Partner Programs

Resource Partner Program Qualifications: 

  • Established companies in South Carolina (min 2 employees)
  • Proven track record with early-stage startup companies
  • Market-leaders in respective business specialization

Executive Advisor Program Qualifications:  

  • Significant background in a key business area, e.g. general management, finance/accounting, funding, sales, marketing, etc.
  • Location in South Carolina preferred but not required
  • Experience working with early-stage startups is preferred
  • Qualified applicants may be members of SBA's SCORE Program, active or retired business executive consultants, etc. 

Annual Requirements: 

  • Provide a minimum of ten (10) hours of direct assistance to one or more SC Launch Client Companies
  • Participate in minimum of two (2) of the following events: lunch-n-learns, open-house/coffees, etc
  • Provide referrals, discounted/waived fees, in-kind services, as appropriate
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Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, P.A.

One of the Southeast's premier accounting and consulting firms. Our professionals offer Tax Planning & Compliance, Business Valuation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Accounting & Auditing, Business Consulting, Estate & Financial Planning, Bankruptcy Services and Litigation Support. We provide services to clients of all sizes in a number of industries, including Telecommunications & Technology, Captive Insurance, Construction, Manufacturing & Distribution, Real Estate, Insurance, and Hospitality.

Elliott Davis

The accounting and business advisory firm since 1925 that improves the financial management of emerging and middle market clients by offering a comprehensive array of accounting and business advisory services. Elliott Davis, headquartered in South Carolina, is one of the largest accounting and business advisory firms in the Southeast, with offices in South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.



BB&T strives to create the best financial institution possible. We do this by focusing on our clients, consistently providing them with better value through our relationship-based approach and innovative products and services. We are among the top financial holding companies in the nation, with $116 billion in assets; and yet, with over 1,400 branch locations to serve our clients, BB&T maintains a “Community Bank” concept. BB&T is consistently ranked as one of the top small-business friendly financial holding companies by the U.S. Small Business Administration. This means our business clients receive consistent world standard client service as we provide local decision making and responsive, reliable, and empathetic client service. Our relationship managers work with our clients to understand their businesses, learning their goals and prioritizing their needs. We know that your success is our success, and we commit to proving that at BB&T, there’s opportunity here.

Park Sterling Bank

Park Sterling Bank is a publically traded, full service banking organization with 57 offices serving clients in SC, NC, VA, and GA.  Our commitment is to be large enough to help our customers achieve their financial aspirations and small enough to care that they do.  Park Sterling Provides commercial banking services including loans, deposits, cash management, and capital markets.  Park Sterling also provides personal banking services including mortgage loans, consumer lending, deposits, trust, and wealth management.  Park Sterling specializes in working with small to mid sized family owned businesses.

Square 1 Bank

Square 1 Bank specializes in providing financial services to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Square 1 helps growing companies and their investors navigate financial obstacles by providing access to funds and expertise. Square 1 Bank is a venture lender and lends to both venture capital firms and venture capital-backed companies.

Wells Fargo Bank, NA

Wells Fargo Bank, NA is a diversified financial services company that provides a broad range of banking, asset management, wealth management and corporate and investment banking services.

Wells Fargo Bank , NA is committed to building strong and vibrant communities, improving quality of life and making a positive difference where we live and work. Strong relationships are built on trust, and trusting a company means knowing it well. We invite you to get to know us better by visiting one of our financial centers

Business Services

Cedar Ventures, LLC

Cedar Ventures, LLC is an advisory and venture capital management firm with an existing portfolio of venture investments from a prior fund. Cedar is currently in discussions with some investors about a pledge fund where investors will have the opportunity to decide on a case by case basis whether or not to invest in a particular transaction. Cedar will then manage the investment.

One Cedar Ventures fund invests in seed fund/startup/early stage companies and has a strategic consulting division that assists companies commercialize their technology, find strategic partners and define their growth. We have relationships with many private equity firms since we have co-invested and worked with these firms in prior transactions.

Ceterus, Inc.

Ceterus, Inc. is the solution to an organization’s non-core tasks, including accounting, reporting, invoicing, bill payment, payroll and all other back-office functions. Their highly-qualified staff is dedicated to running back-office tasks via the cloud.

​HS Diversified Solutions, LLC

HS Diversified Solutions, LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business ( SDVOSB), is a professional services provider in the technical, engineering, management, business and financial areas. HS Diversified Solutions has numerous experienced (over 25 years) executives on its team with backgrounds in commercial and military programs, projects, startups, and large corporations. Having started four companies in the past 14 years, the HS Diversified Solutions team can assist other companies in business planning, business strategy, organizational development, program and project execution, financial analysis, cash flow, investment analysis, controlling, and executing launch plans.

Integrity Professionals, LLC

Integrity Professionals, LLC specializes in helping small and medium size businesses in finding their financial structure, forecast and success.  “CFO for hire” services provides a CFO for companies normally too small to have a full-time position on payroll.

