Frank Knapp, Jr.
1717 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 765-2210 (w)
(803) 600-6874 (cell)


* University of South Carolina, MA, Social Psychology, 1976
* Indiana University of Pennsylvania, BA, Psychology, 1973

Professional Experience Summary

2016-2018      President, CEO and Co-Founder, Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast, Columbia, SC
2000-Present   President, CEO and Co-Founder, the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce , Columbia, SC
1991-Present   President, The Knapp Agency, Columbia, SC
1990- 1991     Partner, Bear, Mallard, Knapp and Pope (Political Consultants), Columbia, SC
1989-1990       Associate Director of Public Information, South Carolina ETV, Columbia, SC
1987-1989     Public Information Consultant, South Carolina ETV, Columbia, SC
1986-1987     Special Consultant, Div. of Public Safety Programs, Office of the Governor, Columbia, SC
1985-1986    Director of Marketing and Planning, Criminal Justice Management & Consulting, West Columbia, SC
1983-1985    Executive Director, Common Cause/South Carolina, Columbia, SC
1981-1983    District Manager, American Family Life Assurance Company, Columbia, SC
1979-1981    President, Frank Knapp & Associates, Columbia, SC
1977-1979   Criminal Justice Planner, Div. of Public Safety Programs, SC Office of the Governor, Columbia, SC
1976-1977   Director, Planning and Research, Lexington County Sheriff’s Dept., Lexington, SC
1974-1976   Director, Planning and Research, Lexington County Sheriff’s Dept., Lexington, SC


Businesses for Responsible Tax Reform Co-Chair (2017-present).
U.S. Small Business Administration District IV Regulatory Fairness Board Chair (2015–2017).
American Sustainable Business Council Board of Directors Co-Chair (2012-2017).
South Carolina Small Business Development Center Advisory Board (2012–present).
American Sustainable Business Council Board of Directors (2011-present).
University of South Carolina Regional Small Business Development Center Advisory Board (2005-2010).
Common Cause-South Carolina, Chair (1981-1982).


SC Small Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Community Involvement Award 2015
U.S. Small Business Administration 2014 South Carolina Small Business Financing Advocate of the Year.
American Sustainable Business Council 2013 Partner of the Year.
Sierra Club-South Carolina 2011 Media Person of the Year.
PBS 1988 Advertising & Promotion Award for Institutional Promotion in a Large Market – “From Budget Cuts to New Building.”

Television Programs Produced

“Capitol View”, an S.C. ETV 30-minute, weekly public affairs program (1987-90) featuring taped one-on-one interviews with members of the South Carolina General Assembly.

“ALABAMA Presents: Concert Hugo”, a three-hour, live program featuring a concert by the country group ALABAMA along with interviews with the band, radio personalities, and prominent South Carolinians. The S.C. ETV broadcast was a fundraiser for the Hugo Relief Fund.  The 1990 program generated $51,000 in pledges and the highest ratings for any S.C. ETV program.

Radio Programs Produced and Hosted

Created and hosted weekday afternoon talk show, U Need 2 Know (WGCV-AM), Columbia, SC (February 2007-November 2016).

Hosted the “Small Business Forum”, a once a week, one-hour talk show (WCEO-AM), Columbia, SC (October 2003-December 2004).

Wrote and produced “The Jefferson Report”, a 90-second syndicated radio political commentary, Columbia, SC (1993-1999).

Video Documentary Produced

Produced, wrote, directed and funded 2003 video documentary “Sherman’s March: Final Revenge” (

Publications, Studies and Presentations

Knapp, Frank Jr. The effect of stress on quality of performance and alienation.  Presented at the Eastern Regional Psi Chi Colloquium, Moravian College, 1973.

Knapp, Frank Jr. and McClure, Lawrence F. Quasi-experimental evaluation of a quality of life intervention. Journal of Community Psychology, 1978, 6, 280-290.

Knapp, Frank Jr. and Washington, Carey A. Study conducted on drunkenness offenders. Carolina Law, 1978, 28, No. 5, 44-47.

Knapp, Frank Jr. The practitioner’s view.  Panel discussion of the application of Social Psychology to Law, Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists Conference, University of Georgia, 1978.

Knapp, Frank Jr. Police education: A South Carolina perspective of the report of the National Advisory Commission on Higher Education for Police Officers. Carolina Law, 1979, 29, No. 2, 34-40.

