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CommunityWorks Announces New Communications Manager

April 21, 2020 | Greenville, S.C. – CommunityWorks (CW) is pleased to welcome Virginia Wilson as the newest member of their team as Communications Manager. In this role, Virginia will lead the development of all branding, messaging and collateral. She will also focus on the planning and implementation of major events to advance CommunityWorks’ mission and position them as the community development finance expert and lender of choice.

“We are excited to have Virginia join our CommunityWorks family, she brings a high level of energy and valuable communications and public relations expertise to our organization,” says Tammie Hoy Hawkins, President and CEO of CommunityWorks. “She has been instrumental in leading us through our COVID-19 response efforts to help CommunityWorks be a lead educator and voice of resources for small businesses and nonprofits during this difficult time,” says Hoy Hawkins.

Upon graduating from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, for a post-graduate fellows program and job in digital marketing. A couple of years later, she returned to the Upstate to pursue her marketing career. Now, with more than five years of professional marketing experience, she is passionate about brand storytelling and working toward the greater good. In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes, navigating first-time home ownership, and traveling with friends.

 About CommunityWorks

CommunityWorks was established in 2008 as a local housing trust fund through a partnership between the City of Greenville, United Way of Greenville County and Greenville County Redevelopment Authority. CommunityWorks’ mission is to build a brighter future for under served families and communities through financial education, lending, and investing. In 2011 CommunityWorks was certified by U.S. Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) which operates a community loan fund that supports community economic development.

Since its inception, CW has generated over $232 million in local economic impact and has provided 40,000 hours of training and coaching, served 5,030 families, provided over $ 5 million loans to startups and existing small businesses, and deployed over $ 7 million in affordable housing and community loans that have created or preserved over 820 affordable housing units.

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Ready Response Meals and Southern Way Catering to Deliver Meals to Essential Workers

Award-winning catering company responds to COVID-19 with plan to deliver high volume food-safe meals around South Carolina by partnering with Ready Response Meals

Greenville, S.C. | Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – Southern Way Catering, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, has come together with their team and the Ready Response Meals platform to bring a new way of providing food to the essential workers that need to work to keep our communities safe and supplied with critical goods and services. Ready Response Meals is a delivery service that is focused on delivering high volume, food-safe meals to South Carolina essential workers where they work. The delivery service started on Monday, April 13, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

“Southern Way Catering and Ready Response Meals recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the first line responders,” said Brittany Stuckey, Vice President of Operations of Southern Way Catering. “We are proud to have the ability to shift our business in order to serve those that are serving our community.”

The mission is to help provide tasty and timely meals to essential workers who remain on the job during this time of crisis. The goal is to reduce the risk of Coronavirus exposure by limiting the need for workers to pick up meals or bring in meals from many different sources. Through high volume meal preparation and delivery with care, Southern Way Catering and Ready Response Meals hope to bring sustenance, a moment of enjoyment, and a simpler way for essential workers and their employers to secure their daily food needs while at work.

“Because Southern Way Catering is accustomed to feeding large groups of people in an efficient and safe manner, we are uniquely qualified to be able to partner with Ready Response Meals in order to effectively feed the thousands of essential workers in our communities,” said Jesse Bullard, Vice President of Business Development of Southern Way Catering.

Ready Response Meals has the capability to deliver orders in quantities from 15 to 10,000 meals with 24—72 hours of notice, pending the size of the order, with a preference to have at least 48 hours of advanced notice. Each meal will be prepared and delivered with both caution and care. Southern Way Catering’s team of trained culinary professionals practice safe food handling as outlined by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and the FDA, and will be working with the CDC to enhance their best practices even more.

Lunch menu items can be delivered between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. while dinner menu items are delivered between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday. Each week will have a different preset menu of items to choose from.

Learn more about Ready Response Meals by visiting their website at readyresponsemeals.com or by calling 803-783-1061.