Knowledge Capital Group, LLC

Knowledge Capital Group (KCG) is a business strategy and performance optimization consulting firm based in Charleston, South Carolina. The firm’s expertise spans an array of industries, including hi-tech, manufacturing, non-profit, and professional services. Using our collaborative methodologies, we employ strategies to transform organizational issues into opportunities, inefficient processes into best practices, and marginal outcomes into world-class results.

Newport Board Group

Newport Board Group is a national business advisory and consulting firm that helps entrepreneurial growth and middle market companies transition through growth challenges. Areas of expertise include: creating value propositions, analyzing customer profitability, securing sources of funds, analyzing the role and responsibilities of the CEO, shifting company culture and creating a long term economic model for the business. Each client has access to over 70 partners with significant expertise in a wide range of industries, typically at the CEO/CFO or other top management levels.

Performance Resource Partners

Performance Resource Partners specializes in manufacturing strategy, new product development, technology commercialization, and business performance assessment for small to midsize manufacturing organizations. The PRP consulting team is expert in the design and implementation of continuous improvement strategies, utilization of best practices, coaching and mentoring of business teams, and project management. Their expertise spans a variety of industries and product technologies in both regional and global markets.

Sequence Holdings, LLC

Sequence Holdings LLC and its affiliate companies Sequence Financial Services LLC, Sequence Real Estate LLC and Sequence Debt Resolution LLC are financial transaction specialists.  Sequence provides access to restructuring debt, help acquire equity capital for growth, we work with and help with Mergers and Acquisitions, plan and execute Exit strategies and manage the dissolution of Commercial Real Estate for it clients as well as consulting on any phase of growth and financial transactions for a company..

​Supporting Strategies

Supporting Strategies provides virtual outsourced bookkeeping and operational support to companies ranging in size from start-up to lower middle market businesses that do not require a full-time in-house resource. Our average client uses Supporting Strategies 5.5 hours per week and is pre-revenue - $15 million in annual sales. Start-ups and high growth companies value our variable cost delivery model. Our staff averages 15 years of financial accounting experience.



Flextronics is a leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider focused on delivering complete design, engineering and manufacturing services to automotive, computing, consumer digital, industrial, infrastructure, medical and mobile OEMs

Product Launch Advisors, LLC

Product Launch Advisors, LLC specializes in engineering, design, manufacturing and supply chain consulting. They also specialize in consumer-oriented product development and the use of additive manufacturing to enhance our clients’ products. They have an extensive list of vetted suppliers that they offer if their clients do not already have suppliers to help with needs such as injection molding, thermoforming, wire harnesses, printed circuit boards, machined components, stampings, castings, and even packaging.

Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT)

Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) supports the development of business through technical expertise and advanced manufacturing solutions for clients. With state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and core competencies in Additive Manufacturing & Rapid Prototyping, Advanced Machining, Interactive Production Studio, Social Media Listening Center and Advanced Design Engineering, SiMT can assist companies from the prototype stage of product production to larger product runs.

​UEC Electronics, LLC (UEC)

UEC Electronics, LLC (UEC) provides comprehensive solutions in engineering design, product development, rapid prototyping and lean manufacturing services. We are a proven company with a successful history of providing full product life cycle support, from conceptual design through product manufacture and distribution. UEC fully facilitates “Concept to Production”. Our expertise is developing a concept or idea into a functional design, rapidly creating a working prototype (proof of concept), conducting appropriate analyses and tests to ensure products meet defined environmental and industry specifications and seamlessly transitioning into a production environment.


Vetronix, for more than 20 years, has been a trusted "go to" company for major defense system manufacturers for its capability to define, design, manufacture, and verify cost effective, rugged electronics. In addition to extensive research, design and manufacturing capabilities, Vetronix can develop complete integrated power and data control architectures. The Vetronix staff has specific technical expertise in military vetronics, weapon system integration, high-voltage and high-power distribution, power sequencing, data and signal processing, remote data acquisition and control, deterministic serial data communications, programmable load control modules (PLCMs), solid-state power controllers (SSPCs), digitized audio, embedded diagnostics, rugged mechanical packaging, thermal management, low power dissipation design, and military environmental requirements.

Human Resources

Green Door Co.

Having been in HR for over 35 years, and owning two small businesses, Managing Principal, Heather Pierce brings experience from both sides of the organization – revenue generating and support. The Green Door Co. approach is a fresh look on how to employ an effective, strategic and customized HR system that meets today’s climate needs for competitive cultures and lets the operations team do what they do best – grow the company.

The Kidder Group, Inc

The Kidder Group, Inc. recruits candidates who are either seasoned executives in manufacturing or technically superior engineers and managers. These people are in the top 10% of their peer group, and we define this by past accomplishments with quantifiable achievements and long discussions about their philosophy of management and leadership.

