Ten at the Top Upstate News
September 8, 2020 - Volume 11, Issue 9
Calling Young Professionals!
Don't Miss the First "Sneak Pique" on September 14th
Upstate young professionals will convene via Zoom on September 14 at 4 pm for the first in a series of free, virtual, one-hour events, hosted by our Pique planning committee.

A variety of topics and activities will be addressed to help young professionals in their personal and career development, and there will be a chance to have some of that valuable social interaction that everyone has been missing (aka FUN!).
Upstate Leaders Discuss Ways to Create a Safer Upstate
There are many factors involved in creating a culture where every person, regardless of race, gender, country of origin, economic status, sexual orientation or religious preference, feels inherently safe and protected. While the Upstate has many strong public safety components, there remain challenges for ensuring that all residents are always treated respectfully and with personal value.

Under the leadership of Terence Roberts, the current board chairman for Ten at the Top and the Mayor of the City of Anderson, Ten at the Top is convening a regional exploratory committee consisting of local government leaders, law enforcement officials, community & business leaders as well as members of our faith community to discuss opportunities to create a united Upstate region where all stakeholders work collaboratively to ensure that we foster a culture that respects and values the lives of our law enforcement officers and all residents.

This group of more than 50 representatives from across the Upstate has met twice (in July and August) with great initial dialogue and ideas.

Additional meetings are scheduled for September and October with the ultimate goal of creating a set of recommendations for ways the Upstate can continue to enhance the cultural competency for law enforcement and residents while enacting strategies to increase the overall unity and safety of the Upstate for all residents.

We will continue to share information about the Safer Upstate initiative as it moves forward.
Looking for a Chat?
Join TATT Board Members & Local Leaders for a TATT CHAT
As an organization that thrives on bringing together Upstate stakeholders to discuss issues and build relationships, not being able to gather in-person for the last six months has been disappointing for Ten at the Top.

However, we have enjoyed seeing the faces of many of our friends and partners during our twice-monthly TATT Chats. These virtual zoom meetings have been a great chance to hear from Upstate leaders about issues related to COVID-19 as well as things happening across the Upstate.

We plan to continue these twice-monthly sessions throughout the remainder of 2020 and invite you to join others from across the Upstate community. Each session begins with informal networking from 2:40-3:00 pm and starting on September 10th we will also keep the call open for 20 minutes afterwards for a chance for folks to continue to connect and network.

The guest speaker for September 10th will be Jim Shew, Vice President – Employee Benefits, for Marsh & McLennan. We also will have county Updates from across the region. You can click here to register for the September 10th TATT CHAT.
Staying On Top:
Upstate Leaders Share Sector Insights During the COVID-19 Crisis
A New Resource for Women in Business: A Conversation with Ana Parra of CommunityWorks

Earlier this year, CommunityWorks applied for and received funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to be one of two organizations in South Carolina to launch a Women’s Business Center. The CommunityWorks Women’s Business Center (WBC) is a part of a national network designed to help women start and grow small businesses.

The State of Event Planning from Different Industry Experts

by Eliza Hart, Account Executive, Smoak Public Relations

With the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we are without a doubt experiencing a different time and all businesses have had to pivot. The event world is no exception. COVID-19 has forced all events to come to a halt and determining the next steps has been a challenge.

We reached out to some of our friends in the event industry to gather different expert opinions on what they recommend to best help you move forward with your event. Please find the below pointers on how to navigate the event world during such a unique time.

Adapting a Hands-On Chiropractic Education During COVID-19

by Karen Canup, MBA—Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Sherman College of Chiropractic

What happens when a “hands-on” education suddenly becomes impossible? Sherman College in Spartanburg, SC, faced this very question when the COVID-19 pandemic reached a critical point this March.

At Sherman College, the only chiropractic college in the Carolinas, adaptation is a frequent topic of discussion. Doctors of Chiropractic help patients achieve optimal health and function without drugs or surgery, using their hands to gently adjust the spine to facilitate health and healing. Because chiropractic takes a preventative approach to healthcare, the body’s ability to adapt to outside stressors and forces is a central concept.

A Conversation with Amy Robichaud of InnoVision Awards

The InnoVision Awards, established in 1999, recognize innovators in six categories: technology development, technology integration, small enterprise, education, sustainability, and community service, in addition to a young innovators award. This year, in light of the pandemic and the surge of innovation it has produced, a seventh category has been introduced: COVID-19 response.