Knapp, Frank Jr., Sharkley, James A., and Metts, James R. The effects of an increase in a county sheriff’s department’s patrol capability. Journal of Police Science and Administration, 1980, 8, 5-14.

Knapp, F., Mason, S.E., Metts, J.R., and Starkey, J.A. The Effects of a Residential Deputy Program on Perceived Law Enforcement Services.  Southern Journal of Criminal Justice, Fall, 1980.

“The Other Side,” Independent News of Irmo, Weekly editorial column on politics and government. 1985-1986.

Knapp, Frank Jr., The Privatization of Public Prisons.  Business & Economic Review, (College of Business Administration, University of South Carolina), 1986, 32, No. 2, 9-13.

“The Feasibility of an Alternative Facility for the Incarceration of DUI Offenders.” Study prepared for Greenville County, South Carolina, September, 1986.


South Carolina Electric and Gas SCE&G Energy Efficiency Advisory Group (2011-present)

Leadership South Carolina, Class of 1985.

Chairman of Citizens’ Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Lexington County Public Schools, 1984.

Opinion Editorials

Solving small business crisis is focus of bills
Florence Morning News, November 12, 2019
Lexington County Chronicle, November 13, 2019

Can Santee Cooper make its plan work?
Lexington County Chronicle
October 17, 2019

Opposing offshore drilling should not be conditional
Hilton Head Island Packet
October 4, 2019

Stop Santee Cooper’s bad management
Florence Morning News
September 13, 2019

What to Make of August Job Numbers?
InsideSources, September 10, 2019
The Post-Journal (Jamestown, NY), September 14, 2019

Very Small Businesses Shed 105,000 Jobs Over the Past 3 Months. What’s Going On?
Morning Consult
August 13, 2019 

Navigating utility crisis is key to SC’s energy future
Charleston Post and Courier
August 1, 2019

Celebrate Fairfield Co., Midlands Tech plan for free technical college tuition
The State
July 25, 2019

Danger Lurks Beneath National Economic Headlines
GazetteXtra (Janesville, WI), July 11, 2019
Inside Sources, July 11, 2019
Waco Tribune-Herald, July 14, 2019

Failure Would Cement ‘Victory for Small Business’
Morning Consult
June 21, 2019

Presidential candidates must pass SC’s offshore-drilling litmus test
Charleston Post and Courier
June 14, 2019

May’s employment data is worse than we think
The Hill
June 12, 2019

It’s good to keep moving forward on Santee Cooper
Statehouse Report
May 24, 2019

Time for Small Businesses to Benefit from Tax Reform
Morning Consult
May 14, 2019

SCE&G ratepayers should hope that PSC corrects the errors in their order
The Stater
January 9, 2019

A cloud hangs over SCE&G rate rollback decision
The State
November 28, 2018

How to save 600 jobs at SCANA and SCE&G
Lexington County Chronicle
November 15, 2018

Politicians Sold Small Business a Bill of Goods on the Tax Law
Inside Sources, October 31, 2018
Las Vegas Sun, November 1, 2018

Debate raises concerns over offshore oil drilling, health care
Charleston Post and Courier
October 22, 2018

Suspicion about offshore drilling’s new opponents
Hilton Head Island Packet
October 21, 2018

SCE&G regulatory trial: Who will pay for the failed nuclear project?
The State
October 21, 2018

Dominion’s ad campaign clouds coming PSC decision
Statehouse Report
August 10, 2018

MY TURN, Knapp: Dominion’s ad campaign clouds coming PSC decision

Don’t let Dominion’s ‘generous’ offer influence ruling on SCE&G rates
The State
August 1, 2018

What’s SCE&G whining about now?
Lexington County Chronicle
July 12, 2018

Letter: What’s SCE&G whining about now?

GOP move on offshore drilling is money “shakedown”
Statehouse Report
June 29, 2018

KNAPP: GOP move on offshore drilling is money “shakedown”

Corporate Tax Cuts Are Unpopular With Voters
Inside Sources, June 20, 2018
Mason City Globe Gazette (IA), June 22, 2018
Dayton Daily News, June 25, 2018
The Progress-Index (VA), June 28, 2018
Palm Beach Post, July 2, 2018

Opinion: Corporate Tax Cuts Are Unpopular With Voters

The PSC is still carrying water for SCE&G, and it could cost you
The State
June 4, 2018

‘No scientific evidence’ on seismic testing misleading
Charleston Post and Courier
May 16, 2018

States’ Rights Proposal Proves to be Popular as Offshore Drilling Opposition Grows
Morning Consult
May 15, 2018

