Four exceptional Upstate companies were named 2019 Economic Visionaries by Spartanburg Community College at the annual Economic Visionaries event held at the Spartanburg Marriott on Thursday evening, March 21. Congratulations to AWL, Lockhart Power, POLYDECK and Duke Energy. Full Story
Realizing the unique opportunity to be a vital player in economic growth of Spartanburg County, SCC created the Office of Economic Development, whose primary focus is to promote collaboration between economic development organizations, government, business, and education to develop a business-friendly environment. A partnership with Spartanburg County and the Area Chamber Economic Futures Group was strengthened.
Enterprise, Business and Economic Development
A primary resource for business development at SCC, Spark Center SC, is an invaluable tool to help entrepreneurs and businesses launch, build, expand, and reorganize. The Spark is in a foreign trade zone, located along the I-85 Corridor on Highway 290 in Duncan. at the SCC Tyger River Campus, a designated enterprise campus.
The Spark provides the most valuable resource required by any new or expanding business SPACE. With more than 363,000 square feet, it allows for flexibility in design to suit the needs of the individual client. In exchange for services provided, business clients consent to locate their permanent facility in Spartanburg County. View more details about space and facilities for Spark Center SC.
Spark Center SC Four Major Sectors
Soft Landings ProgramThe Soft Landings Program provides furnished office space and basic office services, for up to one year, to qualifying foreign or domestic companies who are looking to start new operations and locate in Spartanburg County. The program provides coordinated contacts for services such as cultural assistance, language translation services, entry assistance, immigration and visa assistance, government regulations, accounting, financial, legal, housing assistance, utilities and many other services. In addition, the program is designed to provide information and coordinate resources for training seminars, technical support, global trade information, market research, referrals, and community relations and networking. The anticipated outcome of the Soft Landings Program is to improve each client's likelihood of success once the company moves to a permanent location.
Small Business Incubator
The Small Business Incubator assists new businesses in the early start-up phase and existing businesses that are re-tooling or reorganizing for greater success. By offering space and basic office services, the SBI gives a client the foundation to get started or to move ahead without the worry of extensive overhead costs.
SBI Membership Benefits:
As part of SBI, member companies have access to The International Business Innovation Association resources, volunteer business partners that provide professional assistance including legal advice, accounting, credit management, financial planning, product development, and market research. The SBI's Mentor Program, provided through the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, matches clients with experienced small business owners who provide valuable insight into overcoming challenges, which is an integral part of an entrepreneur s future success. In addition, the SBI introduces clients to potential Venture Capital and Angel Investors who may be interested in growing new companies as an investment opportunity-- a win- win for the business as well as the community.
Workforce Employment Services
Workforce Employment Services are provided to qualifying companies looking to locate in Spartanburg County. SCC, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Employment & Workforce and ReadySC, will provide temporary office and training space to meet the company s needs. Services provided through this partnership include, but are not limited to, the following:
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• On-site application process, including screening and pre-employment interviews
• Pre-employment training with no cost to the company and no obligation on the employee's or employer's part
• Post-employment training in job-specific skill areas
These services will give a company the opportunity to observe potential employees in a work environment and will give potential employees the opportunity to learn more about a company before a final decision is made on the hire. The result will be a more cohesive fit between employee and employer.
Spark Center SC is also available to assist established business and industry partners with special projects. This program provides space that may be used to beta test a new product line or manufacturing process as well as train existing or new employees. In addition, space is available for the temporary warehousing of inventory.
What Clients are Saying
“It was exceptionally good for us in terms of logistics. We were fortunate to have one place we could identify everyone could come and have the resources available to execute our project plan. The Spark Center provided us a lot of resources that you would normally have to do in a construction trailer, and that doesn’t allow for a lot of collaboration with that many people. We set up a simulation of our manufacturing equipment in the Spark Center so we could start training immediately.”
- Chuck Hollingsworth, Operations Launch Director
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"Within days after the tornado destroyed our office, we were able to move all of our employees to the Spark Center SC and resume operations. No other organization would have been able to help us get set up as quickly and efficiently as the Spark. The Spark Center SC helped pave the way for the success we are experiencing today."
- David B. Petty, Chief Marketing Officer
"The exceptional resources offered by the Spartanburg Community College's Spark Center SC were key factors in making the very competitive site selection decision for Kobelco. Not only did this great facility provide an excellent 'soft landing', but it also allowed Kobelco to hit the ground running into a bright and prosperous future."
- Hiroshi "Rocky" Morita, VP Spartanburg Operations
Kobelco Construction Machinery U.S.A. Inc.
Spark Center SC works with new, expanding business countywide. Full Story
A partnership between the Northside Development Group, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and Spartanburg Community College expands to cover training for anyone in the city or county of Spartanburg. Full Story