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Dollar General Awards $20,000 in Adult Literacy Grants in Greenville County, $100,000 Over Past Decade

GREENVILLE, SC – The Greenville Literacy Association (GLA) and United Ministries (UM) were awarded 2023 Adult Literacy Grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a $20,000 investment in the Greenville County community building upon nearly $100,000 contributed in the past decade. GLA and UM are not-for-profit, charitable organizations that have been serving the community for over 50 years and have longstanding partnerships with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

“We are grateful to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for their investment in the work we do every day,” said Victoria Novak, Executive Director, Greenville Literacy Association. “This funding will support more than 500 adults with level-appropriate instruction in basic literacy and numeracy, GED preparation, learning English as a second language, digital literacy, and workplace and career-ready skills.”

In the Greenville region, 40,000 adults lack a high school diploma and 20,000 lack fluency in English.

GLA provides educational opportunities and support services on an individual basis, including participants with disabilities including learning, physical, emotional, and mental. Through local partnerships, the association also works to provide wrap-around services that encourage stabilization, including referrals to partner agencies, based on individuals’ needs and goals.

UM provides career and employment counseling, financial coaching, college admission, non-academic support services and GED tutoring services.

“United Ministries is pleased to continue a meaningful partnership with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation,” said Lizzie Bebber, Executive Director of United Ministries. “Their generosity makes it possible for us to provide high quality, personable and dignifying support to students pursuing a GED. Getting a GED is often the first step towards long term economic mobility, and we are grateful for partners like Dollar General who prioritize investment in our students.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established 30 years ago by Dollar General’s founding family and provides grant funding to support literacy and education initiatives serving individuals of all ages. The Adult Literacy Grant program creates access and opportunities for adults to learn by investing in organizations providing direct services to adults in need of adult basic education, GED or high school equivalency preparation, or learning English.

“For three decades, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has been privileged to help Americans of all ages achieve their dreams through education,” said Denine Torr, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at Dollar General and Executive Director, Dollar General Literacy Foundation. “We are honored to partner with the Greenville Literacy Association and United Ministries to create brighter futures for Greenville County and open doors to personal, professional, and economic growth.”

The Foundation funds nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries within a 15-mile radius of Dollar General stores in the states in which they operate, and since 1993 has helped millions of students learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency test, and learn English.

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Four Experienced South Carolina Commercial Real Estate Professionals Announce New Upstate-Based Partnership

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Nov. 29, 2023) — Four veterans in South Carolina commercial real estate are teaming up to form a new brokerage focused on the fast-growing Upstate region.
Geoff Groat, Jr. of Charleston is partnering with Andrew Babb, John Bauknight and Ralph Settle, three Spartanburg-based real estate professionals, in Roadstead Real Estate Advisors’ new Upstate-based office. After spending 13 years with a partner office of the world’s largest international commercial real estate company, CBRE, Groat co-founded Roadstead in Charleston 15 years ago and has since grown it into one of the most sophisticated real estate brokerages in the state.
Babb, a Spartanburg native, has been a key figure in Spartanburg commercial real estate for nearly two decades, both as a real estate professional and a developer. He has partnered with Bauknight on several projects in downtown Spartanburg. These projects include Palmetto Lofts, 226 and 252 W. Main Street, 142 Social and Magnolia Lofts, among others.
In addition to over 30 years of commercial real estate experience, Bauknight is a seasoned entrepreneur. He is President and Co-founder of Longleaf Holdings USA, a Spartanburg-based investment firm, and Longleaf Holdings, LLC, a commercial real estate and development firm. Among Bauknight’s current ventures are Rockers Brewing Co. and Streaking Birdies Golf, located in downtown Spartanburg.
Settle has worked in commercial real estate for more than a decade, first in the hospitality sector with Auro Hotels in Greenville and then with OTO Development in Spartanburg. Most recently, Settle is a partner of, and project manager on, the recently completed Robert Smalls Townhomes, a 190-unit affordable housing development on Spartanburg’s Northside. In addition to his work in the affordable housing sector, Settle has acquired & redeveloped buildings in downtown Greenville, downtown Spartanburg and surrounding
areas. Settle obtained his Master of Real Estate Development from Clemson University and is a licensed Broker.
“The Upstate of South Carolina has become one of the most dynamic markets in the country, and the opportunity to partner with Andrew, John and Ralph is very exciting,” Groat said. “Their combined experience and understanding of the Upstate market is unmatched. With more and more people discovering that market, the opportunities are multiplying by the day. We look forward to matching savvy investors and developers with those opportunities.”
While Roadstead’s Upstate office will operate region wide, there will be a special emphasis on fast-growing Spartanburg County, named the 12th fastest growing metro area in the country in the latest study by U.S. News & World Report. According to the latest data, about 15 people are moving into Spartanburg daily. Their office is at 314 South Pine Street, Building 100, Spartanburg, SC 29302.
Also joining the Roadstead team is Lianna Saad Blanton, who has 12 years of commercial real estate and property management experience. Robert Grier, a 2018 Clemson University graduate, and Alexander Dennis, a 2023 Wofford College graduate, will join as junior associates.
“A lot of factors are coming together right now to make Spartanburg one of the most attractive places to live, work and play in the entire Southeast,” Babb said. “Our combination of assets, a robust local economy, and low cost of living is hard to beat. Our new team is well-positioned to help the growing numbers drawn to this area.”

