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Spinx Leads Convenience Store Industry in Self-checkout Trend in Upstate

Greenville, S.C. – June 15, 2021 – Greenville-based fuel and convenience retail company The Spinx Company is thrilled to announce they have begun piloting a convenient self-checkout program to maximize the roles of team members and to provide increased service to all customers.  Spinx is leading the industry in the Upstate with this new offering and has a goal to rollout self-checkout to all Spinx stores in Q2-Q3 of 2022. “At Spinx, we exist to make people’s lives easier. By providing the self-checkout option to our customers, they will be able to stop at our store, shop for what they need and quickly and easily get back on their way”, stated Spinx President, Stan Storti.  “We’ve heard from some peers in the industry that customers can get upset and interpret the implementation of this technology as reducing jobs, but in our case, nothing could be further from the truth. We’re moving our teammates’ efforts...Read More
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Caldwell Constructors Announces Promotions and Welcomes New Team Member

GREENVILLE, S.C. – June 3, 2021 – Caldwell Constructors is proud to announce the promotions of two employees, Evan Jones and Ryan Cardell. In addition, they welcome Dave Carley as Project Manager to their team. Jones has excelled since joining Caldwell over two years ago. As a natural leader, he has successfully managed a variety of challenging projects and will now serve as Senior Project Manager. After only 9 months, Cardell has proven to be a critical member of the Caldwell Constructors team and will lead exciting new projects for the company moving forward as Project Manager. Both individuals continue to exemplify Caldwell’s core values daily. Dave Carley previously worked for Evans General Contractors, and most recently, Constructive Ingenuity in Alabama. Carley’s eight years of industrial and manufacturing experience will complement the industrial construction capabilities of Caldwell Constructors. “We are thrilled to congratulate Ryan and Evan on their accomplishments to date, as...Read More
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Diamonds Direct Officially Opens April 17

America’s Fastest-Growing Jeweler and Diamond Importer to Open Just Minutes from Downtown Greenville April 15, 2021 | Greenville, SC - Diamonds Direct, worldwide leader in diamond sourcing and consumer education, is opening their second South Carolina location at 1113 Woodruff Road on Saturday, April 17. The company offers an expansive selection of loose and mounted diamonds ranging in size from under a carat to over 10 carats. In addition, Diamonds Direct boasts a plethora of engagement ring mountings by America’s top designers, wedding bands, pendants, earrings, bracelets, pearls, colored gemstones, and fine fashion jewelry. After an extensive market analysis, Diamonds Direct knew that Greenville would be an optimal fit with its ideal positioning between the flagship store in Charlotte, North Carolina and the original South Carolina store in Charleston. With Charlotte not being far from Greenville, the Diamonds Direct team had seen substantial following and brand loyalty from this market over...Read More
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Spinx Launches Highly Anticipated New Spinx Mobile App

GREENVILLE, SC – April 12, 2021 – Greenville-based fuel and convenience retail company The Spinx Company is thrilled to announce the launch of its brand new Spinx mobile app. The new Spinx app is available for download via the Apple App Store and Google Play. Previously downloaded versions of the app should update automatically. By downloading the app and creating an account, all customers will receive a one-time offer of 25¢ off per gallon on their next Spinx fill up at the pump. “We are always looking for ways to improve the customer experience,” says Stewart Spinks, Founder and Chairman of The Spinx Company. “This app launch will ensure that every stop at Spinx is more convenient, enjoyable, and rewarding than the last, so that we can continue Making Life Easier for our loyal customers across the state.” The following features will now be available through the app: Pay in store or at...Read More
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Book Launch & Signing Will Take Place to Celebrate John Sterling’s New Book, Sales for Noobs

Special Event to be Hosted on April 15th Celebrating the Release of Upstate Business Leader’s Book April 8, 2021 | Greenville, SC – Upstate native and sales expert, John Sterling, is excited to officially announce the release of his book, Sales for Noobs: Everything Sales Rookies Need to Know to Crush Quota, Get Promoted, and Kick A$$. A book launch and signing will be held at The Lazy Goat on Thursday, April 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. This event is open to the public and books will be available for purchase and author signing onsite. As a sales trainer, manager, and serial entrepreneur, John is known for mentoring sales reps with zero business experience, so they become high-six- and seven-figure salespeople. John helped build software startup DataStream into a publicly traded company that sold to Infor for over $200 million. As Vice President of Sales, John and his team managed acquisitions in the United...Read More
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The Commerce Club will be Acquired by BNG Hospitality Group