McPherson, Berry & Associates, Inc

McPherson, Berry & Associates, Inc. (MB&A) is a premiere organizational development, consulting and training firm that provides creative, cost-effective solutions to a wide array of commercial businesses and nonprofit organizations. We help companies develop the business acumen, leadership and workforce development, and technical knowledge necessary to thrive in today's competitive marketplace. We provide tailored programs to meet an organization’s needs and the external demands of the world’s culture and strategies.

With developing a long-term partnership, there will be benefits that contribute to the capability and operation of our client’s business. McPherson Berry understands the effectiveness of working closely with the executive leadership team or company representatives to integrate our programs. We will develop a strategy to blend in with your organization’s climate and structure to bring results. We are enthusiastic about our partnership with SC Launch.

Smart Work | Network, Inc

Smart Work | Network, Inc. utilizes unconventional wisdom around people and performance. We find that conventional approaches to selecting executives or careers just don't work with today's business challenges. 

Don’t let having the wrong people on your executive team put you out of business. As a SC Launch Company you receive our special flat fee pricing to assess your current management team and for selecting your new team members. We know you can’t afford to pay for personnel who aren’t perfectly suited to your positions, your business and to you! 

As a Resource Partner we can give you confidence that you have and will have the right people working for you. Using our proprietary Science of Selection™ system you eliminate the millions of dollars at risk when paying and selecting executive and senior level professionals for your organization. Using traditional HR practices or paying contingency search fees no longer makes sense now that you have preferred status and can save money using science to calibrate your “Human Capital Balance Sheet”. Better aligned people can optimize your technology, capture your full potential market share and help you thrive as an enterprise.

We’re proud to have helped SC Launch find and select key members of their team (as well as their parent organization, SCRA) along with finding key players for current Portfolio Companies in assignments here and internationally. Also, if you have or hope to have government contracts, we can give you nationally certified woman-owned supplier status.

For more information about our processes or to see what your SC Launch colleagues say about us, click on the learn more link below or call us in Greenville at 864.233.3007.

We’re happy to share time discussing your present and future business needs. Remember … we get people.


Snelling was founded by staffing industry pioneers Lou & Gwen Snelling in 1951, and innovation has been a part of our culture ever since. From our first office in Philadelphia, Snelling has grown to serve more than 5,000 clients with 110 offices and franchises across the country and in Puerto Rico. With our leadership team now headquartered in Dallas, TX, Snelling continues to innovate by providing our clients/offices/franchisees with cutting edge tools, training, marketing, and research.

Snelling's goal is to partner with employers to find best-fit candidates that will help their business and their community succeed.

In 2005, Patriarch Partners and CEO Lynn Tilton invested in Snelling to support the organizations growth. With Ms. Tilton’s leadership, Snelling is now certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Information Technology


CSAAS offers Application Hosting, Disaster Recovery /Co-Location services, and Off-site/Remote backups. We have also designed and built several successful vertical market applications built on the Microsoft .Net platform. Our solutions are hosted by us and billed to clients on a monthly subscription pricing model. Our data center and hosting infrastructure includes MS SQL Server 2005, SharePoint Portal 2007, Exchange 2007 and hosted Microsoft Business Solutions (MS Dynamics SL). We have an exclusive strategic partnership with ERC Broadband (Education Research Consortium) whom we work with to provide the data center infrastructure for our hosted solutions.

​CodeLynx, LLC

CodeLynx, LLC specializes in software development for web-based applications and hardware and software integration projects. They serve their clients as either a complementary component to existing development efforts or as a turnkey project where they take on all aspects of a software development process. In the cases of many entrepreneurial endeavors with which they have assisted, clients have had their own developers but lacked some specific skillset such as Graphic Design, UI/UX Development, Quality Assurance, Technical Writing, Project Management, or simply the number of developers that the project required. In response, CodeLynx is able to scale to the appropriate level of need for each specific client.


The Cyberwoven team understands today’s shifting media and technology landscape and takes a web-driven approach to achieve our clients’ goals.  Our custom, web-centric strategies provide clients with meaningful user experiences, consistent and powerful web branding, and solid web applications that drive our clients’ operations to succeed both on the web and beyond.


HillSouth is an innovative, Florence-based IT consulting firm focused on delivering proactive support, cloud computing services and outstanding local customer service to small and medium-sized businesses with an emphasis on delivering secure computing environments meeting the unique needs of the burgeoning health IT sector. The company’s president, Robby Hill, started the company as a high school student and is currently a Councilman at the City of Florence, where he led the launch of a new business incubator in the revitalized downtown.


Immedion's objective is to keep customer business-critical data and applications available 100% of the time 24x7x365.  We accomplish this by coupling a world-class data center facility and a strategic array of managed services developed to deliver the highest degree of reliability at a very competitive price.

Immedion’s staff of engineers and support professionals is committed to surpassing customer expectations.  As trustees of some of our customers’ most critical assets, their data, our team strives to keep this data, along with the associated systems and applications available all the time.


