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Woman-Owned Small Business Award Named for Eugenia Duke

Greenville, SC —Eugenia Duke, one of Greenville, South Carolina’s earliest businesswomen, will be commemorated on May 1, 2018 with the kick-off of National Small Business Week.  Presented by the Greenville Chamber and CommunityWorks, the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Small Business Awards will be announced during a banquet at Cascades at Verdae from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Andrew Smart, CEO and President of Duke Brands, has led the efforts to recognize Duke Sandwich and Duke’s Mayonnaise founder Eugenia Duke for her efforts as an entrepreneur and businesswoman in an era where women were not even allowed to vote.  Mrs. Duke began a sandwich-making business in her kitchen on Manly Street in Greenville, SC in 1917 and quickly found success selling sandwiches to the soldiers arriving at Camp Sevier for training during WWI.

“We are presenting the award for the Eugenia Duke Woman-Owned Business of the Year during the celebration of small businesses in our region.  Mrs. Duke was a pioneer of female-owned business in 1917 and she is an inspiration for women who are also following their dreams of business ownership today,” said Andrew Smart.  “It is fitting to recognize Mrs. Duke by naming this award for her while celebrating a current woman-owned business.”

Earlier this month, Duke Brands also honored Mrs. Duke’s legacy by naming the bridge behind the Peace Center and RiverPlace the “Eugenia Duke Bridge.”  A permanent historical plaque was unveiled detailing her accomplishments.

More information about the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Small Business Awards can be found at Eugenia Duke’s sandwich recipes are still served at three Duke Sandwich locations in Greenville, SC. To learn more about Duke Brands and the Duke family of foods, stop by

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  • Greenville Chamber of Commerce – Congratulations to Duke Brands, our September Small Business of the Month!


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