The Greenville Area Office of the Clemson SBDC would like to welcome guest blogger Steve Bailey. Steve is the CEO of Merus Refreshment Services, Inc. and the 2009 South Carolina Small Business Administration Small Business Person of the Year.
Monday May 24th marks the beginning of National Small Business Week. This special week affords us all an opportunity to celebrate the special contributions small businesses have made to our nations economy. During this last week in May, business owners all over this country will be coming together at various events to share ideas and collaborate with each other in an effort to build a stronger business climate for our nation.
Collaboration is one of the most powerful concepts in this age of modern commerce, but we all know that concepts don’t drive business. In order for us to effectively enhance our current small business environment, we must put concept into action. One of the most effective examples of “collaboration in action” you will see here in the upstate is the 2010 GROW Expo. This event, which is held during National Small Business week, is a showcase event for the upstate business community. The GROW Expo is a true collaborative effort, bringing together more than a dozen Greenville area organizations who support small business. This year’s event will give 300 Carolina small businesses the chance to network with other companies, as well as an opportunity to show off their products and services to thousands of Expo visitors.
The 2010 GROW Expo is a true example of our thriving entrepreneurial environment here in the upstate. Innovation combined with a spirit of collaboration will make this years Grow Expo an event to remember.
For more information on the GROW expo, please visit http://www.growexpo.org. GROW is May 25 from 10 am to 4 pm and FREE to attend.
CEO, Merus Refreshment Services Inc
Chairman: Greenville Chamber Small Business Advisory Board
South Carolina Small Business Person of the Year