Business Assistance

Small Business Counseling

We offer individual small business counseling to assist with business and marketing plan development, financial planning, grant applications, resource identification, or other general business services. If you are interested in our Business Assistance services, please complete and submit the Client Intake Form.

Assistance Process

Step 1: Client Intake Form

Individuals must complete and submit the Client Intake Form before scheduling initial consultation. Any other information about your business that you’d like to share with us such as a business plan can also be sent to us via email. All information provided to us regarding you and your business is kept strictly confidential.

If you do not already have a business plan feel free to download our Business Plan Questionnaire to guide you through the writing process.

Download Questionnaire

Step 2: Initial Consultation – Free

The initial consultation is to identify what area you are looking to receive help with and determine how we can be of assistance. It is by appointment only.

If you have already submitted your Intake Form and would like to schedule your free consultation, please click one of the options below.

Initial Consultation (idea only) – 1 hour session

Initial Consultation (existing business) – 1 hour session

Step 3: Review and Feedback – $250.00

Business Assistance Clients are able to schedule additional sessions to meet with our staff after the initial consultation to receive feedback and review any changes. During this part of the process clients receive beneficial information and resources curated specifically for their unique business needs as well as Market/Industry Reports from leading research databases such as:

  • ESRI
  • Dunn & Bradstreet
  • IBIS World

Contact Us

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Brianna L. Dennis

Executive Director
Kelley Center for Economic Development

Florence Office:
University Place, Suite 207
Lake City Office:
The Continuum, Suite 606
Phone: 843-661-1205
bdennis@fmarion.edu

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Avery Covington

Program Coordinator
Kelley Center for Economic Development

Office: The Continuum, Suite 608
Phone: 843-374-4216
acovington@fmarion.edu

Jamie Howle

Jamie H. Hopkins

Program Coordinator
Kelley Center for Economic Development

Office: University Place, Suite 206
Phone: 843-661-4606
Jamie.Hopkins@fmarion.edu