We all know the Upstate is a dynamic, supportive and creative ecosystem of businesses across a wide variety of industries. When we put the call out to specifically feature women-owned businesses in this issue, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. But we were delighted to hear from so many of you. Here are 67 businesses that are making a difference, providing valuable skills, products and services, and making the Upstate a great place to do business.
Maggie Laterza, founder
- A home renovation and real estate services business
- Opened: September 2015
Health in Hand Juice & Smoothie Bar
Emily Vargo, owner
- Spartanburg-based juice and smoothie shop
- Opened: January 2015
Transportation Nanny LLC
Ravii Glover, owner and CEO
- A professional provider of door-to-door child transportation services
- Opened: August 2016
Essie Yvonne; Timeless Beauty
Essie Taylor, founder and makeup artist
- Focuses on natural beauty enhancement and beauty education
- Opened: April 2018
The Learning Edge
Essie Taylor, virtual learning coach
Pink Mama’s Ice Cream
Jessica Randall, owner
- Locations in Travelers Rest and on Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville, as well as ice cream trucks. The business will also open a location at the Easley Silos.
- Opened: February 2008
Adriane Willis, owner and director
- A full-service marketing and events agency serving the Clemson area
- Opened: December 2015
DP3 Architects Ltd.
Meg Terry, principal
- Architecture and interior design firm
- Opened: May 1985
Pure Romance by Meghan
Meghan Meier, senior director
- A women’s sexual health expert and relationship paramedic
- Opened: May 2011
Faith DuBow, owner
- An online-based indoor plant sales shop
- Opened: September 2020
Pam Merritt, president
Revealing Purpose Life Coaching Services LLC
Tiffany Boyd, CEO
- Provides life purpose and transitional life coaching services
- Opened: September 2018
Southern Culture Hospitality Group
Renee Boyett, managing partner
- Owns and operates Southern Culture, LTO Burger Bar and The Habitap
- Opened: September 2013
Perfect Pitch Productions LLC
Amanda Harley Allen, owner and founder
Marian Pouch Art
Marian Pouch, artist and owner
- A local artist specializing in custom wall murals and works on canvas
- Opened: August 2017
Sarah Nelson, owner
- Texas-style barbecue restaurant in Fountain Inn
- Opened: October 2018
Sadie Cherney, owner
Sims Bouwmeester, president
- A creative marketing agency serving up brand stories, design and digital strategies
- Opened: August 2005
Dance Without Limits
Beth Bradley, owner and director
- An inclusive and family-friendly dance studio serving children aged 18 months to 18 years
- Opened: July 2016
Erin Couchell, owner
- An in-home care service for seniors and adults
- Opened: October 2006
Pearce B Designs
Pearce Butcher, owner and principal designer
The Frosting Fairy
Regan Booths, owner
- The bakery specializes in sugar cookies as well as making cakes and cupcakes
- Opened: November 2018
OASE Day Spa
Karen Weaver, owner
- An in-town day spa specializing in nontoxic skin, body and nail care
- Opened: August 2020
HMF Yoga Studio
Lindsey Breitwieser, founder and owner
Arrowhead Design Co.
Lanie Whitaker, president
- A full-service marketing agency
- Opened: May 2016
Horton Consulting LLC
Judy Horton, president
- Provides assessments, career coaching specializing in assisting military veterans
- Opened: June 2019
Taryn Scher, the sparkle boss
- A boutique public relations firm specializing in the travel and hospitality industries
- Opened: January 2008
Rhem Galloway, owner and chief brand leader
- A branding company leveraging every aspect of who you are
- Opened: September 2018
Blue Moon Specialty Foods
Molly Cashman, owner
- Restaurant, caterer, gourmet food producer and market
- Opened: May 2006
The Art of Megs
Megan Diamaduros, artist
- Local artist painting subjects including weddings, pets and houses
- Opened: January 2019
Wilson Associates Real Estate
Sharon Wilson, president, CEO and broker in charge
- Locally-owned, boutique real estate company serving all of Upstate South Carolina
- Opened: July 2014
Krista Mayberry, co-owner
- Crossfit and personal training business
- Opened: July 2015
Kidding Around Greenville
Bethany Winston, owner and editor
- Family website which serves as an Upstate resource for families to find activities to do together
- Opened: September 2012
Aliceson Waller, co-owner, esthetician and educator
Sexton Design and Development, LLC
Natasha Sexton, president
- Provides landscape architecture and general contracting
- Opened: June 2017
Jennifer Belshe, co-founder and principal
- An independent SEC registered investment advisor
- Opened: March 2011
The Pole Academy LLC
Jax Spencer, owner and master instructor
- Offers pole dance and fitness classes in Greenville
- Opened: June 2014
Sharp Brain Consulting
Jessica Sharp, founder and CEO
Soulful Beginnings Academy
Alanda Posey, CEO
Home at Last Inc
CJ McAuley, president
- Upscale consignment furniture store
- Opened: February 2001
My Pleasure: The Unofficial Chick-fil-A Podcast
Alison Storm, founder and host
- A weekly podcast and online shop for Chick-fil-A fans
- Opened: March 2020
Paris Mountain Marketing
Jackie Blackwell, owner
English for Life Academy
Kim Carroll, CEO
- Offers intercultural training and certification to teach English overseas
- Opened: January 2004
Lynne D. Jones CPA LLC
Lynne Jones, owner
Jeter Hrubala Wealth Strategies LLC
Beth Jeter Hrubala, president and owner
- Personal financial planning and investment management services
- Opened: August 2014
Defenders For Children
Toni Clark, CEO
- Implements programs that stop child abuse, trafficking and child pornography
- Opened: October 2000
Greenville Sleep Clinic
Navina Mehta, owner and medical director
The Dressing Room South
Amelia Horr, owner
Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery
Mary Walsh and Jacqueline Oliver, co-owners
- Café and grocery store dedicated to serving local farmers and food makers
- Opened: September 2011
Traci Newkirk, president
- Staffing, software and consulting company
- Opened: June 2003
Cindy Crick Law LLC
Cindy Crick, owner and attorney
- A law firm focused on handling Title IX matters and criminal work
- Opened: June 2020
Thornton-Hall Travel LLC
Lisa Hall, president
High Spirits Hospitality
Tammy Johnson, CEO
Sylvan Learning of the Upstate
Amy Gardner, owner
THE BEAUTIFUL CO
Jessica Heckman and Kelsey Osteen, owners
Details Public Relations
Kara Dullea, president
- Public relations consultant
- Opened: July 2008
Rail Training & Consulting Inc.
Sarah Lynne Howie, director of operations and vice president
- Provide rail safety training and compliance software for rail operations
- Opened: March 1997
Marclee McDaniel and Blair Brading, co-owners
- Online boutique servicing busy, budget-conscious women
- Opened: June 2019
Greenville Cheese Girl
Lauren Davis, owner
Wykina Warner, owner and operator
- Offers tax preparation, insurance options, credit repair and notary services
- Opened: July 2020
Maggie Morton, owner and founder
- Offers philanthropy, fundraising, and nonprofit consultancy services
- Opened: May 2019
Pod Farms LLC
Toni Sperry, president
- Designs, builds and sells home hydroponic gardens
- Opened: April 2017
C. Taylor Interiors Inc.
Carey Taylor, president
- Interior design firm with an interiors retail shop
- Opened: January 1999
Brittany Jones Nutrition Group
Brittany Jones, CEO
- Registered dietitians provide nutrition counseling
- Opened: July 2017
Two Men and a Truck
Rebecca Feldman, owner
LifeEaze Virtual Assistant
Javion Woods, president
- Provides virtual administrative services to small business owners
- Opened: October 2016
Liz Tew Interiors
Liz Tew, founder
- Residential and commercial services ranging from refreshes to full installs
- Opened: October 2020
California’s vague new financial regulation law – Whittier Daily News
Assembly Bill 1864 didn’t get much media or public attention as it zipped through both houses of the Legislature on the last day of the 2020 session.
Superficially, it appeared merely to reconfigure the state’s financial regulatory agencies into a new entity called the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation.
However, those in California’s vast financial industry were paying lots of attention because the bill creates an entirely new regulatory regime with broad powers, including fines of up to $1 million a day, to police financial players that hitherto have had little oversight.
The official rationale for the legislation is that President Donald Trump’s administration neutered the federal Dodd-Frank Wall Street Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, so the state must step in with an equivalent to guard against predatory financial practices that harm consumers.
The new California Consumer Financial Protection Law gives the reconstituted agency authority to go after “abusive practices” whose definition in the law is fairly vague. Thus, the agency itself will define the term as it also decides which businesses will face its scrutiny.
It appears that the new law will affect firms involved in debt settlement, credit repair, check cashing, rent-to-own contracts, payday lending, student loan servicing and financing for retail sales. However, its primary target seems to be financial services offered by non-banks, particularly what are called “fintech companies” that offer bank-like services via the Internet without maintaining physical offices.
Fintechs, many of them based in the San Francisco Bay Area, have blossomed in recent years as part of the digital economy, competing with traditional brick-and-mortar banks. Their disruptive nature is not unlike the challenge that technology-based ride services such as Uber and Lyft pose to taxicabs and buses.
Late-blooming changes in AB 1864 exempted traditional financial firms that are already regulated, such as banks and credit unions, from the new consumer protection law, leading some analysts to conclude that its unstated aim is to help them stave off competition from new kids on the financial block.
The vagueness of the new law was encapsulated in what Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a signing ceremony. The new law and the new department, he said, will “create conditions for innovation to flourish in a way where we can steward that and we can just work against its excesses. So we support risk-taking, not recklessness.”
