Meet the Counselors

PeteProfilePeter G. Oliver

Mr. Oliver is a resident of Lexington, S.C. and is currently the Columbia Area Manager of the University of South Carolina, Small Business Development Center. Prior to working with the SBDC, Pete was the president of E-Disposal and Oliver Trading Inc., an international trading company with offices in Lexington, Moscow and Taganrog, Russia. Specialties include non-ferrous metals, precious metals, electronic recycling and hazardous materials related to electronic scrap. Pete also arranged and initiated the Russian Olympic teams to visit Columbia and Lexington prior to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Pete is a licensed S. C. Real Estate Broker-in-Charge and has passed the S.C. Certified General Appraiser Exam, S.C. Certified Residential Appraiser Exam and the S.C. Real Estate Brokers Exam.  His a member of the Columbia Rotary Club, the Ebenezer Lutheran Church, and the The Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center.


EarlGHeadshotEarl Gregorich

Earl has recently joined the South Carolina Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC). He is an experienced business counselor from Dayton, Ohio with over twelve years of experience in entrepreneurship and holds a B.S. degree in Organizational Leadership.  He also currently runs his own internet based company and has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years in sales, business services and ecommerce. Earl is a U.S. Air Force veteran and was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC in the late ‘80s.

His most recent position before moving to South Carolina in August, 2015 was SBDC Center Director for Wright State University where he had great success in assisting veteran-owned businesses and supporting an active woman-owned business population in the Dayton, Ohio region.  Earl’s center was responsible for all military veteran Boots to Business training within the state of Ohio and also managed the statewide eCenter, Virtual SBDC online program.

Entrepreneurial training, website design, online sales and marketing as well as general business technology are some of Earl’s specialties. He has been asked to conduct courses and speak in local, regional and national programs and truly enjoys conducting classes for small business owners.

Earl has received multiple performance awards and recently won the Small Business Administration’s 2015 SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award, Ohio SBDC Peer Recognition Award for Mentorship and the Ohio SBDC State Star Award for top business counselor.

During his off time, Earl can be found in the woodshop, the kitchen or in the outdoors mountain biking, canoeing, or camping. He and his wife Carol reside in Lexington and regularly visit their grown children and grandchildren in Anderson and Greenville.


Cheryl Salley

Cheryl is the Minority Business Development Manager for the SC SBDC network. Salley has more than 20 years of experience working with small and minority businesses throughout the Southeast. She concentrates on management and technical assistance, counseling, administrative management, strategic business growth and recognizing and promoting business development opportunities.

An entrepreneur herself, Salley started several small businesses of her own where she offered private online consulting and website development. Salley, who has served the small and minority business community in since 1986, was recently nominated to participate on the Columbia Minority Business Advisory Council that was launched by Mayor Steve Benjamin, the SC Minority Business Development Program Advisory Committee and the SCNAACP Minority Business Advisory Council.

In her new position, Salley leads development strategies to increase the SC SBDC’s visibility and client base, as well as network with other centers and businesses to share information, ideas and best practices for minority businesses.

Through experience, strategic partnerships and the use of federal Small Business Administration (SBA) technologies, the SC SBDC serves small and minority-owned businesses throughout South Carolina and seeks to place such clients on a high-growth trajectory by promoting relationships and business opportunities that increase their market, capital, education and training.

A native of South Carolina, Salley earned her associate’s degree in business management from Midlands Technical College and a BA in public affairs and political science from Columbia College. Salley is a certified economic development specialist through the National Development Council.

Cheryl Salley can be reached at the Columbia Area SBDC at 803.777.4409 or csalley@sc.edu.


Scott Bellows

Procurement Technical Assistance Center – Scott H Bellows has served in the government contracting arena with the SBDC since 2006. The SBDC offers this as an embedded service in association with the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC, www.aptac-us.org).His contracting background stems from his 14 year association with the U.S. Agency for International Development where his overseas postings included Somalia, Nicaragua and Jamaica. Prior to this he worked for more than four years with a New York-based engineering firm (TAMS) in Cairo, Egypt. He speaks Spanish and Arabic. He also has owned and operated a computer services company and a company that provides international consulting services. He holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and an MBA from the University of Southern California.