Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality

Growing the competitiveness of the Upstate in the global economy

The Upstate’s economy has diversified in recent decades to become better positioned for growth in the Global Economy of the 21st Century. The Upstate is now home to both traditional manufacturing and a growing stable of national and international companies focused on research and innovation. In addition, an expanding legion of entrepreneurs and small businesses are dotting the landscape and serving as a key element of the Upstate’s economy. Continuing to cultivate and support small businesses and entrepreneurs is a critical component of the future economic growth of the region. Ten at the Top has been convening two groups around this driver area, and has compiled a few tools as well.

Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem

Who: Network of professionals that support the growth and development of the Upstate’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

What: Convene quarterly to network, learn, and share effective strategies to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Upstate

2020 Virtual Workshop Presentations:

Register now for July 22 workshop—Best Practices: Financial Statement Discipline

June 25, 2020 Entrepreneur Ecosystem Zoom Workshop: Best Practices: Using Digital Tools and Digital Audits to Promote Local Businesses

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May 12, 2020 Entrepreneur Ecosystem Zoom Workshop: Supporting Entrepreneurs in Uncertain Times

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May 5, 2020 Entrepreneur Ecosystem Zoom Workshop: Current & Future Impact of COVID-19 for Upstate Entrepreneurs presented by Scott Baier

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April 28, 2020 Entrepreneur Ecosystem Zoom Workshop: Mental Health Considerations for Entrepreneurs  presented by Beth Freeman

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April 21, 2020 Entrepreneur Ecosystem Zoom Workshop: Tax Changes in the CARES Act and Accounting Best Practices presented by Scott Patterson

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April 14, 2020 Entrepreneur Ecosystem Zoom Workshop: Alternatives to SBA Lending Panel Discussion with Brendan Buttimer, Skyler Jackson, Tammie Hoy Hawkins, and Julie Franklin

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April 7, 2020 Entrepreneur Ecosystem Zoom Workshop: Important COVID-19 Employee Leave and Unemployment Changes for Business presented by Michael Nail

April 7 Zoom workshop audio:

March 31, 2020 Entrepreneur Ecosystem Zoom Workshop: SBDC’s Role and an Introduction to the EIDL and PPP Loans

March 31 Zoom workshop audio:

Resource Map

Ten at the Top has put together an interactive map to highlight the resources available for entrepreneurs and small business owners.