Business Consultants

We're big on small business. In furtherance of our mission to advance South Carolina's economic developement by helping entrepreneurs grow successful businesses, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is pleased to present the following business consultants serving our mission:

 

Laura DiSano

Laura DiSano (Lead Center Consultant) is a retired SVP and Market Executive of the Bank of America Corporation. In addition, she has extensive experience in higher education. Laura resides in the City of Aiken with her husband and is actively involved in local and CSRA business, government and community development.

Telephone: 803-262-4204

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Brent Hoover (Business Consultant) is an adjunct professor for USC Aiken School of Business Administration, a business consultant for the SC Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and an award-winning filmmaker & composer via Hoover Studios, LLC. Mr. Hoover founded and currently serves as the Sam Walton Fellow for the nationally-nominated Enactus USC Aiken team. His curriculum at USC Aiken is naturally focused on entrepreneurship and small business management, along with leadership, Excel training, and motion picture strategic management electives. He also serves on the Business Advisory Council for the School of Business. Regarding prior education, he is a 2011 alumnus of USC Aiken (Beta Gamma Sigma) and a 2013 MBA alumnus of UNC Greensboro Bryan School of Business. His extracurricular resume includes guest lecturing at the College of Charleston, volunteering as Event Lead for Relay of Life Aiken County and serving as a panelist at the 2016 Southern City Film Festival alongside international film critic Jeffrey Lyons.

Telephone: 803-641-3468

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Aiken Applied Business Seminars

Learn from USC Aiken faculty, alumni, and key supporters about relevant topics regarding business in the evolving contemporary world.

  • $15 per workshop
  • Open to the public
  • For both pre-venture and existing businesses

Registration is required. Please contact the Office of the Aiken Small Business Development Center  at 803-641-3468 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. Space is limited.

2020 Seminar Schedule

Financial Audit Preparation

January 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm

The Mill Executive Conference Room, 237 Park Ave SW, Aiken, SC 29801

Taught by Professor Griswold 

Business and Innovation

February 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm

USC Aiken Entrepreneurship Center, 471 University Pkwy Aiken, SC 29801, Business & Education Room 112

Taught by Dr. Stewart

Bookkeeping 101

March 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm

The Mill Executive Conference Room, 237 Park Ave SW, Aiken, SC 29801

Taught by Dr. Llewylen

Small Business HR

April 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm

USC Aiken Entrepreneurship Center, 471 University Pkwy Aiken, SC 29801, Business & Education Room 112

Taught by Professor Bennett

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

April 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm

The Mill Executive Conference Room, 237 Park Ave SW, Aiken, SC 29801

Taught by Dr. Narayanswami

Commerce with China

April 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm

The Mill Executive Conference Room, 237 Park Ave SW, Aiken, SC 29801

Taught by Dr. Xie

Business and Retirement

May 4, 2020 at 12:00 pm

The Mill Executive Conference Room, 237 Park Ave SW, Aiken, SC 29801

Taught by Dr. Porca

      

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