Guest Speakers: Matt Bell from SCRA/SC Launch, Frannie Stockwell from the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, and Larry Bounds from Chautauqua Festival.


Resource Updates

You can view a recording of the meeting here and the presentation here.

Frannie Stockwell, Cherokee Chamber of Commerce

  • Cherokee’s Chamber works with existing businesses and brings in new businesses
  • Economic Development finds industries and the chamber works with small businesses
  • Connections are made other ways, such as TATT and Start-Grow Upstate
  • SC Work Force assists with jobs and employees
  • Institute of Innovation is a great resource for new businesses coming in (high school seniors graduate with a certificate)
  • BGen is the Business Generator that assists with budget/vision/mission and helps get businesses on their feet in their space then graduates businesses out to their own space
  • Know2 is a connector that also focuses on economic success


Larry Bounds, Chautauqua: History Comes Alive Festival

  • Larry is a retired schoolteacher from Greenville County and has been involved for over 20 years in the Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival
  • Participants come from all over the country
  • This festival  honors historical characters such as Hetty Lamar, Rosa Parks, Benjamin Franklin
  • At the Mauldin Cultural Center, the performance is outdoors with plenty of parking and space and in the case of weather they are presented virtually
  • There are multiple shows per day from September 3-12
  • Shows are free of charge (thanks to Metropolitan Arts Council and SC Humanities Commission and donations)

Learn more at