GREENVILLE, S.C. -Sponsored by Duke Brands, The Eugenia Duke Woman Owned Business of the Year was presented to Tammy Johnson as the CEO of High Spirit's Hospitality. Both the Greenville Chamber and Community Works found Ms. Johnson to embody the legacy of female entrepreneurship that Eugenia demonstrated.
The award is named after Eugenia Duke who was the founder of Duke's Mayonnaise. She was South Carolina's earliest businesswomen, in a time when women were not even allowed to vote. Eugenia is truly an inspiration for women and one of the first pioneers of women-owned businesses.
In the interview with Tammy conducted by CommunityWorks and the Greenville Chamber, Tammy said, "I am incredibly honored to be receiving the Eugenia Duke Women Owned Business of the Year Award. I love that CommunityWorks and the Greenville Chamber recognize this award because it's incredibly hard for women to own businesses even in today's world." Tammy also goes on to mention how difficult it can be to manage the immense amount of pressure and expectations for women nowadays to "do it all." Tammy also mentioned how an award such as Eugenia Duke's is extremely validating and rewarding for all of the hard work she has put into her businesses.