The Kelley Center for Economic Development
FMU Kelley Center
Start. Grow. Thrive.
Francis Marion University’s Kelley Center for Economic Development has been dedicated to the economic growth of the Pee Dee Region through small business support/incubation and various regional economic development initiatives since 2016. Our goal is to provide small business support initiatives and services to cultivate business growth that makes a lasting impact on economic development.
FMU’s business community outreach program previously partnered with the City of Florence and was known as the North Dargan Innovation Center (NDIC) from October 2016 to January 2019. NDIC established a proven track record of fostering growth for start-ups and existing businesses through incubation, business assistance, and training classes.
The mission of our incubation programs is to provide a place to start and cultivate businesses within a collective community of support. We offer two different programs for incubation with eligibility qualifiers for each option. Our incubation programs are designed to provide specific benefits depending on the stage your business is in, whether you are looking to start or to grow.
Visit our Business Incubation page to learn more about the Startup and Growth Incubator Programs.
The staff at the Kelley Center provide limited small business assistance to non-incubator clients in the area of business plan development, resource identification, and other business topic areas. General business assistance can take place at the business incubator, by phone, through email, or web conference. We strive to make connecting with individuals seeking business guidance easy and convenient.
A business plan is a vital part of starting and growing a business. The business plan questionnaire is a process to help jump start the writing process. To start working on the business plan, please download the questionnaire and work through each section.
We offer up to 2 hours of FREE individual counseling to assist with:
- Business Planning
- Market & Industry Research
- Review & Feedback
- Resource Identification
- General Startup Process
Visit our Business Assistance page and learn more.
A variety of workshops, continuing education courses, and networking events are scheduled every month to provide relevant information to small businesses and entrepreneurs. For convenience, events are hosted at both locations in Lake City and Florence. See calendar below to register for upcoming events.
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