Main Street SC Outstanding Business Development Award, Pickens Revitalization Association
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Main Street SC has recognized the Pickens Revitalization Association in Pickens for its Pickens Business Assistance Guide with the 2015 Main Street South Carolina Outstanding Business Development Program at the Municipal Association's Annual Meeting on July 18. Main Street South Carolina is a program of the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

The award recognizes a creative and successful program to recruit new businesses or to support existing businesses.

Spearheaded by the Pickens Revitalization Association, the Pickens Business Assistance Guide provides a one-stop shop for information for both potential and existing business owners. The customized guide provides information about starting a business including a sample timeline, a copy of Pickens" downtown master plan and a listing of available resources for developing a business plan. 

The guide's contact section lists local, state and federal departments that a business may need to contact to get necessary licenses, permits and approvals. It also includes information on local market conditions along with extensive demographic information for Pickens and the surrounding area.

Pickens" Entrepreneur Friendly Task Force, with representatives from the Pickens Revitalization Association, City of Pickens, Appalachian Council of Governments, the local Small Business Development Center, Alliance Pickens and local business owners, developed the guide. The Pickens Revitalization Association has the responsibility for distributing it and ensuring the information is accurate and up-to-date.

"Since its release in May 2014, Pickens has used the guide to recruit approximately 18 new businesses with a half dozen more in the pipeline," said Beppie LeGrand, Main Street SC manager.

Main Street South Carolina empowers residents, business owners and local officials with the knowledge, skills, tools and organizational structure necessary to revitalize their downtowns, neighborhood commercial districts and cities/towns into vibrant centers of commerce and community.

Main Street South Carolina follows the National Main Street's Four Point Approach – Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring. Each year, Main Street South Carolina recognizes members" achievements and successes in downtown revitalization. For more information about Main Street South Carolina, visit the Municipal Association's website at