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Spinx Raises More Than $360,000 for March of Dimes and Donates Free Gas for a Year to Top Fundraiser

Greenville, S.C. – June 27, 2019 – SPINX, the Greenville, S.C.-based fuel and convenience retail company, is pleased to announce that it raised $362,200.00 for the March of Dimes, surpassing its record last year of $334,451.00.

L-R: Laura Goodwin – Executive Director, March of Dimes; Stan Storti – President, SPINX Co.; Aaron Welter – Territory Manager, SPINX Co.; Katie Peden – Senior Development Manager, March of Dimes

 “I am thrilled with the effort of the entire SPINX team, our loyal customers and business partners for encouraging this year’s campaign and making it a great success,” said SPINX President, Stan Storti, who also served as the 2018 Chairman for the Greenville March of Dimes – March for Babies. “Our job has always been more than simply raising funds to support the March of Dimes, but also to generate awareness to the organization’s efforts in aiding in the overall health and well-being of moms and their babies.”

In addition to the company campaign, SPINX donated a year of free gas to recognize the hard work and dedication of individuals who raised significant funds during the March for Babies. SPINX presented Donna Hammett with a year of free gas in recognition of her passionate work and commitment to the cause. Hammett works for Dixon Hughes Goodman and was a part of one of the March of Dimes top ten teams. She raised over $1,200 for the 2019 campaign.

Throughout the 10 years SPINX has supported March of Dimes, it has raised more than $1,000,000. As a community-centric business, SPINX is dedicated to supporting local organizations that focus on improving the lives of children in the communities they serve. The money raised each year during the March for Babies campaign helps area moms have healthier pregnancies, assists families with newborns in the Intensive Care Units, and helps fund research to fight birth defects and premature birth.


Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The SPINX Company operates nearly 80 convenience retail stores throughout South Carolina, and with approximately 1,400 employees, it is the largest privately-held retailer headquartered in the state. SPINX is committed to making life easier by fulfilling people’s everyday needs with fresh, on-the-go food, beverages and other convenience products delivered in a safe, clean and friendly environment. Through the SPINX Xtras Loyalty program and the SPINX mobile app, the company offers its loyal customers savings on fuel and special promotions.

For more information about SPINX or the SPINX Xtras program, visit the company’s website at www.spinx.com.

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Goodwill Industries Announces 1st Annual Champions of Change Luncheon

Greenville, SC | June 4, 2019 –Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina is excited to celebrate their mission of helping people become independent through employment at the 1st Annual Champions of Change Luncheon. This celebratory event will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd at 12:00 pm at the Embassy Suites on Verdae Boulevard in Greenville. The luncheon, which replaces Goodwill’s annual Champions Tribute event, will honor those who have served and benefited from the Power of Work through Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Goodwill Industries Champions of Change Luncheon are as follows:

  • Presenting Sponsor (2 of 3 available) $5,000
  • Award Sponsor (3 available) $3,000
  • Honoree Tables Sponsor (1 available) $2,000
  • Friend of Goodwill Sponsor $500

“The Champions Tribute ran for ten great years, but we are excited to refresh this event and continue to celebrate our mission and program recipients at the upcoming Champions of Change Luncheon,” stated the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina, Patrick Michaels. “We are beyond grateful for a community that is motivated by the Power of Work and determined to improve the lives of others in our region.”

To learn more about the Goodwill Champions of Change Luncheon, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please call (864) 235-8330 or email murray@smoakpr.com.


Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina (GIUMSC) is a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people become independent through education and training leading to employment. GIUMSC’s service area includes Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Kershaw, Laurens, Lexington, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg and Union counties. Last year, Goodwill placed 12,152 people into employment through its job training programs and Goodwill Job Connection services.

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Spinx Named One of the Best Places to Work in S.C.

Company to be honored at awards ceremony in Columbia

Greenville, S.C. – June 20, 2019 – The Spinx Company, the Greenville S.C.-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 80 locations, 45 car washes and 1,400 associates statewide, was recently names as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The 14th annual program was created by SC Biz News in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

This survey-and-awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the state of South Carolina, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses. The list is made up of 75 total companies, and Spinx has been named one of this year’s Best Places to Work in South Carolina.

“We are honored to be named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina,” said Stan Storti, Spinx President. “Spinx teammates are the key to the service we provide to our customers each and every day, and we take pride in cultivating a culture where our teammates feel supported, appreciated and are given ample opportunities to grow and develop their careers.”

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
  • be a publicly or privately held business;
  • have a facility in the state of South Carolina;
  • have a minimum of 15 employees working in the state of South Carolina; and
  • be in business a minimum of 1 year

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings. The ranked companies will be recognized at a reception and dinner, presented by Colonial Life, on August 1, 2019, and the rankings will be published in the August 2019 issue of SCBIZ magazine.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in South Carolina program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkSC.com.

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Fulcrum BioEnergy Selects Office Space in Patrick Square as They Expand to Clemson

Bioenergy Company Chooses Mixed-Use Development in Clemson, SC for New Office Location

Clemson, SC | June 20, 2019 – Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., a clean energy company that develops, owns and operates plants that convert household waste into clean, renewable transportation fuels, including diesel and jet fuel, has signed a seven-year lease for a new 6,300 square foot office space in Patrick Square. Fulcrum’s engineering and technology team will occupy the mixed-use building at 107 Market Street located above SunnySide Café. The office space is currently undergoing construction by general contractor, Hogan Construction, and is expected to open by September 2019.

