At a recent picnic at company headquarters, CMCS families and staff celebrated the generous $50,000 donation to the CMCS Capital Campaign by the Mercado families who head up Mercom Corporation. Larry and Stella Mercado are the dynamic, brother-and-sister duo who started and operate the technology firm, a shining economical development star in Georgetown County. Stella, Mercom’s CEO and CMCS board member, told the crowd how she and Larry learned from an early age the importance of giving back and stressed the importance of investing in education.
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Mercom Corporation and the Mercado family donated over $150,000 to local organizations in 2014. Amongst the significant recipients of the funds were: CMCS, which received $50,000; Teach My People, a non-profit organization that provides year round, high quality, organized programs that are spiritually driven to children at no-cost to their families, received $45,000; Startup.SC brings state funds to the Grand Strand to build a technology startup community and received $25,000.
“Mercom gives back with education and technology. Our support for the local community, children’s education, and STEM programs is recognizable and we want our growth and success to be synonymous with our financial contributions to these fruitful organizations,” said Betsy Chewning, Marketing and Vendor Relations for Mercom Corporation.
Established in 2000, Mercom Corporation is headquartered in Pawleys Island, SC and is certified by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Economically Disadvantaged/Woman Owned Small Business (ED/WOSB), and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). In addition, Mercom has a federal office in Fairfax, VA and satellite offices in Virginia Beach, VA and Charleston, SC. Mercom was listed as 37th on Grant Thornton’s South Carolina 100 in 2014, an annual ranking of the state’s largest privately owned companies in association with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. Mercom was ranked number 2667 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 with three-year sales growth of 141%. This was the 8th year in a row that Mercom has made the Inc. 5000 list.