Elliott Davis CPA Recognized for Small Business Financial Advocacy Efforts

COLUMBIA, S.C., Mar. 19, 2012 – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has named James M. “Jim” Manley, Jr., a certified public accountant in Greenwood, as the 2012 South Carolina Financial Services Champion of the Year. Manley is a shareholder with tax, assurance and consulting services firm Elliott Davis, LLC, where he heads its Greenwood office’s accounting resources practice. The Financial Services Champion award honors an individual who assists small businesses through efforts to increase the usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services.

Manley’s primary focus is small businesses—referred to as closely-held businesses—which range from manufacturing firms to restaurants to home-based businesses. He provides tax, assurance and business consulting solutions, which means he can help clients with anything from tax returns to audits and reviews to even their most basic business questions.

“It’s all about keeping an open line of communication and staying in contact on a regular basis,” Manley said. “I’m fully dedicated  to serving my clients and helping them meet their comprehensive financial needs and goals as best I can.”

Manley “has always been available for answers to questions and has given us invaluable direction as well in our business endeavors,” Denise Medford, president and CEO of The Links at Stoney Point in Greenwood, S.C., wrote in a letter supporting Manley’s nomination.

Elliott Davis has offices throughout four southeastern states and around 400 employees. Manley started with the firm in 1993 as an intern and became a full-time employee after receiving his master’s in accounting. One of about 50 shareholders, he serves on the firm’s closely-held business and accounting resources practice committees.

Manley was nominated by Jeff Smith, director of small business and communications at the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

The SBA will honor all South Carolina award winners on Wednesday, May 16, during the ninth annual Salute to Small Business at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.