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

2019 Workshop Presentations:
February 20, 2020 Workshop – Expand Your Reach

September 10, 2019 Workshop – GEW
June 4, 2019 Workshop – Scribble
March 20, 2019 Workshop – Setting Priorities

Alternative Capital Providers Network

Who: Network of non-traditional lenders (Angel Investors, Micro Lenders, Venture Capitalists, etc.)

What: Convene occasionally to connect with each other and share best practices

Capital Resources in the Upstate:
Small Business Resources by County
Upstate Resources & Alternative Capital Sources


Entrepreneur Friendly Toolkit

Ten at the Top, in collaboration with the Appalachian Council of Governments, has put together a planning program that elected officials can use for supporting and attracting small business development.

Resource Map

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