2019 Salute to Small Business


Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln St | Columbia, SC


Get Connected. Get Honored. 

The South Carolina Salute to Small Business is the Palmetto State’s annual National Small Business Week event. Now in its 13th year, the mission of the event is to connect the state's small businesses to new opportunities and resources and to honor South Carolina's top small businesses and small business advocates. Attend all or part of the programming – tickets are available for the Procurement Matchmaker Session, the Luncheon, or the full day. 

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8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Full Access Tickets - $110 

Procurement Matchmaker Session 
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Matchmaker Tickets - $50 

Take advantage of 10-minute one-on-one sessions with major corporations and government agencies like BMW, Shaw AFB and the SC Department of Transportation. Our morning session will also feature a small business exhibitor showcase and a networking space so you can easily connect with entrepreneurs, potential customers, and suppliers.

If you are a large business or state/local/federal agency who would like to participate as a MATCHMAKER (meaning your procurement officials meet with small business representatives), please contact Michael Corp, Deputy District Director at the SBA South Carolina District Office, at michael.corp@sba.gov.  If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Mr. Corp at 803-765-5961.

A list of current companies that will send procurement representatives to the Matchmaker session can be found by clicking here

Small Business Awards Luncheon 
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Small Business Awards Luncheon Tickets - $50 early bird pricing before April 1st, $60 starting April 1st 

Join us as we celebrate South Carolina's winners of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) annual South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy Awards competition and the top SBA lenders of the previous fiscal year. 

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Have questions about the agenda details or participating as a Matchmaker? Check out our full agenda. 
Download Full Agenda & Details 

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Exhibitors will be listed along with their contact info on our website’s Exhibitor page. Exhibitors who register by Friday, April 22, are guaranteed a spot in the Salute event program book directory. Due to limited exhibitor space, please email Whitney Evans or reach her at 803.255.2565 to register as an exhibitor.

Exhibitor Registration Costs
  • Exhibitor Only - $250
  • Exhibitor with Lunch - $300

Sponsors for the Salute to Small Business include the SBA, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Department of Commerce, South Carolina Small Business Development Center, South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and South Carolina Research Authority. Limited sponsorship opportunities are available. For event sponsorship inquiries, please contact Sunny Philips at 803.255.2543.

Additional Information

Hotel Information

Limited room blocks are available at the Hilton Columbia Center ($189+/night) and the Hampton Inn Downtown Historic District ($179+/night). Both hotels are within walking distance of the Convention Center. When you reserve your room, request the group rate for South Carolina Chamber of Commerce or C-COM. Rooms must be reserved by April 1, 2019, in order to receive the reduced rate.

General Questions, Policies & Accessibility 

If you have additional questions about the Salute to Small Business event, email Whitney Evans or reach her at 803.255.2565. 

Cancellation Policy 

If the registrant is unable to attend, substitutions are welcome any time prior to the program date. A 50% processing fee applies to all event cancellations. Registrants are responsible for the full registration fee for any cancellation made after 5 p.m., seven days prior to the event. Registration fees will not be refunded or waived after that date. No-shows will be charged the full registration fee.

Sponsor Cancellation Policy

Due to the fact that sponsorships are limited, upon acceptance of your registration absolutely no refunds will be granted.


Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Whitney Evans for assistance at 803.255.2565.

2019 National Small Business Week Winners