Private Club to Remain Open Under New Ownership Group out of Dallas, TX GREENVILLE, SC | March 18, 2021 – Effective Monday, March 22nd, the Commerce Club, a private club located in downtown Greenville, will be acquired by BNG Hospitality Group. With a combined 100+ years of private club and hospitality experience, BNG specializes in the ownership and management of private city, country and sports clubs throughout the US. Currently, BNG owns Harbour Club in Charleston, SC, Crescent Club in Memphis, TN, Plaza Club in San Antonio, TX and Tampa Club in Tampa, FL. For over 37 years, the Commerce Club has played a major role in the Greenville business community, bringing people together and building life-long relationships amongst all members. Under this new ownership, BNG will focus on improving the current state of the club and repositioning it to thrive for years to come through a number of key focus...Read More
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SBDC, SCORE, WBC Partner to Bring eCommerce Startup Series to the Upstate

GREENVILLE, SC | March 9, 2021 - Three small business and entrepreneur support organizations are partnering to present a three-part series on starting an eCommerce business.  The Greenville Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Piedmont Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the CommunityWorks Women’s Business Center (WBC) coordinated the training to reach a wider audience across the Upstate and highlight each organization. The leaders of the three organizations are looking forward to coming together to present this series.  As related SBA programs, sharing resources and ideas magnifies all of their efforts to support entrepreneurs looking for in-depth eCommerce assistance.  The SBDC’s Earl Gregorich, Ana Parra, the new program director of the WBC and Jerry Smith, a volunteer with Piedmont SCORE who leads their training programs, quickly agreed on a concept, its importance and how they would divide the work.  They planned the curriculum together over a few meetings and are...Read More
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The Upstate Mobility Alliance to Host Golden Strip Area Leaders for a Virtual Panel Discussion on the Connection Between Growth and Transportation

Leaders from the Golden Strip to Discuss Community Growth and How Transportation Creates Vibrant Communities Greenville, SC | February 10, 2021 – On Tuesday, February 23rd, the Upstate Mobility Alliance will host a virtual panel discussion on “Connecting the Dots: How Transportation Helps Create Community Vibrancy” from noon to 1:00 pm. This event is open to the public and will feature Shawn Bell, Fountain Inn City Administrator, Jon Caime, Laurens County Administrator, Dianna Gracely, Simpsonville City Administrator, and Brandon Madden, Mauldin City Administrator. Made up of more than 40 public, private, and civic leaders across the ten-county Upstate South Carolina Region, Upstate Mobility Alliance was created to make the region vibrant and connected, where transportation policy and investments promote innovation, sustainable development, and economic prosperity for all residents and businesses. “The Upstate of South Carolina continues to be an attractive place for people to work and live,” said Michael Hildebrand, Director...Read More
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Ten at the Top Welcomes New Board Members

Greenville, SC [ February 2, 2021] – Ten at the Top is pleased to announce the addition of 14 new board members for the 2021-2023 term. Each new member participated in one of the TATT New Board Member orientation sessions held on January 28th and 29th. They join existing members to form the governing board for the 10-county non-profit organization. New Members to the TATT board are: Geoff Beans, Associate, NAI Earle Furman Alex Butterbaugh, Owner, Keowee Brewing Company Annie Caggiano, President & CEO, Oconee Economic Alliance Dr. Annette Christy, Executive Council Member, AARP of South Carolina Stinson Ferguson, Special Counsel, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Joel Jones, Chief Operating Officer, ReWa Brown Patterson, Chairman, Laurens County Council Abby Russell, Corporate Relations Director, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Nathan Senn, Mayor, City of Laurens Frannie Stockwell, President, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Dr. Michael Thorsland, Superintendent, School District of Oconee County Jenny Wehrs,...Read More
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Attorney Thomas G. Sinclair Joins Merline & Meacham, P.A.

GREENVILLE S.C. – January 11, 2021 – Merline & Meacham, P.A. is pleased to announce that attorney Thomas G. Sinclair has joined the firm.  Thomas practices in the areas of taxation, estate planning, trusts and estates, probate, employee benefits, pension and profit-sharing plans, partnership, limited liability company and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and non-profit and tax-exempt organization law.  He is a certified specialist in the fields of both Taxation Law and Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina.  Thomas is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).   He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law (Lawyer of the Year 2021 in Greenville, South Carolina), Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Nonprofit/Charities Law, Tax Law, and Trust and Estates.  He is also listed in Legal Elite...Read More
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