Learn more about Southern Way Catering by visiting their website at thesouthernway.com, by calling 864-509-1478, or by visiting their Facebook (@southernwaycateringupstate) and their Instagram (@southernwayupsate).

Founded in 1982 by Jimmy Stevenson, Southern Way Catering began as a small company with deep Southern Roots and a philosophy that demanded the best. Southern Way’s philosophy is to provide the client with the most delectable food, the most attentive service, the most memorable presentations, and the most pleasurable event experience. They specialize in off-site catering anywhere in the Southeast with a fully equipped mobile catering kitchen and have catered for as few as eight people to as many as 8,000 including Governors of South Carolina, Vice Presidents, and Presidents of the United States.

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Caldwell Constructors Awarded Building Contracts for Significant Upstate Commercial Properties

GREENVILLE – April 6, 2020 – Caldwell Constructors is proud to announce they have been awarded contracts for three significant commercial properties across the upstate including Asbury Hills Camp and Retreat Center, Bannister Wyatt & Stalvey Law Firm and Burdette Central.

“We are thrilled to begin work on each of these exciting projects across the Upstate,” says Gary Caldwell, President of Caldwell Constructors. “Each project is identifiable within the community, as well as unique in its own way. We look forward to delivering a new space our clients can be proud of for many years to come.”

Asbury Hills Camp and Retreat Center located in Cleveland, SC, is the second project for Caldwell Constructors at the Camp. For this project specifically, Caldwell will execute extensive site work and building construction for a new pool, pool house and future athletic facilities. The future Bannister Wyatt & Stalvey Law Firm located at 24 Cleveland St. in downtown Greenville is the site of the old Chamber of Commerce Building. This project will feature a 13,700 square foot interior and exterior renovation. Lastly, Burdette Central, located in the heart of Simpsonville, will consist of a detailed renovation of a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as feature finished restaurant and retail space.

All projects are slated for completion by July 2020.

About Caldwell Constructors

Caldwell Constructors is a full-service construction company that focuses on building relationships and providing exceptional service to clients across the Upstate of South Carolina. Caldwell Constructors has extensive experience in commercial, industrial, institutional and medical market segments. Their approach to delivering projects with unwavering integrity, creative problem solving, and tireless work ethic has earned Caldwell Constructors an excellent reputation in the Upstate. For more information, please visit the Caldwell Constructors website at www.caldwellconstructors.com/.

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Spinx To Host 20th Annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament

Spinx hosts annual golf tournament benefitting local charities

Greenville, S.C.Feb. 11th, 2020 – The Spinx Company, the Greenville-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 80 locations and 50 car washes statewide will host its annual Charity Golf Classic Tournament on Tuesday, May 12th. Spinx has selected five charities that will benefit from the tournament this year including: the American Red Cross, Safe Harbor, Loaves and Fishes, Pendleton Place and the Children’s Museum of the Upstate.

The tournament will be held at both Greenville Country Club courses, as well as the Furman University Golf Club. To date, the Spinx golf tournament has raised over $1.3 million to help fund 25 charitable organizations.

“It is quite an accomplishment to have sustained such a successful charity golf tournament for all of these years,” stated Stewart Spinks. “I am absolutely thrilled at the amount of money we have raised for all of those in need within our communities, and I look forward to another successful event in May.”

Spinx chose beneficiaries that are aligned with its corporate charitable mission, “Spinx & Kids: Mind, Body, Spirit. Growing healthy kids where we live, work and play.” For more information on this year’s event please visit https://myspinx.golfreg.com/.

ABOUT SPINX – Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The Spinx Company operates 82 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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Upstate Forever to Host 2020 ForeverGreen Luncheon

This Year’s Event to Honor Founder Brad Wyche and Conservation Advocates in the Upstate

GREENVILLE, SCJanuary 21, 2020 Upstate Forever is excited to host the annual ForeverGreen Awards Luncheon on Monday, February 24th, 2020 at the Embassy Suites on Verdae Boulevard. The luncheon celebrates individuals for significant contributions in fields related to conservation and sustainable growth. In addition to the awards program, this year’s ForeverGreen Luncheon will feature a celebration to honor Upstate Forever’s founder and conservation hero, Brad Wyche.

