doug's practice includes patent preparation and prosecution, particularly in software, method, and mechanical patents. He works in many industries including casino industry, slot machines, expert systems, Internet encryption systems, color processing, manufacturing, nuclear power, medical imaging, healthcare providers, automotive, automotive accessories, compute networking, color calibration, vehicle tires and the golf industry.
Doug's copyrights practice includes applying for and securing copyright registrations in areas that include Geographical Information Systems (GIS), software, books, music, product packaging, and distribution.
Michael D. Layman
Attorney Michael D. Layman contracts to act as “outside” General Counsel for start-up and early-stage companies. As General Counsel, he advises management about corporate governance; selection, budgeting for and management of outside counsel; “cleaning up” organizational and other corporate and business documents to identify and correct potential legal and business problems in preparation for seeking debt and equity funding; best practices for documentation to avoid future problems with due diligence by potential investors and lenders; and business law matters such as dealing with customers, vendors, intellectual property issues, employees and the management group/initial investors. Mike’s interest is in working regularly with management to identify needs for legal services and assist in meeting those needs. As general counsel for two South Carolina start-up businesses for eight years, he learned about business from the daily perspective of management and investors.
Over the past several years, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough has developed one of the fastest growing and most dynamic corporate practices in the nation. Our attorneys handle a broad range of securities, finance and regulatory matters for clients ranging from development stage private companies to large publicly-held companies. We have extensive experience in representing issuers, underwriters, and venture capital firms in public offerings, private placements, and venture capital financing. We represent clients in a wide range of industries, with a particular focus on growth companies in the internet, electronic commerce, technology, telecommunications, financial institutions, real estate, and health care industries.
Clients of Nelson Mullins benefit from our national reputation in a range of legal areas and our leadership among peers. Our clients interact with experienced lawyers who can draw on the collective knowledge of more than 380 Nelson Mullins attorneys as well as take advantage of the most current technologies available. Our more than 100 years in the legal profession provide clients an established Firm with a history both in the courtroom and the boardroom. With offices in Atlanta, Boston, Washington and throughout the Carolinas, Nelson Mullins offers solutions that complement our clients’ values and objectives.
Nexsen Pruet is a multi-specialty law firm headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. We have more than 170 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, SC as well as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, NC.
Our attorneys understand that innovation is what sparks emerging businesses, and that entrepreneurial success is driven by vision, commitment, and a unique kind of energy.
Our Innovation Team is made up of attorneys whose experiences touch on virtually every area vital to start-up companies. We offer the skills necessary to help you overcome the challenges, minimize the risks, and maximize the opportunities of an emerging company.
Nexsen Pruet’s Innovation Team blends the capabilities of four key practice areas:
- Labor and Employment
- Intellectual Property
- Economic Development
Our team understands the pressures and potential of start-ups and can provide counsel on matters ranging from structuring to securities, financing to mergers and acquisitions, control to capital formation, employee relations to employee benefits, and patent protection to technology transfer.
WOMBLE BOND DICKINSON, provides value by combining professional skill, technology, and a thorough understanding of our clients’ needs to deliver high quality, cost-effective and responsive services.
A full-service business law firm. Womble Carlyle serves a wide range of regional, national and international clients in industries that include financial services, commercial real estate, information technology, health care, manufacturing and telecommunications, as well as educational institutions and governmental bodies and agencies.
At Wyche we combine legal skills developed at the nation’s leading law schools with a thorough knowledge of the community and the state. From our offices overlooking the historic and scenic Reedy River Falls in Greenville, we advise our clients on the gamut of legal issues.
Our general counsel representation includes a significant number of publicly traded corporations, headquartered in South Carolina, as well as many privately held businesses. Over the years, we have become trusted legal advisors to our many long-standing clients.
Our corporate practice includes leveraged buy-outs, recapitalizations, public and private offerings, securities compliance, debt refinancing, economic incentives, revenue bond financings, and mergers and acquisitions. These transactions range from relatively small amounts to billion-dollar deals. We also engage in complex civil litigation in state and federal courts, including substantial class action work. We regularly handle matters in areas such as antitrust, First Amendment, securities, corporate governance, insurance practices, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. In addition to the areas just mentioned, the firm advises and litigates on behalf of clients in numerous areas, including bankruptcy, communications, construction, employment, employee benefits, environmental, financial institutions, health care, probate, commercial real estate, taxation, intellectual property and trade regulation. At the same time, we have an extensive practice relating to the needs of individuals, ranging from estate planning to immigration matters.
Wyche attorneys have law degrees from Harvard, Yale, the University of Virginia, Columbia, and other leading law schools. Many of our attorneys were law review editors; collectively, our attorneys have earned a bounty of academic honors. Several of the firm’s attorneys have held clerkships in the United States District Court, the Court of Appeals, or the United States Supreme Court. More than two thirds of the members of the firm were selected for the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Members of our firm have been actively involved in many major projects that have enhanced the quality of life in South Carolina. Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham, P.A. is one of the oldest law firms in South Carolina and has been recognized by The American Lawyer as one of the 13 great small law firms in the United States.
Patrick Marketing & Communications, Inc. (PM&C) provides strategic marketing and communications services, coupled with results-proven expertise, to help emerging and rapidly-growing organizations achieve their business goals. They offer executive level consultation, strategic planning and program implementation to clients who wish to deploy innovative marketing and communications as a means of accelerating profitable growth.
Core services include Outsourced Director of Marketing services, PR and media relations, strategic business and marketing planning, research and in-depth interviewing, event marketing and brand management. Since inception in 2005, they have maintained a broad range of business-to-business clients seeking to prepare their business for long-term success in a competitive marketplace.
Smoak Public Relations specializes in clients, drawing on over 25 years of combined professional experience to build relationships that deliver measurable results. Creative, practical, and proven, they provide full service public relations management across the political, business, manufacturing, medical, and non-profit sectors.
Headquartered in historic Charleston, SC and serving the Southeast, Strategic Marketing International (SMI) creates, activates and manages marketing services for small and medium-sized businesses by developing a customized, fully-integrated marketing plan at an economical cost.
SMI services are utilized to compliment or even substitute your company's marketing unit.
Whether you are just starting a business, relocating to a new market, or extending your current product or service line, SMI is certain to grow your business while stretching your resources to provide measurable results.
Matt West, Owner
SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters.
As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964.
The mission of the SBDC is to advance South Carolina’s economic development by helping entrepreneurs grow successful businesses. There are centers located throughout the state that provide training and support for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
SCBIO is a member organization that exists to support and advance South Carolina’s life science industry through collaboration, advocacy, workforce development, enhanced purchasing power and education. This mission furthers our goal of ensuring that South Carolina’s companies, research institutions, and citizens reap the economic and societal benefits of a world-class life sciences cluster.
More than 572 companies and institutions employ 13,520 people with an average annual wage of $53, 275 in South Carolina. Life science businesses and institutions impact 46,032 jobs, according to a 2010 study by the Battelle Institute.
In the Small Business Act of July 30, 1953, Congress created the Small Business Administration, whose function is to "aid, counsel, assist and protect, insofar as is possible, the interests of small business concerns." The charter also stipulates that SBA would ensure small businesses a "fair proportion" of government contracts and sales of surplus property.
SBA has resource partners like SCORE, Small Business Development Centers and Women's Business Centers that provide additional business counseling and training.