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Southern Advertising partners with Customer Magnetism
OCT 31, 2012

Southern Advertising, a Greer-headquartered custom embroidered apparel company, announced its plans to collaborate with Customer Magnetism, an Internet marketing firm based out of Virginia Beach, Va. The partnership allows Southern to continue providing promotional goods for customers, as well as create a new way of reaching consumers, via Customer Magnetism's Search Engine Optimization (SEO) knowledge.

“The way modern technology has advanced, we are very proud to work with Customer Magnetism in this new relationship,” said Chris Ayers, owner of Southern Advertising. "The staff there has helped our organization gain a greater presence online, and reach more consumers worldwide. For that reason, we look forward to continuing our partnership with them on future endeavors.”

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CertusBank acquires Quandrant Financial
OCT 31, 2012

CertusBank acquires Quandrant Financial

CertusBank, N.A., announced its acquisition of Quadrant Financial, Inc.  The Greenville-based bank entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Quadrant Financial, Inc., enabling CertusBank to become the 22nd largest SBA 7A lender (by dollar volume) in the nation and the No. 1 SBA lender based in South Carolina.

Quadrant Financial, Inc. is a subsidiary of First Chatham Bank of Savannah, Ga.  CertusBank agreed to acquire 100 percent of the business.  John Handmaker and George Vredeveld co-founded Quadrant Financial in 2001 and have offices in eight states and have originated in excess of $750 million in loans to assist small businesses across the United State.

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D&D Ford celebrates official opening with ribbon cutting
OCT 25, 2012

Skip and George Davenport, far right, respectively, observe the presentation of the D&D Motors sign that has been part of its business heritage.

The traditional ribbon cutting symbolizing the official opening of a new business was performed at D&D Ford this evening at its new showroom location on Wade Hampton Blvd.

Skip Davenport did the honors of cutting the ribbon with community leaders, business representatives and friends watching. It’s the third ceremony of its kind the Davenports have had through 75 years and three-generations of ownership of the Ford dealership in Greer.

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Greer-based company seeking to fill over 200 jobs
OCT 25, 2012

Greer-based Level One, a RealPage, Inc. (NASDAQ: RP) company, and a provider of centralized property marketing solutions and maintenance on-demand services for the apartment industry, will host job fairs on Monday, Oct. 29 and Friday, Nov. 2, in Greenville.

The company is seeking to fill over 200 positions at its Greer headquarters at 1511 S. Batesville Road.

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Jobs: Amazon fulfillment centers hiring seasonal workers
OCT 19, 2012

Amazon has announced it is hiring 50,000 workers throughout its 40 fulfillment centers in the U.S. The online retailer has a 1-million square-foot distribution center in Spartanburg.

Click here to apply on line.

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HEICO acquires 80 percent of Greer's ARC
OCT 19, 2012

HEICO Corporation (NYSE:HEI) announced that its Flight Support Group has acquired 80.1 percent of the assets and certain liabilities of Action Research Corporation of Greer.  Financial terms were not disclosed, but HEICO stated that it expects the acquisition to be accretive within the first year after the closing.

Action Research Corporation (ARC) is an FAA-Approved Repair Station located in Greer.  ARC has developed unique proprietary repairs that extend the lives of certain engine and airframe components.  Greg Braselton, who founded ARC, will continue to lead the company and own 19.9 person.  HEICO also stated that it does not expect any employee turnover to result from the acquisition.

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Jobs: MW Industries expanding, adding 10 new jobs
OCT 19, 2012

MW Industries, a diversified specialty spring and fastener manufacturer, announced the expansion of its Springmasters/B&S Screw Machine Division in Greer. No dollar amount was provided in the news release but the company reported 10 new jobs will be generated the next three years.

The company is in the process of transferring equipment from the recent acquisition of Hi-Tech Machine of Concord, N.C., to its existing facility at 1450 S. Buncombe Street in Greer. Expanded operations at the facility is expected later this year with upfitting of the space and association recruiting.

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Greer State Bank continues profitable quarterly reports
OCT 17, 2012

Greer Bancshares Incorporated, the parent company of Greer State Bank (GRBS), today reported a third quarter net profit of $777,000.  This performance is a significant improvement over the 2011 third quarter net loss of $806,000.  This marks the fourth straight profitable quarter.

