SBA South Carolina District Office Announces 2018 Salute to Small Business Awardees

South Carolina-District Director Gregg White announced today the 2018 Salute to Small Business awardees. All awardees have been invited to receive their award at the 2018 Salute to Small Business event on May 2 at the Columbia Convention Center.

The winners for the 2018 Salute to Small Business Awards are as follows:

National Awards
Small Business Person of the Year
Hannah Solar Government Services

Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
Forest Lake Drapery and Upholstery Fabric Center, Inc.

Small Business Development Center Excellence & Innovation Award
Greenville Area Small Business Development Center

State Awards
South Carolina Female Small Business Person of the Year
Verde

South Carolina Minority Small Business Person of the Year
Holy City Linen Services

South Carolina Veteran Small Business Person of the Year
Eagle Corps Services, LLC

South Carolina Young Entrepreneur
Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge & Ice Cream

South Carolina 8(a) Firm of the Year
Pyramid Contracting, LLC

South Carolina Federal Procurement Agency of the Year
South Carolina National Guard

Lender Awards
South Carolina 7(a) Lenders of the Year
7a Lender Dollar Volume #1-Live Oak Bank
7a Lender Dollar Volume #2-Pinnacle Financial Partners
7a Lender Number of Loans #1-TD Bank
7a Lender Number of Loans #2-Wells Fargo

South Carolina 504 Lenders of the Year
504 Lender Dollar Volume #1-Provident Business Financial Services
504 Lender Dollar Volume #2-Certified Development Corporation
504 Lender Number of Loans #1-Provident Business Financial Services
504 Lender Number of Loans #2-CSRA Business Lending

South Carolina Microlenders of the Year
Microlender Dollar Volume #1-LDC
Microlender Dollar Volume #2-CommunityWorks
Microlender Number of Loans #1-LDC
Microlender Number of Loans #1-CommunityWorks

South Carolina 3rd Party Lenders of the Year
3rd Party Lender Number #1-South State Bank
3rd Party Lender Number #2-Bank of Travelers Rest

Salute to Small Business is a National Small Business Week event that is organized by the SBA South Carolina District Office, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, South Carolina Research Authority, Small Business Development Center, and the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

“Our goal is to honor and recognize our winners for their hard work and dedication to advancing the small business community," said White. "Most importantly, we appreciate the jobs and opportunities they continue to create for the South Carolina economy. We also value our lenders who provide the funding that is necessary for businesses to start, grow, and expand."

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are April 30 – May 6 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. We empower entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. The SBA is the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses that is backed by the strength of the federal government.

The SBA delivers its services to people through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more about SBA, visit www.sba.gov.