Chip and Kristi Rush of Rush Heating & Cooling and Rush Hobby & Garden have been named the Greenwood SC Chamber’s Small Business Persons of the Year. They will be honored at a luncheon on Oct. 27 as a part of the Chamber’s annual Small Business festivities.

This recognition is important to the small business community according to Chamber Interim President & CEO David Dougherty.

“Being selected means that you are not only dedicated to your business, but have had a positive influence on customers and your community. Small businesses are the heart and soul of our great community, so we find great joy in working with them and honoring those who contribute to the Greenwood community.” he said.

Chip and Kristi’s nominator said, “Their philosophy is that the people who work with them are co-workers not employees. Their main focus as business owners isthe well-being of their co-workers and customers.

The Rushes will be honored at the 31st Small Business Awards Luncheon presented by Countybank at the Harris Baptist Church from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The luncheon will feature award-winning Greenville businessman James Bennett, owner of Upstate Home Care Solutions, LLC. He will discuss his tips for Small Businesses Steps for Success.

About the honoreesSince acquiring Rush Heating & Cooling in 2003, Chip and Kristi have led the growth from a one-man, one-truck operation to a large family business of over 20 people with 12 service and install vehicles. Incorporated in 2004, Rush Heating & Cooling was started by Chip’s father in the early 1970s.

Under Chip and Kristi’s leadership, Rush Heating & Cooling has become one of Greenwood’s premiere service providers in Upstate South Carolina. They recently expanded their business ownership with the purchase of Rush Hobby & Garden Center. Through this venture they continue to provide outdoor and gardening products along with exemplary customer service to the Greenwood community.

Along with the events they do for their employees to show their appreciation for their hard work, Chip and Kristi consistently make commitments to improving the community. From their involvement in Koats for Kids, the Lakelands Homebuilder’s Chili Cookoff, the S.C. Festival of Flowers, Habitat for Humanity, and sponsorships of local youth sports, Chip and Kristi continually give back to the community.

Luncheon reservationsAdvance luncheon reservations are requested by noon Oct. 23. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program and awards presentation at noon. The cost is $25 for Chamber investors and $30 for nonmembers. To register for the luncheon or for information, register at or contact the Chamber at 864-889-9313 or by email at

Submitted by Madison Herig