Dodd-Frank poses challenges to new, smaller banks

Carolina Alliance Bank CEO John S. Poole, standing, customer service representative Rich Johnson, seated left, and branch supervisor Amy Harper. (Photo by Bill Poovey)S.C. Bankers Association President and CEO Fred Green said not only does the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 present a big barrier to starting a bank, it is also making it harder for small independent banks to avoid consolidation. Read More...

The GSA Business Power Event Series focuses on topics of interest to the Upstate business community. Each event is a moderated panel discussion with panelists and audience members. Video clips from recent events:


  • Economic Prosperity - Key economic developers from the Upstate gathered to discuss their progress in getting outside companies to locate here.  (August 7th, 2014)

  • Taking Flight - Aerospace executives discussed one of the fastest growing industries in South Carolina.  (October 9th, 2014)

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Elliott Davis merging with Tenn. firm

A planned merger of Elliott Davis and Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Decosimo will create an accounting, tax and consulting firm with total revenues of $108 million. The merged firms will have more than 800 employees in 17 offices across South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio and the Cayman Islands.  Read More...

Greenville Health System says infectious disease protocols strengthened

Greenville Health System staffers who have volunteered to provide care to any Ebola patient are receiving additional safety training, the system said in a statement. The training includes use of special, personal protective equipment. Read More...

Readers favor no guns for domestic violence offenders

An overwhelming majority of respondents to this week’s GSA reader survey said that those convicted of domestic violence crimes should be banned from owning guns. Readers cited such reasons as Second Amendment rights, while others questioned whether violent offenders of any kind should own guns. Read More...

Beach Co. buys property for mixed-use development in Greenville

A rendering from The Beach Co. shows a concept for North Main and Stone Avenue in Greenville.The Beach Co. plans to build a 292-unit apartment community with 20,800 square feet of commercial space on about 6 acres at North Main and Stone Avenue in Greenville’s North Main neighborhood. The Charleston-based company now has two projects under development within two miles in downtown Greenville.  Read More...


Councilman: 1% tax opponents part of larger agenda

Greenville Mayor Knox White and Greenville County Councilman Butch Kirven voiced support for the pending penny tax referendum at a news conference Thursday. Kirven said the local chapter of Americans for Prosperity, which opposes the tax, is part of a larger group with a national agenda. Read More...

Greenville city planners update 20-year comprehensive plan

A proposed update of the city of Greenville’s long-range development plan would change the land use map designation for large areas of Laurens Road and parts of Pleasantburg Drive to reduce the focus on public transportation. The update says development in those areas is the “most prevalent inconsistency” of the future land use map. Read More...