In a normal year, there are regional forums that culminate in an awards event in November—but this is not a normal year, so we asked Amy Robichaud, founding chair of InnoVision Awards, to tell us about how they are embracing this new world of virtual events.

Mental Health Resiliency for Entrepreneurs During COVID

by Paul Clark, Managing Director, VentureSouth

Mental health issues affect 1 in 5 Americans, according to National Alliance on Mental Health data.

Mental health issues have long been recognized as particularly prevalent among entrepreneurs and company founders.

Mental health issues are intensifying as people struggle with physical health, economic dislocation, isolation, and stress during a global pandemic.

Combine these three statements together, and it is not surprising that the mental health of entrepreneurs is facing a challenge of an intensity and scale we have never seen before.

Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem Holding Monthly Virtual Workshops
On August 26th, the Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem gathered on Zoom for their monthly meeting.
Paul Clark of VentureSouth and Robyn Hussa Farrell of Resiliency Technologies spoke with the Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem about how entrepreneurs can use the Sharpen Founder app to build resiliency, and shared the stories of a group of the Sharpen Founders through this video.

Michael Nail of Ogletree Deakins discussed legal issues around protecting employees as they return to the workplace.
As always, the workshop served as a great connection point for the individuals and organizations in our region that support entrepreneurs and small businesses. The next meeting of the Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem will be September 23rd from 11:00am-12:00pm on Zoom.
AARP Provides Upstate Seniors Group with Update
on COVID-19 Impacts for Seniors
On August 27th, Ten at the Top’s Upstate Senior Issues group met for a presentation by Emma McGraw Myers, State President (VOL) of AARP South Carolina. Ms. McGraw Myers gave an overview of AARP’s history, the impact of COVID-19 and their response, and talked about AARP’s presence in the Upstate.
The group also heard updates on senior issues in the Upstate from James Bennett of Upstate Home Care Solutions, Vee Daniel of the Better Business Bureau of the Upstate, and Dorinne Dubois of the Appalachian Council on Governments.
The next meeting of the Senior Issues Group on the topic of seniors and technology will be September 29, from 10:00am-11:00am via Zoom.
Leadership Level Partners
Ten at the Top is fortunate to have many great funding supporters and appreciate all who help ensure the current and future success of the organization. Our highest partnership level is the Leadership Level, with companies or organizations investing $10,000 or more annually to support TATT. If your company or organization is interested in joining TATT's Leadership Level Supporters, please contact Dean Hybl today.
Stay Connected with Upstate Initiatives & Resources

Check out the TATT YouTube Channel for archives from meetings, presentations and events hosted by Ten at the Top. The channel also includes videos of the Elevate Upstate Grant recipients and other TATT initiatives.

TATT volunteers have developed a number of interactive regional asset maps. Check out links to regional resources below.

There is something interesting, educational or entertaining happening in the Upstate 365 days a year.

Be sure to post your Upstate experiences using the hashtag #UpstateVibe365 and check out the regional calendar for what is happening across the region.

Ten at the Top
64 Regional Engagements in 2020
1,514 Participants in 2020
974 Regional Engagements since 2010
43,484 Participants since 2010
On the Calendar

Be sure and put these TATT events on your calendar:

TATT CHAT Virtual Meeting
Special Guest:
Jim Shew, Marsh & McLennan
September 10 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
(Pre-Meeting Virtual Networking starts at 2:40 pm)

Sneak Pique
Virtual Trivia
September 14 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Upstate Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Virtual Workshop
September 23 | 11:00 a.m. - noon

TATT CHAT Virtual Meeting
September 24 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
(Pre-Meeting Virtual Networking starts at 2:40 pm)

Senior Issues Group Workshop
Seniors & Technology
September 29 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Become a TATT Supporter

Ten at the Top funding partners and event sponsors are the backbone of the organization.

We are very grateful for all the companies and organizations that annually support TATT. Check out the list of current partners.

We hope you will continue your TATT support or become a new partner in 2020.

If you have questions about TATT partnership and sponsorship opportunities or would like to set up a personal meeting, please contact Dean Hybl for questions or more information.

Annual Celebrating Successes Event
"Recognizing the Upstate's Unsung Heroes"
November 18th - 11:30 a.m.
More Details To Come
Ten at the Top is a regional non-profit organization with the mission of fostering collaboration and partnerships across the Upstate around issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life.
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