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Honoring Black Owned Business Success

Photos by Cokeitha Gaddist

By Cokeitha Gaddist

On Saturday evening February 18, the First Annual Black Awards Success Banquet was held at Cottageville Elementary School. The evening of elegance celebrated the success of 37 black business owners who have affected the community through their business for over 40 years. Brad Graham, owner of Big Man Trucking, sponsored the event. Graham is a native of Walterboro. He received his training locally at Thunderbolt Career and Technology Center and later started his own trucking business. “After I started my business I received so much support and respect from other black business owners that I wanted to do something to recognize them for their success and their impact in the community,” said Graham. “My vision was to bring everyone together to say thank you and to continue to encourage them in their business at this awards banquet for Black History Month,” he said.
Geraldo Brown, Assistant Manager at Koger’s Mortuary Service was the master of the ceremony who preceded over the event. Phillip M. Taylor gave remarks thanking all the business owners for their contributions to the social and economic impact on Colleton County and the legacy they have created in the community. “Continue to grow and develop your business and help pave the way for new and more business owners; cooperatively we build a better community when we come together and advance our business,” said Taylor.
Business owners recognized ranged from Katrina Payne a hairstylist with over twenty years of experience, who is a new business owner of Transformation Beauty Salon to Roosevelt Chaplin who has been in business with Chap’s Bail Bonding for over forty years and was the first black-owned bails bondsman in Walterboro. Proceeds from the event will go toward Graham’s plans to start an afterschool program for kids in the community giving them something safe, fun and productive to do outside of school. “If I can reach our kids I can help make a change,” says Graham.
Businesses who received awards include Auto Detailing Specialist, Benji’s Bail Bonding, Carz R Us, Chap’s Bail Bonding, Delon Company Presents Transitionz, DDR Serenity Transportation, Hodge Barber Shop, Hosey’s, Hosey’s Package Shop, Gant& Gant Construction, Hair it Is, J&J Fence Company, Koger’s Mortuary Services, Larry’s Bail Bonding, Lowcountry Cellular LLC, Magic Shine Detail, Margie Bright Matthew Attorney at Law, Perfect Image Portrait, Pinckney’s Construction, Pinckney’s Trucking, Pit Stop Barber Shop, Powell Painting, Power of Faith Deliverance Ministry, Professional Barber Shop, Reflections Beauty & Barber Shop, Saint Center Ministry, Sheena’s Hair by Demand, Southern Style Barber Shop, Stylez Imagine, Super Bad, The Vine Sip ‘N Paint Studio, Tonya’s Hair Creations, Ultimate Touch Hair Studio, Unique Construction, Washington Brothers Logging, Wii Cab Services and Williams Seafood.

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