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Eddie Burgess Selected as South Carolina's Small Business Person of the Year

Release Date: 
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Release Number: 
Savannah Wilburn, 803-253-3121

COLUMBIA - Furman (Eddie) Burgess, the owner of Diversified Systems Inc. (DSI), has been named South Carolina's 2020 Small Business Person of the Year.

"It is with great honor that we select Mr. Burgess for this year's Small Business Person of the Year award," said Gregg White, District Director for the South Carolina District Office. "Thanks to his small business, Mr. Burgess has created 60 jobs in the Greenville area. He is the perfect example of why small businesses are vital to the local economy. We congratulate him on this tremendous achievement."

Founded in 1990 in Greenville, S.C., DSI designs, builds, delivers, and installs customized and standard machinery all over the world. Burgess used two SBA backed loan programs to expand his business. His most recent loan was through the 504 loan program, which was funded by Appalachian Development Corporation (ADC) and the Bank of Travelers Rest. ADC nominated Burgess for this award.

"It is exciting that Eddie has been selected for this award," said Connally Bradley, Executive Director for ADC. "His professionalism and easy going manner made it a pleasure to work with him and his staff.  He continues to grow his company and thereby increasing employment. And he knows each employee by name. This prestigious honor is well deserved and is representative of our great state."

Burgess has been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on May 3-4, where he will receive his individual award. During the ceremonies, the SBA will announce the 2020 National Small Business Person of the Year. Burgess will also be formally recognized at the 2020 Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon and Procurement Matchmaker on May 6, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. This annual event is held in celebration of National Small Business Week, which runs May 3-9 of this year.


About National Small Business Week

For more than 50 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.  As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit