Spartanburg...Soaring with Enterprise!


December Business After Hours

Thursday, December 18, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Presented and hosted by Chapman Cultural Center
200 East St John Street, Spartanburg SC

With creative creative flair, the Chapman Cultural Center will host the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce's December Business After Hours during Spartanburg's monthly ArtWalk night.

Adding cultural fun to the business event - such as ballroom dancing, live music, art exhibits, and more - Chamber members and their guests are invited to attend this free, fun networking event that will feature food, beverages, and the opportunity to see, hear, and experience many of the cultural arts in Spartanburg.

There is no cost to attend and no reservations are needed. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards and join us for great food, drinks, giveaways
and great relationship building.

All Chamber members are encouraged to attend and bring a guest!

Spartanburg Featured in Where to Retire Magazine

Houston, TX (Dec. 9, 2014) – Spartanburg, SC, has been selected a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. Spartanburg is one of eight cities profiled in a feature titled “8 Tax-Friendly Cities” in the January/February 2015 issue, available nationwide on Dec. 16, 2014.

Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said these eight cities, including Spartanburg, appeal to retirees who want to cut taxes as much as possible in their retirement destination. “To choose our winners, we looked at the data as well as livability,” Fuller said. “While no one-size-fits-all choices exist when it comes to evaluating tax burdens, these eight cities have many things going for them. Natural beauty, cultural opportunities and favorable weather are staples of them all, and each also has an overall attractive tax picture, considering taxes on income, purchases, property and more.”

Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.

Way to Wellville

Spartanburg is on track for a five-year program promoting wellness, use the link below to complete a survey about the program:

Minority Enterprise Development
Awards Dinner and Celebration

Thanks to our presenting sponsor - Spartanburg Water

Spartanburg Water

Link to photos: [Flickr Album: Minority Enterprise Development Awards Celebration] 

Legislative Outlook Breakfast

Thank you to our presenting sponsor - Hospice Care of South Carolina

Legislative Outlook Breakfast

Link to photos: [Flickr Album: Legislative Outlook Breakfast]

Spartanburg School Districts
Receive 'Excellent' Report Cards Ratings

All seven Spartanburg County school districts earned an excellent rating on state report cards, according to data released by the state Department of Education on Friday...

Read the complete article by Zach Fox on [HERE]

South Carolina Department of Education 2014 State Report Card - See the complete results [HERE]

Wellville Five Communities Selected for Five-Year Health Challenge

Esther Dyson-backed nonprofit’s Way to Wellville will bring support from national partners while generating new evidence about what produces better health.

August 14, 2014 – Wellville, USA – After a nationwide search that drew 42 applications from 26 states, five communities have been selected to participate in the five-year Way to Wellville challenge. The announcement was made today by the challenge sponsor, HICCup (Health Initiative Coordinating Council,, a nonprofit founded by angel investor Esther Dyson to encourage new models and markets for the production of health.

The Wellville Five communities – Clatsop County, Oregon; Greater Muskegon, Michigan; Lake County, California; Niagara Falls, New York; and Spartanburg, South Carolina – will work with HICCup and a network of partners over the next five years to produce visible improvements in five measures of health and economic vitality. The communities will receive support in the areas of data and measurement, evidence-based health solutions, and innovative financing strategies. Rigorous evaluation will measure the impact of specific health initiatives, reinforced by a coordinated, community-wide approach, while generating new insights and market opportunities for producing health. [Read more...]

WYFF4 Chronicle: Main Street Carolina: Spartanburg

Great segment on Spartanburg by WYFF4

WYFF4 Video