Sumter, South Carolina | American Spirit. Global Edge. | 800.888.7926

Sumter Smarter Growth Initiative

Support and Influence from the Private Sector.

In 2005, the Sumter Smarter Growth Initiative (SSGI) was formed by 60 business leaders who understood that investing in economic development as a partner with government entities meant a better community and would ultimately result in a better business environment.

The same still holds true today. Now, with more than 125 businesses investing in SSGI – a 501 (c)6 not-for-profit organization and/or TheLINK Foundation – a 501 (c)3 not-for profit organization, or both, our team is in position to affect positive change on many different levels.  In 2017 alone, the private sector invested more than $495,000. Since 2015, SSGI and TheLINK have collectively raised more than $1 million in private sector funds and returned to our region a dollar for dollar match through a state legislative proviso for Economic Development Organizations. From 2005 to present, SSGI and TheLINK has raised more than $5 million from committed private sector partners to support economic development efforts.

TheLINK region has superior assets in terms of talent, property, infrastructure and access. An investment in economic development ensures that companies around the globe will take notice of what we have, see the willingness of businesses and individuals in this region to invest in it, and consider locating a facility here. With each new job that comes to TheLINK Region, a multiplier effect takes place as demand for goods and services increases. For example, for every dollar invested in bringing a company to the region, the regional economy could anticipate a $3300 return over 5 years.

To let our investors know just how much we appreciate them, we celebrate them at our signature Annual Bluegrass & Barbeque event – an evening of fun and fellowship, but more specifically a chance to say thank you in person. In its 11th year, this event is a showcase of the commitment our community has to improving and progressing.


  • Click here to join online or call (803) 418-0700.
  • If you'd like more information about our track record, click here to send an e-mail. We'll send you an investors packet immediately.
  • You can also download the SSGI Investment Card by clicking here.



  • A&P Recycling
  • Advantage Realty
  • Alliance Consulting Engineers
  • American Engineering Consultants
  • American Resource Group
  • Art Bradham, CPA
  • Bailey’s Automotive Repair & 24 Hour Towing
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of Clarendon
  • BB&T
  • BD Diagnostics, Preanalytical Solutions
  • Best Lumber and Millwork
  • Black River Electric Cooperative
  • Bosch Braking Systems
  • Boyle Automotive Group
  • Burgess-Brogdon Companies
  • Buxton Legal Group, LLC
  • Bynum Insurance
  • Carlisle & Associates
  • Carter Realty & Development
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Central Carolina Technical College
  • Century 21, Hawkins & Kolb
  • Chernoff Newman
  • Chuck Fienning
  • Coca Cola Consolidated
  • Coldwell Banker Commercial Cornerstone
  • Colonial Family Practice
  • Continental Tire The Americas, LLC
  • Curtis & Croft
  • Debbie Bowen
  • Diversified Plastics & Pkg., Inc.
  • Drewry Penn
  • Eaton Corp., Sumter Plant
  • ECB Construction
  • Edward Jones
  • EMS-CHEMIE (North America), Inc.
  • ESE Marketing
  • FTC - Farmers Telephone Cooperative
  • First Citizens Bank
  • Fitts & Goodwin
  • Food for the Southern Soul
  • Fort Roofing
  • Frasier Tire Service
  • Frontier Communications
  • G&G Metal Fabrication, Inc.
  • Galloway & Moseley
  • Glasscock Company, Inc.
  • Goodwin Automotive
  • Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce
  • H&A Reality Investment
  • H&S Wholesalers
  • Hill Plumbing and Electric Co., Inc.
  • Hose & Equipment
  • International Paper
  • J. O’Grady’s
  • Jeff Bryan Transport, US
  • J. H. Seale & Son, Inc.
  • Joe Singleton Company
  • Jonathan Bryan
  • Jones Automotive Group
  • Jones, Seth, Shuler & Killen, LLP
  • L&N Properties
  • Lynam Construction
  • Marketing Alliance
  • Mashburn Construction Company
  • Mayor Joe McElveen
  • McKenzie Paint & Decorating, Inc.
  • McLeod Health
  • Morgan Corp.
  • Naomi & Warner
  • NBSC
  • Newman Law Firm
  • Nexsen Pruett, LLC
  • Nicole Norris Design Studio
  • Norman Williams & Associates
  • Orr Company, Inc.
  • Palmetto Economic Dev. Corp.
  • Palmetto Party Rental
  • Palmetto Pigeon Plant
  • Palmetto Tire & Auto Service
  • Parker Poe
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Pilgrim’s Pride
  • Pinnacle Properties
  • Porter L. Thompkins, Jr., CPA
  • Progress Energy
  • Prudential/John M. Brabham
  • Reva Hotels Group
  • Royal Restrooms of the Carolinas
  • Russell Jeffcoat
  • S&ME
  • SAFE Federal Credit Union
  • Santee Cooper
  • SCANA Corporation
  • Schwartz, McLeod, DuRant & Jordan
  • Security Management of SC
  • Sharp Construction Co. of Sumter, Inc.
  • Shealy Electrical Wholesalers
  • Smoak Irrigation
  • South State Bank
  • Southern Industrial Constructors
  • Southern Roofing
  • Stanley Welch Clothiers
  • State Farm Insurance/Ben Griffith
  • State Farm Insurance/Gary Herlong
  • State Farm Insurance/Tammy Kelly
  • Steve Creech
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • Sumter Coatings
  • Sumter Medical Consultants
  • Sumter Packaging
  • Sumter Printing
  • Sumter Transport
  • Sumter Wood Preserving
  • SunPak Logistics
  • Sunset Country Club
  • The Item
  • Thompson Construction Group, Inc.
  • Toast Bartending Service, LLC
  • Transales
  • Travis Windham
  • Tuomey Healthcare System
  • Turner’s Garage
  • V.B. Hawthorne & Son
  • Vigier Computer Services
  • Wade S. Kolb, Jr. Attorney at Law
  • Walbridge
  • Walmart Store #511
  • Webster Rogers, LLP
  • Wells Fargo
  • William Day
  • Williams Brice Edwards Charitable Trust
  • Wilson MacEwen & Co., CPAs
  • XDOS/Xerox Digital Office Solutions


Once completed, mail your investment card to:

10 E. Liberty Street
Sumter, SC 29150

By investing in the SSGI, you are investing in a brighter, more vibrant economic future for the people of Sumter County, South Carolina.

Add Page to Report

As you navigate our site, you can use the “Add to Report” button add any page or property to a custom report that you can print out or save.

“We are grateful for the support we have received here in Sumter and South Carolina. Dynamic
local organizations and so many individuals have definitely helped us expand. More jobs at Apex
help the entire Sumter community. It’s great to be a part of that.”
Ryan Cagle
Vice President, ABS and Project Management Apex Tool Group, LLC.