Our community has a number of small businesses that make Sumter unique and enrich the community. To celebrate and recognize these hardworking businesses, we invite you to join us for our 2019 Small Business Celebration. During this event, we will present awards to the winners of the Micro Small Business of the Year and the Small Business of the Year.
The Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award will also be presented at this event.
The attire for the Small Business Celebration is business casual and the last day to register is May 3, 2019. Register TODAY!
The essence of our true "Mom & Pop" shop is LOVE! We LOVE what we do! We LOVE the customers we serve! We LOVE Sumter!! We LOVE the community in which we serve! We LOVE having a unique opportunity to touch each and every corner of our community! And of course, we LOVE our children and want them to eat good and have all the great opportunities afforded by being lucky to be born in this great Nation! We consider it a great honor to be blessed to own a business that serves 4 counties and all across the state.
We at Carolina Professional Title Services, Inc., are in the business of performing Title Examinations and Legal Research for Attorneys. We have been in business for 35 years. We've come a long way since our inception in 1984. From a one room rented office space on Main Street across from the courthouse, where we were located for the first two years, to purchasing and remodeling 38 North Main Street in 1986, located next to Alderman Drug Store, for 23 years. In 2009 we built our present day office located at 45 South Guignard Drive. We've gone from one employee to 12 employees during the peak of the Real Estate Boom and now operating effectively with 5 employees.
Small Business Week will be a week-long extravaganza full of seminars and growth opportunities. Seminars are FREE for members and $10 for the general public.
We welcome you to join us for a human resource seminar presented by local expert, Paul Hilton.
Learn how you can maximize small business strategies during the Google Livestream seminar.
Expand your knowledge about the Catawba Council of Governments’ program for small business lending.
Have a picnic with your Chamber! Stop by and let us say THANK YOU for your membership. This is the final event in the Small Business Celebration Week. It doesn't matter if your business is large or small you are welcome to attend!
Our staff here at Epps Orthodontics believe we should be chosen as Sumter's small business of the year for many reasons. The first reason is, we believe that in order to create growth within a community on a macro level, you must start on a micro level. You can pour an endless amount of money into the community, but if the populous is not happy or ready to be involved, then no level of investment will help it. We as a company know how important it is to love yourself.
The IBM Personal Computer was announced in 1982 and the evolution of the personal computer and Entre Computer Center began. Founded in early 1983, Entre Computer Center of Sumter is one of the oldest computer dealers in Southeast. As an authorized dealer and service center for IBM, Compaq, and HP Entre supplied the desktop computing needs for businesses and industries of all sizes throughout South Carolina. As our business continued to grow so did our number of competitors. Numerous "IBM compatible" manufacturers entered the market and pricing wars were constant. The next phase brought about competition from direct online resellers such as Gateway and Dell. Technology change is constant and many resellers failed during this time. Entre maintained slow steady growth and continues to add products and services to adapt.
In terms of growth and profit, our firm began small and intentionally remains so. In terms of economic impact on the Sumter community, PHHR has influenced hundreds of entrepreneurs, business owners and managers to pay attention to their greatest assets -their employees. Paul believes that the fair and consistent application of a company's policies and procedures along with reasonable compensation practices and an overall competitive benefits structure will lead to a high level of employee satisfaction, increased profits and a growth oriented future for any organization. Mr. Hilton has volunteered his time and expertise to present a variety of HR related programs, seminars and other presentations through his membership in Rotary, Business Network International, and the Sumter and Kershaw Chambers of Commerce.
It is great pleasure to nominate United as One Wedding Officiant Service, LLC for the Small Business of the Vear Award. The wedding chapel provides services for wedding ceremonies, small gatherings, and formal/semi-formal planned events. Mr. Stanley Bridges is the owner and operator along wlth the Officiant. This wedding chapel is located at 560 South Pike West, Sumter, SC 29150. On April 1, 2016 with the help of the Sumter Chamber of Commerce, United as One Wedding Officiant Service was established. Since then there has been over 200 wedding ceremonies performed; the projected business forecast is to double by year 2020. Living up to the mission statement "the desire Is to surpass every couple's expectations regardless of their budget.
The Economic Impact that Walton Countertops, LLC has on the Sumter Community is providing jobs, keeping money in our community to help Sumter's economy, giving generous donations to organizations in our community e.g., churches, baseball teams, schools, SC Troopers Association and helping those in need that come by our office needing help sending children to summer camp and help with electricity bills.
