Published on September 24th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff1
Three Minority Business Leaders to be Honored at Awards Ceremony
Pictured: Senator Kay Patterson, Nathaniel Spells, Sr. and Greg Davis
COLUMBIA, SC — The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center – Columbia, SC is pleased to announce that it will honor three standouts within the minority business community at the 2015 Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Award Reception. The reception is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27th, 6pm to 8pm at Brookland Banquet and Conference Center. Being honored are Nathaniel Spell, Sr., Senator Kay Patterson and Greg Davis.
Nathaniel Spells, Sr., president and CEO of Construction Dynamics, Inc., is being honored with the Minority Business of the Year award. Spells, a Clemson University graduate, was the first African American to earn a degree in building construction from the university. With 15 years of construction management experience, he started CDI, working out of his home garage. Five years later, armed with $4000 in savings and a contract for $30,000, Spells quit his full-time job as a construction manager and fully dedicated his time to CDI. Nearly 30 years later, CDI’s portfolio has grown to include general contractor projects that range from $150,000 to $15 million, and construction manager projects up to $100 million.
Senator Kay Patterson is being honored with the Pioneer award. A state senator for 34 years, Patterson was a courageous leader and proponent of racial equity, especially in the business arena. He often challenged people in positions of authority and leadership to increase their minority business spend and procurement awards. Even in retirement, Patterson is still considered the model for servant leadership and minority business advocacy.
Greg Davis, director of small and minority business affairs for SC Department of Transportation, is being honored with the Minority Business Advocate of the Year award. Davis has been a leading minority business advocate for 20 years and has held a number of key posts, including director of MBDA Business Center – Columbia, SC and Small Business Development Manager for the South Carolina Department of Commerce. His expertise and insight are highly sought after as he has recently been tapped to lead City of Columbia’s Minority Business Advisory Council and named to the Board of Directors of Certified Development Corporation of SC (CDC).
Diane Sumpter, operator of the MBDA Business Center – Columbia, SC says, “Each year, it is a pleasure to spotlight people within the community who are working hard to ensure equity within the business arena. The impact of our three honorees has long been felt, and will be a measuring stick for years to come. They are truly top-notch proponents of minority business parity.”
The Award Reception is the celebratory component of MED Week. A workshop focusing on financing options to help minority businesses grow beyond the crucial $500k benchmark is scheduled for Thursday, October 29, 2015. For more information on the reception and workshops, visit columbiambdacenter.com.
About the MBDA Business Center
The mission of the MBDA Business Center – Columbia, SC is to assist Minority Business Enterprises compete in the global economy and to stimulate the national and local economy through job creation. To fulfill this mission, we assist MBEs with access to contracts and capital, strategic business counseling, and becoming export-ready. Complete information about the MBDA Business Center and its services can be found by visiting www.ColumbiaMBDACenter.com or by calling (803) 743-1154.