The number of women-owned businesses has more than doubled in the last decade. Meet three Upstate women who are part of the trend

Across the nation, entrepreneurship is on the rise. But growth among female business owners, particularly in South Carolina, is far outpacing growth among males and closing the gap between the two sexes. Credit card giant American Express said in its annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report that, as of January 2017, there were an estimated […]

Burrito Hub will bring modern Mexican fare to downtown Spartanburg’s dining scene

A new fast-casual Mexican restaurant is headed for downtown Spartanburg. Greenville businessman Hugo Montanez has leased the 1,800-square-foot space that formerly housed McClellan’s Urban Eatery/Pierre’s at 253 Magnolia St., where he plans to open his concept Burrito Hub by late spring or early summer. Montanez said the restaurant is inspired by his heritage and newfound admiration […]

Spartanburg Young Professionals announces inaugural winners of The YPs

Spartanburg Young Professionals (SYP) on Wednesday, Jan. 31, announced the winners of its inaugural annual awards program The YPs. SYP launched the initiative in November, creating a way for the community to honor individuals ages 21 through 40 who are making a positive impact on Spartanburg through work or service across various industries. The winners […]

Spartanburg County’s economic forecast remains sunny

Spartanburg County’s economic momentum is expected to pick up steam in 2018. The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Jan. 31, held its annual Economic Forecast Breakfast at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Business leaders from across the county were told 21 economic development projects landed in Spartanburg in 2017, creating more than […]

BMW Manufacturing Co. announces expansion of its Scholars program

BMW Manufacturing Co. will grow its talent pipeline. The Spartanburg County-based automaker announced Wednesday, Jan. 31, it plans to expand its BMW Scholars program by doubling the number of apprentices to 200 and adding Piedmont Technical College of Greenwood as its fourth education partner. “Technology is constantly changing in the automotive industry,” said Knudt Flor, president […]

Owners of Spartanburg’s HenHouse Brunch will join The Silo at RJ Rockers

Two restaurateurs will bring their skills to a larger stage in downtown Spartanburg. RJ Rockers Brewing Co. announced Tuesday, Jan. 30, it has joined forces with Malcolm and Lexie Garrison, owners of HenHouse Brunch at 201 Wall St., Suite D, in downtown Spartanburg. The Garrisons will shutter their restaurant and take the reins of the breakfast […]

Denny’s Corp. raised $2 million for No Kid Hungry in 2017

Spartanburg-based Denny’s Corp. announced Monday, Jan. 29, it raised $2 million to aid in the fight to end childhood hunger. The family-dining chain raised the funds in 2017 as part of its partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Denny’s said it has raised more than $6.3 million since 2011 for the campaign. […]

Home Fashions International expanding its operations in Cherokee County

Home Fashions International, a supplier of home textile products, announced Jan. 18 it plans to invest $5.5 million to expand its Cherokee County operations and create 60 jobs. To accommodate the expansion, the company said it purchased a new 350,000-square-foot facility at 859 Victory Trail Road in Gaffney near Suminoe Textile America. The facility, which […]

Petrasch named VP of HR at BMW Manufacturing Co.

Spartanburg County-based BMW Manufacturing Co. announced Tuesday, Jan. 23, Christine Petrasch has been named vice president of human resources. Petrasch succeeds Johannes Trauth, who has returned to Germany to serve as the head of HR services. The company said Petrasch earned a master’s degree in computer science and started her career as an IT consultant […]

GSP Airport sets passenger traffic record for third consecutive year in 2017

For a third straight year, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) set a new record for passenger traffic in 2017. The airport said it served 2,130,885 travelers during the year, a 6 percent increase compared with the previous all-time high of 2,011,047 in 2016. GSP’s cargo traffic also soared to new heights as the airport said it […]

Fluor named to Fortune magazine’s ‘Most Admired’ list for 18th consecutive year

Texas-based Fluor Corp. announced Monday, Jan. 22, it has been named to Fortune magazine’s 2018 World’s Most Admired Companies list. Fluor has appeared on the list every year since 2000. “Fluor’s 60,000 global employees embody our core values of safety, integrity, teamwork, and excellence on a daily basis,” said David Seaton, chairman and CEO of […]

Hitachi affiliate’s acquisition of Greenville-based Vidistar a ‘win-win’

A digital health care concept based in downtown Greenville has caught the eye of one of the world’s leading tech companies. Ohio-based Hitachi Healthcare America’s Corp., an affiliate of Japan-based Hitachi Ltd., recently announced it has acquired Vidistar, headquartered at 204 Westfield St. near the Kroc Center. Vidistar, founded in 2005 by Craig Walker, is […]

BMW supplier Grupo Antolin expanding its Spartanburg County operations

A BMW supplier is growing its operations in Spartanburg County, although details of the expansion remain sparse. Spain-based Grupo Antolin in 2016 added 55,000 square feet to an existing 156,000-square-foot facility on 8.29 acres at 304 John Martin Road, according to Charleston-based Frampton Construction. The company operates a 155,000-square-foot facility on 9.31 acres across the […]

United Community Bank’s lending services to grow through acquisition

Greenville-based United Community Bank Inc., the holding company for United Community Bank, announced on Jan. 8 it agreed to purchase NLFC Holdings Corp. for $130 million. NLFC is the parent company of Florida-based Navitas, a specialty lender founded in 2008 that provides equipment finance credit services to small and medium-sized businesses nationwide. Navitas will continue […]

Facebook Boost Program coming to Greenville

The program, announced in November by Facebook’s co-founder, chairman, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, aims to provide the nation’s small businesses and workers with the digital skills they need to “compete in the new mobile economy.”