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June 6, 2016 - Vol 7. Issue 6

51 Regional Engagements in 2016              571 Regional Engagements Since 2010    
1,717 Participants in 2016                             28,051 Participants Since 2010         
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As part of the 2016 Upstate Regional Summit, presented by BlueCross and BlueShield of South Carolina, on September 13th, Ten at the Top will welcome four key business and community leaders for the summit's Leadership Panel. 
This panel, which will be part of the morning session of the Summit, will include:
Mike Baur, CEO of ScanSource, Inc.
James P. "Jim" Clements, President, Clemson University
Pamela Lackey, South Carolina President, AT&T;
Michael Riordan, CEO, Greenville Health System. 
Amy Wood, WSPA Anchor, will serve as panel moderator.
"The theme for the Summit is 'Creating a Leading Region,' and each of these leaders represent an organization that has become a leader in their field and is also a leader in making the Upstate a leading region," said Ten at the Top Executive Director Dean Hybl. "We look forward to hearing how their organization became an industry leader and what they think the Upstate needs to do moving forward to be recognized as a leading region."
During the 45-minute, Q&A-format session, attendees will have the opportunity to hear how these prominent CEOs are moving their organizations forward and their role in the continued success of the Upstate region.

Event and table sponsorships are currently available and individual tickets will go on sale July 1st. 
Ten at the Top (TATT), through a funding commitment from Phil Hughes and Hughes Investments Inc., established the Hughes Investments Vibrancy Initiative: ELEVATE UPSTATE Grants (EU). The purpose of EU is to identify and provide initial funding support for community based programs that promote community and economic vibrancy in local areas across the Upstate. The initiative will award two grants annually with each being for up to $5,000.

Initial interest forms and the 2016 Grant Application are now available. The deadline for completing the initial interest form is August 5th and the full applications are due by September 15th.

Please CLICK HERE for more information on eligibility, criteria, and to download the form.
         Only a few spots remaining, secure yours today!

A full day in Spartanburg will include stops at the North Spartanburg Sports Complex, the Northside Community and Downtown Spartanburg including - the USC Upstate School of Business (The George), the Chapman Cultural Center and the growing business district. 
The group will also take a driving and walking tour through the Spartanburg Manufacturing corridor, including a tour of Kobelco and the Business Incubator at Spartanburg Community College Tyger River Campus. There will be several discussions around the growing economy throughout the county with presentations from elected officials, education, business and community leaders.
Since 2010, city, county and state elected officials from across the Upstate region have been convening on a regular basis to discuss issues that impact communities across the region. The latest session, held at the Michelin North American Headquarters in May, was focused on how communities can grow their own local businesses and economy.
It included a presentation by David Shellhorse, Economic Development Manager for the Appalachian Council of Governments, on the Entrepreneurial Friendly Tool Kit, which is an online tool and community process developed to help communities identify the entrepreneurial support tools available in their community and then
 enhance how they can assist small businesses and entrepreneurs. Here is a direct link to the Tool Kit.
John Lummus, CEO of the Upstate SC Alliance, then moderated a panel that looked at various ways communities across the Upstate have developed support programs to grow their small business and entrepreneurial community. Panelists included Glenn Breed, Economic Development Director for the City of Anderson, Dave Eldridge, CEO of the Tri-County Entrepreneurial Development Corporation, The Honorable Mike Forrester, Director of Economic Development for Spartanburg Community College and John Moore, CEO of Next.
The next Upstate Elected Officials Meeting will take place in the fall and focus on land use in the Upstate and the Shaping Our Future Scenario Planning Project that is currently underway.
Ten at the Top has started a regular blog. Check out the first posts below and let us know if you have an idea or would like to submit a post!

When former Walgreens Senior Vice President Randy Lewis recently spoke at a TATT Regional Forum, he set a vision for how major corporations can create a platform that allows for meaningful employment for historically "untapped" workers while also providing a great benefit for the company...

Have an idea or interested in submitting a blog post?
Contact Ashley Downing/864-283-2317 to find out more

Community Vibrancy Task Force Meeting 
Wednesday, June 8th 10:00AM - 12:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202 | Greenville, SC 

Ten at the Top Board of Directors Meeting 
Thursday, June 9th 12:00PM - 2:00PM 
TD Bank Building 
The Traditions Room 
200A Carolina Point Parkway | Greenville, SC 

Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee Meeting 
Tuesday, June 14th 1:00PM - 3:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202 | Greenville, SC

Human Potential Task Force Meeting 
Wednesday, June 15th 1:00PM - 3:00PM 
Ten at the Top 
124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202 | Greenville, SC 

Upstate Bus Tour: Spartanburg County 
Wednesday, June 22nd 8:00AM - 5:00PM 
Bus leaves from Ten at the Top office parking lot 
124 Verdae Boulevard | Greenville, SC 
The 2016 Upstate Regional Summit: Creating a Leading Region will take place on September 13 at the TD Convention Center. There are several sponsorship opportunities remaining. With an expected attendance between 850 and 1,000 regional stakeholders, the Summit is an excellent chance to get your company or organization in front of the regions top business and community leaders.

Please visit www.TenattheTop.org for sponsorship information or contact Ashley Downing at 864-283-2317. The deadline for sponsors to be included in all pre-event material and promotions is July 11th.

*Sponsorships are continuously being secured, please contact Ashley for availability 
Current Sponsorship Packet
On June 2nd, a group of alternative capital providers gathered to network and listen to a presentation by Joseph McMillin, CEO of Atlas Organics. Atlas organics is a company devoted to diverting food waste from landfills. In fact, to date in 2016 they have already recycled over 1.4 million pounds of food waste. During his presentation, Joseph outlined how he was able to combine several different funding types to start his business.

Atlas Organics started in the business incubator at Wofford College called The Space. While at the incubator Joseph participated in a business plan competition which he won, securing $5,000 to start his business. Being straight out of college and unable to take out a loan, Joseph and his business partner borrowed from family and friends and maxed out credit cards to supplement the $5,000 prize money and start their business.

With the help of Michelin Development, Joseph was able to clarify his business and expansion plan.  He was then at a point where he could pitch to investors within the South Carolina Angel Network (SCAN). During his presentation Joseph emphasized how essential the support of Michelin Development and SCAN were in getting his business to the point it is at today.

The Upstate Alternative Capital Providers will be meeting again in Fall 2016.
In addition to the events and resources available on  OurUpstateSC.infothe weekly "Uniquely Upstate" e-newsletter highlights "hot events" happening across the region and a feature story that showcases something unique about the Upstate.
Recent feature stories include:  

Union County Addresses Employment Challenges
Take the Plunge at These Local Swimming Holes
Bring Your Appetite to Ware Shoals_ Catfish Feastival
Take a Closer Look at Public Art

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