ICYMI: Upstate Buzz

TD Bank opens its wallet wide to Support Minority-Owned Businesses…Greenville Chamber of Commerce Holds 133 Annual Meeting…and Colorado-Based WOW! invests $30 million in upstate digital backbone. These are just a few headlines from the past month that you may have missed in Upstate Business Journal.

TD Bank donates $1 million to CommunityWorks

The investment is part of TD Bank’s equity fund to support minority-owned small businesses. CommunityWorks will use the funds to serve minority business owners by offering services such as coaching and technical support to entrepreneurs as well as tailored loan products ranging from $900 to $250,000. The lending institution will also offer loans of up to $500,000 to developers of affordable small and minority housing.

“TD is a long-time partner of CommunityWorks and has a strong commitment to supporting entrepreneurs and underserved communities through investment and volunteer service,” said CommunityWorks CEO Tammie Hoy Hawkins. “This generous investment will allow us to expand our reach to serve more minority entrepreneurs upstate and across South Carolina through loans and support. Together, we will work to increase economic opportunities for various businesses. »

Photo provided by the Greenville Chamber

The Greenville Chamber has honored a large number of companies and business leaders

At its 133rd annual meeting May 11 at Fluor Field, the Greenville Chamber honored leaders like longtime Greenville architect Joe Pazdan, who received the Leadership Greenville Distinguished Award; Mary Duckett, who received the Ben Haskew Collaboration Award, and Richard Hagins, who received the Chairman’s Award. House Speaker Carlos Phillips also unveiled the organization’s new slogan, “Growing a Greater Greenville,” and discussed program highlights.

Jordon Named Minority Small Business of the Year by SC

James Jordon, president and founder of Jordon Construction Co. in Greenville, is the US Small Business Administration’s choice for SC Minority Small Business Person of the Year. He has over 22 years of experience leading successful businesses in various industries.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Small Business Administration as the Minority Small Business of the Year,” said Jordon. “We pride ourselves on having good relationships, and the SBA is an incredible organization that helps foster and build great relationships.” You may remember Jordon from his January spot on 60 Minutes, when he and other Greenville-area business leaders shared their thoughts on how the post-pandemic era will unfold in their respective industries.

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Photo courtesy of Tom Winkopp

Another off-campus housing option coming to Clemson

Clemson’s Tom Winkopp Development and Chicago’s Core Spaces are teaming up to bring more off-campus housing to Clemson. The 140-acre pedestrian property will add 4,000 beds to a 1,400-bed student housing project known as The Pier. There will also be pools, outdoor barbecues, waterfront trails and access to Lake Hartwell.

The student village is part of a larger mixed-use project on a 325-acre site that will be developed by Tom Winkopp Development and its partners over the next three to five years. Winkopp and his partners have owned the land since 2007.

At the car wash…

The City of Greenville Zoning Appeals Board (or “BZA,” as insiders like to call it) has approved plans for a ModWash, a proposed automatic car wash tunnel, to take place at 1046 N. Pleasantburg Drive. The location will include vacuum cleaners, microfiber towels, window cleaner, carpet cleaner, and possibly an insect prep station. If you’re wondering what a bug prep station is, so are we.

Michael J. Chiaramonte