Awarded Prestigious BB&T Lighthouse Beam Safety Award, 2017
US&S was recently presented with the prestigious Lighthouse Safety Award by BB&T Insurance Services recognizing excellence in safety performance, the highest of three distinct award level designations. Our commitment to safety throughout the work place led to this recognition. The award presentation was held on March 27, 2017, at US&S' corporate office in Greenville, SC.
Criteria for the award includes a client's workers' compensation experience modification (EMR), workers' compensation policy loss ratio, and BLS/DART/OSHA recordable incident rate. BB&T Insurance Services recognizes only those companies with outstanding overall safety performance and awards those who have commendable, outstanding, and excellent performance. We are especially proud to note that we had zero reportable incidents for 2016!
Named Small Business of the Year by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, 2014
We are proud to announce that US&S was named the Greenville Chamber's 2014 Small Business of the Year! The Greenville Chamber's Annual Small Business of the Year is selected from the year's Small Business of the Month winners. In March 2014, US&S was chosen by the Greenville Chamber as the Small Business of the Month. US&S received its award at the Chamber's 126th Annual Meeting. US&S is a premier facility maintenance and support service company that is not only great to work with, but great to work for - we are proud to say that the company is truly valued in our local community, Greenville, SC, the city where US&S was founded and houses its corporate office!
Like most membership organizations the more you put in, the more you get out. This is why US&S has made every attempt possible to support the Chamber as a company; however, we highly encourage our individual employees to become more involved as well. Being engaged with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce comes with significant value for our company, our employees, and the overall community. It provides valuable networking opportunities for small businesses to connect with larger businesses and fosters revenue building relationships that are mutually beneficial. It provides excellent volunteering opportunities that encourage community service and engagement, offers valuable training for our staff to grow personally and professionally, and delivers cost efficient means for our company to receive media and print exposure throughout the Greenville community. The success of the Chamber results in success for businesses like US&S and ultimately the success of the economic landscape across Greenville.
CEO/President, Richard Hagins, is Named the State's Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year, 2014
The U.S. Small Business Administration named Richard Hagins as the 2014 South Carolina Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year. One of the South Carolina Small Business & Advocacy awards, the Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year title honors an outstanding entrepreneur who has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces.
"Under Mr. Hagins' leadership, US&S has developed into a true small business success story. He has honored our country through his service, and he has honored our state through his entrepreneurship and community involvement. Now, we are proud to honor him," said Elliott Cooper, Director of the SBA's South Carolina District Office.
Hagins was nominated by Euleta F.H. Alston, Business Development Manager of US&S, and eldest daughter of the retired Commander. She along with colleague, Peter Luciano, accepted the award on Richard's behalf on May 7, 2014, at the Annual Salute to Small Business event in Columbia, SC.
Named Small Business of the Month by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, 2014
The Greenville Chamber recognizes an extraordinary small business each month chosen by a selection committee from nominations provided by Greenville Chamber Members. The award presentation is provided during the Chamber's monthly board meetings.
US&S formally received the Greenville Chamber's Small Business of the Month Award on March 20, 2014 - it is truly an honor for our team! It is wonderful to know that every move that the company has made over the past 11 years towards becoming a premier facility maintenance and support service provider to not only work with, but to work for is valued in the Greenville community!
United Way of Greenville County (UWGC)
Recognized by United Way as an Outstanding Community Partner, 2013
is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that unites donors, companies, volunteers, partner agencies and other organizations to improve lives and achieve measurable results that make our community stronger. United Way's work centers around a commitment to achieving two goals: 1) helping people in need right now through ongoing support of essential local programs, and 2) eliminating future needs by developing strategies to improve school readiness for young children, high school graduation for youth, and financial stability for individuals and families.
Although many of our employees have directly supported United Way or United Way agencies for many years, the company held its first annual campaign in October 2012. As a result, US&S was named an Outstanding Community Partner in 2013 during the annual Awards Ceremony for such a successful first time campaign. We are very proud of this accomplishment, as we have had 100% employee participation each year since our first campaign. In fact, US&S has received the Campaign Award of Excellence each year since its first annual campaign! We believe that our gifts each year will touch the lives of so many by providing much needed support to those in our community who need us most.
The Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) is a start-up initiative of the Greenville Chamber's CAPACITY initiative designed to advance economic inclusion. As one of the Greenville Chamber's principal economic development initiatives, the MBA has been established to serve as a catalyst to drive a positive community economic impact, by increasing the overall capacity of locally-based high potential MBEs located within the market area. The MBA program prepares minority-owned businesses for growth and expansion to create a competitive advantage for Upstate, SC to become the most inclusive business community in the world. US&S is proud to have been named a participant for the 2014 program year.
Selected as a Participant in the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) Program, 2013
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
" The Greenville Chamber is very excited to have an organization like US&S participating in our MBA program. This company has demonstrated to the Upstate community and beyond its ability to deliver services of value with a high level of excellence. US&S is a great example of the value that minority business enterprises can bring to a community as suppliers, strategic partners, and effective engines for job growth, wealth creation, and economic development."
Recognized as a Major Success by the Small Business Administration, 2012-2013
US&S was recognized in the SC Small Business Dispatch, the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Monthly South Carolina Newsletter, in September 2013. The article focused heavily on the success of US&S, what the SBA calls an "Award-Winning S.C. Business", and the basis for that success as seen through Richard Hagins, Founder & CEO of US&S. In the write-up, he stresses, "Know thyself...know thy business".
In 2012, Richard Hagins, Founder & CEO of US&S, was named the South Carolina National Small Business Person of the Year Nominee. This prestigious award was in recognition of the company's outstanding growth in total sales and number of employees, excellence in government contract performance, response to adversity and contribution to the community.
Named Outstanding Small Business Partner by Lockheed Martin, 2012
Each year, Lockheed Martin business units in Orlando, Florida, and Dallas, Texas, nominate and select small businesses that have consistently provided outstanding support and products during the past year. Though the corporation has thousands of suppliers, only a few of the small businesses are recognized for their outstanding quality in goods and service. Typically an award received by manufacturing suppliers, US&S was one of the first service companies to receive this prestigious award.
S. Richard Hagins
"We are honored to receive this recognition from Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control," said US&S CEO, Commander S. Richard Hagins, USN, Ret. "The central tenet of our quality policy is to provide services that comply with industry standards and exceed our Customer's expectations.
Recognized as a Leading Minority Business in the Upstate by GSA Business, 2006
US&S and CEO, Richard Hagins, were recognized by SC Biz News in a 2006 issue of GSA Business - a bi-weekly news source - reaching more than 25,000 readers in the Greenville, Anderson and Spartanburg markets. The article focused on how minorities were finding a business edge in the military, whether working directly for an agency or how the skills, training, discipline and experience translated well into the private sector. Hagins attributes his business edge and motivation to venture out on his own to his 20 plus years experience in the military.
Named Minority Business of the Year by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, 2006
The Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce
awards its annual Minority Business of the Year (MBY) award in recognition of the achievements of local, minority-owned businesses and the contributions they make to Greenville. In 2006, US&S was recognized as the recipient of this prestigious award for its performance in the market and commitment to the Greenville community.