Staffing agency matches felons with job opportunities

M3Development Group President Melissa Posey  (left) watches as Abin Lee Lowman, a former federal prison inmate who she placed at Snoozer Pet Products, sews at the plant in Piedmont. (Photo by Bill Poovey) Melissa Posey specializes in matching job seekers who have criminal records to jobs, and her firm, M3 Development Group LLC, counts 11 Upstate businesses as clients that have used and are using her felon referrals, in some cases hiring them permanently. She said her 2-year-old firm that provides permanent, contract and temporary will eventually have a storefront in Greenville. Read More...

GSA Business Report's Power Event Series focuses on topics of interest to the Upstate business community. Watch our series video clips from our most recent events:

  • Upstate's Most Influential Leaders - At our December event, Charles Weathers provided an inspiring keynote address which was followed by a countdown of the Top 20 Most Influential Leaders.   (December 3rd, 2015)

  • Downtown Greenville Still Booming! - Panelists at our October event described changes to downtown Greenville's landscape, including the impending transformation of The Greenville News site and the opening of the ALOFT Hotel.  Greenville's Deputy City Manager provided insights on future growth.   (October 22, 2015)

BMW Group sales in U.S. off for January

Citing colder weather and strong storms, the BMW Group announced a 4.7% decrease in its United States sales for January. The Greer-produced X models did have some success for the month as the X1 and X3 experienced increases year over year. Read More...

Outstanding Hospitality Management to operate at GSP

As part of the Wingspan project at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, the airport named Outstanding Hospitality Management Concession Group to be the food and beverage operator for two of the terminal’s restaurants. Read More...

Reports: Retail market closes 2015 on high note

A pair of quarterly retail market reports suggest the Upstate had a strong quarter, as well as one of the busiest in terms of retail development in recent years. Colliers International and NAI Earle Furman each released quarterly market reports that found low vacancy rates and higher construction and absorption for the year. Read More...

GSP officials reach agreement with Uber

The app-based ride-sharing service Uber is available at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. GSP officials said they have reached an agreement with Uber to begin operating at the airport. Officials also said other ground transportation providers will still be available for service from the airport. Read More...


Haley, business leaders, political leaders back workforce education bill

The S.C. Workforce Development Act creates a statewide council to develop workforce education programs, and funds scholarships and grants for programs provided by technical colleges. Getting the initiative passed is one of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce’s top issues for the General Assembly.  Read More...

Haley budget plan includes $350M for roads

In unveiling her $7.5 billion executive budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, Gov. Nikki Haley also proposed spending $124 million to cover flood recovery costs, bolstering the state’s dam safety program, and trimming the state income tax for military retirees. Read More...