Upstate Entrepreneur EcosystemSupporting entrepreneurs and small businesses for a competitive Upstate 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. Contact us to get involved!
Link Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem
Who: Network of professionals that support the growth and development of the Upstate’s entrepreneurial ecosystem
What: Convene to network, learn, and share effective strategies to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Upstate
Launch of Start-Grow Upstate
Watch this recording of the Start-Grow Upstate website launch to see all of the resources available to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Upstate and how best to search the site.
2021 Workshop Presentations:
Tuesday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m. Greer Development Corp at Greer City Hall. Register now!
Global Entrepreneurship Week: November 8 -14, 2021 Event on Rural Entrepreneurship at the Park 37 Community Room: Date/Time TBD
Tuesday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. Legal Deep Dive with Michael Nail at Ogletree Deakins
2021 UEE PARTNERS VIRTUAL WORKSHOP SERIES: Mastering Hard Conversations
Thursday, September 23 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. How to Talk About Sales – Conversations with Potential Clients with Larry Block of Piedmont SCORE. Register Now!
Thursday, October 7 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. How to Talk While Networking – Conversations to Best Explain Your Company with Ana Parra of CommunityWorks Women’s Business Center. Register Now!
Thursday, October 21 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. How to Talk About Problems – Conversations to Clearly Explain Issues and Solicit Feedback with Erin Ouzts of the Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem. Register Now!
2021 Previous Workshops:
Tuesday, September 14 at 3:00 p.m. Financial Statement Literacy with Earl Gregorich of the SC SBDC. Link to Handout.
Thursday, September 9 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. How to Talk about Finances: Conversations with Lenders and Investors with Earl Gregorich of the South Carolina Small Business Development Center. Link to Recap. Link to Handout.
Tuesday, May 11: A celebration of all that has been accomplished in the last year. We heard success stories about new programs and broke out into smaller Zoom rooms to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. The new Start-Grow Upstate resource navigator website was soft-launched for all to review, test and provide feedback before going live.