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Entrepreneurs Showing What South Carolina Small Businesses Can Do!

September 2, 2011

Each September, Inc. magazine publishes its list of America’s 500 fastest-growing private companies and 4,500 runners up. Last year, no South Carolina companies cracked the Inc. 500.

This year, six Palmetto State companies made the cut: Southern Tide of Greenville (No. 73), BoomTown of Charleston (174), Williams Strength of West Columbia (199), Wild Creations of Myrtle Beach (259), ISHPI of Mount Pleasant (304) and Level Wing of Charleston (481).

What a measurable improvement for S.C. commerce, jobs and entrepreneurship.

Another 29 S.C. companies made the Inc. 5,000 list: Customer Effective Solutions of Greenville, TrySports of Mount Pleasant, Mercom of Pawleys Island, Fortis Riders of Greenville, JH Global Services of Simpsonville, M33 Integrated Solutions of Greenville, Southeastern Equipment and Supply of West Columbia, Insurance Applications Group of Greenville, Rhythmlink International of Columbia, Human Technologies of Greenville, Call Experts of Charleston, Total Beverage Solution of Mount Pleasant, Agricultural Manufacturing & Textiles of Laurens, Dennis Corp. of Columbia, TGA Solutions of Inman, SmartLinx Solutions of North Charleston, ADEX Manufacturing Technologies of Greenville, Ogletree Deakins of Greenville, General Information Services of Chapin, Nelson Mullins of Columbia, Vital Media of Fort Mill, avVenta Worldwide of Mount Pleasant, UEC Electronics of Hanahan, Comfortaire of Greenville, Electric Guard Dog of Columbia, Regional Management of Greenville, Website Pipeline of Greenville, Exopack of Spartanburg and Felder’s Construction of Timmonsville.
Everyone in South Carolina should be proud of these hard-working companies, their leadership and their employees. Each had to be willing to come forward to engage Inc. magazine, painstakingly report three years of granular data and compete amongst the rest of entrepreneurial America.
Going from zero to six companies on the Inc. 500 list in just one year proves that innovative, privately held companies, CEOs and boards of directors do exist and can thrive and hire here. This year’s dramatic improvements also argue that hiding out under the radar is no longer an effective strategy for S.C. economics. We need businesses to continue to come forward and tell their S.C. story nationally.

Baron C. Hanson

RedBaron Strategy Consulting