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.
TATT’s Economic and Entrepreneurial Task Force created the framework for the Entrepreneurial Friendly Community Tool Kit that the Appalachian Council of Governments developed into an online tool for communities looking to enhance their support of entrepreneurs.
The Entrepreneur Support Providers Network created by Ten at the Top provides a regular opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs across the region to come together to share ideas and build their collective capacity. The network began hosting quarterly meetings in 2017 and is working to build the Upstate’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
In 2015, TATT compiled an inventory of non-traditional lending sources in the Upstate and has hosted regular meetings focusing on issues and opportunities for funding growth and other capital to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in the area.
TATT has hosted multiple forums and meetings of educators and workforce development professionals looking to develop regional efforts to grow and enhance the Upstate’s workforce.
TATT partnered with Upstate SC Alliance and several Chambers of Commerce from across the region to develop a talent recruitment web site and marketing campaign for enhancing the Upstate’s workforce.