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Couch named S.C. Young Entrepreneur of the Year
City and chamber recognize National Small Business Week
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Kathryn Couch (center) shows off her 2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year award from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s South Carolina office with the help of Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford (fifth from left). Celebrating with her at her Camden store, Pink Stable, are members of her staff, representatives from the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and other city of Camden officials.

Kathryn Couch, owner of Pink Stable women’s boutique in downtown Camden and Evelyn’s Bridal shop in Lugoff, is the 2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Couch received the honor May 1 from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) South Carolina District Office during an awards ceremony in Columbia. She was further honored Thursday at Pink Stable with a token of appreciation given by the city of Camden and Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce at Pink Stable.

“We wanted to do something close to home,” Camden Main Street Program Manager Katharine Spadacenta said, in addition to the state recognition in Columbia. “Representatives of the city and the chamber’s board of directors were on hand to congratulate Kathryn.”

Couch’s recognition came just ahead of the city’s Downtown Camden and chamber’s recognition of National Small Business Week, which started Sunday and runs through Saturday. Several events will take place during the week, which is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship and the innovation of small business owners.

“The statistics don’t lie; small businesses make up more than 99 percent of the commercial landscape of our state,” Chamber Director Amy Kinard said. “Nearly half of all jobs in South Carolina are located in small businesses.”

Both the chamber and the Downtown Camden program are committed to small business success, which makes National Small Business Week a special time to celebrate. Spadacenta said this year’s observance is particularly significant in light of Couch’s honor as Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Each year, the SBA’s state office honors South Carolina’s top small businesses and small business advocates during National Small Business Week through its “Salute to Small Business” awards.

“National Small Business Week is a time for us to stop and recognize the hard work, dedication, and true grit it takes to be a small business owner these days,” Spadacenta said. “We’re excited that this week allows us to host a variety of activities and events that both support and celebrate our small business owners.”

Events during National Small Business Week include:

• Networking Breakfast, hosted by the Business Network International (BNI) local Kershaw Connectors at 7:30 a.m. today at 833 South Broad. These weekly meetings are open to anyone who wants to learn more about the opportunities BNI provides.

• A Google LiveStream Workshop for small business owners will take place at noon Wednesday. Bring a bag lunch to the Price House, on the corner of Broad and York streets, to learn about how Google Ads can boost your business results. Workshop should last an hour. Hosted by the Downtown Camden program.

• The Kershaw County Library will host its Brown Bag Business Book discussion at noon Friday at the Camden Library Branch, 1304 Broad St. Discussion will be about The Power of a Positive No by William Ury. Brown Bag Business Book discussion take place every odd month as a way for business professionals to take a break, discuss important topics related to being a business owner, and network.

• The Kershaw County Chamber’s 109th Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala will also be held Friday. This invitation-only event recognizes the outstanding small businesses and chamber members in our community.

• The second annual Spring Splurge takes place in Downtown Camden on Saturday. Visit participating downtown businesses for special sales, discounts and treats during regular business hours. Participating businesses include: Artists Attic, Beauty of AVON, The Edge of Broad Street, Habitat ReStore, the Kershaw County Farmers Market featuring the Art of Life Paint Studio, Palmetto Collectables, Pink Stable, Sweet Lili’s, Stitchin and Swanky Southern, with more to be added.

For more information about National Small Business Week, any of the events listed, or resources for small business owners, contact Kinard at (803) 432-2525 or Spadacenta at (803) 425-6631.