Startups and small businesses to watch in Greenville

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Just last week, we told you about Greenville’s ranking on Inc.’s list of The 50 Best U.S. Cities for Starting a Business in 2020. According to the article, Greenville saw nearly 1,300 new businesses last year.

We’re proud of our local entrepreneurs + wanted to learn more about the small biz and startup scene in the Upstate. So – we asked you to let us know what businesses we should have on our radar + what they do. Here’s what you said:

💻 Technology:

Earnnest | 206 Riverside Ct., Greer
“Earnnest created an app for fully digital transfers of funds in real estate transactions. Earnnest’s digital platform saves realtors and home buyers time.”

Just Call Bill | Greenville
“Technology Service Provider for senior adults. Provide classes that teach them how to use their technology, provide technology move-in services, provide technology support/IT, and how to manage your digital + personal assets-LifeStats.”

iConnect | Duo Design Studio, 117 Cleveland St., Greenville
“Technology instruction for senior adults. They empower older adults to live a more independent, connected life.”

The Write Way | Greenville
“Use robotics to write handwritten notes and envelopes for personal and business use.”   

GoBeep, Inc. | Greenville
“Apps and cloud software that connects consumers with their favorite businesses using consumer privacy focused technologies like blockchain.” 

ScopeStack | Greenville
“Scope of work generating platform to increase accuracy and speed at creating complex quotes. Partnered with Cisco, TechData, NEXT, and several other key channel partners.” 

👟 Health + wellness:

Restore Hyper Wellness & Cryotherapy | 1143 Woodruff Rd., Greenville
“Every day, we help thousands of customers achieve their goals around sports performance, pain management, recovery, beauty and overall wellness.” 


Hart Mind Body Soul | 5156 Calhoun Memorial Hwy. Suite B, Easley
“They are a yoga and Pilates studio focused on enhancing self love, healthy minds and bodies and letting everyone know that staying active is fun and not a chore.”

Primo Plant Remedies | 212 E. Broad St., Suite 5103, Greenville
“Two mature women founded CBD products company to formulate the highest quality organic hemp based products. See ‘Our Story’ on our website.”

🍽️ Food + bev:

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“Plant-based baked goods.”

Cookie Break | Greenville
“These are some awesome cookies – all as big as doughnuts and delightfully crunchy on the outside but still soft on the inside.”

Oak Hill Cafe and Farm | 2510 Poinsett Hwy., Greenville
“Innovative cuisine with fresh produce from the backyard farm.”

Houni’s Italian Ice | 1848 Woodruff Rd., Greenville
“Opening early spring, Houni’s will serve Italian Ice, Gelati and Softserve made with the freshest ingredients. The owner is a young entrepreneur who went to Furman and is excited to bring this tasty treat to Greenville.” 

Flying Fox Coffee Co | Mobile espresso cart in Greenville
“Currently in the preparation stage, Flying Fox is set to be the Upstate’s only true coffee cart company. All events are fair game (weddings, birthdays, corporate gatherings, etc.) and there are no boundaries to where we will go.” 

📖 Education:

The Packaging School | 640 South Main St., Greenville
“Headquartered on S Main St., is bringing high demand curriculums for seasoned professionals and new hires to the world.” 

SCORE | 31 Boland Ct., Suite 150, My Greenville Office, Greenville
“SCORE offers free mentoring services to start ups and established businesses. We lead all others in the number of startups created for the last 55 years.”

📝 Communications + marketing:

Southbound 4 | 702 Carilion Ln., Greenville
“Provides forward thinking content marketing services to small businesses to help them navigate the complex digital world.” 

Winter Press | Travelers Rest
“Winter Press is an independent marketing consultant company responsible for developing, implementing, and executing marketing plans for local GVL businesses. Additionally, we are one of the few GVL-based, authentic letterpress printing studios, with a portfolio that includes invitations, business cards, notecards, and stationary.”

🛍️ Retail:


613 Boutique | 2400 North Pleasantburg Dr. Unit G, Greenville
“Women’s fashion, shoes and accessories.”

2and9Designs | Greenville
“Unique clothing and gifts related to Enneagram types. Formed by two Upstate women in 2019.”

The Poster Sale | Greenville
“The Poster Sale, based in Greenville, is a social enterprise that arranges and sets up pop-up poster sale events on college campuses across the country. With a team that travels coast to coast – from California to the Carolinas and everywhere in between – the Poster Sale has established contracts with scores of universities across America, and their efforts will directly reach more than 500,000 eager, open-minded students.”

Trend of the Weekend | Greenville
“Party kit supplier that retails on Amazon.”

Valerie’s Treasure Chest | 10205 Anderson Rd., Easley
“Boutique, pageant, prom, and bridal.” 

Tijon Fragrance Lab Upstate SC | 6 Galician Ct., Pelzer
“I own a small business where individuals learn about fragrance and create their own perfume and cologne.  I have a perfume lab in my Pelzer home and travel to homes as well.”


Explore Up Close | Greenville
“Explore Up Close is a family-operated Upstate travel company that specializes in guided travel experiences for small groups. Each trip focuses on discovering local history, culture, and special sites in the Southeast, across the US, and abroad.” 

Travelers Rest Here | Travelers Rest
“Tell the stories of the people and the places of TR.”

Synergy Mill | 400 Birnie St. Suite B, Greenville
“Synergy Mill is a non-profit coworking makerspace and community workshop in the NEXT Manufacturing Building on Birnie St. in West Greenville.  It is a friendly community of hobbyists, inventors, engineers, and artists who cooperate to share tool, knowledge resources, and support STEM initiatives, having fun while they do it.”

ReCraft Creative Reuse Center | Greenville
“*Social* entrepreneurship! Incorporated in Jan. 2019 as a nonprofit corporation, ReCraft connects creative people (teachers, artists) with local, reusable materials. ReCraft’s founder, Grant Cothran, completed his MBA in entrepreneurship and innovation from Clemson’s downtown program.”

Mad Smash Rage Room | Taylors Mill, 250 Mill St. Taylors
“The Mad Smash is a rage room where participants can choose items such as glass, electronics, or the boat to destroy for stress relief, team building or just for fun! Safety gear, smashing weapons, and smashing items are provided.”

AutoPack Summit | 640 S Main St., Greenville
“This annual event (3 years running now) brings together the stakeholders in the automotive packaging industry to downtown Greenville. These companies include BMW and the packaging suppliers that make their supply chain possible, along with many other automotive and packaging companies from around the world.”

Design Remedy | Greenville
“Design Remedy does interior design, property staging, room styling, and renderings to help you create the perfect space.”


And that’s not all…

We also asked y’all to tag some of the local businesses + startups we should have on our radar on this recent Instagram post. Did we miss your favorite biz? Drop them in the comments below or tag them in the comments on this post to let us know.