In 1994, Walton Countertops, LLC began its journey in a small cement block work shop behind my house on Eastern School Road in Sumter. In 2010, we moved into a 5,000 square foot metal building on 34 Hauser Street. wondering if our countertop business will perform well enough to afford such a giant step in our eyes at that time. We doubled production and added more jobs.
We at Air Solutions Heating and Cooling are a locally owned and operated HVAC business that was started in 2013 by Jimmy Davis and Richard Cook. With only a home garage as our initial office base, we hit the ground running! We worked hard to build our business and provide quality installation and heating services as best we could. Over the last 6 years our company has grown our business to 23 employees operating 16 vehicles, specializing in residential change-outs and new construction for over 3000 customers.
Century 21 Hawkins & Kolb has been a part of the Sumter community since it began in 1977 as Hawkins & Kolb Construction working out of the Avant & Gath real estate offices. In 1979, Hawkins & Kolb Construction moved to Century 21 Hawkins & Kalb's current location at 688 Bultman Dr. In 1979, Hawkins & Kolb Real Estate was also formed as a separate division of Hawkins & Kolb Construction, and as the real estate division grew, it became a part of the Century 21 family in 1982. Century 21 Hawkins & Kolb expanded into the property management division after becoming Century 21 affiliate, and now our residential property management division manages over 640 properties. Our company started with Mack Kolb, Tommy Hawkins, one real estate agent and a secretary and now employ 11 agents, 9 office staff and more than 20 people under the construction division. Century 21 Hawkins & Kolb is consistently one of the top producing real estate offices in the Sumter market as well as a top producing office for our region in the Century 21 national rankings.
Over the past 87 years, Creech, Roddey Watson (CRW) has been a locally owned independent business driving the creation of a healthy and equitable economy across the Sumter community. We are committed to serving the Sumter community and surrounding areas by creating solutions that protect the insurance needs of our customers today and for the future. CRW Insurance also has some unique direct economic impacts both through its role as protector of economic loss, and through its role as institutional investor in government and business. A less recognized, but arguably equally significant indirect contribution is its ability to promote economic development via a better understanding of the risks, encouragement of loss mitigation, and enabling individuals and businesses to engage in productive activities that involve risk.
In the early 90's Nu-Jdea's gross sales were around $2 million annually. My predecessor and late President of Nu-Idea (Steve Bond) had the foresight that for our company to grow and compete (as a small company) against large national companies it was imperative that we change our business model and sell all of the resources we had to offer as a higher level of service. This higher level of service was nothing propriety, but the willingness on our part to work harder to earn the customers' business. In short, in our respective market (K-12 education furniture) we have grown from having less than 50% market share to more than 80%, which translated to $18 million in gross sales for 2018. To really put into perspective, in 2013 (when I became President) our sales were $8 million.
Our business began over 40 years ago when Tyler B. "Doc" Dunlap, Jr. began a real estate career and initially had a Century 21 franchise. Over the years the real estate sales took a back seat to a very successful development business although a very small group of real estate agents worked in selling the developed property along with residential and an occasional commercial property. Approximately 10 years ago we developed a relationship with a production builder who purchased property in one of our neighborhoods and contracted with our agents to manage their model homes. In a conversation with the owner of this company he asked if we had ever thought of acquiring a major franchise as the worldwide web was growing and internet marketing was the preferred way that many look for property. In a military community many of our clients tell us which properties they want to see when they arrive in town as they have used the web to research everything. Thus our name of Summit Realty & Development was changed in 2013 to Re/Max Summit when we aligned our real estate sales with Re/Max, the No 1 Real Estate Franchise in the world.
Willie Sue's has been embedded in the bedrock of Sumter history since it's early days of its inception. The name was derived from our owners' grandmother Willie Sue Pierson Mcleod. Historical photos of Sumter's rich agricultural history adorn the walls. The wood used to build/decorate the restaurant is reclaimed wood from the old Sumter Train Depot. We have an upscale menu with a laid-back atmosphere. While it has gotten better over the years, Sumter has not had a lot of variety with its food establishments. We have created a menu that allows for many different food choices. We only use certified angus beef for our steaks. All our steaks are cooked on a custom-made wood fire grill that creates the high heat need to sear meats, which makes them much juicer. The wood grill also imparts a great smoky flavor that you can't get when cooking on gas. With both our service and food we try to provide our guests with an experience, not just a meal.