The SBA South Carolina District Office has selected the 2022 National Small Business Week winners for state.
The winners of the 2022 South Carolina National Small Business Week Awards are:
Small Business Person of the Year - Ann Son, Holy City Linen Services - Charleston SC
Small Business Exporter of the Year - Robert G. Suber, MGS LLC - Columbia, SC
Small Business Development Center Excellence & Innovation Award - Greenwood Area Small Business Development Center - Greenwood, SC
Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Gabrielle Goodwin, Confidence by Gabby Goodwin - Columbia, SC
Rural Small Business Person of the Year - Steve Riley, Emerald Ink & Stitch - Greenwood, SC
South Carolina Female Small Business Person of the Year - Kathy Lindell, Simple Treasures - Summerville, SC
South Carolina Minority Small Business Person of the Year - James D. Jordon, Jordon Construction Company - Greenville, SC
South Carolina 8(a) Firm of the Year - Calvin Whitfield, CCCS International, LLC - Charleston, SC
South Carolina Federal Procurement Agency of the Year - 628th Contracting Squadron – Joint Base Charleston – Charleston, SC
Confidence CEO Gabrielle “GaBBY” Goodwin was just five years old when she insisted that she and her mom create a barrette that would not disappear from her hair. Gabby and Rozalynn invented GaBBY Bows -- the first and patented Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette and started the company when Gabby was seven years old.
Since then, GaBBY Bows have saved families time, money and frustration in all 50 U.S. states and ten countries.
This is not Gabby’s first award. She was named the youngest ever South Carolina Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 and the 2018 Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the Year. The company was also named the national SCORE Foundation Outstanding Diverse Business of the Year in 2016.