Greenville entrepreneur makes inroads into federal contracting opportunities
When James Jordon decided to relocate his business, he looked at several areas in the Southeast and ultimately chose Greenville, South Carolina. He felt the city’s quality of life and potential for growth and opportunities were a good fit for Jordon Construction Company (JCC General Contractors).
Established in 2012 and primarily focused on project management, JCC General Contactors began with Jordon as the only employee. Gradually the company expanded into a mix of project management, specialty finishes and commercial renovations; often using subcontractors to complete various projects. Jordon continually worked to obtain various certifications, licenses and bonding to make his company more marketable.
In November 2013, Jordon sought assistance from the Greenville Area Small Business Development Center. There he met consultant Sherry Pittinger who specializes in government procurement. She helped him with the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) certification application. The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) signature program, 8(a) is a 9-year developmental program that allows federal government acquisitions to be awarded on a noncompetitive or competitive basis to small or disadvantaged businesses. In May 2014, the SBA 8(a) certification was approved for Jordon Construction Company.
Rock Hill Area SBDC wins SBA Excellence and Innovation Award
Each year, the SBA Excellence and Innovation Award honors an SBDC center for excellence in providing value to small businesses and advancing program delivery and management through innovation. Each state has a winner and South Carolina’s 2015 winner is the Rock Hill Area SBDC. This center went on to win the SBA Region IV Excellence and Innovation Award besting centers from nine other states.
Nominee evaluation criteria include client satisfaction, business start-up numbers, job creation, capital infusion, and innovation and success in community economic development. The Rock Hill Area SBDC’s win was also based on the center’s outreach to the Latino community, involvement with University of South Carolina business student exporting projects and a consistently high level of interest in bettering the economic atmosphere of their local community.
South Carolina SBA District Director Elliott Cooper said of the win, “The Rock Hill Area SBDC has proven exceptional, both through the assistance it has given to countless individual entrepreneurs and through the many innovative programs and partnerships it has developed to better serve the business community. We are proud of everything they have accomplished and we are beyond proud to count them as a partner.”