A Beaufort businessman was honored this week for his efforts to boost community and economic development in the area.
Stephen Murray, president and CEO of Kazoobie Kazoos in Beaufort and chairman-elect of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, was named an Ambassador for Economic Development by the Department of Commerce as part of S.C. Industry Appreciation Week.
Murray was one of 47 honored Tuesday in a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion.
Murray purchased the kazoo factory in January 2012 after serving as its president. The business earned the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce's Excellence in Free Enterprise award in 2010 and was a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Top 75 small business in 2011.
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Murray also co-founded Harmony Educational Services, a Florida-based after-school tutoring and education consulting company that provided math and reading tutoring to about 100 students and created jobs for 30 tutors and support staff annually.
His newest venture, Beaufort-based New South Shirts, uses the latest technology to provide a cost-effective way to print and embroider custom apparel.
He is the past chairman of the Leadership Beaufort Alumni Association. He was named Outstanding Lowcountry Young Professional in 2012 by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The Department of Commerce names Ambassadors for Economic Development each year. Those honored include local leaders from a variety of businesses in the private sector and economic development organizations that work to secure new jobs and investment in their communities.