Local Entrepreneur Acceleration Program

The Local Entrepreneur Acceleration Program (LEAP) aims to support diversity in small business ownership across South Carolina by providing minority and women entrepreneurs with business plan development support, technical skills, and the chance to compete for a $10,000 startup capital award.

How it Works

LEAP is an intensive eight-week course during which small business owners expand their business knowledge. The course culminates in participants refining their business plans and presenting them for a chance to win a $10,000 capital investment. All LEAP graduates leave the program with the ability to seek business financing as well as a comprehensive business plan.

Download the current session flyer here.

Current Session Information

The next LEAP session takes place in Anderson, SC on Wednesday evenings from September 25 – November 20. The deadline to apply is September 13th.  A $100 deposit is required, and is refunded upon completion of the program.

Any entrepreneur or team of entrepreneurs interested in developing or expanding a business in South Carolina can apply to participate in LEAP.

Questions? Contact SCCLF Program Manager Kelly Sharkey at kelly@sccommunityloanfund.org to learn more.

In Partnership with


Interested in becoming a partner, or learning more about bringing LEAP to your community? Download our partnership packet.