Local Aiken Entrepreneur Opens a Staffing Firm to Meet an Unmet Workforce Development Need

Dexter Price was in the real estate business helping a customer when he discovered an unmet need in his community. The customer started talking about his son not being able to get a job. This puzzled Price to the extent, he decided to conduct some additional research.  The research informed him that the customer’s son could benefit from soft skills training and general mock interviews.  Price realized that some people needed help becoming employment ready, hence Aiken Personnel Services was born.

Price opened up the staffing agency with an office and two computers. He started providing free mock interviews and teaching people how to write resumes. The firm started with a sole employee, Dexter Price, and now has 5 in-house employees and over 100 placements.

“We recruit for clients spanning across Aiken County in multiple industries,” said Price.

Price discussed his challenges with starting and running a business. The number one challenge was funding the business.

 “Funding involves learning to how to budget, coming up with a good plan, and developing your business model. There were many times we had to go back to the drawing board and rework the business model. Price received counseling from Aiken SCORE Chapter for his initial launch and on a regular basis. This resource was instrumental in helping to craft a solid business model,”

said Price.

 “If you are thinking about starting a business, one should write down their goals and get a SCORE Mentor. Also one should stay in touch with their mentor. In addition the hardest part is working capital. It always seems to be a challenge for small businesses,” said Price.

Aiken Personnel Services plans to expand to the entire state of South Carolina and focus on trends with emerging industries.  The firm’s impact on the community is the job creation and mentorship. The firm is working with local school districts to assist with helping students become aware of non-college opportunities.

“The most rewarding part of owning your own business is changing lives and telling someone they have a job. In addition, upward mobility is the firm’s objective,” said Price.

Company Name: 
Aiken Personnel Services
Location: 
Aiken, SC