Upstate Forever’s Executive Director, Andrea Cooper, is thrilled to celebrate individuals throughout the Upstate, who are actively working to better the environment as a whole. “This year will be very special as we celebrate our fearless founder, Brad Wyche. Without his humble leadership and dedication to finding common ground, Upstate Forever would not be where it is today,” Cooper said.

In 1998, Brad Wyche left a successful law practice and founded Upstate Forever to protect special places and promote responsible growth in our region. During the first year, he worked alone in his home with no funds and no staff. Today, Upstate Forever has 21 staff members and has protected more than 23,000 acres across the Upstate. The positive impact Brad has made on the Upstate — and South Carolina as a whole — is tremendous.

This year’s award recipients are:

  • The Marjorie E. Schmidt Stewardship Award: Tom Kester, for his faithful ongoing support of Upstate Forever and other local conservation efforts
  • The Tommy Wyche Land Conservation Champion: Norman Pulliam, for his visionary leadership as SC Department of Natural Resources board chair
  • Public Servant of the Year: Rep. Bill Sandifer, for his game-changing role in passing the Energy Freedom Act

Upstate Forever’s 2020 ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon

Monday, February 24th at 11:00 am

Embassy Suites, 670 Verdae Boulevard, Greenville

Individual tickets to the ForeverGreen Luncheon are for sale at our Eventbrite page (forevergreen2020.eventbrite.com).

Discounted early bird tickets are available for $35 each until 5 pm on 1/31/20. After that, tickets are $50

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CommunityWorks Welcomes New President & CEO

Greenville, SC | Monday, January 13, 2020 – CommunityWorks, a Greenville based non-profit organization, is excited to welcome Tammie Hoy-Hawkins as the new President & CEO, effective immediately. Hoy-Hawkins has been finalizing her work on the City of Spartanburg’s Northside Initiative since the announcement regarding her new role was made in April of 2019. During that time the Northside Development Group underwent a CEO search for her replacement and has announced Michael Williamson as the new CEO.

With a long history of successful non-profit leadership as President of Together Consulting, Hoy-Hawkins has worked on a variety of projects throughout the Upstate community. She recently served as Project Manager for the Northside Development Group’s Northside Initiative and also as Project Coordinator for the Greenville Housing Fund.

“We have been looking forward to welcoming Tammie to CommunityWorks since the announcement in April,” says Billy McGee, Board Chair of CommunityWorks. “With her proven experience and leadership, we are confident in her ability to maximize the impact that CommunityWorks will have in the Upstate and throughout South Carolina,” says McGee.

Since the inception of CommunityWorks in 2008, over $221 million in economic impact has been made across the state. CommunityWorks focuses on improving the lives of underserved families and communities by providing an array of services including, business loans, financial wellness coaching, home buying assistance and affordable housing.

“I am excited to join the CommunityWorks Team and begin my journey as the new President & CEO of CommunityWorks as we continue to build a brighter future for our communities. I look forward to leading CommunityWorks to have an even greater impact in Greenville, increase our efforts in the Upstate and expand opportunities across South Carolina.” says Tammie Hoy-Hawkins, President & CEO of CommunityWorks.

About CommunityWorks

CommunityWorks was established in 2008 as a local housing trust fund through a partnership between the City of Greenville, United Way of Greenville County and Greenville County Redevelopment Authority. CommunityWorks’ mission is to build a brighter future for underserved families and communities through financial education, lending, and investing. In 2011 CommunityWorks was certified by U.S. Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) which operates a community loan fund that supports community economic development.

Since its inception, CW has generated over $221 million in local economic impact and has provided 33,900 hours of training and coaching, served 4,008 families, provided over $3.9 million loans to startups and existing small businesses, and deployed over $6.3 million in affordable housing and community loans that have created or preserved over 662 affordable housing units.

