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Why Be Certified?
Join a panel of experts from the City of Charleston’s M&WBE Office, the State Division of Small and Minority Business Contracting and Certification, and the U.S. Small Business Administration to hear about the different types of minority business certifications at the city, county, state, and federal level and the benefits of being certified.

Learn about: Pros & cons of certification, application processes, contracting & procurement, technical assistance, and growing your business.

Questions? Contact Business Services at authc@charleston-sc.gov or (843) 697-5273.

Apr 26, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ruth Jordan
M&WBE Manager @City of Charleston
Ruth Jordan is the Minority Business Enterprise Manager for the City of Charleston. Her primary roles include: implementing the City of Charleston MWBE Certification Program for women and minority-owned businesses, providing business development and training programs, and connecting businesses to the city’s procurement and contracting opportunities, access to capital, and other business resource partners.
Pamela Green
Director, SC Division of Small and Minority Business Contracting and Certification @SC Department of Administration
Pam Green serves as Director of the South Carolina Office of Small and Minority Business Contracting and Certification. In this role, she connects small, minority and women-owned businesses with State contracting and procurement opportunities via the State’s certification program, training, individual consultations, and business forums. She works with over one hundred State agencies to implement and monitor contracting activities with minority businesses in accordance with applicable policies, laws and regulations.
William Furman
Senior Area Manager - SC District Office @U.S. Small Business Administration
William Furman is the Senior Area Manager for the US Small Business Administration in the North Charleston Alternate Work Site. He graduated with a BS degree from Clemson University and went on to have a 27 year career with the US Department of Agriculture serving as the Lead Rural Business Services Specialist. While with USDA he worked with direct and guaranteed business loan programs as well as economic development programs for rural areas of South Carolina. In 2013 he accepted the position of Senior Area Manager for SBA and now serves the 10 coastal counties in South Carolina providing lender services, Government contracting programs and economic development to small businesses.