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South Carolina business leader meets virtually with President Biden

Updated: Aug 13, 2021

On Wednesday, August 11, small business owner Diane Sumter, CEO of DESA in Columbia, SC, met virtually with President Joe Biden and three others representing health care, a university and the travel industry to discuss efforts to get all workers vaccinated for Covid-19.


The unannounced, private meeting featured leaders who have already required their employees to be vaccinated. Other participants included Greg A. Adams, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frede

rick, President of Howard University, and Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines.


The President sought input on the process the four went through to mandate vaccinations and receive advice on encouraging other businesses to do the same.


“Making sure every American receives the Covid-19 vaccine is essential for Main Street to fully recover from the pandemic, especially for the communities that were hit hardest. As trusted voices in their communities, small business owners have an important role to play in making that happen,” said Sumpter. “I was honored to be able to share my story about getting my workplace vaccinated with the president, and I look forward to seeing the administration continue to engage small minority business owners like me to get more people protected from Covid-19.”


Sumpter recently appeared on WIS-TV (NBC affiliat


e) to discuss the vaccine mandate she implement for her 20 employees. She said, “We needed to protect the ‘all’ and every employee has some place they go at the end of the day, whether it’s family, friends, parents, et cetera. So, we wanted to make sure we were doing our part.”

Sumpter encourages all businesses, especially small and minority business owners, to take steps to help stop the devastating impact of COVID-19 and the more contagious Delta variant. “This begins with protecting your staff, customers, and clients by requiring the vaccine. Our businesses are perhaps the least likely to come out intact if this pandemic continues its current path.



DESA is a 35-year-old business services firm in Columbia, SC. The firm has been serving minority-owned businesses since its inception. Diane Sumpter is a fierce advocate for the growth and development of minority-owned businesses. She has been working for change in South Carolina for the last 40 years. She is encouraging small and minority-owned businesses to enact vaccine policies to help preserve their businesses and communities.






The President sought input on the process the four went through to mandate vaccinations and receive advice on encouraging other businesses to do the same.


“Making sure every American receives the Covid-19 vaccine is essential for Main Street to fully recover from the pandemic, especially for the communities that were hit hardest. As trusted voices in their communities, small business owners have an important role to play in making that happen,” said Sumpter. “I was honored to be able to share my story about getting my workplace vaccinated with the president, and I look forward to seeing the administration continue to engage small minority business owners like me to get more people protected from Covid-19.”


Sumpter recently appeared on WIS-TV (NBC affiliate) to discuss the vaccine mandate she implement for her 20 employees. She said, “We needed to protect the ‘all’ and every employee has some place they go at the end of the day, whether it’s family, friends, parents, et cetera. So, we wanted to make sure we were doing our part.”

Sumpter encourages all businesses, especially small and minority business owners, to take steps to help stop the devastating impact of COVID-19 and the more contagious Delta variant. “This begins with protecting your staff, customers, and clients by requiring the vaccine. Our businesses are perhaps the least likely to come out intact if this pandemic continues its current path.

DESA is a 35-year-old business services firm in Columbia, SC. The firm has been serving minority-owned businesses since its inception. Diane Sumpter is a fierce advocate for the growth and development of minority-owned businesses. She has been working for change in South Carolina for the last 40 years. She is encouraging small and minority-owned businesses to enact vaccine policies to help preserve their businesses and communities.


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