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Caldwell Constructors Welcomes Four Employees to Team of Industry Experts

GREENVILLE – Jan. 7, 2020 – Caldwell Constructors is proud to add Ben Chubb, Bill Jordan, Tre Kennemore, and Holly Wood to their team. All four new employees will bring their expertise and experience to Caldwell Constructors in addition to sharing the company’s core value and mission to bring exceptional service to all clients.

Ben Chubb will serve as an Assistant Project Manager on the Caldwell Constructors team. As a recent graduate from Mississippi State University’s Building Construction Science program, Ben brings two years of construction experience in both private and commercial projects to this role. Bill Jordan joins Caldwell Constructors as an Estimator and provides nearly 30 years of relevant construction experience. Since 1992, Bill has gained extensive knowledge after working in different roles for multiple construction companies. Caldwell also welcomes Tre Kennemore to serve as Superintendent. Tre brings over eight years of experience to the team and has worked on many projects holding positions ranging from Framer and Machine Operator to Assistant Manager. Lastly, Caldwell Constructors is thrilled to welcome Holly Wood as Contract Administrator. Holly has over 30 years of professional experience and provides expertise in federal and state regulatory requirements, budget, and financial management.

“We are so excited to welcome our four newest employees to the Caldwell Constructors family,” says Gary Caldwell, President of Caldwell Constructors. “They are each experienced, driven, and committed to providing remarkable service and value to our clients.”

About Caldwell Constructors

Caldwell Constructors is a full-service construction company that focuses on building relationships and providing exceptional service to clients across the Upstate of South Carolina. Caldwell Constructors has extensive experience in commercial, industrial, institutional and medical market segments. Their approach to delivering projects with unwavering integrity, creative problem solving, and tireless work ethic has earned Caldwell Constructors an excellent reputation in the Upstate. For more information, please visit the Caldwell Constructors website at www.caldwellconstructors.com/.

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Real Life Lessons Learned Outside of the Classroom

As my internship with Smoak Public Relations comes to a close, I am able to reflect on the valuable lessons I have learned and the relationships I have built over the past four months; all of which I would not have been able to experience in the classroom. Smoak PR has taught me everything from the details of event planning and effective PR writing, to the creativity behind social media. Most importantly, I have learned the value of real-world experience and this reassured my passion for this industry.

Before my internship with Smoak PR, I had little experience with event planning. From booking a vendor and a venue, providing all the correct credentials, and maintaining a close relationship with the client, I have been able to see the amazing value and organization that goes into event planning first-hand. Watching all the women of Smoak PR help and collaborate with each other for every event has been an inspiring example of teamwork that I think any intern would be lucky to experience.

Smoak PR also provided me the skills and knowledge to be able to draft and write professional press releases and company newsletters. Each client has a different voice, tone, and story to tell. That said, I now fully understand how to cater each client’s content to their brand in order to share their message most effectively. In addition, I was given the opportunity to assist in caption and copy writing for social media which has provided great insight into understanding each client. I am confident this is a skill that will benefit me in my future career tremendously.

Something I especially enjoyed during my semester with Smoak PR was getting to watch and work with Hannah on social media and graphic design. As a graphic design minor in school, Smoak PR has given me the perfect opportunity to utilize my prior knowledge, while learning fresh skills and techniques in graphic design, digital media and social media. I now fully understand what a significant influence a social media presence has, and how you can really express your creativity within this role. The creative freedom I was given through my internship is something I find particularly lucky to have experienced this fall.

