Salute to Small Business

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln St | Columbia, SC

2020 Event Registration is now OPEN!


Get Connected. Get Honored. 

The South Carolina Salute to Small Business is the Palmetto State’s annual National Small Business Week event. 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. 

2020 Agenda

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 

(803) 765-5961

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. 

Have questions about the agenda details or participating as a Matchmaker?

Check out our full agenda 

About the Awards:

Each year, at the Salute to Small Business, we partner with the Small Business Administration (SBA), the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers, SC SCORE and the SC Research Authority to recognize local small business leaders in several categories. Each award nomination undergoes a strenuous clearance and review process, ensuring that our winners are truly extraordinary. 
How to Apply:

Do you know a small business owner with an amazing story? Or do you have your own story to tell? Any individual, business or organization may submit award nominations. Check out our award categories, nomination instructions and more on the SBA awards webpage. Awards applications are due by 3 p.m. on January 7, 2020.

2019 National Small Business Week Winners

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Various Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event, including our exclusive presenting sponsorship, and exhibitor tables. 

You can view Sponsor and Exhibitor options here. Please contact Sunny Philips for more information

Sponsor Now

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.

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!



Bank of America

Additional Information

General Questions, Policies & Accessibility 

If you have additional questions about the Salute to Small Business event, please contact Sunny Philips

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 us for assistance at 803.255.2565.