Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at

Claflin University EDA University Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Development

About the Center

The Claflin University Economic Development Administration University Center is a collaboration between the Claflin University Entrepreneurship and Innovative Strategies Program (CUEIS) and Center for Economic Development and Regional Studies. The Center serves a seven-county region near Claflin University (Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and Orangeburg counties) providing technical assistance, entrepreneurial and small business support to businesses, government, entrepreneurs (students, faculty and within communities). The Center focuses on rural and underserved minority populations that are not connected to economic and business development resources and regional commercialization efforts.

Service and Technical Assistance

The Center conducts research and offers technical assistance on local and regional economic issues to promote income and employment growth in the community. The Center utilizes its expertise in applied economics to assist public and private sector leaders in understanding the factors that lead to local and regional economic growth and identify effective policies that contribute to economic growth. The primary areas of research include regional economic analysis, economic impact analysis, labor and workforce development and strategies and planning for economic development. The Center provides research to identify industry clusters as well as identify industries to help diversify the regional economies.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Center will work closely with entrepreneurs to conduct research and provide technical assistance to small businesses in the region. The primary objective is to empower regional entrepreneurs to become engines for economic growth in their communities by providing a business development curriculum that will increase the knowledge for entrepreneurs on how to register and be recognize as legitimate business entities that operate in the formal economy, that will allow entrepreneurs to increase their knowledge of the how to increase capacity and growth with commercialize products and services in the domestic and global marketplace through innovation (research) and general economic development, and that will enhance the performance of entrepreneurs by increasing their critical thinking and quantitative analysis skills through applied based training. The curriculum will help entrepreneurs identify viable business opportunities and create viable business plans

Center Activities

  • Applied research
  • Technical assistance
  • Entrepreneurship training
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation support


  • Rural entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Startup businesses
  • Existing businesses
  • Economic development organizations
  • Local and regional governments

Contact Information

Dr. Jasina
John J. Jasina
Associate Professor of Economics
University Center Director

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