Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem

    Supporting 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!

    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.


    How’s Business…Really? Tips and tools to assess how your business is doing financially. 

    Tuesday, March 1, 2022 UEE Partner Workshop – Show Me the Paper Trail! Identifying Important Financial Data with Ana Parra of CommunityWorks Women’s Business Center. 

    Wednesday, March 16, 2022 More information coming soon!

    Tuesday, April 5, 2022 UEE Partner Workshop – Numbers Don’t Lie – Organizing the Numbers with Earl Gregorich of SC Small Business Development Center. 

    Tuesday, May 3, 2022 UEE Partner Workshop – The Story Behind the Numbers – Translating the Numbers into Financial Goals with Piedmont SCORE.

    Tuesday, June 21, 2022 More information coming soon!

    Tuesday, September 20, 2022 More information coming soon!

    Tuesday, December 6, 2022 More information coming soon!


    Tuesday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. Creating More Jobs? Employee thresholds that trigger labor laws and regulations with Michael Nail of Ogletree Deakins.

    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. Link to recording.

    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. Link to recording. Link to presentation.

    Thursday, September 23 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. How to Talk About Sales – Conversations with Potential Clients with Larry Block of Piedmont SCORE. Link to presentation. Link to recording. 

    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.

    New COVID-19 rules, and updated COVID-19 and vaccine guidelines for employers with Michael Nail with Ogletree Deakins – video and presentation

    Legislative Update with Kunal Parikh, Policy Advisor to Senator Tim Scott – video and presentation

    Conversations to Avoid Intellectual Property Calamities with Hunter Freeman and Doug Lineberry from Burr Forman, LLP – video and presentation

    Second Draw PPP Workshop – Video, SBDC supporting documentation, and written recap