Success Stories

Pictured: Vicki Wyatt, Owner

     Vickie Wyatt, President of J.I.T. Manufacturing, began her journey as a business owner in 1992 alongside her husband, Reggie. Together the couple created J.I.T. Manufacturing in a small 2800 square foot metal fabrication facility with only four employees and just one customer. J.I.T. still has the very first customer and they are still a substantial part of today’s business, a true testament to an effective business plan and leadership.

     As a graduate of Clemson University plus 30 years of business experience, Mrs. Wyatt has always strived to continually grow and move her woman-owned business forward into new markets. She has pushed the team to become a metal fabrication company that customers could trust.  Vickie and Reggie feel a strong commitment to providing high standards and moral values for their employees; continual improvement in lean practices, quality customer service, safety and strategic planning that has enabled J.I.T to have a strong foundation in the... Read More

Pictured: Evangelina Hemphill

          While working as an engineer in logistics and transportation at UPS, Evangelina Hemphill knew one day she wanted to own her own       business.  During a conversation with a small business owner, Hemphill discovered the shortage of certified asphalt inspectors and roadway services in the construction industry. In October of 2015, Evangelina Hemphill decided to take a leap of faith and start her own business, Hemphill Engineering Group LLC. 

            HEG is an inspection and consulting firm specializing in roadway construction inspection services. In 2015, Hemphill reached out to the U.S. Small Business Administration for counseling assistance to pursue her dream of owning a business.

            “The SBA answered several of my questions and assisted with maneuvering through the startup process,” said Hemphill.

            Hemphill still receives counseling from the SBA and the Small Business Development Center since her initial business launch. The... Read More

Pictured (L-R): Michael Corp-SBA Lead Business Opportunity Specialist, Ronnie Beck-Small Business Coordinator/Nation, Chris Cates-President/Red Heritage Media, Jack Canty-Director of Economic Development/Nation, Gerry Martin-Executive Producer/Red Heritage Media, and Carl Faison-SBA Business Opportunity Specialist

Red Heritage Media is a full service production company serving the feature film, documentary, commercial & episodic television production industries. In addition, the company has many production accomplishments dating back to 2005 which includes feature documentaries, corporate media work, and other various communication works. 

The company is operated by Chris Cates, Gerry Martin, and Benjamin McGuire. The trio has combined experience in computer technology, the media and film production industry and has delivered content to Universal, Disney, Fox, MGM, Discovery, BET, Fox Sports, ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, PBS and more.  In addition, the company is currently providing post production services for a faith based feature film that wrapped production in February, and other projects for Chevy MotorSports, Shell / Pennzoil and a Ft. Mill SC based Fortune 500 company.

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Carolina District Office recently recognized the... Read More

Left to right: Larry Fowler, Alex Lo, Michael Hayes, Connor Rosenbaum

Alex Lo came to America with his parents in 1979 from Vietnam to escape unrest in his home country. But Lo didn’t just build a new home in the United States, he built a successful business as well.

 “Being a minority has not been a factor in growing my business,” said Lo.

Lo found Seres LLC in 2007. Seres is a minority-owned environmental engineering and consulting firm headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The firm provides engineering consulting, regulatory compliance and operational support to federal, state, local governments, and chemical/industrial manufacturing companies.

 In 2013, the firm was accepted into the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program.

“I am very happy to be in the program,” said Lo. “The advocacy and assistance has been outstanding and I appreciate the efforts of the SBA’s South Carolina District Office for support and learning about government contracting.”

The 8(a) Business... Read More