Opinion: Business Campaign for Better Access to Capital for Black Entrepreneurs

Jacksonville Free Press April 21, 2021 By Frank Knapp Jr. and Derek Peebles In September of 2019, long before anyone had ever heard of the coronavirus, The Republican Party’s only Black U.S. Senator, Tim Scott (R-SC) announced that he had introduced the Enhancing Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century Act along with…

Door cracked open for a business approach to Santee Cooper’s future

Door cracked open for a business approach to Santee Cooper’s future

Blog by Frank Knapp, President/CEO South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce April 19, 2021 Logic might yet prevail in the SC Senate regarding the future of Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility that provides electricity to about 2 million South Carolinians either directly or through electric cooperatives. Santee Cooper ran…

Minority Entrepreneurs Struggled to Get Small-Business Relief Loans

The New York Times April 4, 2021 A year after the Paycheck Protection Program started, studies show how its design hurt Black- and other minority-owned businesses. Shaundell Newsome of Small Business for America’s Future said changes were needed throughout the banking industry to improve outcomes for Black owners. By Stacy Cowley…

The Biden broadband plan—important piece to solving business startup crisis

For Immediate Release Contact: Frank Knapp Jr. 803-600-6874 fknapp@scsbc.org Columbia, SC, March 31, 2021—The nation’s 40-year low in new business startups has a number of contributing factors.  The Reform the SBA campaign has recommendations addressing some of the possible issues including access to capital, especially in rural and underserved communities…