SBA South Carolina Announces 2019 National Small Business Week Winners

Winners to be Recognized at Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon
Release Date: 
Monday, April 15, 2019
Release Number: 
2019-0415
Contact: 
savannah.wilburn@sba.gov

Columbia, S.C. - The SBA South Carolina District Office has selected the 2019 National Small Business Week winners for state. All awardees will receive recognition at the 2019 Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon on May 1 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

The winners for the 2019 Salute to Small Business Awards are:

National Awards

Small Business Person of the Year
Adam Huneau, Alodia's Cucina Italina - Lexington, SC

Small Business Exporter of the Year
Boyd & Nicole Johnson, Boyd Cycling - Greenville, SC

Small Business Development Center Excellence & Innovation Award
Beaufort Area Small Business Development Center
*Also a Southeast Regional Award Winner

 

State Awards

Rural Small Business Person of the Year
Hemalata Patel, Courtesy Management Inc. - Orangeburg, SC
*Also a Southeast Regional Award Winner

South Carolina Female Small Business Person of the Year
Karen Jenkins, KRJ Consulting - Columbia, SC

South Carolina Minority Small Business Person of the Year
Srikanth Kodeboyina, Blue Eye Soft - Greer, SC

South Carolina Veteran Small Business Person of the Year
Date Sutcliffe, Vetfriends LLC - Mount Pleasant, SC

South Carolina Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Kathryn Couch, Pink Stable - Camden, SC

South Carolina 8(a) Firm of the Year
Alex Lo, Seres Engineering & Services - Mount Pleasant

South Carolina Federal Procurement Agency of the Year 
U.S. Forest Service - Columbia, SC

 

Lender Awards

South Carolina 7(a) Lenders of the Year
7a Lender Dollar Volume #1-Live Oak Bank
7a Lender Dollar Volume #2-United Community Bank
7a Lender Number of Loans #1-TD Bank
7a Lender Number of Loans #2-Wells Fargo

South Carolina 504 Lenders of the Year
504 Lender Dollar Volume #1-Appalachian Development Corporation
504 Lender Dollar Volume #2-Provident Business Financial Services
504 Lender Number of Loans #1-Provident Business Financial Services
504 Lender Number of Loans  #2-Appalachian Development Corporation

South Carolina Microlenders of the Year
Microlender Dollar Volume #1-Charleston LDC
Microlender Dollar Volume #2-CommunityWorks Carolina
Microlender Number of Loans #1-Charleston LDC
Microlender Number of Loans #1-CommunityWorks Carolina

South Carolina 3rd Party Lender of the Year
TD Bank

Salute to Small Business is a National Small Business Week event that is organized by the SBA South Carolina District Office, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, South Carolina Research Authority, Small Business Development Center, and the South Carolina Department of Commerce. The event starts off with a Procurement Matchmaker in morning, followed by the awards luncheon in the afternoon.

“Our goal is to honor and recognize our winners for their hard work and dedication to advancing the small business community," said Gregg White, District Director for the SBA South Carolina District Office. "Most importantly, we appreciate the jobs and opportunities they continue to create for the South Carolina economy. We also value our lenders who provide the funding that is necessary for businesses to start, grow, and expand."

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week will be observed May 5-11, 2019, with events in Washington, D.C., around the country and online.