MTC Commissioner Diane Sumpter Named Finalist for National Small Business Association Award

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

The National Small Business Association announced that Midlands Technical College Commissioner Diane E. Sumpter is one of five finalists for the 2017 Lewis Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. 
Sumpter represents Richland County on the Midlands Technical College Commission, where she establishes policy for governing the college, oversees and guides the president in the administration of the college, and helps to establish a favorable and supportive environment for the college.  
Finalists for the national award are selected for demonstrating a commitment to small-business advocacy beyond policies that specifically affect their own business or industry, as well as a broad scope of volunteer efforts to advance and improve small business.
“I am honored to recognize this group of outstanding, outspoken small-business advocates,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “They have spent countless hours working to improve laws and regulations impacting America’s small-business community, and their efforts will make small-business ownership more viable for entrepreneurs for years to come.”
Sumpter is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of DESA, Inc., where she has spent more than 40 years working as a catalyst for change in South Carolina and the nation. As a business leader, she has concentrated on economic development while leading advocacy efforts for small, woman- and minority-owned business enterprises.
A committed community activist, Sumpter regularly donates her time and resources to educational advancement and cultural awareness. She also contributes her time and resources with a special emphasis on supporting black males at MTC. 
“Being a small-business owner is hard, and it’s even harder to find time to engage in politics and advocate on issues that impact not just your small business, but all small businesses,” stated NSBA Chair Pedro Alfonso of Dynamic Concepts, Inc. in Washington, D.C. “I am humbled by the dedication of our five finalists and applaud their fight to improve America’s small-business community.”
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Sumpter moved to Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. She continued her education by earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and social work, respectively, from the University of South Carolina. 
The award winner will be announced during NSBA’s Annual Advocate of the Year Award Luncheon on June 19.