Building a Culture of Doing

Written by Hunter Brown on April 30th 2019.

“Spartanburg is a city that doesn't just create goals, but achieves them. Doesn't just house businesses, but advances them. We are doing more because we were raised to do nothing less. That's why Spartanburg is always doing. “ – City of Spartanburg Website

Whether you wanted to open a textile company, craft beer brewery, an art cooperative, organic composting facility, or family restaurant, we have been a community that empowers it. I like to think of Spartanburg as a perfect playground. There’s always someone to play with- to balance you out on the see-saw, give a gentle push on the swing, be superheroes, and there’s always a new toy that makes you want to keep going back.

I recently spoke with someone who was downhearted and didn’t know which way to go. They had a 9-5 job that paid enough but wasn’t satisfying their desire to be more. This person said that they had the mind of an inventor, ability to be the next Tony Stark. They just didn’t know how to get started. I was taken aback by how their entire demeanor and body language shifted once they started talking about their passion and it was a side I hadn’t seen before. I shared three different resources to help them get started, but was also frustrated by the lack of general awareness. So, I’m here today to spread the good word and let you know that help is there if you’re ready to start your own adventure down the path to creation.

RESOURCE ROUNDTABLE

CommunityWorks

CommunityWorks is a nonprofit financial institution that provides Microbusiness loans to existing small businesses as well as start-ups and entrepreneurs. CommunityWorks focuses on providing loans to underserved business owners that might struggle getting financing from a traditional institution.

FastTrac South Carolina

A privately funded non-profit organization that offers business training programs for refining and writing business plans and growing sustainable high-impact companies. Programs combine one-on-one coaching, peer learning, guest speakers and comprehensive tools to help produce solid business plans and strategies.

SC Launch!

A collaboration between SCRA, a non-profit management company, Clemson University, University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina that provides funding, counseling, mentoring, assistance with business plans and marketing analysis, access to resource partners, and networking opportunities for knowledge economy-based businesses.

Spartanburg Area Small Business Development Center

A part of Clemson University providing one-on-one consulting services and special interest business seminars to small and medium enterprises in the Spartanburg Area.

Spartanburg County Libraries

Public library system that offers access to computers, wireless internet, meeting rooms, business journals and databases, computer classes and a variety of other services to business professionals.

DEVELOPMENT AND MENTORSHIP

Appalachian Development Corporation

The Appalachian Development Corporation assists in economic development, job creation and retention and financially assisting in the growth and development of business concerns in Upstate South Carolina. The corporation provides funding to small businesses in Spartanburg County through programs in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the US Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

GreenHouse Business Incubator

The GreenHouse is a business incubator space located in downtown Spartanburg occupying the entire third floor of the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, “The George.” It provides resources including work/office space, support and mentoring to area entrepreneurs to help them scale their ventures and attract investor funding. We welcome entrepreneurs who want to grow their companies here in the center of Spartanburg’s thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Minority Business Development

The City of Spartanburg's Minority Business Development department seeks to identify minority and women-owned businesses for an opportunity to participate as providers of goods and services to the city, enhance competition and participation to promote economic growth and development in the City of Spartanburg.

Urban League of the Upstate

A non-profit organization that provides programs for minorities and financially disadvantaged individuals including financial literacy workshops, small business development courses, and match savings programs for start-up capital.

Spartanburg Young Professionals (SYP)

SYP engages young adults in the Spartanburg community by providing its members with social, leadership and civic opportunities. They host a variety of events (ie. Business Pitches, CEO Roundtables, Financial Planning) throughout the year that connect you with other business owners, entrepreneurs, and engaged community members. Use the people around you as the pillars to build your dream because they understand where you are headed.

The Exchange

Build Better Relationships! Success is not a solo pursuit. At The Exchange, you'll make new connections, build new relationships, and move closer to your goals. You’ll have a lot of fun along the way.

SUPPORT THE ARTS

Chapman Cultural Center

Provides cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences, and to further their significance in the life of our community.

HUB BUB

HUB-BUB is an artist-in-residence program hosted by the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC designed to provide time and space for emerging artists to live free and create.

Hub City Writer’s Project

The Writers House offers one residency per year in an historic cottage in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. The program is open to emerging writers in the United States who have completed a college degree (BA, BFA, MA, MFA, PhD) in creative writing within the past five years or are pursuing a graduate degree (MFA, MA, or PhD) in writing. Residents receive lodging, utilities, and a stipend; they are responsible for their own transportation and meals. Our residencies include a community service component of 20 hours per week and offer a stipend of $800 a month.

West Main Artists Cooperative

The mission of the West Main Artists cooperative is to create a community of artists wherein members mentor and support one another. To provide affordable studio, display, and performance space to established and emerging artists living in and around Spartanburg, South Carolina. And to provide the public with opportunities to view original art and to interact with the artists.

 

Spartanburg can be your Field of Dreams. Just build it and they will come. Look into the resources provided above and I wish you the best on your journey to achieving your goals. There’s a whole community that can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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