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!
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, August 24 at 3:00 p.m. Networking at the Park 37 Community Room. Register now!
Tuesday, September 14 at 3:00 p.m. Greer Development Corp at The Platform in Greer
Tuesday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m. Financial Statement Literacy at the Park 37 Community Room
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 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. Register Now!
Thursday, September 23 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Sales Presentations with Jerry Smith of SCORE. Register Now!
Thursday, October 7 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Networking, Developing Your Elevator Pitch with Ana Parra of CommunityWorks. Register Now!
Thursday, October 21 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Discussing the Challenges with Erin Outz of the Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem. Register Now!
2021 Previous Workshops:
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.
2020 Virtual Workshop Presentations:
Annual Legal Workshop with Michael Nail of Ogletree Deakins – video
Global Entrepreneurship Week: Click here to view the Proclamation from Terence V. Roberts, Mayor of the City of Anderson.
Supporting Entrepreneurs in Uncertain Times – video
Alternatives to SBA Lending Panel Discussion with Brendan Buttimer, SC Community Loan Fund; Skyler Jackson, Carolina Foothills FCU; Tammie Hoy Hawkins, CommunityWorks Carolina; and Julie Franklin, LISC – presentation and video
Join us on Wednesday, June 16 at 3:30 p.m. for the launch of Start-Grow Upstate!