Greenville Chamber honors entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week

In partnership with The Greenville Chamber and Community Works, several local entrepreneurs were recognized May 1 during the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Small Business Awards as part of National Small Business Week.


The inaugural Excellence in Entrepreneurship Small Business Seminar was held May 3 at Greenville Technical College.   Contributed image

In partnership with The Greenville Chamber and Community Works, several local entrepreneurs were recognized May 1 during the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Small Business Awards as part of National Small Business Week. 

The event also featured keynote speaker Toby Stansell, THInc.IT’s chief operating officer. 

The “Young Entrepreneur of the Year" recognizes young business owners for their sense of community and application of today’s technology and business models. The award was sponsored by BB&T and was given to Gabriel Coggins, co-owner of The Kava Connection, the first and only kava bar in South Carolina. 

The “Minority-Owned Business of the Year,” sponsored by First Citizens Bank, was given to James Jordon, president of JCC General Contractors. The award honors individuals with a commitment to build communities and businesses and make a positive change for the entire community.

The “Eugenia Duke Woman-Owned Business of the Year” was given to Tammy Johnson, CEO of High Spirits Hospitality. Sponsored by Duke Brands, was named after Eugenia Duke, founder of Duke’s Mayonnaise and Duke Foods. 

The “Entrepreneurial Success Award” was given to Euleta F.H. Alston, president of US&S and daughter of US&S founder Rich Hagins. The award was sponsored by Greenville Technical College. 

The “Small Business Champion Award” was given to Engenius CEO Chris Manley. The award recognizes a business that has a commitment to serve smaller businesses through innovative services and support. 

Lastly, a people’s choice award called the “My Favorite Upstate Small Business” was handed to Grateful Brew co-owners and siblings Jessica Tooley and George Linn. 

Meanwhile, the inaugural Excellence in Entrepreneurship Small Business Seminar was held May 3 at Greenville Technical College as part of the National Small Business Week celebration. 

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