Success Stories

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

James Jordon-President of Jordon Construction

When James Jordon decided to relocate his business, he looked at several areas in the Southeast and ultimately chose Greenville, South Carolina.  He felt the city’s quality of life and potential for growth and opportunities were a good fit for Jordon Construction Company (JCC General Contractors).

Established in 2012 and primarily focused on project management, JCC General Contactors began with Jordon as the only employee.  Gradually the company expanded into a mix of project management, specialty finishes and commercial renovations; often using subcontractors to complete various projects. Jordon continually worked to obtain various certifications, licenses and bonding to make his company more marketable.

In November 2013, Jordon sought assistance from the area Small Business Development Center (SBDC). There he met consultant Sherry Pittinger who specializes in government procurement.  She helped him with the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) certification... Read More

The Webbers

By the fall of 2013, Brad Webber found himself nearing the end of a stellar military career. He had served 31 years in the United States Army and achieved the rank of Sergeant Major.  In November of 2013, he attended the two day SBA Boots to Business workshop at Ft. Jackson, SC to learn more about entrepreneurship.  The class was instructed by Veteran Business Development Officers, Frank Anderson and Floyd Bryant from the SBA South Carolina District Office, and Bob Pettit of the Small Business Development Center.

On the first day of the workshop each of the attendees were asked, “What do you plan to do after serving in the military”? Brad stated that he wanted to give back to the community and continue to mentor/ shape young people’s lives. After all, he had been mentoring young soldiers in the military for the past three decades. During Day-Two of the workshop, Brad heard a presentation from Cathey Petkash on franchise opportunities.   Cathey is a consultant with Frannet,... Read More

Lawrence Higgins-Owner

The first BurgerFi restaurant was started in February, 2011 by a group of gourmet chefs who wanted a quality burger with fresh ingredients.  Created from dissatisfaction with the fast food industry, the BurgerFi concept was born: fresh, never frozen, all-natural, hand crafted burgers, sauces, custard, French fries, and onion rings.  The atmosphere at the BurgerFi restaurant is eco-friendly with an urban feel.

Mr. Higgins first ate at a BurgerFi restaurant in his native state of New York.  He was impressed with the food, the cleanliness of the restaurant, and the overall atmosphere compared to existing burger chains.  Shortly after a visit to Myrtle Beach, Mr. Higgins relocated to the Grand Strand because he fell in love with the area.  After settling into his new home, he knew he wanted to open a BurgerFi restaurant in Myrtle Beach.  At the time, a BurgerFi franchise had recently opened in North Myrtle Beach and appeared to be doing very well.  Mr. Higgins and his business... Read More