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

Jerry Knighton - Upstate

Jerry Knighton

Corporate RING Chair
Clemson University

Kristal Doherty - Upstate

Kristal Doherty

Secretary
Greenville Technical College

Carlo White - Upstate

Carlo White

MBEIC CHAIR
White Holdings Trucking

Karen Knuckles - Upstate

Karen Knuckles

MBE RING Co-Chair
Express Employment

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.

  • Januray – FLUOR Speakers: Clarissa Biddle and Annie Lidge
  • February – Milliken Speakers: Kathy Vezina/ Stacey Lauren, Milliken MBE

Most Recent Meeting