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Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality

Growing the competitiveness of the Upstate in the global economy

The Upstate’s spirit of entrepreneurialism makes it an attractive destination for small and emerging businesses and industries.CUICAR Sign

We will strengthen the opportunities for manufacturers and industries in sectors that are already strongholds within the Upstate and focus energy and resources on enhancing the job skills of our workers to provide support for emerging opportunities.


  • Developed the framework to create an Entrepreneurial Friendly Community program
  • Convened a regional coalition designed to enhance cross-sector communications in the area of workforce and skill development
  • Partnered with the Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson to develop the Upstate Values Based Leadership Group

Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality Initiatives

Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality Task Force
The Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality Task Force works to ensure the Upstate is a competitive in the global economy. The task force works toward this goal by addressing factors such as workforce, college and career readiness, and access to capital for entrepreneurs and businesses. A group a task force members is currently promoting the advantages of WorkKeys testing for businesses, schools, and Upstate residents entering the workforce. WorkKeys is a test administered to all South Carolina high school students that measures their workforce readiness. Employers can use the students' test scores to hire for profiled positions.

Who's a member of the Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality Task Force?

Click Here for a List of Members

Find recent meeting notes below:

February 10, 2015 Meeting Notes

Are you interested in joining the Economic & Entrepreneurial Vitality Task Force? Just fill out the contact form below!

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Upstate Alternative Capital Providers Network
On May 14, 2015 Ten at the Top hosted the inaugural Capital Funding Networking Breakfast at The Commerce Club. The goal of the event was not only to create a network of Upstate Capital providers, but also to allow investors to get to know one each other so they can refer clients to one another. The network meets quarterly at different locations across the Upstate to enjoy breakfast, hear from an Upstate capital provider or entrepreneur, and network with other alternative capital providers.

For a preliminary list of capital resources in the Upstate download the following:

Small Business Resources by County
Area Resources & Alternate Sources of Capital
Do you know of an alternative capital provider that isn't listed? Please email Tiffany Tate with any updates.

Find recent event notes and presentations below:

June 2, 2016 - Joseph McMillin, Atlas Organics

October 22, 2015 - Craig Kinley, Growler Haus

May 14, 2015 - Jason Premo, Premo Ventures

Are you an angel investor, micro loan provider, or an alternative capital provider? Join the Upstate Alternative Capital Providers Network by completing the contact form below!

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Upstate Elected Officials Meeting: The Entrepreneur Friendly Toolkit

Upstate city, county and state elected and business leaders met for a special Elected Officials session on May 12th.

The program included a presentation by David Shellhorse from ACOG on the Entrepreneurial Friendly Communities Tool Kit and a panel discussion facilitated by John Lummus with entrepreneurs/economic development leaders discussing some best practice examples of incubators and other entrepreneurial efforts being done by communities in the Upstate.

Find David Shellhorse's presentation by clicking: EF Toolkit Presentation  

Small Business Support Providers Directory
The document below includes contact information for Upstate organizations and services that provide assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Click Here for Resource Directory
Do you know about a service or support provider that is missing from the list?
Please email Tiffany Tate so it can be added.

To get involved in the Economic and Enterpreneurial Vitality task force, please contact Tiffany Tate, Assistant Director.

Committee Chairs:

Erin Ouzts, USC Upstate

Jim Price, Nexsen Pruet

Ready to get involved?
Check out our events webpage to register for upcoming meetings.