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Logisticus Group Expands by Adding Noah Clark and Rimal Patel to Greenville Team

Logisticus Group (LG), a transportation logistics, project management and technology company, adds Noah Clark as Operations Specialist and Rimal Patel as CAD Drafter. Clark will support LG’s Greenville office from an operations perspective. Patel supports LG’s engineering team by converting engineering designs to a specialized computer software.

“Noah and Rimal are excellent additions to our staff and most importantly our culture,” said Will Stephan, co-founder of Logisticus Group. “They both bring top notch talent to the team that will help us improve processes and service our clients in the most innovative and efficient ways.”

Prior to joining Logisticus Group, Clark worked in operations at Spero Financial in Greenville. During his tenure, Clark built a deep understanding in streamlining operations processes in order to create efficient office environments. At LG, he will apply those skills to set each department up for success in operating effectively.

“Having the opportunity to come on board at Logisticus Group is extremely rewarding,” said Clark. “My favorite thing about LG is the employee culture. They have a fun work environment where everyone support’s each other’s successes.”

Patel came to Logisticus Group after working as a CAD Technician at Palmetto Engineering in the upstate. There he used CAD to design fiber cable networks. At LG he will support the company’s engineering team by drafting designs to execute projects in a safe and timely manner.

“As a CAD drafter it’s important to be innovative with your designs,” said Patel. “Logisticus Group is revolutionizing the logistics industry in the way they move heavy cargo. It is an honor to work with their team.”

Clark received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Patel received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

About Logisticus Group
Logisticus Group (LLC), a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), specializes in transportation logistics, project management and technology solutions serving
projects throughout North and South America. At Logisticus Group, we believe our
processes, technology solutions, personnel and business model deliver a more predictable, controlled, efficient and expedited project. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Logisticus Group was named the #2 Fastest Growing Company in the state in 2020. To learn more visit,

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Endeavor Announces Discounts on Holiday Work and Study Spaces

GREENVILLE, SC (November 20, 2023) – Endeavor, the coworking and office space community in downtown Greenville’s ONE tower, today announced a limited time offer for students, holiday visitors, and other professionals needing work or study space during the holiday chaos.

Endeavor’s Study Hall Pass promotion begins Monday, November 27 and runs through Wednesday, January 31, 2024. The special offer includes discounted access to Endeavor’s “calm and bright” coworking spaces with downtown views from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and includes fast and secure wi-fi, quiet areas, bottomless coffee, and Endeavor’s onsite executive gym.

Ideal for students (16 years and up) studying for SATs, exams, or Boards, working remote internships, or writing college applications as well as holiday visitors and local professionals needing space to focus, fees are $10/day with a student ID and $12/day for professionals. 10-pack and 20-pack bulk purchases will also be available at additional discounts.

To purchase, submit contact form at, contact or visit Endeavor at 1 N. Main St. Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Walk-in’s welcome.


About Endeavor
Endeavor is a membership-based coworking community for creative and entrepreneurial professionals, as well as corporate teams and business travelers. Endeavor’s premium location in the ONE Development in Greenville, SC provides members with state-of-the-art work and meeting space, and uniquely, surrounds them with a diverse array of peers who offer a broad range of services and experience. Training opportunities, networking events and business consulting are available for the professionals who call Endeavor home every day, as well as business team members across the region. Endeavor has been recognized as the winner of the Coworker Member’s Choice Award for Greenville, SC. For more information, visit

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Jasmine Road Receives South Carolina Angel Award

Jasmine Road, Inc.
P.O. Box 25452
Greenville, SC 29616

November 15th, 2023

Media Contact
Lisa O’Connell Hall

Jasmine Road Receives South Carolina Angel Award

Jasmine Road is proud to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious ‘Angel Award’ from South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond for its outstanding charitable services. This recognition is a result of the dedication and collaborative efforts of our talented team and volunteers, who consistently strive to serve the community to the best of their ability.

“It is an immense honor for Jasmine Road to be selected for the Angel Award. The foundation for Jasmine Road has been laid by its founding board of directors, the leaders that have come before me, and our incredible community partners. This award is a testament to their efforts on behalf of Jasmine Road and the incredible women we serve.”, said Lisa O’Connell-Hall, Jasmine Road and Jasmine Kitchen CEO.

