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SBA Honors Greenville Businessman as State Nominee for National Minority Entrepreneurship Award October 8, 2012

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 or Anna Huntley with the SBA at   [..] read more

US&S Announces Approval of SBA Mentor-Protege Relationship with E2 Consulting Engineers, Inc. September 12, 2012

Greenville, SC - Universal Supplies & Services, Inc. (US&S) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Washington, D.C., has officially approved the company's proposed Mentor Protégé Partnership with E2 Consulting Engineers, Inc., (E2), out of Aiken, SC.

The purpose of the 8(a) SBA Mentor Protégé Program is to enhance the development of Protégé firms and encourage approved Mentors to provide various forms of assistance to eligible 8(a) participants to ensure growth of contracting opportunity experience and overall financial viability. The Team is excited about the endeavors that lie ahead!

E2, founded in 1988, is a minority-owned, certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) that serves the private sector, public utilities, and clients in Federal, State, and local agencies. E2 currently has a staff of over 300 engineers, scientists and technical specialists, and operates from 13 offices in 8 states and 10 additional project support locations throughout the United States. E2 emphasizes a team approach and offers professional services ranging from facilities and infrastructure operations and maintenance to decontamination and demolition support services tailored to the needs of each client. E2 provides a broad range of technical services ranging from initial project planning, environmental investigations, risk analysis, value engineering, and feasibility studies, through engineering design, construction management, project controls, project management, and nuclear operations guidance.

US&S has three primary business units including: US&S Electrical, US&S Construction, and US&S Facilities Support Services. These units provide supply chain solutions and services to government, commercial, healthcare, and industrial clients. US&S holds US SBA 8(a), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and SDB certifications. The company headquarters is located in Greenville, South Carolina, with satellite locations in Dania Beach, Florida, and Kings Bay, Georgia.
For further information, contact Euleta Hagins, US&S Business Development Manager, via email at [..] read more

US&S, Inc. Recognized by Lockheed Martin as Outstanding Business Partner May 14, 2012

Greenville, SC - US&S, Inc. has been recognized by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) as an outstanding small business provider.
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.
Executives from Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and Global Training and Logistics recently presented awards to 18 companies. 

"We are fortunate to have a strong base of critical suppliers that support our 14 major U.S. operations from California to New England," said Jim Berry, president of Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control business. "Small business firms provide unique talents that help us produce superior defense systems and advanced technologies to protect allied warfighters."

"Our small business partners add relevant capabilities we incorporate into the solutions we provide to our customers," said Denise Saiki, president of Lockheed Martin's Global Training and Logistics business. "We have developed valuable relationships with our partners and are happy to recognize their significant role in supporting our customers' needs."

The foundation of US&S's great reputation as a small business is built on the success of the facility support services it has offered since its inception, including security, renovation and general/operations maintenance services, which it delivers on time, on budget, with a focus on safety, quality and customer service still today.  The company has also expanded its business offerings to include a broader range of complimentary staff augmentation and construction-related services.

"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."

For more information, please contact Euleta Hagins, US&S Business Development Manager, at

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