Greer Business News



Tyler's frenetic 23 days comes to halt with Chick-fil-A reopening
JUN 30, 2014

Jody Levin visited Chick-fil-A on Wade Hampton Blvd. on its re-opening Monday after undergoing a complete renovation in June. Levin's grandchildren, Cyrus Jones and Donovan Estenfeld, appeared to reap the rewards of this trip.

Bill Tyler has had such a furious 23 days he said he doesn’t know how tired he is.

“Right now it’s just so exciting, the adrenaline has kicked in,” Tyler said.

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Free haircuts for vets, active military today at the White House Salon
JUN 30, 2014

Staff Sgt. Henry Campbell gets his hair trimmed by Samantha Ball at The White House Salon Monday. Campbell was in Korea, Viet Nam, Iceland and Germany among the six countries he was stationed.

The Army was outnumbering other service personnel receiving free hair cuts today at The White House Salon.

Ret. Staff Sgt. Henry Campbell of the Army was given a trim and shampoo this afternoon. Campbell said he traveled extensively while in the service. “I’ve been to Viet Nam, Korea, Germany and Iceland,” Campbell said of the six countries he was stationed.

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Southern Eye Associates honored as Small Business of the Year
JUN 27, 2014

Dr. William Steigerwald of Southern Eye Associates, center, accepted the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Small Business for 2014. Mark Owens, left, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce, presents the award with Ken Harper, Chairman of the Executive Board.

Southern Eye Associates was named the Small Business of the Year by the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce Thursday at the annual dinner at City Hall.

Smith & James, the oldest continuing business in downtown, was honored with the Mayor’s Award.

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Smith & James recognized with Mayor's Award for small business
JUN 26, 2014

Mayor Rick Danner presents Smith & James the Mayor's Award for small business to Brandon and Bernard Price and Chip Bittner.

Smith & James, the oldest continuing business in downtown, was honored with the Mayor’s Award at the Small Business of the Year celebration presented by the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

Southern Eye Associates was recognized as the Small Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony was held at City Hall.

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Restaurants big winners for U.S.-Germany lunch crowd; next matches at Happy Hour
JUN 26, 2014

German fans broke out in song with victory in hand at Wild Ace.

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It was standing room only at restaurants with televisions and beer on tap today.

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Bosch's $500,000 grant targets automotive engineering grad students
JUN 26, 2014

A $500,000 grant from the Bosch Community Fund will establish an endowment in perpetuity for automotive-engineering fellowships that are aimed at diversifying the workforce and inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Fellowships of $20,000 a year will go to exemplary students who seek a master of science in automotive engineering at Clemson University–International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville.

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Guild Mortgage celebrates downtown location, eyes expansion
JUN 25, 2014

Kristi Farmer, Greer Branch Manager for the Guild Mortgate Company, cuts the ribbon celebrating the company's downtown location.

Eight months after putting down roots in downtown, Guild Mortgage Company celebrated with a ribbon cutting Wednesday.

“Greer is a great location and has a thriving downtown, that is a melting pot, convenient to many areas and businesses and great restaurants,” said Kristi Farmer, Greer Branch Manager, at the 104 Trade Street location.

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CPW, GSP agree to property lease for a new substation
JUN 25, 2014

Greer CPW and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District have agreed on a lease with an option to purchase 5.07 acres of property to build a substation near the Inland Port.

Greer CPW and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District has agreed on a lease with the option to purchase approximately 5.07 acres for a substation to serve east Greer. Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting also approved a low bid of $684,250 for a Bent Creek pump station upgrade.

The substation property is in Spartanburg County near Victor Hill Road and Hendrix Road. The Inland Port and the BMW Manufacturing warehouse are nearby.

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July 4 openings and closings for Greer Station merchants
JUN 25, 2014

Jason Clark's BIN 112 and The Strip Club 104 will be closed during the July 4 weekend.

Greer Station merchants have announced their July 4 opening and closings during the holiday weekend.


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Cosmetology Career Showcase at GTC July 28
JUN 24, 2014

Greenville Technical College will offer ”Beauty and the Beach,” a Cosmetology Career Showcase, on Monday, July 28. A drop is scheduled 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The program is housed on Greenville Technical College’s Barton Campus at 106C Winterberry Court.