The ‘Angel Award’ is granted to organizations that have contributed eighty percent or more of its total spending to charitable programs, existed for three years or more, make good use of volunteer services, not rely heavily on funding from grants, and comply with the South Carolina Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act.

Jasmine Road is South Carolina’s first long-term residential program for adult female survivors of sex trafficking, prostitution and addiction. Jasmine Road serves to heal and employ survivors by providing a pathway of opportunity and a lifelong community of support, significantly reducing the likelihood of women returning to life on the streets.

Jasmine Kitchen exists to employ residents and graduates of Jasmine Road in a safe, nurturing environment. The lunch cafe along with other affiliated social enterprises provide a pathway to financial independence by training survivors to gain sustainable and transferable job skills.


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Goodwill to Host TWO Job & Resource Fairs as Part of “Operation: GoodJobs” Initiative

Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina (GIUMSC) is proudly hosting two Job & Resource Fairs in late-November as part of the organization’s Operation: GoodJobs initiative. These job fairs are designed to honor and assist the brave men and women who’ve served our nation by providing them access to valuable resources and opportunities as they establish themselves in civilian workforce.
November 28th in the Upstate and November 30th in the Midlands, these events are presented in partnership with TD Bank and will offer job seekers the chance to meet directly with a wide variety of companies with employment opportunities, as well as community organizations that provide crucial support services to South Carolina veterans at all stages of their career journey. Goodwill will also be on-site hiring for retail store positions ranging from Warehouse Associate to Store Manager.

“We are excited to host Operation: GoodJobs, presented by TD Bank, and show our unwavering commitment to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Pat Michaels, President & CEO of GIUMSC. “This event is a testament to our dedication to helping veterans build successful and fulfilling careers by connecting them with the right opportunities and resources.”

Both events will have private rooms available for on-site screenings and interviews. GIUMSC will also share information about their services, including a new program, Homebound Heroes. Homebound Heroes is GIUMSC’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, dedicated to helping homeless military veterans in Upstate South Carolina reach their full potential through the power of work.
The Operation: Goodjobs Job & Resource Fairs are open to all job seekers, veterans, active-duty service members, and their families. Admission is free.

Visit for more information on both events or to register as a participating employer/organization.

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Dollar General Announces Added Savings Just in Time for the Holidays

Decked Out in Deals Brings Together Weekly 3-Day DG Deal Days Sales Events, Digital Discounts and Everyday Values

As shoppers continue to seek value and added savings on everyday necessities and for the approaching gift-giving season, Dollar General (NYSE: DG) announced planned promotions and discounts slated to run through the holidays. The sales events are designed to help customers further stretch their dollars, from trimming the home and gifts, to cleaning, meal prep and more.

“Decked Out in Deals is our way of offering added savings this holiday season that extend beyond our everyday values,” said Emily Taylor, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. “In addition to significant discounts and weekly three-day DG Deal Days sales events on both seasonal and everyday items, the DG app provides added perks including digital coupons, DG Cash Back, personalized offers and early access to new products and deals to help shoppers save even more on their purchases, especially as we approach the holidays.”

Highlights of weekly DG Deal Days include select items for buy one, get one (BOGO) free; 20%-50% off sales events and more.

Though not a grocer, Dollar General recently announced a ‘Food First’ initiative that includes an investment in DG’s private brand, Clover Valley, and an expansion of fresh produce, which is currently available in more than 4,400 stores. In addition to three-day weekend savings events (Thursday – Saturday) in November and December, DG will be offering recipe-centric Thanksgiving bundle deals beginning in November that include discounts on select ingredients for Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole and Pumpkin Pie. In December as part of the DG Deal Days, the retailer will offer additional markdowns on holiday-centric foods including buy one, get one 50% offers.

As December approaches shoppers will enjoy everyday values of only $1 including ornaments, holiday décor, gift wrapping supplies, toys, stocking stuffers, candy, arts and craft supplies and more, which will be joined by even more three-day DG Deal Days events through December 23. DG has debuted digitally immersive holiday and toy landing pages for the holidays, giving customers a more enhanced online experience with engaging content, video, shoppable links and interactive guides.

The Company cares about and is invested in the well-being of the nearly 20,000 communities across 48 states it serves. Approximately 80% of Dollar General stores are located in communities of 20,000 or fewer people, many of which other retailers cannot or have chosen not to serve. Customers can preview new sales and promotions in the Company’s weekly ad on and within the DG app.

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Carolina Handling releases “Santa’s Legendary Solutions,” third in a series of children’s holiday books

What would happen if the Easter Bunny, Cupid, Jack Frost and other members of the Council of Legendary Figures suddenly began losing their powers? Find the answer in “Santa’s Legendary Solutions,” the third and final release in a series of children’s holiday books published by Carolina Handling.

