Meet Larry Stevens
A South Carolina native, Larry Stevens served in the United States Air Force, graduated from SC State and then earned an MA in human resource management from Webster University. Stevens began his small business consulting career at the SC State Region SBDC, where he served for two years. In 2007, he moved on to the Winthrop Region SBDC as the Area Manager for the Rock Hill Area Office. Within two years, he was promoted to the position of Region Director for the Winthrop Region SBDC where he manages three centers that cover 15 counties. Within the Winthrop Region, the Rock Hill Area SBDC covers York, Chester, Lancaster, Cherokee and Union counties. The Florence Area SBDC covers Florence, Darlington, Marion, Dillon, Marlboro, Chesterfield, Williamsburg and Lee counties. The Myrtle Beach Area SBDC handles Horry and Georgetown counties.
Gregarious and social, Stevens is a serious businessman at heart. He is a big believer in networking and community service as a means of creating long-lasting business relationships and strategic partnerships that will benefit his clients. Stevens serves as a member of the Michelin Development Steering Committee, the board of directors of the York County Regional Chamber and the Union County Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Council for the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the York County Regional Chamber Youth Leadership Council and various other chambers of commerce within his region. Under his leadership, the Winthrop Region SBDC has taken the lead in forming a small business council in Chester County and launched a lunch-and-learn series in partnership with the City of Union and the Union Chamber of Commerce.
Stevens is an assistant professor of management at Winthrop University where he teaches Entrepreneurship, Principles of Management and Academy 101, a first year freshmen class. He was honored with both the Presidential Citation for Service to the Community and the Excellence in Service Award from Winthrop University’s College of Business Administration.
Stevens has a philosophy about what makes a small businessperson successful. He looks for clients who understand that it takes hard work, dedication and perseverance.
To Stevens, the best part of being a consultant is helping his clients change the way they look at their business circumstances allowing them to make positive changes. He likes a quote from Stephen Covey that reads, “The way we see the problem, is the problem.”
“People who seek to go into business because they are tired of working for someone else, or are looking to get rich quick, may have the wrong idea about what a true entrepreneur really is,” Stevens said. “Small business owners are the backbone of our nation and without the job security they offer our economy would definitely suffer.”