Kopis has provided software design and development expertise since 1999 to companies in the manufacturing, retail and distribution industries. Our software engineers offer our client an innovative approach to solving unique problems not address by standard software offerings. Our Team provides expertise in each step of the project process - concept > design > development > testing > implementation.


PST has provided quality consistent application training, technical training and consulting for the business, medical, school and military communities in the Southeast area since 1994. PST specializes in providing comprehensive PC training and consulting services. From end-user classes to network administration classes preparing students for certification, PST offers a large selection of courses tailored to enhance employee performance on the job. PST is affiliated with Microsoft as a Microsoft Certified Partner for Learning Solutions (MCPLS). We also provide industry certification testing as a VUE and MOS testing facility and Computer-Based and Web-Based learning solutions.


Qonceptual is an agile product development company specializing in Enterprise Web Application Development, Mobile Application Development and Scalable API Development. Their talented Systems Engineers specialize in the design and building of complex electronics systems and devices. The line between software and hardware development continues to grey, and Qonceptual believes that collaboration between these two specialties creates innovation.


VC3 has been on the leading edge of Information Technology since 1994, providing a full range of IT Services to both the private and public sectors of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.  Headquartered in Columbia, VC3 employs over 85 people whose skills include computer and advanced networking technology, Voice over IP, Security, Disaster Recovery, Web Design, and Custom Application Development.

VC3 is a Cisco Premier Partner with Specializations in IP Communications, Wireless, and Security, a Microsoft ISV Gold Partner, and a VMware Enterprise Partner for Infrastructure Consolidation. VC3's reputation for expertise and reliability is evident through the solid, long-term relationships that we have developed over the years with our government and commercial clients.

Insurance/Risk Management

​Clarke & Company Benefits, LLC

Clarke & Company Benefits, LLC serves the employee benefit needs of corporations, non-profits, & municipalities as well as individual health, life, and disability insurance in the state of South Carolina. We offer a large selection of plans from the top carriers in the market and deliver them with knowledgeable advice and responsive service. Whether you are looking for coverage for your company or yourself, Clarke & Company Benefits is committed to designing the best plan for your specific needs.

Corporate Benefits, Inc

Corporate Benefits, Inc. is an employee benefits firm with a combined total of over 250 years of experience in the insurance industry. Integrity, professionalism and commitment have always been and will continue to be at the core of our business model. We have a proven track record of delivering value through superior technical proficiency, strategic planning, effective use of resources, staying focused and responsive to client needs, and building long-lasting partnerships. 

All of our efforts will be focused on understanding and proactively responding to a client’s needs in context of determining the most effective ways of reducing or controlling cost, easing their internal administrative efforts of the benefit plans, and maximizing the value of benefit pans to their insured.

Commitment to our clients is the key ingredient to our achievements as a company and to our partnership with our clients.


KeenanSuggs is among South Carolina’s largest independent insurance firms, providing innovative insurance, risk management, and employee benefits solutions to businesses and individuals across the Southeast. Being independent, KeenanSuggs is not limited to one carrier and its products; instead we draw from a portfolio of more than 60 carriers. This enables us to be objective and aggressive in finding the most appropriate coverage for each client.

Insurance and risk management are complex. KeenanSuggs has teams of brokers and account managers who specialize in banking, business, healthcare, law, education, and personal insurance. Our subsidiary, KeenanSuggs BowersElkins counsels clients and provides coverage in the areas of employee benefits, including traditional health and life insurance; health savings and reimbursement accounts; cancer, dental and vision; and supplemental insurance; along with executive compensation and financial planning.

KeenanSuggs has offices in Columbia, SC (headquarters), Greenville, SC, and Raleigh, NC (early 2011).

KeenanSuggs…We know what you need to know.

Neace Lukens

Neace Lukens, the USA’s 26th largest insurance broker is a full-service, independent insurance brokerage with international risk management resources and capabilities. The Life Sciences & Technology Brand focuses on risk management and insurance solutions for highly innovative companies and groups of companies regulated or monitored by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and include medical devices, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, diagnostics, biotechnology, therapeutics, contract research organizations and a multitude of industry support groups and companies. Drawing on our existing competencies, this platform has grown to represent over 50 years of combined experience in 12 states and represents one of the fastest growing brands in the Neace Lukens’ family of products. We have a proven track record of designing appropriate risk transfer programs and securing the nuanced coverage highly innovative companies require. Our South Carolina office is located in Charleston, SC.


​Counts & Huger

Counts & Huger is a general practice law firm located in Charleston, SC.  Our corporate practice includes attorneys with both public and private company experience who focus on strategic transactions, contracts, disputes, corporate governance, start-ups and established businesses.

Dority & Manning

Dority & Manning, located in Greenville, South Carolina is one of the largest law firms in the Southeast dedicated exclusively to the practice of intellectual property law. The firm provides comprehensive services to clients in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and unfair trade practices.