In this latest story, the legendary creatures call a secret meeting with Santa Claus when they realize their magic is disappearing in a fast-paced, ever-changing world where children grow up too fast. The problem-solving ensues when Santa recommends calling Carolina Handling, the company that optimized his North Pole operations and saved Christmas in last year’s “Santa’s Automated Workshop.”

Written by Carolina Handling’s Marketing department and illustrated by Jason Craft, “Santa’s Legendary Solutions” highlights Carolina Handling’s capabilities as a systems integrator and a provider of automation solutions such as conveyor and sortation, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), automated storage and retrieval systems, and Raymond Corporation’s industry exclusive iWAREHOUSE telematics.

“Carolina Handling’s holiday book series is novel way of raising awareness about the products and services we offer and their relevance for today’s marketplace,” said Carolina Handling Director of Marketing Donna Waldrep.

It also sets Carolina Handling apart from the competition, she said. “This type of marketing is unique in the material handling industry. It sets us apart, accelerates our brand building and helps us tell our story in an engaging way.”

In addition to the softcover book, a coloring book version of “Santa’s Legendary Solutions” also has been produced. A flipbook version is available online at, along with “If Santa Had a Lift Truck” released in 2021 and “Santa’s Automated Solutions” released in 2022.

Founded in 1966, Carolina Handling is one of the Southeast’s leading material handling solution providers and the exclusive Raymond Solutions and Support Center for North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida’s Central time zone territory. The company provides lift trucks and automation solutions for warehouses and distribution centers, as well as parts, racking, storage, lighting and dock and door equipment.

In addition to its Charlotte, NC headquarters, Carolina Handling operates branch offices in Atlanta GA, Birmingham AL, Greensboro NC, Raleigh NC and Greenville SC, and an Equipment Distribution Center in Piedmont, SC. The company has more than 750 associates. For more information, visit

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53rd Annual Holiday Fair Returns to the Greenville Convention Center November 30 – December 2

Greenville, SC (November 13, 2023) – The 53rd annual Holiday Fair will take place at the Greenville Convention Center November 30 – December 2, offering the region’s largest selection of holiday arts, crafts and gifts under one roof. Exhibitors include approximately 350 crafters and commercial vendors in this three-day, award-winning fair that gives shoppers a chance to support small businesses this holiday season.

New event details for 2023 include:

• Online ticketing at Tickets can also be purchased onsite on the day of the event.

• Entertainment stage with live musical acts and activities throughout the weekend.

• Holiday bingo with a chance to win holiday cash to spend onsite.

• Santa on stage Friday, December 1st from 3 PM – 7 PM.

• First 500 attendees to bring a donation of canned food for American Legion or an unwrapped toy for The Salvation Army will receive a commemorative, reusable Holiday Fair shopping bag.

“Holiday Fair is a tradition that many families and friends come together for each year to kick off their season and get a lot of their shopping done,” said Matt Hollander, general manager, Greenville Convention Center. “We are excited to be bringing some new activations and partnerships to Holiday Fair this year, and we look forward to an engaging, fun and memorable event.”

Exhibitors will be selling a wide range of products, from holiday décor, jewelry, beauty items, home and garden goods, artisan foods, toys and games, clothing, pet products and more.

Show Dates and Times:
• Thursday, November 30 10 AM – 8 PM
• Friday, December 1 10 AM – 8 PM
• Saturday, December 2 10 AM – 6 PM

• Tickets:
o $7 for adults
o $6 for seniors
o Free for children under 12
• Parking:
o $5 per vehicle



About Oak View Group
Oak View Group (OVG) is a global sports and entertainment company founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff in 2015. OVG is focused on being a positive disruption to business as usual in the sports, live entertainment, and hospitality industries and currently has eight divisions across five global offices (Los Angeles, New York, London, Philadelphia, and Toronto). OVG oversees the operations of Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center, UBS Arena in Belmont Park, NY, Moody Center in Austin, TX, Acrisure Arena in Greater Palm Springs, CA, as well as arena development projects for Co-op Live in Manchester, UK; and projects for Arena São Paulo in São Paulo, BZ; CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, MD; FirstOntario Centre Arena in Hamilton, ON; a New Arena and entertainment district in Las Vegas, NV; and a New Arena in Cardiff, Wales.

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Glenis Redmond announces new poetry book with Local Publisher

Good Printed Things, a Greenville-based publisher, is thrilled to announce a new poetry book in partnership with poet Glenis Redmond. The title will be a pocket-sized collection of poems inspired by visits to South Carolina’s State Parks. Glenis uses her poetic voice to capture the experience of exploring these spaces with her grandson and discovering what nature has to teach us. Whether you’re an avid poetry enthusiast or a lover of the outdoors, Glenis navigates the reader on a journey through South Carolina using poetry. The book will be released in April 2024 during National Poetry Month.