For the first nine months of 2012, Greer Bancshares reported a net profit of $3.563 million. The results also represent significant improvement over the loss for the first nine months of 2011 of $2.912 million.

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The fastest way to grow: get more referrals
OCT 14, 2012

Alan Melton is president of Small Business Coach Associates in Greer.

By Alan Melton

We all know that word of mouth is the best way to grow a business. When you receive a referral you will have little or no competition, you will be able to command a higher price, and your referral source will have done much of the selling for you.

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WYFF news director assigned to Pittsburgh affiliate
OCT 11, 2012

WYFF 4 news director Justin Antoniotti has been named to the same position at Hearst Television's WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, the ABC affiliate in the nation's 23rd largest TV market.

Antoniotti will oversee the overall news operation of Channel 4 Action News, WTAE.com, and WTAE mobile applications.  His appointment, announced today by WTAE President & General Manager Michael J. Hayes, begins immediately.

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Walton joins Dillard-Jones Builders
OCT 10, 2012

Doug Walton has joined Dillard-Jones Builders as marketing and sales manager for the mountain region of Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina.

Doug Walton has joined the staff of Dillard-Jones Builders, LLC as marketing and sales manager for the mountain region of Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina

Walton is the founder and former owner of 24K Homes in Naples, Fla., where he built 63 luxury custom homes in high-end country club communities and old Naples areas such as Port Royal. A degreed engineer, Walton was a U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot, flying more than 300 missions in Vietnam. He was a commercial pilot for Eastern Airlines for 21 years.

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GDC names Mensing commercial development director
OCT 9, 2012

Kyle Mensing is the new Commercial Development Director for Greer Development Corporation.

The Greer Development Corporation has selected Kyle Mensing as its new Commercial Development Director.

A Furman University graduate, Mensing has worked as an international freight forwarder with Panalpina, with Greer-based InSite Consulting Group and has experience in social media and e-marketing.

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Controversial signage approved with one-time special exemption
OCT 9, 2012

The EFS signage at 200 Trade Street was challenged for its risque look and not adhering to City of Greer code today at the Board of Architectural Review at City Hall.  The signage stays, earning a special, one-time special exemption.

It’s OK to look at the window dressing at EFS Fitness.

The Board of Architectural Review approved, in GreerToday, with special exemption, for EFS (Elevated Fitness Solutions) at 200 Trade Street to display its signage, that cost $1,500 to design and install. The board righted a wrong when City of Greer personnel did not provide documentation advising the new business owners to pursue approval in advance of storefront signage installation in the historic district.

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Art and Wine store opening on Trade Street
OCT 7, 2012

Michelle Scruggs introduces visitors to Oktoberfest on Saturday to the Art and Wine Shop on Trade.  Scruggs will base her photography business in the shop and an Art and Wine shop at 205 Trade Street will feautre instructors teaching art.

Art and Wine on Trade opened its doors Saturday during Oktoberfest to give visitors a sneak peak at the shop that will have its grand opening Oct. 20.

Michelle Scruggs Photography will also be located inside the shop.

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Oliver, Wiles promoted to assistant VPs at Greer State Bank
OCT 2, 2012

Linda Oliver has been promoted to Assistant Vice President in the Loan Administration department at Greer State Bank.

Linda Oliver and Lisa Wiles have been named to Assistant Vice President positions at Greer State Bank (GRBS).

Oliver is assistant VP in the Loan Administration department with responsibility for mortgage loan regulatory compliance, policy, and documentation review.  Her banking career spans 31 years with 15 years at Greer State Bank.

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D&D's move to new location is business as usual
OCT 1, 2012

This red Ford Focus is shiny but wet today as it is part of the fleet of automobiles that are D&D's new showroom and service facility at 13655 E. Wade Hampton Blvd.

D&D Ford's weekend move was finished and the doors to the Greer-based business opened as scheduled this morning.

Despite sprinkling rain and dreary skies, red, white and blue balloons marked the entrance to the new facility, which includes a 36,642-square-foot showroom and service department, at 13655 E. Wade Hampton Blvd.

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