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Greenville Business Magazine keeps abreast of all enterprises, sharing news of the people and businesses behind the start-ups, relocations, mergers and acquisitions and developments as they occur. We explore the operations and philosophies of featured companies on a regular basis, highlighting their practices and successes to prove the value of community dynamism. We also offer a broad perspective on the business climate from folks in the know, people moving up and awards received, granting our readers a practical, experienced outlook.
Knudt Flor arrives in Spartanburg as CEO and President of the largest plant in BMW, which has $23 billion in annual revenues and 30 production sites in 14 countries, just completed a massive $1 billion expansion. With Flor in the driver’s seat now, other execs say they’re excited about the ride.
There are nearly 8,000 children in Greenville living with limited resources. Through no fault of their own, these children struggle to survive under the weight of their circumstances leaving them at a high risk for developmental delays. A Child’s Haven provides an incredibly valuable outlet for parents like Misty Hall who know that they need to do something for their child that may go beyond their own means.
Elev8 is the Upstate’s first farm-fresh fast-food restaurant and meal-delivery service. In its first year, the fast-growing company has cooked up six-digit gross revenues, with a 92 percent retention rate among their 103 customers. Diners order online before picking up fully cooked meals from half a dozen locations all over town or from the commercial kitchen Elev8 rents in the Village of West End.
Those who say a hobby can never become a career have obviously never met Connie Cleveland. Her part-time side gig is now a company, Dog Trainers Workshop, that boasts four full-time and six part-time employees. Still, the transition from dog trainer to business owner was a something of a shock.
The event is a partnership between Greenville Tech, the Greenville Chamber, and Greenville County Schools.
The grant marks Duke Energy’s second investment in ConnectionsSC.
The board includes three incoming members and a transition in leadership with Ted Hendry, president of United Way of Greenville County, completing a two-year term as board chair.
“Each year, the pool of candidates from which to select Greenville’s Best and Brightest is more exceptional than the last,” she says. “I’m always astounded by the passion, drive, and commitment of the nominees and look forward to the incredible work that will result from their labor of love to make Greenville a better place.”
“If I’m feeling a little agitated and I start working on one of those puzzles, after about five minutes, I find myself focusing on that and feeling much calmer,” she says. “And students have expressed to me that it works the same way for them.”
“I am optimistic for the industry in general because we’ve seen positive signs over the last two to three years. The key will be how the political environment unfolds.”