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Background Information

The USC Aiken School of Business Administration (SOBA) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the hallmark of excellence in business education. Only 5% of the world’s schools of businesses can claim that as a point of pride. Reflecting the university’s culture of commitment to community partnerships, the School of Business Administration takes as its motto “Educating through Engagement.

Professors in the USC Aiken School of Business Administration for years have contractually provided economic analysis to businesses and organizations throughout South Carolina. Sample projects have ranged from production of numerous Regional Economic Benchmarking Reports for Aiken County conducted for the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of Aiken, Edgefield, and Saluda Counties to an economic impact study of the Savannah River Site on five adjacent counties in South Carolina and Georgia.

Other sample projects include assessment of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Flow Down to Local Community conducted for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the economic impact of Aiken Preparatory School on the local economy, and a research study conducted for the South Carolina chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons. No project has been too large or too small for SOBA. This work underscores the value that local and regional business leaders place on evaluations conducted by SOBA.

The purpose of establishing the Pacer Center for Excellence in Business Research and Entrepreneurship (Pacer Center) is to use the School of Business Administration’s expertise in the field of economics, finance, accounting, marketing, management, and data analytics to enhance local, regional, and national economy while engaging students in business research and experience.

Mission of Pacer Center

The Pacer Center for Excellence in Business Research and Entrepreneurship will provide data-driven, unbiased, rigorous research that will enhance the lives of South Carolinians, the United States, and the world. The Pacer Center will serve as a research, consulting, and educational training hub within the USC Aiken providing consulting, training, education, and advisory services with expertise in data mining, business analytics, cybersecurity, marketing, management, economic development, accounting, finance, business strategy, and entrepreneurship to businesses, governmental organizations, and communities.

The mission of the Pacer Center for Excellence in Business Research and Entrepreneurship will be to engage, educate, and positively impact idea development across various business and non-business disciplines. Sharing expertise and knowledge with the community while providing a unique opportunity to the USC Aiken students to engage in cutting-edge research, consulting, and service.

Faculty

Dr. Sanela Porca will be appointed Executive Director of the Pacer Center for Excellence in Business Research and Entrepreneurship. The Pacer Center will rely on the business faculty, fellows, and student interns to work to enhance the local and state economy. Please contact Dr. Sanela Porca for more information on how the USC Aiken Pacer Center can be of service to you and your business.

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Owners of "Board In" Ashley Elvis (left ) and Casey Lewellyn Young (right) are joined by Dr. Liz Stewart.

About the Entrepreneurship Center

The Entrepreneurship Center is the brainchild of UofSC Aiken's Rebecca Barnwell and Mary Couls who pitched the idea at the university's first Shark 'Preneur competition in 2018. The center is a 500 sf room located in the School of Business and Education building. 

Aspiring entrepreneurs can research and discuss their ideas and receive real life business models and expert advice.

In addition to her duties as the university's 2020-2021 Executive-in-Residence, Dr. Liz Stewart consults with UofSC Aiken students, as well as faculty, staff and community members who are considering becoming an entrepreneur. In addition, the facility will soon have a curriculum that will assist with start-up businesses, as well as those businesses that need a 'refresh' or holistic assessment.

Ashley and Casey started Board In, a specialized charcuterie business in Aiken. While they had a passion for the business, it was still a 'weekend shop' until Dr. Stewart assisted the ladies with the A-Z's of entrepreneurship. "I can't believe the transformation of their business in a few months" shared Liz. "The small shop that Casey and Ashley started is now a thriving business in Aiken!"

Dr. Stewart will be offering one-on-one meetings as well as some virtual conferences throughout the year. Learn more about those by reading below. For more information, please email Dr. Stewart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


E-Series 2021

The E-Series is a sequence of educational Zoom seminars aimed to help the first-time entrepreneur or a business owner who wants to expand and diversify his/her business.

Dr. Liz Stewart is the university’s Executive in Residence for the School of Business Administration. She is the president of Stewart and Associates, Inc., a management, training, and survey-consulting firm, which focuses on helping entrepreneurs.

There was overwhelming interest when she offered a pilot entrepreneurship session in the 2020 Fall Semester. The 2021 Spring Series launched in January and offers students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members engagement opportunities for entrepreneurs and their businesses. It will also align with the overall mission and strategic plan for UofSC Aiken’s School of Business Administration.

These E-Series sessions will take place the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. EST, January through June of 2021.

Click here to join E-series on Zoom

The list of topics is included below:

Date Topic Presenter

January 7

What is Your E-Idea?

How realistic is it? What is your proof of concept? How to set yourself up for success.

Dr. Stewart

February 4

Pricing 101

The Five Essential every Entrepreneur needs to understand about the finances of owning your own business. How to set price to cover the present and the future of your business.

Dr. Stewart

March 4

Marketing 101

How to survey the need of your market niche, and identify and understand the competition.

Dr. Stewart and Guest Speaker

April 8

E-Series Financing - Working with Your Banker

Is this a first-time loan are you expanding or diversifying? What do you really need to have ready? How does a banker make the decision to give you a loan?

Dr. Liz Stewart and Guest Speaker, Josh Booth

April 29

Staffing the Business

The who, what, where, why and how much to pay help.

Knowing the basics of HR including hiring, managing, and motivating staff.

Dr. Liz Stewart and Guest Speaker, + Faculty Member

Aiken Technical College Business Transfer Certificate Courses

The UofSC Aiken School of Business Administration and Aiken Technical College have created the Business Transfer Certificate Program. ATC students who enroll in this program and successfully complete the courses listed below will transfer 39 general education credits and six upper-level business credits to UofSC Aiken. Other courses may be transferrable to UofSC Aiken. For a complete list of transferrable credits, please refer to the UofSC Aiken Office of Admissions transfer webpage.

ATC Business Transfer Certificate Courses

Credit Hours

ENG 101 (English Composition I)

3

ENG 102 (English Composition II)

3

SPC 205 (Public Speaking)

3

MAT 110 (College Algebra)

3

MAT 122 (Finite College Mathematics)

3

CPT 101 (Introduction to Computers)

3

HIS 201 (American History: Discovery to 1877)
or
HIS 202 (American History: 1877 to Present)

3

ACC 101 (Accounting Principles I)

3

ACC 102 (Accounting Principles II)

3

ECO 210 (Macroeconomics)

3

ECO 211 (Microeconomics)

3

MGT 101 (Principles of Management)

3

MKT 101 (Marketing)

3

Total Certificate Hours

39


Students who complete the above Business Transfer Certificate at Aiken Technical College and are admitted to the School of Business Administration at the University of South Carolina Aiken will receive credit for the following classes at UofSC Aiken.

UofSC Aiken Course Equivalents

Credit Hours

ENGL 101 (Composition)

3

ENGL 102 (Composition and Literature)

3

COMM 241 (Public Speaking)

3

MATH 108 (Applied College Algebra)

3

MATH 170 (Finite Mathematics)

3

BADM 290 (Introduction to Information Systems in Business)

3

HIST 201 (History of the United States from Discovery to 1865)
or
HIST 202 (History of the United States from 1865 to the Present)

3

BADM 225 (Principles of Financial Accounting)

3

BADM 226 (Principles of Managerial Accounting)

3

ECON 221 (Principles of Macroeconomics)

3

ECON 222 (Principles of Microeconomics)

3

BADM 371 (Principles of Management and Leadership)

3

BADM 350 (Principles of Marketing)

3

Total Hours

39

View BSBA program learning outcomes here. 

View MBA program assessment results here

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