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High Spirits Hospitality named Woman-Owned Business of the Year

Staff Report //May 3, 2018//

High Spirits Hospitality named Woman-Owned Business of the Year

Staff Report //May 3, 2018//

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Tammy Johnson, High Spirits Hospitality’s president and CEO, accepted the Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year from CommunityWorks on May 1.

A native of Houston, Johnson moved to Greenville in 2009 to work as the marketing manager for a South Carolina-based restaurant group, according to a news release. She started her journey into entrepreneurship in January of 2011 when she opened Liquid Catering, a special event bartending company.

The Old Cigar Warehouse followed in February of 2013, and she added Bravo1 Protection, a private security company, in 2015, according to the news release. She started High Spirits Hospitality in 2017 to oversee all of those companies along with High Spirits Events, which is an event company that puts on the annual Tacos & Tequila Fiesta.

Johnson serves as a volunteer bar manager for Euphoria where she also is a board member. She also serves on the board of the University Center as well as the City of Greenville’s Accommodations Tax Committee, according to the news release. She has been recognized as one of Greenville's Best & Brightest under 35; was a 2013 finalist for Greenville Chamber's Young Professional of the Year; and was a member of Leadership Greenville Class 39, the news release says. In 2014 she was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Business Black Box Magazine and Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the South Carolina Small Business Administration. Earlier this year, she was named one of Greenville’s Most Influential Leaders by Greenville Business Magazine.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by this award,” Johnson said. “It is tough to be a woman business owner, and I thank CommunityWorks for recognizing that challenge by giving out this award.”

CommunityWorks is a non-profit financial organization committed to building a better future for underserved families and communities through financial education, lending, and investing.

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