​entrepreneurs law group

entrepreneurs law group was formed to provide emerging businesses with legal advice from the entrepreneurs’ point of view. Our lawyers know that to be successful, you’ve got to take some risk. We counsel our clients on how to manage that risk by anticipating issues in advance. We’ve also learned over the years that it’s relatively easy to start a business, but the challenge is to maximize the likelihood that the owners will be “on the same page” when the inevitable difficulties arise. We like to spend time with owners discussing their goals and how they might deal with particular challenges, including how to address an impasse. Our role often looks more like pre-marital counselor than it does scrivener for the deal, but this is one of the ways we add value.

elg’s lawyers have the experience to advise you with your capital raising needs, and if it’s your goal, the future sale of the business. Kevin Hendricks, elg’s Group Leader, received his corporate finance and M&A training at one of the world’s largest law firms. After cutting his teeth in that environment, he joined a pre-revenue telecommunications company as General Counsel. Kevin advised the company every step of the way as it raised over $400 million of capital, which culminated in an investment by a global private equity fund. Having been part of the decision-making process in an entrepreneurial environment, Kevin has the perspective that legal advice should support the business and not drive it. He continues to provide practical advice to companies raising capital from institutional venture capital and private equity funds, as well as from individual investors and angel groups.

Haynsworth, Sinkler & Boyd, P.A.

Haynsworth & Sinkler Boyd, P.A. brings innovative, effective and practical solutions to the problems clients face in today's interwoven and evolving areas of law, commerce, energy, technology, intellectual property, insurance, education, healthcare, government, and public relations.  Backed by more than a century of commitment to the businesses it serves, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. provides clients with advice, counsel and representation covering an array of matters in regional, national and international settings.  Over the years, our attorneys have formed thousands of start-up entities, assisted in the commercialization and licensing of numerous technologies developed in the three major South Carolina research institutions and into the public sector, and shepherded clients through grants, SBIR funding, mezzanine funding, and venture capital engagements.

​McNair Law Firm

McNair Law Firm offers its clients a broad range of business and corporate advice and counsels on matters as diverse as business start-ups, intellectual property, corporate organization and tax planning structures necessary to provide a proper base for the growth of a new business venture. In today’s global economy, McNair is positioned to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to dealing with the critical issues which must be handled by a business enterprise.

Michael D. Layman

Attorney Michael D. Layman contracts to act as “outside” General Counsel for start-up and early-stage companies. As General Counsel, he advises management about corporate governance; selection, budgeting for and management of outside counsel; “cleaning up” organizational and other corporate and business documents to identify and correct potential legal and business problems in preparation for seeking debt and equity funding; best practices for documentation to avoid future problems with due diligence by potential investors and lenders; and business law matters such as dealing with customers, vendors, intellectual property issues, employees and the management group/initial investors. Mike’s interest is in working regularly with management to identify needs for legal services and assist in meeting those needs. As general counsel for two South Carolina start-up businesses for eight years, he learned about business from the daily perspective of management and investors.

​Monahan & Moses, LLC

Monahan & Moses, LLC is a full service intellectual property law firm based in Greenville, South Carolina. Monahan & Moses assists its clients in obtaining, maintaining and protecting their intellectual property rights. The attorneys at the firm are admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and have substantial experience obtaining U.S. and international patents. The firm is engaged in every aspect of intellectual property law, including patent ability opinions, infringement opinions, product clearance opinions, licensing agreements, transfer of intellectual property rights and litigation.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Over the past several years, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough has developed one of the fastest growing and most dynamic corporate practices in the nation. Our attorneys handle a broad range of securities, finance and regulatory matters for clients ranging from development stage private companies to large publicly-held companies. We have extensive experience in representing issuers, underwriters, and venture capital firms in public offerings, private placements, and venture capital financing. We represent clients in a wide range of industries, with a particular focus on growth companies in the internet, electronic commerce, technology, telecommunications, financial institutions, real estate, and health care industries.

Clients of Nelson Mullins benefit from our national reputation in a range of legal areas and our leadership among peers. Our clients interact with experienced lawyers who can draw on the collective knowledge of more than 380 Nelson Mullins attorneys as well as take advantage of the most current technologies available. Our more than 100 years in the legal profession provide clients an established Firm with a history both in the courtroom and the boardroom. With offices in Atlanta, Boston, Washington and throughout the Carolinas, Nelson Mullins offers solutions that complement our clients’ values and objectives.

Nexsen Pruet

Nexsen Pruet is a multi-specialty law firm headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. We have more than 170 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, SC as well as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, NC.

Our attorneys understand that innovation is what sparks emerging businesses, and that entrepreneurial success is driven by vision, commitment, and a unique kind of energy.

Our Innovation Team is made up of attorneys whose experiences touch on virtually every area vital to start-up companies.  We offer the skills necessary to help you overcome the challenges, minimize the risks, and maximize the opportunities of an emerging company.

