Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem | Partner Series
Mastering Hard Conversations – How to Talk While Networking: Conversations to Best Explain Your Business
October 7, 2021
Sara Carter, Program Coordinator from CommunityWorks Women’s Business Center, lead the conversation with LeKesa Whitner of Start:Me Spartanburg and entrepreneur Tamika Thompson. LeKesa hears pitches and stories from many business owners, so she has a great perspective on how to stand out. Tamika is the owner of Beyond this February, a Black women owned independent bookstore that prioritizes Black stories year-round. Tamika has been a finalist in the Start:Me and Leap program.
See Tamika’s Facebook page for her pop-up book shops, including this Sunday at the Hub City Farmer’s Market.
Visit StartGrowUpstate.com for resources to start and grow your businesses!
Shared Chat and Contact information:
TATT Chat Recap October 7th
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DHEC Upstate Health Update
- Dr. Kandi Fredere, Upstate Public Health Director, SC DHEC
- Dr. Lisa Carlson, Upstate Medical Director, SC DHEC
- Do you recommend getting a J&J shot if you had one shot of the Pfizer and had an allergic reaction from it? Is mixing ok?
- This is best decided with your doctor and make an individual decision.
- Are 3rd shot boosters really necessary, and how do they improve efficacy?
- Data continues to change. Currently, a 3rd dose is for someone who received Moderna or Pfizer and they have an expectation that they would not mount a good response to the initial 2 doses due to immune deficiencies. Which shows that the 3rd vaccine helps mount a better response. The booster is for all individuals who would have had the expected initial immune response, but the immunity has started to wane, especially the 65+ crowd. CDC has expanded it to include individuals exposed frequently to potential COVID exposure.
- Can you talk about the Monoclonal Antibodies?
- Monoclonal antibodies: for a short time, there was excess supply. Effective in preventing disease and can be given subcutaneously via injection. Must have doctor’s orders. They’re available to some via medical providers.
- Does DHEC track excess deaths in South Carolina?
- They look at observed vs. expected for death rates.
Megan Rogers, Carolina Center for Behavioral Health is a 156-bed acute care hospital that is open 24/7. They help with psychiatric and substance use disorder treatment and do not require a referral. See Megan’s TATT newsletter article here.
Carson Lecroy, Hamilton Career and Technology Center helps over 1000 high school students through 20 different programs to help students have some college credit or meaningful adult experience to use post-high school graduation. See Carson’s TATT newsletter article here.
The RobinHood Group established FoodShare Union County in June 2021.
During the 2020 and 2021 SCAFM annual meetings and at our most recent board meeting we discussed the importance and need for partnering and collaborating with each other on grant funding opportunities, mentoring new markets and visiting each other’s markets. This year four counties, Greenville, Spartanburg, Union and Williamsburg are partnering with FoodShare SC and local medical facilitators to apply for the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) grant funding for the Veggie Rx prescription program to combat diabetes in the counties. The RobinHood Group’s local partners include Rebekah’s Harvest, a local nonprofit that has distributed over 10,000 USDA free produce boxes; the Union County Library System, which serves as the local hub for community activity and the Union Medical Center that serves as our medical facility. These organizations are also members of the Union County Public Health Taskforce.
Another exciting benefit of FoodShare is being able to help our neighbors and family members reduce illnesses. FoodShare South Carolina was awarded a five-year grant to improve South Carolinians’ access to fresh, healthy food as a foundational step to decreasing the impact of diabetes on the state. In Union County with a population is 27,316, the diabetes rate is 12.2%, 47% of adults are classifies as obese and we have a children poverty rate of 32%. In comparison South Carolina’s overall diabetes rate of 8%, 20% adult obesity rate and only 15% of children living in poverty, Union County is falling behind on these key health indicators. FoodShare Union County is providing a great service to the County, an awesome benefit to residents and increasing income for farmers and keeping revenue in the County.
By Carson LeCroy
Hamilton Career and Technology Center
The Hamilton Career and Technology Center, located in Oconee County, strives to live up to it’s slogan, “Discovering Passion, Finding Purpose.” We serve the high school students in the School District of Oconee County and have 1027 students enrolled this school year. The students spend half of their day on our campus, taking one of our 24 different course offerings that prepare students for many different types of business and industry. Our courses also pave the way for students to continue their education at Tri-County Technical College or another post-secondary institution. Our tremendous faculty, composed of traditionally trained educators and teachers coming from actual industry, work hard to provide students with authentic learning opportunities to prepare them for the workforce or post-secondary education.
Our goal is to have every student that completes one of our programs to be a “college or career ready” student and have work based experience or an industry-recognized credential in their pocket when they graduate. A career-ready “completer” is a student who completes a course of study worth six credits or more. That is over 700 hours of classroom time learning technical and career based skills that will directly impact a bountiful workforce in Oconee County and the Upsate!
Another proud program at the Hamilton Career and Technology Center is our Transition Program. Our Transition Program serves students that receive specialized education and teaches them life skills and career skills, in order to live a fulfilling, independent life. These students run a school based restaurant, The Considerate Cafe. The restaurant is open to the public on Fridays from 11-1:00, and the students operate every facet of the restaurant, including serving up favorites like meat and three or barbacoa tacos.
The following is a list of courses offered at HCTC:
- Building Construction
- Architectural Design
- Mechanical Design
- Graphic Communications
- Marketing Communications
- Marketing Management
- Early Childhood Education
- Emergency Medical Services
- Health Science
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- PLTW Biomedical Sciences
- Sports Medicine
- Culinary Arts
- Computer Programming
- AP Computer Science
- Law Enforcement
- Machine Tool Technology
- Welding Technology
- PLTW Pre-Engineering
- Auto Collision Repair Technology
- Automotive Technology
- Employability Education Courses
- Independent Living Skills
This is the Hamilton Career and Technology Center’s second year at our new campus on Highway 11 in Westminster. The state of the art facility includes a one-of-a-kind paint booth in auto collision, over 20 CNC tooling machines, and a replica hospital wing for nursing students, just to name a few. One new and unique opportunity at the Hamilton Career and Technology Center is the upcoming Emergency Communications course. The Hamilton Career and Technology Center has partnered with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office to create a fully functional 911/dispatch room that will serve as the Sheriff’s Office official backup. Our law enforcement instructor will teach a course that will end in a Certification test for students to pursue a career in dispatch after graduation if they wish. The Hamilton Career and Technology Center is thankful to partner with the Sheriff’s Office, as well as the many other businesses that provide equipment, shadowing, and work-based learning opportunities for our students. Want to get involved and learn more information about taking on a “work-based learner” at your business? Please reach out to us!
Hamilton Career and Technology Center
4454 Oconee Business Parkway
Westminster, SC 29693
Instagram and Twitter: @HCTCoconee
Facebook: Hamilton Career and Technology Center