SC Small Business Development Centers has added Marco Antonio Rios to its network of business consultants. Rios, who grew up in Mexico, helps Hispanic entrepreneurs.
The move is the result of a partnership between the SC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the SC SBDC, with support from the Department of Commerce, to establish a Hispanic Small Business Development Center in Greenville — and eventually locations throughout the state.
Hiring Rios signifies the SC SBDC’s commitment to providing free business advice, affordable training and an array of valuable resources to every South Carolina, according to a press release.
“The Hispanic population and Hispanic-owned small businesses are growing rapidly in our state,” Michele Abraham, state director of the SBDC, said in the press release. “Hiring Marco Rios will allow SC SBDC and our partners – SC HCC and Commerce – to collectively expand bilingual outreach and services to this community, which contributes millions of dollars to the economy each year. ‘State. These initiatives underpin SC SBDC’s mission, vision and commitment to serve all customers fairly.
An entrepreneur himself, Rios specializes in developing sales and marketing strategies, customer service, generating business demand and conducting negotiations, according to the statement. His experience spans from human resources and retail to the hospitality and food and beverage industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in marketing and management as well as in international issues.