Small Business Workshop Series at Camden Library Branch

The City of Camden’s Main Street Program will host a series of small business workshops in the coming weeks at the Camden branch of the Kershaw County Library. Main Street Manager Kat Spadacenta, Director of Planning & Development Shawn Putnam, and representatives from the Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Center will lead workshops for small business owners and any member of the public wishing to attend.

Workshops will be held on Tuesdays – January 9, January 23, February 6, February 27, March 5 and March 26 at the Camden Library Branch, 1304 Broad Street.

January 9, 6:00-7:00 pm – Get Your Business Online – Still haven’t verified your small business with Google? Let’s get you online, so customers can find you! Whether you’re nervous about bringing your existing business online, or you’re just starting a business and want to know where to begin, this workshop will get you found on Google. You will also learn the benefits of owning a domain and how to get the most out of your online presence. This Grow with Google workshop is presented by Main Street Manager and Google Partner Kat Spadacenta. Please bring a laptop to this workshop.

January 23, 6:00-7:00 pm – Do I Need A Permit? – Learn what steps you need to take in order to open a brick and mortar business in Camden. From construction to sign permits, sidewalk encroachments and more, City of Camden Planning & Development Director Shawn Putnam and Main Street Manager Kat Spadacenta will be on hand to guide you through the step-by-step process and answer specific questions. Registration recommended, but not required.

February 6, 6:00-7:00 pm – Learn the Basics of Google Ads – Learn how to reach more customers and grow your business through the help of Google Ads. In this hands on workshop, you will learn how to create and account and set up an ad campaign, write ads and refine keywords, and understand analytics to measure success. This Grow with Google workshop is presented by Main Street Manager and Google Partner Kat Spadacenta. Please bring a laptop to this workshop.

February 27, 6:00-7:00 pm – SBA Federal Contracting 101 – The federal government spends more than $500 billion annually on federal contracts and 23% must go to small businesses. Want to learn how you can be a part of that 23%? Join Angela Brewer, Business Opportunity Specialist with the SBA South Carolina District Office as she discusses federal contracting.

March 5, 6:00-7:00 pm – Let’s Start a Business – Do you have an idea for a business? Have a hobby or side venture that you think could be profitable? Or have you already launched your business, but still have questions about operations? Join Small Business Development Center presenter Bob Jones to learn the steps to starting a successful business. Find out what resources are available and what best practices to follow when starting a business. Registration recommended, but not required. Contact Main Street Manager Kat Spadacenta, or 803-549-5648.

March 26, 6:00-7:00 pm – Brownfields 101 – Learn what a brownfield is and how the City of is seeking public participation through its current Environmental Protection Agency grant to ensure that the community is given the opportunity and encouraged to identify potential brownfield sites and help determine their potential for redevelopment and reuse.