County Employee Named Minority Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Carlether Nesmith

The United States Small Business Administration has named Carlether Nesmith, the 2014 South Carolina Minority Entrepreneurship Advocate of the year.  One of the South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy awards, the Minority Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year is given to an individual who has provided outstanding support of the state's minority small business community through outreach, education and advocacy efforts.

Nesmith has served as the Williamsburg County Grants Administrator since 2011. This position has oversight of millions in grant dollars that the county receives. She has also been responsible for managing the county's Small Business Support Center, which provides technical assistance to individuals wanting to start or expand businesses in Williamsburg County. She has written several grants to support the county's small business efforts and sought to make funds available to small and minority business enterprises throughout the county. "I applaud and commend Carlether on this most outstanding achievement and recognition," said County Supervisor Stanley Pasley in a press release. "Williamsburg County Government is very fortunate and honored to have someone with her talents, skills and abilities working on its behalf for all of its constituencies."  

Nesmith is a longtime advocate for minority business development. This interest led her to become involved with Community Development Corporations (CDCs). In 1994, she became the Executive Director of Triad Minority Development Corporation, in Greensboro, NC, a CDC seeking to advance the cause of minority business in a four county region of the state. Later she served as the Deputy Director for East Winston Community Development Corporation in Winston-Salem, NC where she worked to develop a minority owned cafeteria and other businesses for the organization.

 “Ms. Nesmith's work on behalf of minority entrepreneurs and the organizations that support them has made her an invaluable asset to the people and economy of the Pee Dee region community, as well as an invaluable asset to our state," said Elliott Cooper, district director of the SBA's South Carolina District Office. "We at SBA are proud to confer this honor on her.”

Nesmith was nominated by Mike Bell the Area Manager and Business Consultant for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florence Darlington Technical College.

The SBA will recognize all award winners during the annual Salute to Small Business event on Wednesday, May 7, in Columbia. For more information about the Salute to Small Business, visit http://scsalutetosmallbiz.com.

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