Newsom also signed two other financial protection measures, one that requires debt collectors to be licensed beginning in 2022 and the other creating a Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights.
Although the new state law is said to mirror the Dodd-Frank law, it contains at least one significant difference. When federal regulators levy fines for what they consider to be bad conduct, the money goes into the federal treasury. When state regulators impose their fines of up to $1 million a day, the money will be retained by the new agency to finance more activity.
Will that give the new agency a financial incentive to skip over minor consumer issues and go after big companies? It’s a question that only time will answer.
Significantly too, the new investigative and regulatory mechanism contained in AB 1964 specifically does not usurp the authority of the attorney general to also target companies under the state’s equally vague “unfair competition” law.
From its inception a decade ago, Dodd-Frank has attracted criticism from business executives for regulatory overkill. Will California’s new version be less controversial? We won’t know until the new agency puts some definitional meat on its bones.
CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters. For more stories by Dan Walters, go to calmatters.org/commentary
397 people register to vote on deadline day at Duval Supervisor of Elections – 104.5 WOKV
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Monday, Oct. 5 at midnight, is the deadline to register to vote in Duval County.
But the Supervisor of Elections helped hundreds of people get registered today.
Robert Phillips, the chief elections officer of the Duval Supervisor of Elections, told Action News Jax’s Courtney Cole that 397 people came down to the Supervisor of Elections in downtown Jacksonville to get registered.
Supervisor of Elections staff assembled tents outside to allow people to register to vote without having to go through the COVID-19 prescreening necessary to enter the building.
“Again, 2020 has thrown us some challenges,” Phillips said.
There was even a little rain thrown into the mix today, but it didn’t stop folks from coming out.
“Out here, we have a lot of activity. We’ve been going since first thing this morning,” Phillips told Action News Jax.
There were people of all ages from all walks of life — some even registered for the very first time like Lemark Jamison.
Monday, Oct. 5, is a day he will always remember.
“It feels awesome, you know? It feels awesome,” Jamison told Cole.
Today, Jamison had the opportunity to register to vote for the first time in Florida.
“I’ve worked for voter registration companies. I’ve done advocating for Amendment 4, but I was never able to vote because of my prior background. But now I can,” Jamison said.
Jamison, the owner of a tax and credit repair business, told Cole his prior felony conviction held him back in the past.
In November 2018, more than 60% of Floridians voted to restore voting rights to more than 1 million people who completed their sentences.
But several months later, legislation was passed that required them to pay all financial penalties, which means thousands lost the right as quickly as they gained it.
“I’ve been contributing to society. I’ve been able to have several businesses. And I pay taxes. But I haven’t been able to, when it comes to voting, whether in a local level or any type of legislature — I haven’t been able to vote,” Jamison said.
The 35-year-old told Cole even though his wife helped him fill out his voter registration form — to which he exclaimed, “Thank God for wives, right?” — he told Cole it was pretty easy.
Now, he has this advice to share with other people who may be in his shoes:
“Get out and vote. Take advantage of this opportunity, regardless of who you plan on voting for.”
Here’s a breakdown from the Supervisor of Elections of how the 397 people registered today:
-56% registered as Democrats.
-21% registered as Republicans.
-22% registered as nonparty affiliates.
Credit360 Now Providing Credit Repair Services in Orlando
One of the nation’s finest in personal and business credit solutions has expanded its services in Florida.
“We are very excited to now offer our life-changing services in Orlando,” said Andre Coakley, Founder & CEO of Credit360, a company with an elite team of credit experts that know exactly what techniques will assist individuals and businesses with increasing their credit scores to meet their goals. “We are here to help you achieve your optimal credit profile by making the credit repair process convenient, individualized, and effective.”
Credit360’s specialized credit repair processes, credit expertise, and guaranteed customer service, company representatives say, make it the best in the industry.
Coakley explained that Credit360 has had the opportunity to help thousands of Americans correct their credit reports. In fact, Credit360, Coakley stressed, is a company that puts its money where its mouth is and only charges a fee when items are deleted, removed, or repaired from individuals’ credit reports.
“With our services, you will no longer have to use other expensive credit repair companies that charge monthly and don’t even produce results,” Coakley promised, before adding, “We are so confident in our advanced disputing tactics that we will allow you to pay for your deletions after you actually see our results and we even give you a 100 percent money-back guarantee to back it up just so you can relax.”
Coakley went on to reiterate that Credit360 is an elite team of credit experts that know exactly what techniques will assist customers with increasing their credit scores to meet their goals.
“With our services, most of our clients see deletions within the first 45 days of enrollment and usually see an average increase of 93 points throughout their program cycle,” Coakley said.
About Credit 360
Credit360 was established to assist individuals in restoring their personal credit and in offering a complete line of business credit solutions. Credit360 is a financial services firm specializing in credit restoration and business consulting services.
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