MBA Spotlight: Charlita Atchison, Atchison Transportation Services

Posted by: Nika White on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Greenville Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator Program helps accelerate the development of high potential minority business enterprises (MBEs) to strengthen and expand the regional minority entrepreneurial community. Occasionally, we spotlight the participating companies and their success stories or other MBA news of interest.

Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) is a program of the Greenville Chamber which actively seeks to improve the capacity of minority owned firms by increasing recognition of the value of minority businesses as suppliers, strategic partners, and, ultimately, as effective engines for job growth, economic development and wealth creation. MBA prepares high potential minority-owned businesses for accelerated growth and expansion through business development services, mentoring, targeted training, access to large corporations for partnership opportunities and custom roadmap to sustainable growth. MBA helps MBEs overcome growth barriers creates access to new opportunities for ethnic diverse businesses, connecting them with the right resources and results-driven strategies to fuel their growth and build capacity.

 MBA Facts:

  • 1 of 6 Chambers in the country to offer a Minority Business Accelerator program
  • Approximately $15.5 MIL in contracts awarded since inception
  • Approximately 203 jobs created since inception

 Atchison Transportation Services:  

It is “All in the Family”. Charlita has been a vital part of Atchison Transportation Services (ATS), for over twenty years, where she has grown from an administrative assistant to now the evolving leader at ATS. Founded in 1954 by Charlita’s grandfather, Charles E. Atchison, Sr., Charlita has been strategically involved in the vision, marketing and growth of ATS.

Atchison Transportation is the largest, diversified ground transportation company in South Carolina, providing motorcoach, airport and VIP transportation services across the state. Not only does Charlita manage the company’s VIP services, but also is the CFO. ATS, known as the “People Movers” has become synonymous with quality customer care, professional service and family-oriented concern for its customers.

Charlita has balanced being a single mother of two very accomplished children, involvement in various civic and professional responsibilities, educational advancement and professional leader during her tenure with Atchison. Charlita’s challenge is as she states “it is hard to follow the legacy of Charles Atchison, but the responsibility is not a burden but an honor.”

INDUSTRY

  • Transportation

PRODUCT(S)/SERVICES

  • Airport Car Service
  • Corporate Car Service
  • VIP Car Service
  • Motor Coaches for Schools & Individuals

CORE CAPABILITIES

  • Providing Full-Service Passenger Ground Transportation

To learn more, visit their website.

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