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GreerMade initiative to promote local companies, products

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Staff Report
Published Feb. 12, 2016

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce has launched GreerMade, a program aimed at promoting local companies and products to the next-generation workforce.

GreerMade is designed to provide certified companies with access to future employees through workshops, training and in-school visits. Organizers say GreerMade will show students alternative career opportunities available in the community.

“We are very excited to not only showcase locally made products, but to also help close the skills gap that plagues many of our local businesses,” said Greater Greer Chamber president and CEO Mark Owens. “A strong community is not possible without a strong workforce, and we hope to be a driving force in the development of the next generation of workforce. We are excited to help our businesses grow and promote Greer in a new and creative way.”

Companies interested in becoming certified can go the GreerMade website to complete the online application. Once submitted, final approval will be made by the GreerMade advisory board. In addition to many other benefits, approved companies will receive:

  • Profile and recognition on GreerMade’s website.
  • License to use the GreerMade logo on products and marketing materials, among other things.
  • Opportunity to participate in the annual GreerMade trade show.
  • Access to local resources.

The GreerMade advisory board consists of representatives from BMW Manufacturing Co., the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Technical College, Greer Development Co. and J. Harley Bonds Career Center.

Funding partners of the program include Greer State Bank, Owens Insurance Agency, Steven M. Bateman CPA, Ten at the Top and Upstate Workforce Investment Board.

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