UBJ sat down with Peter Barth, the 2016 Who's Who Entrepreneur winner, to learn more about how he got to where he is and his vision for the future.
Greenville entrepreneur Vivian Wong has launched a new manufacturing venture into one of the largest markets in the world, China. The company – BabyBlossom – leverages North America’s manufacturing reputation with plans to export non-toxic, baby-safe products just as China phases out its 1970s one-child policy.
Growing globally competitive headquarter companies is a relatively new economic development approach for the Upstate. But with every passing day, there is an increasing appreciation here for high-impact entrepreneurs and their companies as they generate significant new jobs for the area while generating greater community wealth over the long term.
Entrepreneurs can’t do it alone – and in the Upstate, thanks to some new programs, they don’t have to. The mentor resource network promises to be an invaluable asset to mentored startups. Many of these mentors are a phone call away from contacts who could exponentially increase the startup’s success – and the mentors are ready, willing and able to pick up the phone.
Having coached leaders throughout South Carolina and the world, Sofield has gained something of a backstage pass to see what happens inside organizations, and inside the minds and hearts of people who have to talk to the public. She is a multifaceted entrepreneur and author, with guest lecturer positions at Ivy League schools.