Nexsen Pruet’s Innovation Team blends the capabilities of four key practice areas:

  • Corporate
  • Labor and Employment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Economic Development

Our team understands the pressures and potential of start-ups and can provide counsel on matters ranging from structuring to securities, financing to mergers and acquisitions, control to capital formation, employee relations to employee benefits, and patent protection to technology transfer.

Ogletree Deakins

Ogletree Deakins is a full-service labor and employment law firm with offices in 3 major cities in South Carolina. As the only national law firm that began in SC, it handles employment matters and labor strategies as well as significant work in immigration, benefits and environmental law, for more than half of the Fortune 50 corporations in the United States. In addition to its offices in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston SC, the firm has more than 350 attorneys and a total of 28 offices across the country. Ogletree Deakins is proud to have more lawyers who are Fellows in the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers and included in Best Lawyers in America than any other labor and employment specialty firm in the United States.

Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC

Established in 1984, Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC serves regional, national, and international clients.  In addition to our original office in Columbia, we have offices in Charleston and Greenville which allow us to provide local service to clients across the state.  We also have offices in Charlotte, NC and St. Thomas, USVI.


Thrive IP®  is a premier law firm assisting clients across the country and the world to navigate United States intellectual property law from our offices in Charleston and Greenville. Thrive IP® makes every effort to provide highly effective legal service to our clients, each and every day, on every single project. That is why Thrive IP® carefully selects our clients. Thrive IP® seeks clients who have invested heavily to develop their intellectual property, and who recognize their need for world-class intellectual property attorneys and professionals to protect that investment. 

​Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A.

Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A., headquarted in Florence, South Carolina, serves individuals and organizations involved in business, industrial, and entrepreneurial activities. In practice since 1895, we have attorneys licensed throughout the southeastern United States. Our firm combines the assets of both small and large law firms. Our lawyers have earned extensive experience with complex, large-scale cases typically found in large law firms. However, our firm is a select group of thirteen attorneys, each able to provide clients with the kind of involved, one-on-one service characteristic of small law firms.

​Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, provides value by combining professional skill, technology, and a thorough understanding of our clients’ needs to deliver high quality, cost-effective and responsive services.

A full-service business law firm. Womble Carlyle serves a wide range of regional, national and international clients in industries that include financial services, commercial real estate, information technology, health care, manufacturing and telecommunications, as well as educational institutions and governmental bodies and agencies.


At Wyche we combine legal skills developed at the nation’s leading law schools with a thorough knowledge of the community and the state. From our offices overlooking the historic and scenic Reedy River Falls in Greenville, we advise our clients on the gamut of legal issues.

Our general counsel representation includes a significant number of publicly traded corporations, headquartered in South Carolina, as well as many privately held businesses. Over the years, we have become trusted legal advisors to our many long-standing clients.

Our corporate practice includes leveraged buy-outs, recapitalizations, public and private offerings, securities compliance, debt refinancing, economic incentives, revenue bond financings, and mergers and acquisitions. These transactions range from relatively small amounts to billion-dollar deals. We also engage in complex civil litigation in state and federal courts, including substantial class action work. We regularly handle matters in areas such as antitrust, First Amendment, securities, corporate governance, insurance practices, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. In addition to the areas just mentioned, the firm advises and litigates on behalf of clients in numerous areas, including bankruptcy, communications, construction, employment, employee benefits, environmental, financial institutions, health care, probate, commercial real estate, taxation, intellectual property and trade regulation. At the same time, we have an extensive practice relating to the needs of individuals, ranging from estate planning to immigration matters.

Wyche attorneys have law degrees from Harvard, Yale, the University of Virginia, Columbia, and other leading law schools. Many of our attorneys were law review editors; collectively, our attorneys have earned a bounty of academic honors. Several of the firm’s attorneys have held clerkships in the United States District Court, the Court of Appeals, or the United States Supreme Court. More than two thirds of the members of the firm were selected for the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Members of our firm have been actively involved in many major projects that have enhanced the quality of life in South Carolina. Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham, P.A. is one of the oldest law firms in South Carolina and has been recognized by The American Lawyer as one of the 13 great small law firms in the United States.


CarterTodd & Associates

Headquartered in Columbia, SC, CarterTodd & Associates is a full-service agency that provides public relations, marketing, advertising, and creative design services to companies nationwide. The agency specifically focuses on hi-tech and professional services companies. The agency has PR and marketing expertise in many areas of information technology as well as specific industries including: insurance, real estate, legal, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, government, environmental, education, hospitality & tourism, and economic development. The agency has won many national PR, marketing, and creative awards over the years. CarterTodd has been named Technology Specialist by leading PR trade newsletter The Holmes Report.

Chernoff Newman

Recognized as one of the top agencies in the Southeast, Chernoff Newman is a full-service advertising, public relations and marketing communications firm with offices in Columbia, South Carolina and Orlando, Florida. Through a client-focused approach, Chernoff Newman consistently develops and implements successful communications efforts for a variety of clients, including leaders in banking, education, energy, food services, gaming, health care, technology, tourism and more. 