The mixed-used community will allow Fulcrum to continue to expand in a location that is vibrant, connected and convenient. CBRE’s, Shelby Dodson and Tommy Molin, arranged the lease on behalf of Patrick Square’s Owner and Developer, JMC Communities.  Fulcrum was represented by Sorrel Hoover of Keller Williams Western Upstate.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to work with Fulcrum, a well-respected company, aiming to make a difference in leading the way to a clean and sustainable future,” said Shelby Dodson, Listing Agent at CBRE. “We feel Patrick Square is a perfect fit for Fulcrum and are pleased to help bring these two parties together and facilitate this transaction.”

“Ultimately, Fulcrum chose Patrick Square because of the convenience and ease of having everything we need for our employees, clients and strategic partners,” said Rick Barraza, Vice President of Fulcrum. “As we continue to grow our engineering and technology team, the quality of life, natural resources, amenities and availability of first-class engineering talent make both Clemson and Patrick Square the perfect location for Fulcrum’s engineering office.”

Patrick Square is a unique Traditional Neighborhood Development located in Clemson, SC that boasts a walkable and interactive community. From restaurants and retailers to professional and medical services, this community has a variety of tenants that make up their dynamic Town Center. Fulcrum’s commitment to Patrick Square illustrates a strategic investment into employee well-being in this tight labor market.

“Patrick Square’s mission to provide an interactive, friendly and sustainable community aligns seamlessly with Fulcrum’s goals as they strive to make an impact through their unique waste to fuels process,” said Mike Cheezem, CEO of JMC Communities. “We hope that our varied amenities and dynamic location will maximize Fulcrum’s experience in Clemson and enhance their employee recruitment and retainment, as they continue to grow.”


Patrick Square is a traditional neighborhood development (TND) in Clemson, South Carolina. The 173- acre community includes single-family homes, townhomes, a Town Center featuring restaurants, retail and office space, centers for education and a vibrant social culture. Patrick Square’s authentic TND features include traditional town planning principles and added design features to create a charming, hometown feel. Models are open daily. For more information, please visit http://www.patricksquare.com/.

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Harness to Host Family Friendly Fourth of July Event

June 12, 2019, Greenville, S.C. – Hartness is excited to invite the Upstate community to celebrate the Independence Day holiday in patriotic style on Wednesday, July 3rd from 7:00 – 10:00 P.M. The event will take place on the Grand Lawn, located just minutes from downtown off on Highway 14, inside the Hartness community.

This event is open to the general public and free to attend. It will feature a gourmet food truck, family-friendly live entertainment, and yard games, followed by a spectacular fireworks display scheduled to take place at dusk.

“We are excited to host an event that is sure to create lasting memories for families and the community alike” said Sean Hartness, Hartness CEO. “This will be one of our signature holiday events and we look forward to sharing Hartness with those who join us for this exciting celebration. It will truly be a fun event for all!”

The event will also allow guests to catch a glimpse of this iconic new Traditional Neighborhood Development as well as experience what makes Hartness unique. Those interested in learning more are encouraged to visit the community’s Discovery Center seven days a week, located at 103 Alester Square, or call 864-626-0618.


Hartness, located in Greenville, SC, is a Traditional Neighborhood Development designed with walkable blocks kept close to daily conveniences, public spaces and nature. Situated on 444 pristine acres, Hartness offers an array of thoughtfully crafted home types ranging from cottages to estate and manor homes.


For more information, visit www.hartnessliving.com.

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Over $11,000 Raised for a Child’s Haven at Recent Hartness Showcase of Homes

June 5, 2019 – Greenville, S.C. – Hartness, one of Greenville’s most desirable new home communities, hosted the Hartness Showcase of Homes over the course of three weekends in April and May. The showcase featured five custom homes crafted by several of Greenville’s premier builders, including the 2019 Inspiration Home by Milestone Custom Homes, along with residences from Hollison Custom Homes, Stoneledge Properties and Hartness Construction. With an abundance of tickets purchased, the event raised $11,191 for local nonprofit, A Child’s Haven.

“We are thrilled to have affiliated with Hartness and their beautiful community to raise money and awareness for A Childs Haven,” said Laurie Rovin, Executive Director of A Child’s Haven. “Funds raised from the Showcase of Homes will support our efforts to ensure infant early childhood mental health treatment is provided to young children and their families throughout our community. To learn more about our work or to set up a tour, go to www.achildshaven.org.”

A Child’s Haven is a 501(c)(3) organization that treats children with developmental delays as a result of limited resources, abuse, or neglect, and provides support and education for both the child and their families.

“To share our community with so many others, in support of A Child’s Haven was an extremely rewarding experience. We were honored that we were able to showcase our beautiful homes, while raising money and spreading awareness of an organization that strives to improve the quality of life for so many children and families in the Upstate,” stated Sean Hartness, Hartness CEO.

Those interested in learning more about the Hartness community are encouraged to visit the community’s Discovery Center seven days a week, located at 103 Alester Square, or call 864-626-0618.

Hartness, located in Greenville, SC, is a Traditional Neighborhood Development designed with walkable blocks kept close to daily conveniences, public spaces and nature. Situated on 444 pristine acres, Hartness offers an array of thoughtfully crafted home types ranging from cottages to estate and manor homes.

For more information, visit www.hartnessliving.com.