The South Carolina Airports Coalition, which includes Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Myrtle Beach International Airport and Charleston International Airport, will receive the Outstanding Business Award as a part of the 2016 Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards hosted by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Riley Institute at Furman in partnership with Upstate Chambers.
The Outstanding Business Award is given to a business that exhibits leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion internally and serves as an example for others to follow. The four airports joined together to create a program to help small, minority and women owned businesses.
The program, called Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Fly-Ins conducted by each of the airports, invites businesses from across the state to learn about required state and federal certifications and vendor list selections. It provides an opportunity to network with airport representatives responsible for buying various goods and services.
“The South Carolina Airports Coalition DBE-Fly-In Program is not only an outstanding example of diversity and inclusion but also a great example of partnership and collaboration involving the four largest airports in the state,” said Dave Edwards, GSP Airport District president and CEO. “This is the kind of program that can be duplicated by commercial airports around the country and result in having a major impact on how small, minority and women owned businesses succeed by doing business with airports.”