Columbia, SC - The SBA South Carolina District Office has honored Greenville small-business man S. Richard Hagins as South Carolina's nominee for the 2012 National Minority Small Business Person of the Year. Mr. Hagins is Chairman and CEO of US&S, Inc., which provides construction-related and facilities support services to the U.S. government and federal prime contractors.
The National Minority Small Business Person of the Year award program honors minority small-business owners participating in the SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program who exemplify entrepreneurial success. The 8(a) Program supports small disadvantaged businesses through mentoring, business counseling, training and procurement services.
SBA selected Mr. Hagins to be the state's 2012 nominee based on his firm's consistent growth in total sales and number of employees, excellence in government contract performance, response to adversity, and contributions to the community.
"Under Richard's leadership, US&S has grown into an outstanding firm," said John "Mike" O'Neill, lead business development specialist with the SBA South Carolina District Office.
On Friday, September 28, Mr. O'Neill presented Mr. Hagins with a certificate honoring his achievement in front of the US&S staff and Greenville-area business leaders, including S.T. Peden, president of the Minority Economic Development Institute, and Ben Haskew, president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, please contact Euleta Hagins, US&S Business Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna Huntley with the SBA at email@example.com.