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Congratulations to our March 2014 Small Business of the Month: US&S, Inc!

Posted by: Tripp James on Monday, March 24, 2014
Congratulations to US&S, Inc. for being selected as March 2014 Small Business of the Month! The award was presented at last week’s board meeting by Michael Herlong from our selection committee and Herlong Bates Burnett Insurance, Inc along with sponsor, Charter Business, represented by Ken Pelanda. CEO Richard Hagins and Business Development Manager, Euleta Alston accepted on behalf of the company… and brought the entire team for pictures to the ceremony! It was a true pleasure meeting them all and we really appreciate their strong support of the Chamber!! After serving his country for 23 years as a U.S. Naval Officer and retiring in 2000 with the rank of Commander, Richard Hagins followed his entrepreneurial spirit and grandfather's passion for service when founding Universal Supplies & Services, Inc., now US&S, in 2003. The company started with an initial $25,000 investment and 2 unpaid employees and has grown to a multi-million dollar enterprise with over 75 employees under Hagins' leadership! US&S is a facility maintenance and support service provider specializing in six core competencies including operations and maintenance, repairs, renovation, janitorial, grounds maintenance, and staff augmentation services. US&S offers an unparalleled level of service for clients and operates at offices and project sites predominantly throughout the southeast United States, serving federal, commercial, industrial, and institutional markets. The company is an 8(a), SDB, and verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. US&S’ substantial base of long-term, repeat clients demonstrates the importance they place on building and sustaining relationships through the culture of their people and performance. The company has received notable recognitions over the years including… Greenville Chamber Minority Business of the Year, Leading Minority Business in the Upstate by GSA Business, Outstanding Small Business Partner by Lockheed Martin, and recognized as a Major Success Story by the Small Business Administration. Over the past 11 years, US&S has truly earned a reputation they are proud to maintain for many years to come! Personally, I really like the US&S Mission Statement which clearly showcases pride… they strive to “lead through professional, talented, and passionate people, treat others the way they want to be treated, and make a positive difference in the world.” That says a lot to me!! Plus they back it up! Finally, US&S has been greatly involved with the Greenville Chamber for over a decade. Their service is amazing and we’re truly fortunate to have their dedication and support! They believe in win-win partnerships and state “The success of the Chamber results in success for businesses like US&S and ultimately the success of the economic landscape across Greenville.” So, I highly recommend giving Rich and his team a call at US&S! They will take great care of you! To learn more… browse their website at


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