Four South Carolina SBDC clients win state SBA awards

May 13, 2023

Joseph Wilson, Tremaine Moore, Marvin Ross and Michael Williams recognized for excellence in advancing the needs of the small business community

The South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC), the state’s premier provider of business assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners, is pleased to announce that four of its clients were recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration-South Carolina District Office (SBA) for outstanding achievement in special categories significant to the small business community.

The awards were presented by South Carolina SBA District Director Gregg White in a ceremony honoring National Small Business Week held May 5 in Columbia at the Medallion Conference Center. The event was hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration-South Carolina District Office and the City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities. Salute to Small Business Week is a National annual event organized by the SBA.

The SBA named Tremaine Moore of Naturally Geechee the 2023 South Carolina Female Small Business Person of the Year, Marvin Ross of Peculiar Pig Farm South Carolina Minority Small Business Person of the Year and Michael O’Shaughnessy Williams of Calavera Tool Works South Carolina Rural Small Business Owner of the Year. Joseph Wilson Jr. of Toll Solutions was named the SBA’s National Exporter of the Year.

The Greenville Area SBDC led by Area Manager and business consultant Earl Gregorich was honored as the state’s SBDC Center of Excellence and Innovation.

“The development and growth of small businesses in South Carolina are essential to the state’s overall economy,” said SC SBDC State Director Michele Abraham. “The SC SBDC is honored to be supporting companies like Naturally Geechee, Toll Solutions, Peculiar Pig Farm and Calavera Tool Works to help them succeed. These clients are living proof that innovativeness, dedication and perseverance are conduits to success. The SC SBDC couldn’t be prouder of these four clients and is honored to be a part of their stories.”

About the Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. Celebrating the 56th Anniversary of Small Business Week from May 5-11, the SBA acknowledges the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized these outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their impact on their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.

About the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC)

Twenty South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) located throughout the state’s 46 counties offer no-fee individual, confidential business consulting. Highly trained consultants assist both existing and startup companies by providing a variety of services including business plan development, fiscal and operations management, human resources, financing options, marketing strategies and much more. In addition, the SC SBDC conducts a variety of affordable educational workshops and connects clients with useful business resources. Specialized services include government contracting, exporting, technology commercialization, veterans’ business assistance, cybersecurity and minority outreach. Visit to find a center and make an appointment. Follow us at and on Twitter @SCSBDC.