The showcase will include tours of the facility, information on enrolling and financial aid, and a chance to talk to business and marketing professors about completing an associate degree that gives graduates the knowledge and abilities to run a successful business.

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Waite earns CFP certification for financial planning
JUN 24, 2014

Aaimee Waite earns CFP certification.

Aimee Waite, Investment Management Consultant at The Faust-Boyer Group of Raymond James, has earned the CFP certification from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. The CFP is one of the highest professional certifications in the financial planning field.

Waite joined The Faust-Boyer Group in 2009 and has worked as a financial advisor since 2007.

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Be kind and grateful when cashing out insurance policy
JUN 24, 2014

Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

My mom and dad took out a whole life insurance policy for me when I was born. The cash value is $2,500, and my husband and I want to cash it out and put the money toward paying off debt. We already have larger term life insurance policies in place, but I’m worried that doing this will offend my parents. What should I do?

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Greer Police need help identifying two suspects
JUN 23, 2014

The unknown subjects, above, are approximately 25-30-years-old and 180 pounds.

The Greer Police Department needs help identifying the two white males pictured in the two images below. The photos are labeled as copper theft at Allen Bennett Hospital.

These subjects were observed by an officer on the loading dock of an abandoned building in Greer. The unknown subjects are approximately 25-30-years-old and 180 pounds. The images were captured on a surveillance camera on Saturday, June 19.

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Loftis is summer intern at GreerToday.com
JUN 22, 2014

Raegan Loftis, a rising senior at Greer High School, is a summer intern with GreerToday.com. She will be working in marketing and reporting on entertainment and covering Greer Idol and Idol Teen.

Raegan Loftis, a rising senior at Greer High School, is working as an intern with GreerToday.com.

During Loftis’ first week she featured Barrett and Bailey Tyler, daughters of Bill and Susan Tyler of Greer, as they prepare for the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen pageant, respectively. A story on Tall Tales, which began its first summer storytelling scheduled last week, was announced with the season’s schedule.

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Nall joins GreerToday.com as summer staffer
JUN 22, 2014

Rolland Nall, a Greer High School graduate, has joined GreerToday.com this summer. He will be reporting on business and sports.

Rolland Nall has joined the GreerToday.com staff as a summer staffer.

Nall will enter North Greenville University to study International Business on a Foothills Scholarship.

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BMW is hiring contract workers at job fair
JUN 22, 2014

BMW Manufacturing will be hiring contract workers through MAU Workforce Solutions this week at job fairs.

MAU announced it will extend hours, until 8 p.m., for hiring BMW production workers on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at its office at 7993 Pelham Road in Greenville.

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Greer in middle of upstate counties ranked in Foreign Direct Investment
JUN 22, 2014

Mitsubishi Polyester Film has been in Greer 50 years and employs 500 full-time and 100 contract workers. 



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J.D. Power awards BMW Bronze Plant Quality Award in Americas region
JUN 22, 2014

Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing Co., left, holds the J.D. Power Bronze Plant Quality Award in the Americas region presented to the Greer plant.

BMW Manufacturing announced that J.D. Power, a trusted source for evaluating customer satisfaction regarding new vehicle quality, awarded the factory the Bronze Plant Quality Award in the North/South America region. Other BMW Group plants have received this award, but this is the first ever for the Greer plant.

“This is truly an extraordinary accomplishment for this plant,” said Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing Co. “Building quality vehicles for our customers is our top priority and this award is a demonstration of the commitment of our entire workforce.”

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Faulkner becomes District Governor for Rotary
JUN 21, 2014

Tom Faulkner was installed as District Governor of Rotary District 7750.

Tom Faulkner was installed as District Governor of Rotary District 7750 on Thursday at an awards and installation banquet.

Rotary District 7750 includes 54 clubs located in the western half of South Carolina. Faulkner is the first District Governor selected from Greater Greer Rotary Club for the position. He served as the charter president of the Greer club in 2003-2004 when it was re-designated its present name.

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The Wink Cafe opens Saturday at new location
JUN 20, 2014

The Wink Cafe and Catering will open Saturday at 1209 W. Poinsett Street, next to Merrell's Pizza.

The Wink Cafe and Catering opens Saturday at it news location next to Merrell’s Pizza at 1209 W. Poinsett Street.

The meat and two restaurant, co-owned by Art Elsey and Tracy Richard, will continue its regular hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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