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Small Business is Big Business in South Carolina

Amanda Kinseth/Small business is big business in South Carolina.

More than half of Americans either own or work for small businesses.

That's according to the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber is seeing the growth of entrepreneurs along the Grand Strand explode.

Kevin Levine spends his time sanding cutting boards.

"Hot Bloxx cutting boards actually started when my wife and I got tired of using crappy cutting boards, so we decided to make our own," said Kevin.

They posted pictures on social media.

One thing lead to another and they sold enough cutting boards to move out of their home and into a building.

"It feels like you're moving out of your parents home and into your first house. I mean, it's so exciting," said Kevin.

Kevin is one of the many success stories of entrepreneurs across the Grand Strand.

"A lot of them have a dream," said Diana Greene, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, "something that they've always wanted to do in their lives."

Around 80 percent of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce members are small businesses and there are more than 300,000 small businesses across the state.

"Small business is big business for us here in South Carolina when you get right down to it," said Greene.

There are even places like the Conway Innovation Center that offer funding and ideas to help you start a business or make it bigger.

"People that have existing companies, so they have a location and they have an office already, what they're coming here for is a conversation and discussion to what the next step may be," said Michael Roberts, Conway Innovation Center.

The next step could be moving from your house to a building or expanding across the globe.

"I want to be huge," said Kevin. "Dreams are just realities that haven't come thru yet."

You can find Hot Bloxx on Facebook.com or at Scatori's Pizzeria.

For more information about the Conway Innovation Center, visit cicinnovation.com.

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