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: "launch-n-learns", open-house/coffees, etc
  • Provide referrals, discounted/waived fees, in-kind services, as appropriate
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    Accounting

    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.

    ​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.

    Banking

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Engineering

    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.

    Human Resources

    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, visit our website 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

    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

    ​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.

    Cyberwoven

    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.

    ​Immedion

    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.

    Legal

    ​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.

    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.

    ​ThriveIP

    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. 

    ​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.

    Wyche

    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.

    Sales/Marketing

    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.

    ​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.

    Life Sciences

    SCBIO

    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.

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