How Congress should mark National Small Business Week
Inside Sources, May 1, 2018
Times of Northwest Indiana, May 2, 2018
Charleston (WV) Gazette-Mail, May 3, 2018
Progress-Index (VA), May 3, 2018
Sun Sentinel (FL), May 3, 2018

The state of New Jersey isn’t waiting for the feds
South Strand News
April 27, 2018

Could Santee Cooper do any more to hurt South Carolina if it tried?
The State
March 15, 2018

What brought down Santee Cooper
Charleston Post and Courier
March 10, 2018

Mount Holly hangs on failed integrity of Santee Cooper
The Berkeley Independent
The Summerville Journal Scene
Goose Creek Gazette
Lexington County Chronicle
March 7, 2018

A 9.75% rate cut should at least be yours
Lexington County Chronicle
March 1, 2018

OPINION: A 9.75% rate cut at least should be yours

Hornet’s nest
Charleston Post and Courier
January 15, 2018

The business case against the Republican tax reform victory
The Hill
December 26, 2017

Government needs to help small businesses follow regulations
The Hill
December 18, 2017

Congressional Tax Reform Efforts Unfair to Small Businesses
Morning Consult
November 29, 2017

Small Businesses Cast Jaundiced Eye At Tax Reform Proposals
November 28, 2017

Toxic waste sites threaten Beaufort County
Hilton Head Island Packet
October 10, 2017

Nuclear plant crisis calls for utility reform
Upstate Business Journal
September 28, 2017

How Regulators Can Deny SCANA’s Latest Ploy
Lexington County Chronicle
September 7, 2017

Oil Drilling in the Atlantic threatens our economy
Myrtle Beach Sun News
August 22, 2017

Time is running out to protect the Atlantic coast
The Greenville News (July 11, 2017)
Hilton Head Island Packet (July 12, 2017)
Statehouse Report (July 12, 2017)
Charleston Post and Courier (July 15, 2017)
Florida Today (August 6, 2017)

Keep Offshore Oil Drilling and Testing Away From the Atlantic Coast
Morning Consult
April 14, 2017

Did seismic tests kill pilot whales?
Charleston Post and Courier
February 17, 2017

More dead whales in New Zealand
The Greenville News
February 15, 2017

Maximize Medicaid funds for SC health, economy
The State (January 23, 2017)
Florence Morning News (January 26, 2017)
Lexington County Chronicle (February 2, 2017)

The truth about seismic testing
Statehouse Report
January 11, 2017

The “scientific” effect of seismic testing is death
The Greenville News
January 10, 2017

Ban seismic testing off S.C. coast
Charleston Post and Courier (December 25, 2016)
The Sumter Item (December 29, 2016)
The Greenville News (December 30, 2016)

Small business entrepreneurship is on the decline
Florence Morning News
October 27, 2016

Stop the feds from destroying SC coastal economy
The Beaufort Gazette/Hilton Head Island Packet
October 4, 2016

A Plan for Economic Growth and Climate Security
Morning Consult
September 12, 2016

Clean energy growing, not crippling, S.C. economy
The State
September 6, 2016

Beaufort gives proper attention to rising seas
The Island Packet
July 29, 2016

S.C. Electric Co-Op customers to pay for cost increase request
Florence Morning News
Charleston Post and Courier
July 20, 2016

How SCE&G Profits From Its Rising Costs
Lexington County Chronicle
July 7, 2016

How regulatory ‘reform’ hurts small business
June 15, 2016
The Hill

Graham Goes With the Wind
Morning Consult
May 12, 2016

Derail the seismic-testing train
Myrtle Beach Sun News
April 20, 2016

Power of local voices: Keeping the Atlantic oil free
The Hill
March 25, 2016

For security, Congress must expose anonymous companies
The Citizen
March 10, 2016

Good teachers could be key to SC economic development
The State
January 31, 2016

SC’s Wilson on wrong side of Climate Change debate
The Greenville News
December 7, 2015

4 reasons Alan Wilson is on the wrong side on EPA fight
November 23, 2015
The State

S.C. can afford to close health-care gap
The State
April 28, 2015

‘We can’t afford it’ opposition proved wrong
The Greenville News
April 18, 2015

Putting money back on Main Street
Florence Morning News
April 17, 2015

Are dollar stores shortchanging us on toxic chemicals?
February 9, 2015

Wyoming? Really? Why not South Carolina?
The State
December 7, 2014

State’s economic development model must change
Statehouse Report
August 8, 2014

Creating a culture of investing locally
Statehouse Report
July 15, 2014

Keystone XL a threat to South Carolina coastal tourism
The Hill
March 17, 2014

What you won’t hear in S.C. Senate: How Obamacare will save my business $7,500
The State
March 12, 2014

