Pickens names semifinalists of Main Street Challenge

The Pickens Revitalization Association organized the city’s Main Street Challenge as an entrepreneurial competition to generate more retail occupancy downtown. (Photo provided by the Pickens Revitalization Association)Four semifinalists have been named in the Pickens Main Street Challenge: Blue Ridge Business Center and Foothills Tap Room, a business center, event space and tap room; Sugar High Bakery, a bakery with grocery store convenience; Smorg, a retail shop, coffee shop and bookstore; and Enrapt, a live theater and arts operation. Read More...

The GSA Business Power Event Series focuses on topics of interest to the Upstate business community. Each event is a moderated panel discussion with panelists and audience members. Video clips from recent events:


  • Economic Prosperity - Key economic developers from the Upstate gathered to discuss their progress in getting outside companies to locate here.  (August 7th, 2014)

  • Taking Flight - Aerospace executives discussed one of the fastest growing industries in South Carolina.  (October 9th, 2014)

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Readers say burden of student debt affects buying decisions

More than a third of respondents to this week’s GSA reader poll say student debt has substantially affected their decisions about buying items such as a car or home. Half of respondents said they’ve put off buying a house because of student debt, while slightly fewer said they put off buying a car. Read More...

Next High School students will help design future campus

The site of new Next High School on Wade Hampton Boulevard in Greenville. (Photo by Bill Poovey)The founding CEO at Next High School in Greenville said the decision to start in leased space at an office park on Wade Hampton Boulevard will allow students in the project-based curriculum to help design a permanent campus. Zach Eikenberry said students at the free public school will get a special opportunity to work with architects and builders. Read More...

Small Business Center big help for fledgling firms

Created by the Small Business Administration, the program is modeled after the cooperative extension services of land grant institutions that provide farmers with help in managing their crops to advice for gardeners on how to can juicy red tomatoes. Read More...

Upstate picked to develop foreign-direct investment plan

The Upstate is among six areas picked by the Brookings Institution and JP Morgan Chase Global Cities Initiative to develop a foreign-direct investment plan. Upstate SC Alliance said the assessment and plan will add to its recently announced strategy for expanding the region’s export economy. Read More...


10,000 more South Carolinians earn paychecks in February

While the state’s unemployment rate remained flat at 6.6%, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce noted there are more than 70,000 jobs openings that needed to be filled in the Palmetto State. Read More...

Clemson use of the Well shifts $12.2M to Greenville County, economist says

Clemson University’s use of the Bon Secours Wellness Arena will have a $12.2 million economic impact on Greenville County, a report shows. (Photo provided)Clemson University’s use of the Bon Secours Wellness Arena for a season of men’s basketball games and four graduation ceremonies starting in August will have a $12.2 million economic impact on Greenville County, a report shows. The report added that 135 jobs, both full time and part time, will be part of the economic shift. Read More...