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actors 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.

Pittinger worked with Jordon to develop JCC’s business plan, marketing campaign and marketing strategy to secure government contracts. She also assisted Jordon in networking with key individuals in the federal sector. In September 2014, Jordon Construction Company was awarded their first government contract and by December 2014, they had earned in excess of $378,000 in government contract sales. To date, the company has worked on eight government projects. Jordon Construction Company was chosen by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce as the 2014 recipient of the Minority Business of the Year Award. The company now employs four full-time and four part-time employees on projects, but the company has also hired up to 15 employees as projects warrant including a host of subcontractors.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with James Jordon and his staff over the years,” Pittinger said. “He has worked so hard to grow his business even when there were many challenges. He is appreciative of the assistance and advice that I have given and he acts on it. We have had to be creative when looking for opportunities within the federal sector and now to see him finally making great progress is very satisfying.”

“Working with the SC SBDC has been a game changer for me and the JCC team,” Jordon said. “With the assistance of Sherry Pittinger and the SBDC sta

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  ess 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.”

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