Time to end the dangerous shell game
The Hill’s Congress Blog
August 28, 2013

Climate change washes away partisanship for South Carolina tourism
August 27, 2013

Obama’s tax plan a bad bargain for small business
The Hill’s Congress Blog
August 2, 2013

Christie Needs More Proof in His Climate Change Pudding
The Contributor
May 24, 2013

Small business opposes multinational corporations’ tax avoidance
The Hill’s Congress Blog
April 9, 2013

Free market trumps concerns over expansion
Rock Hill Herald
March 23, 2013

Medicaid expansion is critical here
Greenville News
March 11, 2013

Not expanding Medicaid will cost SC small businesses
The State
February 21, 2013

Real Senate filibuster reform needed
The Hill
January 4, 2013

Don’t tie the hands of Consumer Product Safety Commission
The Hill’s Congress Blog
November 30, 2012

Stop political spin on small businesses
Montgomery Advertiser
November 6, 2012

SCE&G asks customers to pay for employee Zumba classes and expensive dining and alcohol
Columbia Star
November 2, 2012

Deeper look at tax rate impact
Charlotte Business Journal
November 2, 2012

Debate fact-checking long overdue – Hooray for Candy!
The Hill
October 17, 2012

Facts show Obamacare good for business
The State
July 26, 2012

Big money behind misinformation on healthcare law
The Hill
June 29, 2012

The Chinese are now truly coming
Lexington County Chronicle
May 17, 2012

How soon will China own our businesses?
Lexington County Chronicle
May 11, 2012

“Obamacare” repeal a disaster for small businesses
The Hill
April 2, 2012

Benefits of health care reform haven’t been fully recognized
The Post and Courier
March 23, 2012

Small business polls reject anti-regulation rhetoric
The Hill’s Congress Blog
February 1, 2012

Taking on the regulatory process
Charlotte Business Journal
January 20, 2012

The Corporate Attorneys Full Employment Act
Augusta Free Press Congress
January 5, 2012

Regulatory reform good for multinationals, yet bad for you
The Hill
November 2, 2011

Restoring balance between Wall Street and Main Street
Augusta Free Press
July 12, 2011

A Charlie Brown Congress?
The Hill
June 30, 2011

There’s a better way to spend Amazon incentive dollars
The State
May 12, 2011

What happened to gloomy predictions?
Augusta Free Press
March 23, 2011

Make a smart ‘business decision’ on tax cuts
The Greenville News
October 2, 2010

We’re just getting started
The Hill
September 14, 2010

Government can purchase locally
The State
July 8, 2010

Solutions to small business lending crisis
The Hill
May 17, 2010

Health-care bill will help small businesses
The Greenville News
April 10, 2010

McMaster off-base in health law critique
The State
April 6, 2010

Small-business credit crisis hurts economy
The State
March 14, 2010

Kitchen-table talk on health care reform
Rock Hill Herald
March 13, 2010

SCE&G rate hike opposed
Columbia Star
February 19, 2010

The Black and White of Health Insurance; Without Reform, Health Care Insurance Premiums Could Skyrocket 79% in 10 Years. Are You Willing to Accept This?
Rock Hill Herald
October 20, 2009

Plans should build on common principles
The Sun News
September 9, 2009

Proposed coal plant needs open review of its needs, costs
Florence Morning News
January 12, 2009

Creative ideas, planning needed for health care
The Greenville News
February 15, 2008

Santee Cooper’s coal-fired plant bad business decision
Post and Courier
July 6, 2007

Elimination second injury fund would increase premiums
GSA Business
March 6, 2006

Solving one state problem addresses many others
The Greenville New
February 8, 2006

2005 was a good year for small business tax incentives
The Greenville News
June 18, 2005

State needs this business tax cut
The State
April 11, 2005


Use rules aggressively to curb frivolous suits
The State
July 16, 2004

Regulations should need Legislature’s OK
The State
April 6, 2004

Addressing the Small Group Health Insurance Crisis
SC Primary Health Care Association Newsline
February 1, 2004

Renewal of benefits good for recovery
Triangle Business Journal
January 27, 2004

State should do more to help small business prosper
The Greenville News
December 13, 2003