Chernoff Newman is the result of a 2002 merger of Chernoff/Silver & Associates and NS&G.

Dynamic Exhibits

Dynamic Exhibits, an award winning Trade Show Marketing company, has served the Upstate and beyond for over 18 years. The Dynamic team offers all trade show display components, accessories and logistics along with a sign division. Our offerings include:

  • Portable, modular and custom displays – any size
  • Display and Graphic Design
  • Display rentals and repairs
  • Installation & Dismantle, storage, shipping
  • Large format graphics
  • Custom acrylic fixtures
  • Lobby / Showroom displays
  • Banner stands, podiums, lights and accessories
  • Signs: banners, vehicle lettering, magnets, site signs, etc.


ECI specializes in the development and implementation of business, marketing and global trade strategies. By customizing its approach to market research, the staff is able to assist clients with all of the elements necessary to grow a business regardless of where they are in the market development process.

​Gil Shuler Graphic Design, Inc

Gil Shuler Graphic Design, Inc. is a full-service firm whose sought-after talent of fresh, highly creative, unique branding sets it apart within the graphic design industry. The firm has created work for multiple non-profits, including Coastal Community Foundation, Lowcountry Aids Service, Crisis Ministries, Trident United Way, Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art, and East Cooper Community Outreach. They are located Mt. Pleasant, SC.

GrowthSpring Group

Growth Spring Group is a market research, marketing strategy and innovation firm focused on accelerating your sales and profit growth.

We help you identify new business growth insights & opportunities and execute winning strategies and plans.

​JC Rose & Associates

JC Rose & Associates was founded in 1984 in order to provide and coordinate support services to clients requiring assistance with trade shows. Originally housed in Taylors, SC, the company moved to its present location at 12 Park Place Court, Greenville, SC in 1994. In November of 2000, the company took occupancy of a new addition at this location which brought the total warehouse space to 35,000 square feet.

JC Rose & Associates is a team of honest and dependable people. We form relationships with our clients built on mutual trust and respect which brings out the best in our clients and the best in us. We are attentive to our customers' business show requirements, providing quality products and creative, cost-effective solutions.

Mad Monkey, Inc.

Mad Monkey, Inc. is a high-end production company that creates, produces and edits broadcast commercial campaigns, product-launch videos, brand movies and digital content. Their messages are designed to increase brand awareness across all screens; whether they are TV, tablet, laptop or mobile. Mad Monkey has an in-house team that also specializes in design and programming for websites and mobile applications, as well as special effects (VFX) and animation.

Maga Design

Maga Design creates visual maps that bring clarity to complex business problems and issues. Maga Design specializes in using visual thinking techniques and information design to translate a client’s concept and strategy into powerful maps, arming stakeholders with the necessary tools to communicate and achieve the targeted outcomes.

Patrick Marketing & Communications, Inc.

Patrick Marketing & Communications, Inc. (PM&C) provides strategic marketing and communications services, coupled with results-proven expertise, to help emerging and rapidly-growing organizations achieve their business goals. They offer executive level consultation, strategic planning and program implementation to clients who wish to deploy innovative marketing and communications as a means of accelerating profitable growth.

Core services include Outsourced Director of Marketing services, PR and media relations, strategic business and marketing planning, research and in-depth interviewing, event marketing and brand management. Since inception in 2005, they have maintained a broad range of business-to-business clients seeking to prepare their business for long-term success in a competitive marketplace.

Post No Bills

Post No Bills, Inc. is a nationally-renowned creative marketing agency in its 20th year of business, with top-notch expertise in the areas of strategic marketing, brand development, promotional merchandising and event planning. Post No Bills, Inc. can handle all of your advertising and promotional needs, utilizing award-winning in-house design and copy writing services.

Silicon Harbor Communications, LLC

Based in the Greater Charleston area, Silicon Harbor Communications, LLC is a team of senior PR and marketing consultants with extensive experience analyzing communications issues, developing solutions and building relationships between organizations and their stakeholders. We solve communications, PR and marketing issues - specializing in government, tech, defense, non-profit, crisis response, brands, executive coaching, politics, policy and event management.

​Smoak Public Relations

Smoak Public Relations specializes in clients, drawing on over 25 years of combined professional experience to build relationships that deliver measurable results. Creative, practical, and proven, they provide full service public relations management across the political, business, manufacturing, medical, and non-profit sectors.

Southeast, Strategic Marketing International (SMI)

Headquartered in historic Charleston, SC and serving the Southeast, Strategic Marketing International (SMI) creates, activates and manages marketing services for small and medium-sized businesses by developing a customized, fully-integrated marketing plan at an economical cost.

SMI services are utilized to compliment or even substitute your company's marketing unit.

Whether you are just starting a business, relocating to a new market, or extending your current product or service line, SMI is certain to grow your business while stretching your resources to provide measurable results.

