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SBA South Carolina Announces 2020 National Small Business Week Winners

Winners to be Recognized in Virtual Awards Ceremony

Columbia, S.C. – The SBA South Carolina District Office has selected the 2020 National Small Business Week winners for state. 

The winners of the 2020 South Carolina National Small Business Week Awards are:

National Awards

Small Business Person of the Year
Furman (Eddie) Burgess, Diversified Systems Inc. – Greenville, SC

Small Business Exporter of the Year
James (Tyler) Robertson, Diesel Laptops – Irmo, SC

Small Business Development Center Excellence & Innovation Award
Orangeburg Area Small Business Development Center
*Also a Southeast Regional Award Winner

8(a) Graduate of the Year
Gerald Neal, Neal’s Construction – Beaufort, SC
*Also a Southeast Regional Award Winner

Subcontractor of the Year
Ronald David McNeil, Hannah Solar Government Services – Summerville, SC

State Awards

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Marquese Butler, America’s Clean & Shine Car Wash – Lake City, SC

Rural Small Business Person of the Year
Rachelle Jamerson Holmes, Thee Matriarch Bed & Breakfast – Orangeburg, SC

South Carolina Female Small Business Person of the Year
Tina Stevens, Secondary Solutions – Spartanburg, SC

South Carolina Minority Small Business Person of the Year
Shadid Montoto, Tropical Grille – Greenville, SC

South Carolina Veteran Small Business Person of the Year
George Gibson, Fitness Zone – Lugoff, SC

South Carolina 8(a) Firm of the Year
Carlos Irving, Central Minority Maintenance LLC – North Charleston, SC

South Carolina Federal Procurement Agency of the Year 
Shaw AFB 20th Contracting Squadron

Lender Awards

South Carolina 7(a) Lenders of the Year
7a Lender Dollar Volume #1 – CountyBank
7a Lender Dollar Volume #2 – Synovus Bank 
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  #1 – Provident Business Financial Services
504 Lender  #2 – Appalachian Development Corporation

South Carolina Microlenders of the Year
Microlender Dollar Volume #1 – Charleston LDC
Microlender Number of Loans #1 – Community Works

South Carolina 3rd Party Lender of the Year South State Bank

Winners will be recognized in a virtual awards ceremony hosted by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the SBA South Carolina District Office. The ceremony will take place on September 16, 2020 from 1-3 p.m. To register for this free event, click here.

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week, which is usually held in May. Due to COVID-19, SBA’s national virtual event will be held September 22-24. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover toward a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of this year’s National Small Business Person of the Year.

For registration and additional information on National Small Business Week, please visit .


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

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