John Gettys: ‘...We’re on a trajectory that is lights out right now’

Source: The Herald, David Thackham

November 4, 2017

John Gettys said he feels like he hasn’t yet awakened from a whirlwind since being elected as Rock Hill’s next mayor. He’s taken congratulatory calls from residents across the city, he said, all promising to work together on shared concerns. The Herald interviewed Gettys Friday morning at the

Soby’s @ 20: Carl Sobocinski on the spot that started GVL’s transformation

Source: Greenville Journal, Ariel Turner

November 4, 2017

Two decades ago, Carl Sobocinski and David Williams saw something special in the building at 207 S. Main St. in downtown Greenville. Originally constructed in the waning days of the 19th century, the structure had been a cotton exchange, grocery store, bicycle shop, and shoe store. Sobocinski and

ThinSchool seeks to help South Carolina meet its future workforce needs

Source: Upstate Business Journal, Trevor Anderson

October 12, 2017

South Carolina’s talent pipeline could soon have a new feeder. Upstate entrepreneur Craig Kinley and his business partner Snowil Lopes have founded a new education platform called ThinSchool to help the region and state fill its future workforce needs. The concept aims to develop courses for 6th

Charleston’s New Business Services Director Takes Work Personally

Source: Charleston Chronicle, Barney Blakeney

October 11, 2017

Charleston’s Clay Middleton is a homegrown product symbolic of what’s best about the community – from humble beginnings springs the most fruitful results. Since late March, Middleton has served on Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg’s administration as Director of Business Services. His job is to

RJ Rockers unveils new dining concept The Silo

Source: Upstate Business Journal, Trevor Anderson

September 30, 2017

Spartanburg’s RJ Rockers Brewing Co. is tapping into its roots while seeding future growth. The beloved local craft brewer on Friday, Sept. 29, revealed details of a more than $1 million expansion of its downtown space that will lead the venture back to where it all started 20 years ago – with food

Greenville businessman, textile leader Mark Kent has died

Source: The Greenville News, Maayan Schechter

September 25, 2017

Mark B. Kent, a Greenville businessman, community leader and self-described people-person who dove into his family’s textile legacy at a young age, died unexpectedly on Sunday night. He was 55. Thomas McAfee Funeral Home is handling the services. The Greenville County Coroner's Office said Kent died

Meet the six finalists at the Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield

Source: TechCrunch, Anthony Ha

September 19, 2017

We’ve just watched 22 startups take the stage as part of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF, where they showed off their technology and answered tough questions from expert judges. We’ve winnowed them down to the following six finalists, who will be presenting for a whole new panel of

The past struggles, current season and future plans of Pure Theatre

Source: Post and Courier, Kalyn Oyer

September 6, 2017

Sharon Graci has always had a strong connection to the qualities that make us human. She's carried that over into her role as co-founder and artistic director of Pure Theatre, which is entering into its 15th season this fall. "I realize what I do in life is humanize things," says Graci. "I humanize