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Meet Our Staff


Janet Graham, Area Manager


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A native of Conway, South Carolina Janet received an Associate in Science degree from Horry-Georgetown Technical College (Phi Theta Kappa), a Bachelor’s degree in Finance at Coastal Carolina University (Cum Laude), and a Master’s in Business Administration from Winthrop University. Janet has experience as a Commercial Insurance Agent. Janet also has more than 15 years experience working with Bank of America, in both the Commercial Lending and Small Business Banking areas. Since 2004 Janet has been the Area Manager (for both Horry and Georgetown counties) of the Myrtle Beach Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at Coastal Carolina University. Janet received a national award from the Association of Small Business Development Centers in 2009, being named the State Star for South Carolina. She also taught a senior level business management course at Coastal Carolina on entrepreneurship (Initiation and Management of the New Business Enterprise) as well as First Year Experience (FYE). She is also a partner, with husband Gregory Graham, of a property management company and a towing company.

Currently serving: Horry County School Board – Representing District 7 Each One Teach One (E1T1) Board – Coastal Carolina University Conway Area Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors; Economic Development Committee Kingston Lake Baptist Association – Budget and Finance Committee Adult Teacher - Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Certifications: Certified Business Advisor® Certified Economic Development Finance Professional® South Carolina Economic Developers’ School Certified NxLevel Instructor® Certified Profit Mastery Instructor® Certified FastTrac® Facilitator, Administrator, Instructor



Bernita Platt, Business Consultant


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Bernita Platt is currently a Business Consultant with the Myrtle Beach Area Small Business Development Center.  She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. degree in Accounting in 2005.  After graduation, Bernita worked as a Management Trainee and an Assistant Branch Manager at a community based bank in Greenville, South Carolina.  In 2007, Bernita began working on her MBS with a concentration in Accounting at Coastal Carolina University.    While working on her MBA, Bernita worked as a Business Consultant for the Myrtle Beach Area SBDC in Horry & Georgetown counties.  She continued to work in this capacity until February, 2009.  Bernita completed the Master’s program at Coastal Carolina in May, 2008.  After leaving the SBDC, Bernita worked as a Tax Field Auditor for the South Carolina Department of Revenue.  Bernita returned to the SBDC as a Business Consultant in June, 2014.  


Lee Mednikow, Georgetown County Business Consultant


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 Lee is a business consultant for Georgetown County and is available for consultations in Georgetown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. To learn more about Lee and the Georgetown office, click here.



Savannah Blackwell, Work Study Student/Administrative Clerk


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Savannah Blackwell is a freshman at Coastal Carolina University and is from Princeton, NC. Savannah is currently majoring in Chemistry. After gaining her Chemistry degree, she plans to further her education by going to medical school to become an OBGYN doctor. Savannah entered the work study program through Coastal Carolina University in August 2015. She is currently a work study student and administrative clerk for the Myrtle Beach Area Small Business Development Center.