Business Organizations

SC businesswoman’s new organization to advocate for small business

Diane Hardy quickly learned that government has great influence over the small business environment when she opened Nothing Bundt Cakes a few years ago.

She was then surprised at how little representation small business owners had during the height of the pandemic when they had to follow local and state mandates.

Hardy now hopes the Mom and Pop Alliance will become the voice of South Carolina small business owners in the Statehouse.

“We want to advocate for our small businesses down in Columbia to be their voice,” said Hardy, director and founder of the organization. “And to give them a stronger voice than they have now.”

According to the Small Business Administration’s 2020 small business profile, South Carolina’s nearly 432,000 small businesses make a majority of the state’s businesses and employ almost 44% of the state’s workers.