Advance Point Global -- a Hilton Head Island security company headed by state Rep. Andy Patrick, R-Hilton Head, who is running for the 1st congressional seat -- has won a spot in Bluffton's small business incubator.
The company is the tenth accepted into the incubator, named the Don Ryan Center for Innovation, which provides free business advice, mentoring and subsidized office space for startup technology companies.
"It looks like a viable company who, as they become successful, can really help the community," said Jordan Berliner, director of the incubator, a 501(c) 3 supported by the town of Bluffton, Clemson University and private companies. "They're a technology company with good growth potential."
Berliner stressed that the company was vetted the same way as all other potential incubator companies and was given no special treatment because of Patrick.
Advance Point Global will help local governments and private companies ensure potential employees are lawful U.S. residents eligible for work.
"Employees must verify that (potential employees) are able to work in the United States and that they have completed the necessary documents," Berliner said. "So the question is whether the documents are valid or whether it's a made-up Social Security number. States have to find a way to audit that. (APG) is working on a mechanism to do that more efficiently."
Patrick, CEO of APG, which provided security for GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum last year, was not immediately available for comment.
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