Lastly, and what I found to be the most valuable aspect of my internship is the real-world experience I was provided. Having an internship with an organization like Smoak PR has given me the skills, knowledge, and experience that I would not have been able to acquire in a classroom. I was exposed to real-world clients, meetings, events, and everything behind the scenes showing me how a successful public relations firm really runs. Not only did this experience provide me with the skills and confidence to move forward with my career, but Smoak PR truly cares about their interns. I enjoyed the relationships built with all the women of Smoak PR, each of which made it a priority to be helpful, friendly, and supportive. I encourage anyone seeking an experience-filled, hands on, creative internship in the PR industry to apply!

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Spinx Celebrates Store #378 Opening in Summerville

New store featuring full kitchen opens at 930 W. 5th North St.

Greenville, S.C. – Dec. 16, 2019 – The Spinx Company, the Greenville-based fuel and convenience retail company with more than 80 locations and 50 car washes statewide, celebrated the opening of the Spinx #378 store in Summerville, SC on Thursday, Dec. 12th. Located at 930 W. 5th North St., Summerville, SC, the new store will feature a full-service kitchen and a Ride ‘N Shine Tunnel Wash, which is set to open early next year.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of another Spinx store in Summerville, SC. This location will provide our customers with a full-service kitchen and of course, all of our other Spinx amenities to make the lives of this community that much easier,” stated Stewart Spinks. “We look forward to welcoming the community through these doors, as well as celebrate with some exciting special offers for a limited time.”

As part of the grand opening, a variety of in-store specials will be available for a limited time:

  • Soft Serve Ice Cream Cones – 50¢
  • 16 oz. Frozen Coffee, Smoothies and Shakes – $1.50
  • Legendary Chicken Biscuit – $2.00
  • 2 Tenders/2 Wedges – $3.00
  • 8-Piece Fried Chicken – $8.00

The new store provides another convenient location for the community to fill their gas tanks and enjoy Spinx’s legendary fried chicken, breakfast biscuits and chicken sandwiches served fresh all day. Also, at this location, Spinx is serving made-to-order milkshakes, smoothies and soft serve ice cream in addition to its wide offering of ice-cold fountain drinks, lemonade, iced tea, slushies and the popular “chewy ice.” Hot beverages, including bean-to-cup fresh coffee will also be available for purchase.

Learn more at www.SpinxCarWash.com or www.Spinx.com.

ABOUT SPINX – Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The Spinx Company operates 82 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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Favor Greenville Receives Generous Gift from Motiva/Shell Oil

Spinx and Shell Oil Continue to Give Back to the Greenville Community

GREENVILLE, SC | Dec. 10, 2019- FAVOR Greenville is pleased to announce a generous donation from Motiva/Shell Oil Company. This gift was made possible because of the relationship Stewart and Martha Spinks and The Spinx Company have with Motiva/Shell. Thanks to their generosity, FAVOR Greenville will be able to continue to provide the lifesaving, transformational work that has impacted over 30,000 participants and their families.

“The Spinks family has been a cornerstone of the FAVOR program from the very beginning.  Stewart and Martha have been unwavering in their support of individuals and families in need of support as they cope with addiction,” said Rich Jones, CEO of FAVOR Greenville.

Stewart Spinks was employed by Shell after graduating from college. Shell then moved Spinks to Greenville where he later began The Spinx Company. Giving back to the Greenville community has always been a priority to Spinks and his family.

“As a local company that was born and raised here, we feel it is not only important, but vital to support our community,” said Stewart Spinks, Chairman of The Spinx Company.

Photo (left to right): Richard L. “Rich” Jones, CEO FAVOR Greenville; Steve Spinks, President, The Spinx Company Inc.; Jacob Hubbard, Territory Manager, Motiva Enterprise LLC; Stewart Spinks, Chairman, The Spinx Company Inc.

ABOUT FAVOR

FAVOR (Faces and Voices of Recovery) Greenville provides an innovate response to the suffering caused by Substance Use Disorders for over 5,000 new individuals in the Upstate every year: Rebuilding Lives, Empowering Families, and Changing the World. www.favorgreenville.org

ABOUT SPINX

Founded in 1972 in Greenville, S.C., The Spinx Company operates 82 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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