A Message to South Carolina from the US Commercial Service

These are unprecedented times and there has been an overwhelming wave of innovation and leadership demonstrated by the South Carolina business community. Today, U.S. Commercial Service, South Carolina, would like to share some of the resources that are available for those who wish to serve their community and for those who might need assistance.

SC Manufacturers, can you help?

SCMFG LLC is working with the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) in getting the news out to our state’s manufacturers on the needs of the country during this trying time.

Chuck Spangler, President of SCMEP, has defined the needs and asking is for the following support.

Contact Chuck Spangler today to learn how you can contribute.

For the list of Items needed and to LEARN MORE CLICK HERE

SCBIO in Action: BIO Launches Coronavirus Hub to Expedite Supplies, Resources to Organizations in Need

BIO has launched the new Coronavirus Hub, designed to connect companies that have relevant supplies, capacities, and resources to share, with those companies, researchers, or healthcare providers that need them.

The portal connects in real time through customized announcements and is searchable by keywords. Connections for medical supplies will be facilitated in partnership with Healthcare Ready to ensure an organized and optimized allocation of items in need, and thus will not be publicly available or searchable. Beyond physical supplies, the Hub will provide users the ability to request or share other resources, such as capacities, technologies, or assets that may be useful in COVID-19 response and/or development programs. A messaging feature permits users to reach out to one another privately. A notification is sent when a reply is posted. To expedite launch, the hub has an easy self-serve login providing instant utilization. Sign up now…


SC Hospital Association Calls for Personal Protection Equipment

The South Carolina Hospital Association is proactively looking at options available to support South Carolina providers and hospitals.

If any SC manufacturers already manufacture any items that can help from an infection control and prevention standpoint, or manufacture personal protection equipment, please let the SCHA team know.  If you can begin manufacturing such items, please let SC BIO (eford@SCBIO.org)  know as well.

Please contact Lara Hewitt of the South Carolina Hospital Association immediately — lhewitt@scha.org or 803.609.0037. LEARN MORE HERE

South Carolina farms and businesses offering delivery, on-farm pickup, CSAs, and other options during social distancing

South Carolina Department of Agriculture has created a subpage on SCDA website which features a running list of farmers and wholesales who have been displaced by restaurant/school closures and are now selling directly to the consumer and/or developing CSAs.

To be added to this list, please email LauraKate McAllister at landerson@scda.sc.gov.


For Vendors Offering Relief Supplies

U.S. General Services Administration:

For vendors who are not current holders of GSA schedule or governmentwide acquisition contracts:

During natural disasters, people need many products and services for relief, cleanup and restoration. If you’re a vendor who supplies the products or services and you want to be considered as potential sources of supply, Register with the System for Award Management.

For vendors who already hold GSA schedule or GWAC contracts

Contracting officers working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency during relief efforts use existing contracts found in GSA eLibraryGSA Advantage!, and GSA eBuy to source needed goods and services. Vendors don’t need to make separate offerings during times of emergency.


Contact Phil Minard phil.minard@trade.gov for additional questions.


  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please email specifics to covidsupplies@fema.dhs.gov.
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.
  • If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email nbeoc@max.gov.
  • If you are a hospital and other companies in need of medical supplies, contact your state Department of Public Health and/or Emergency Management.
  • For non-medical supplies, services or equipment, if you are interested in doing business with FEMA, visit our Industry Liaison Program.


SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

Contact SC District SBA office or Dan Holt (daniel.holt@sba.gov)


3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing solutions

Ohio-based America Makes (one of the 14 Manufacturing Institutes), is acting as a repository for 3D Printing leads from the Healthcare community and will eventually plan to share approved designs with Manufacturers.  America Makes is partnering with its member, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to help ensure the additive manufacturing industry can effectively and safely meet the needs of America’s health care workers on the front lines of the Coronavirus crisis.
This effort will connect the capabilities of the additive manufacturing industry with specific needs of health care providers via an online repository at www.americamakes.us/covid-19.

Corning is looking for supplier of filters for N-95 mask

Please reach out to Anastasia Mukherjee (Anastasia.Mukherjee@trade.gov) if your business would like to be put in contact with the correct person.

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