The SBA South Carolina District Office is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy Awards. The awards honor both the state's top entrepreneurs and top small business supporters.
The Family Business of the Year award honors an outstanding multi-generation family-owned business. Boggero Services was nominated by Shonna Vines, assistant vice president at The Palmetto Bank.
The new SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) Award honors an outstanding small business with 15 or fewer employees. Owens Insurance Agency was nominated by Allen Smith and Mark Owens, president and vice president, respectively, of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.
Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year...S. Richard Hagins, chief executive officer, US&S Inc.
The new Veteran Entrepreneur award honors an outstanding entrepreneur who is a veteran of the Armed Forces. Mr. Hagins was nominated by Euleta Alston, manager of business development at US&S.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year...Tamara Johnson, owner, Liquid Catering
The Young Entrepreneur award honors an outstanding entrepreneur under 30 years old. Ms. Johnson was nominated by Scott Whelchel, manager of the Greenville Area Small Business Development Center.
The Small Business Ally award honors a non-profit organization that has demonstrated remarkable support of the small business community. The Myrtle Beach Chamber was nominated by Diana Greene, executive vice president of membership programs at the Chamber.
Minority Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year...Carlether Nesmith, grants administrator, Williamsburg County
The Minority Entrepreneurship Advocate award honors an individual who has significantly advanced minority business ownership within South Carolina. Ms. Nesmith was nominated by Mike Bell, manager of the Florence Area Small Business Development Center.
Women in Business Advocate of the Year...Melinda Davis Lux, member, Wyche, P.A.
The Women in Business Advocate award honors an individual who has significantly advanced female entrepreneurship in South Carolina. Ms. Lux was nominated by Melissa Thomas, financial services representative at South Carolina Bank and Trust.
The Small Business Financing Advocate Award honors an individual who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to helping the state's small businesses obtain financing. Mr. Knapp was nominated by Pete Oliver, area manager of the Columbia Area Small Business Development Center.
The Excellence and Innovation Center Award honors a Small Business Development Center for excellence in providing value to small businesses. The Aiken Area Small Business Development Center was nominated by Michele Abraham, state director of the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers.
In addition to the winners of the South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy Awards, the SBA also recently announced the South Carolina winners of the following national SBA awards:
Small Business Person of the Year...Nancy Ogburn, president of Tomato Palms, LLC in Irmo, S.C.
Runner-up Small Business Person of the Year...Melissa Gladden, president of Carolina Recruitment in Rock Hill, S.C. Ms. Gladden was nominated by Forrest Norman, business consultant at the Winthrop University Small Business Development Center.
The SBA will recognize all award winners during the annual Salute to Small Business event on Wednesday, May 7, in Columbia. For more information, see scsalutetosmallbiz.com.