Inclusion – Greenville Area Development Corporation

Greenville County Inclusion Highlights

Upstate International

Upstate International ( exists to empower people and businesses of all nations to thrive in the Upstate by connecting them through programs, events, and initiatives that foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas.  UI’s services are designed for businesses, as well as individuals, leading to enhanced cross-cultural communication and success in your community and global relationships. See our International page for additional details or visit the organization’s website.

International Festivals

Main Street occasionally closes to traffic and allows for local festivals and celebrations in a family-friendly atmosphere.  International festivals include: the Greenville Scottish Games, the Greek Festival, Oktoberfest, Hispanic Festival, A Day with India Event, as well as the Shinnehkai and Bon Japanese Festivals and the World Tai Chi Day.

Diversity Leaders Initiative

Furman Univeristy’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) is a unique, highly interactive, multi-award winning program in which participants learn to understand their diversity and inclusion “blind spots” and how to suspend assumptions. They come away with focused decision-making skills and deep knowledge of how to effectively manage and lead increasingly diverse workers, clients and constituents.

The Minority Economic Development Institute, Inc. (MEDII)

The Minority Economic Development Institute (MEDII) is a non-profit economic development organization founded in 2007 to serve as a state-wide resource which aims to increase the economic assets of minority individuals and minority-owned businesses. MEDII intends to function in the Upstate from a main location in Greenville, South Carolina. Its goal is to develop and implement programs to increase the per capita income of minorities through several initiatives including Business Development, Research, Policy, Advocacy, and Education and Training.

Hispanic Business Council

An initiative of the Greenville Chamber, the Hispanic Business Council’s goal is to more effectively assist Hispanic business leaders in business development opportunities and growth to drive economic inclusion and diversity in chamber investment and engagement.

Minority Business Accelerator

The Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) is a program of the Greenville Chamber’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative designed to advance economic inclusion. As one of the Greenville Chamber’s principal economic development initiatives, the MBA has been established to serve as a catalyst to drive a positive community economic impact, by increasing the overall capacity of locally-based high potential MBEs located within the market area.

Religious Communities with a Cultural Affiliation in the Upstate

  • Vedic Center of Greenville (Hindu)
  • Bethel Israel Synagogue (Jewish)
  • Temple of Israel (Jewish)
  • Islamic Society of Greenville (Muslim)
  • Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Asian)
  • St. George Greek Orthodox Church (Greek)
  • St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church (Egyptian)

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