​Strategic Partner

Strategic Partner is a sales force development company.  We help small and medium sized businesses build a better sales force through evaluation and training of salespeople and sales management.  We have also worked with professional firms like architects, engineers and consultants to create a business development culture.

​Trevelino/Keller Communications (TKCG)

Trevelino/Keller Communications (TKCG) is one of the nation’s fastest growing boutique public relations firms and brings a tech acumen to the table that very few agencies can claim. From the introduction of the Packard Bell 286 to the launch of Internet pioneer, CompuServe and modern day ISP, MindSpring, we have worked with companies -- both enterprise and start-ups -- using technology to break new ground. We are solid in the core programs of media relations, analyst relationships, conference/tradeshow circuit and our B2B and vertical market work is also impressive. Active with InnoVenture and the Charleston Digital Corridor, Trevelino/Keller has worked extensively in the Southeast, particularly in the Carolinas. The company is also recognized by a key industry publication as one of the best boutique agencies to work for.

​Vantage Point

Vantage Point provides keen insight with fresh ideas to maximize your brand’s market impact.  We take an integrated approach offering our clients expertise in marketing, advertising, branding, digital, and public relations. With offices in Greenville, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C., VantagePoint is ranked nationally on BtoB Magazine’s Top Agencies list and was named the “Agency of the Year” in 2006 and 2007 by the Business Marketing Association of the Carolinas.

SBIR/STTR Assistance

​Nimbus Technologies

Nimbus Technologies is an innovation development firm focused on assisting high-tech start-ups translate scientific discoveries into business opportunities. This is accomplished through our significant expertise in three areas: technology assessment, licensing and technology transfer, and strategic grants management.

The Nimbus team has over ten years of experience working in these areas for both non-profits and early-stage commercial firms. Our expertise and value to our clients is best illustrated in our >50% success rate in securing small business grants (e.g. SBIR/STTR) from a variety of federal and state agencies including NSF, DOE, NIH and DOD.


Delegge Medical

Delegge Medical has three divisions to serve. In their Medical Device Division, they design custom medical devices and custom medical models. They have approximately 45 patents on their own devices which are in areas such as enteral feeding, wire guide handling, spinal cage design and obesity. In their Technology Acceleration division they place focused attention on moving select concept from idea to device. They review IP from Universities, Medical Schools, Individual Inventors and Companies. Their Explant Division is managed by Robin Murray. Robin has been working with them for 8 years and has assisted and orchestrated many hands-on courses. She can also customize explants (explanted tissue) to specifications including polyps, tumors, bleeders and strictures.

Dilks-Simone Enterprises, Inc.

Dilks-Simone Enterprises, Inc. provides companies with the following services: corporate management, marketing analysis, financial analysis, project management, developing company infrastructure, proposal preparation, international expertise, and C5ISR design.


SCBIO is a member organization that exists to support and advance South Carolina’s life science industry through collaboration, advocacy, workforce development, enhanced purchasing power and education. This mission furthers our goal of ensuring that South Carolina’s companies, research institutions, and citizens reap the economic and societal benefits of a world-class life sciences cluster.

More than 572 companies and institutions employ 13,520 people with an average annual wage of $53, 275 in South Carolina. Life science businesses and institutions impact 46,032 jobs, according to a 2010 study by the Battelle Institute.

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is the state’s most prestigious and largest broad-based business and industry trade association. Operating as a statewide, non-partisan, non-profit organization, the South Carolina Chamber represents businesses, industries, professions, and associations of all sizes and types. Founded in 1940, the Chamber serves as a forum for consensus-building in order that business might be represented through a unified voice.

South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP)

The South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) is a non-profit organization that helps manufacturers and healthcare facilities throughout the state solve business and supply chain process problems. Supported by the state legislature and an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST), SCMEP provides business assessments, strategic business planning, engineering expertise, quality implementation, new product development/innovation, and lean training courses and implementation services to manufacturers and healthcare facilities through its TRANSFORM™ suite of services. SCMEP provides this business and innovation support to its clients through onsite consultations, partnerships with state technical colleges, research universities, and partners such as the S.C. Department of Commerce. Using TRANSFORM services enables manufacturers and hospitals to see business benefits at a faster rate and enhances economic development in South Carolina.

 is a non-profit organization that helps manufacturers and healthcare facilities throughout the state solve business and supply chain process problems. Supported by the state legislature and an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST), SCMEP provides business assessments, strategic business planning, engineering expertise, quality implementation, new product development/innovation, and lean training courses and implementation services to manufacturers and healthcare facilities through its TRANSFORM™ suite of services. SCMEP provides this business and innovation support to its clients through onsite consultations, partnerships with state technical colleges, research universities, and partners such as the S.C. Department of Commerce. Using TRANSFORM services enables manufacturers and hospitals to see business benefits at a faster rate and enhances economic development in South Carolina.