Community Works, Greenville Chamber Celebrate National Small Business Week With Awards Ceremony

Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018 10:00 am

The Greenville Chamber and CommunityWorks partnered to recognize local entrepreneurs at the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Small Business Awards on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 as part of National Small Business Week.

The awards ceremony featured the presentation of the following awards:

The Young Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by BB&T, honors young business owners who combine their sense of community, today’s technology and innovative business models to create some of Greenville’s most unique small businesses. The 2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to Gabriel Coggins, co-owner of The Kava Konnection, South Carolina’s only kava bar.

The Minority-Owned Business of the Year, sponsored by First Citizens Bank, honors those who have a commitment to building communities as well as their businesses and strive to serve as leaders and visionaries to create change. The Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year Award was awarded to James Jordon, President of JCC General Contractors.

The Eugenia Duke Woman-Owned Business of the Year, sponsored by Duke Brands, was presented to Tammy Johnson, CEO of High Spirits Hospitality. The award is named for Eugenia Duke, founder of Duke’s Mayonnaise and Duke Foods, and is presented to small businesses owners who embody the legacy of female entrepreneurship that Eugenia exemplified.

The Entrepreneurial Success Award, sponsored by Greenville Technical College, recognizes the power of small business to use innovation to create jobs and expand their business model. This year’s winner is US&S and was accepted by Euleta F.H. Alston, President of US&S and daughter of Rich Hagins, founder of US&S.

The Small Business Champion Award is given to a business that fulfills a commitment to serve small businesses and entrepreneurs through innovative services and support.  This year’s winner was Chris Manley, CEO of Engenius.

The My Favorite Upstate Small Business is a people’s choice award that gives neighbors a chance to demonstrate their support of their favorite small business by voting for a business they think should be recognized. This year’s award was given to Grateful Brew and was accepted by co-owners and siblings Jessica Tooley and George Linn. 

During the event, attendees also heard remarks from keynote speaker Toby Stansell, THInc.IT’s Chief Operating Officer.

CommunityWorks and the Greenville Chamber will also host the inaugural Excellence in Entrepreneurship Small Business Seminar on May 3, 2018 as an extension of the National Small Business Week celebration. The half-day seminar will provide educational opportunities and guidance to local entrepreneurs and small business owners. Attendees will hear from keynote speaker, Tim Justice, founder of Rescom Construction, as well as attend workshops on topics such as marketing, accounting and local resources. The event will be held at Greenville Technical College from 8:00am-1:00pm. Learn more at



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