Upstate RING

Covering Cities West of Columbia, SC


The Upstate RING comprises a ten-county area, including Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson, along the I-85 corridor in South Carolina. Manufacturing, distribution, logistics, and technology are all prominent business industries in the upstate and are changing dynamics of jobs and influencing the way entrepreneurs are starting, growing, and acquiring businesses. With several automotive and aerospace related companies headquartered in the upstate supported by a strong system of higher education, it is considered one of the strongest manufacturing sectors in the United States, making it a popular hub for entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds.

Our Leadership

L. Jerry Knighton, Jr.
Corporate RING Chair
Clemson University

Mia Lloyd Sullivan - CVMSDC Board of Directors

Mia Lloyd Sullivan
Corporate RING Co-Chair
Fluor Mission Solutions

Carlo White - Upstate RING Leadership

Carlo White
White Holdings Trucking

Karen Knuckles - Upstate RING Leadership

Karen Knuckles
Express Employment

Kristal Doherty - Upstate RING Leadership

Kristal Doherty
Greenville Technical College

Dominique Simpson Milton - CVMSDC

Dominique S. Milton
Council Liaison

When We Meet

We welcome corporate partners and MBEs to join out monthly meetings (1st Wednesday @ 11am) and learn more about the many opportunities for networking, professional development, business growth and capacity building.

  • Wednesday, July 5, 2023
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2023
  • Wednesday, August 2, 2023
  • Wednesday, October 4, 2023
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Register for Upstate RING Meetings Here

Most Recent Meeting