Register for Better South training classes

The Center for a Better South periodically offers entrepreneurial and capacity-building training classes to provide people who live in the S.C. Promise Zone to improve skill sets.  See rules and limitations below.


April 20, 2017:  Bamberg grant-writing training session 

Eventbrite - Bamberg training: How to write compelling grant applicationsSouth Carolina native Patrick Patterson will offer an all-day training session in Bamberg, S.C. , at the Bamberg County Public Library.

  • Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2017.  
  • Location: Meeting room, Bamberg County Public Library, 3156 Railroad Ave., Bamberg, S.C. 29003
  • Class is limited to 15 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Register today for Bamberg session via EventBrite


April 21, 2017:  Yemassee grant-writing training session 

Eventbrite - Yemassee training: How to write compelling grant applicationsPatterson will offer the same all-day training session in Yemassee, S.C. , at the offices of the Lowcountry Council of Governments on April 21.

  • Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2017.  
  • Location: Board room, Lowcountry Council of Governments, 634 Campground Road, Yemassee, S.C. 29945
  • Class is limited to 15 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Register today for the Yemassee training


Important information

There is no cost to attend either course.  But to attend, you must register, above, through EventBrite.  Each class is limited to 15 participants.

  • Please only sign up for one class to ensure as many people as possible can participate.  The Thursday and Friday classes provide the same content.
  • Attendance is limited.  Reservations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  If a class fills up, you will be put on a waiting list in case a spot opens.  If a spot does not open, we will contact you when a new class is offered.
  • Lunch will be provided.  Participants will receive a catered, boxed lunch at midday.
  • No show policy.  If you register and can’t come, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make a space available to someone else.  If you reserve a place and don’t attend, you will be billed $20 to reimburse the Center for lunch.  Signing up for the class is a commitment by you to attend for free or pay the lunch fee if you don’t.
  • Transportation.  You will have to provide your own transportation to a class.  However, we encourage people in Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties to attend the Walterboro session, while the Allendale class will be closer for people who live in Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell counties.
  • Questions.  Please send questions by email to:

Trainings offered by the Center are provided through a Rural Business Development Grant  awarded in 2016 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Center for a Better South was a leading driver of the area’s combined effort to apply for and be successful in winning the federal designation for the region to be a Promise Zone.  You can get updates on the Promise Zone at its website: