Greenville's Startup Business Culture
Bloomberg published an article called "The New Startup South" featuring Greenville South Carolina has having a successful startup culture for small and growing business. Bloomberg Business correctly states, "Greenville has excelled at creating an appealing—and walkable—commercial district. The scenic riverfront features a park bordered by a mixed-use development, a waterfall, and a pedestrian bridge." The city of Greenville has poured millions into downtown Greenville's redevelopment, making it a world-class pro business city!
Quoting the article again, "Some elements of Greenville’s transformation aren’t easy to replicate, including decades of political commitment to creating a community that’s appealing to college graduates and high-skilled workers. The city also has access to technology and research talent from nearby Clemson University and state-of-the-art manufacturing plants turning out Michelin tires and BMWs." I think the article fails to mention all the other colleges and tech schools that are supplying skilled labor to the area including: Greenville Technical College,Tricounty Technical College, Furman University, Bob Jones University, South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, Wofford, Converse, etc., etc..
Additionally, Bloomberg doesn't credit the state of South Carolina for its pro-small business policies, climate, and low tax structures. So a great city like Greenville, coupled with a pro-business climate and taxation, and cost efficient transportation corridors, yields more businesses starting, investing, and coming here. Just in my old office building were 2 or 3 startup businesses: Gensavis with their NovaFerrum lineup for kids, Mill Village Farms, a startup non profit, TRG Communities (a local developer), and CRA Realty serving the Greenville SC Real Estate market.
Bloomberg's article was featured on the Upstate Business Journal as well.
Hopefully, this trend will continue with more startups and small business launching or coming to Greenville!