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Success Story Archive

Wheels of business turn rapidly for startup Boyd Cycling

Nicole and Boyd Johnson started making handcrafted road performance bicycles and wheels in September of 2009. Within the first year, they decided to focus on the production of their carbon fiber and alloy wheels and started Boyd Cycling in Greenville. Made for avid riders, their wheels are designed to be fast, comfortable and provide a better ride.

Carbon fiber is a stiff, strong, lightweight material perfect for performance riding, but due to cost, wheels made of this material were traditionally used only by riders on race day. With advancements in carbon and epoxies, these wheels have become more durable and affordable meaning an average rider can now enjoy these high quality wheels on a daily basis.

According to Nicole Johnson, sales have doubled every year since Boyd Cycling began. The company website, www.BoydCycling.com, features a variety of wheel products, as well as brakes and riding accessories such as bags for wheel storage.

While the couple started out building wheels themselves, the Johnsons now handle sales, marketing and engineering. The company now has ten employees including four wheel builders.

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SC SBDC honors Charleston Defense Contractors Association

The SC Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) recently honored the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) with the Partner of Distinction Award. This award is in appreciation of exceptional understanding and support of the mission, capabilities and economic impact of the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers.

In a ceremony at the annual SC SBDC awards dinner state director Michele Abraham said, “This award is presented to an organization that understands our values, capabilities and economic impact and actively supports our mission. The Charleston Defense Contractors Association is an esteemed partner in our quest to connect clients with defense contracting opportunities in the Lowcountry and help grow the overall economy of our state.”

President of the CDCA, Mark Gadomski and small business chair of the CDCA board, Brian Lindgren, were at the ceremony to receive the award. The CDCA works closely with SC SBDC consultants to provide information, teaming opportunities and mentoring to small businesses pursuing federal contracting. The CDCA helps promote the SC SBDC network through client referrals, as well as events and conferences.

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