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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.

Line on Innovation

The Palmetto State may not have a Triangle or a Valley, but South Carolina’s innovation/tech sector is forming a…Line. With the steady growth of the so-called knowledge economy, entrepreneurs here are drawing an increasingly identifiable link connecting the state’s largest population centers, as well as arousing the interest of homegrown investors willing to finance the future.

Turkish Firm Embraces South Carolina

Mogul exports about 55 percent of its production, with half of that amount going to U.S. customers. Overall, the company exports to more than 50 countries. As the Gray Court plant ramps production, it will serve a portion of the company’s North America demand.

Exporting Resources Available to S.C. Firms

Several resources are available to help South Carolina companies expand their business base to include exporting. Canada and Mexico remain the top countries to which S.C. companies export. However, other locales – depending on products and services being offered – provide opportunities. Just remember, 95 percent of the world’s customers are outside of the United States. Here are some organizations that can help.

Explore and Adopt an Export Strategy

While many people believe that exporting is risky, costly and requires hiring related experts, there are ways to mitigate risk and manage costs.

Firms Dial Up S.C. For Call Centers

South Carolina has been an attractive location for siting call centers over the past few years. Greenville has participated in this success and is home to about 40 call centers of various sizes.

Software Firm Targets Behavior Health Care

When Mark Essex graduated from Clemson with a computer science degree, he and his wife, Karen, moved to Atlanta to pursue job opportunities. She took a position as a methadone counselor in a clinic operated entirely on pen and paper with no computer system.

Ogletree Deakins Hits 40-Year Mark, Looks to the Future

On Valentine’s Day in 1977, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, and Stewart, P.C., hung out its shingle. At the time, the firm had 16 attorneys based in Greenville and Atlanta, many with the goal to simply make it through the first year.

Greenville Ranks Among the 15 Fattest Cities in America

Americans are the fattest people in the world. By one measure, more than 70 percent of the U.S. population aged 15 and older is overweight or obese.

Billiam Builds on Customization

Preferring to keep production numbers private, Mitchell says Billiam produced “thousands” of pairs of jeans in 2016, but he notes that production usually ranges from 50 to 150 pairs a week.

Pure Genius

We’ve all seen them: The ads for medications that seem to have more side effects than actual effects. Seemingly every drug has a litany of possible negative consequences to go along with whatever help they’re supposed to give. Do you ever wonder why these side effects exist or where they come from? Drs. Scott Husson and Jinxiang Zhou can tell you at least one of the common causes: impurities.

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