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1 Million Cups Spartanburg: Red Clay Roots, Sky High Vision

Spartanburg’s Entrepreneurial Community Connects, Educates, and Innovates at Free, Monthly Meet-up

Published Thursday, September 7, 2017

(SPARTANBURG, SC) On Wednesday, September 13 Spartanburg assumes a seat at the table as a leader in a national program to engage, educate, and connect local entrepreneurs and business owners. 1 Million Cups — based on the notion that entrepreneurs all over the country network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee — is a free, monthly gathering that helps to build startup communities on a grassroots level.

Beginning Wednesday, September 13th, entrepreneurs, innovators, business owners, funders, and all interested community members are invited to attend every 2nd Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Hub City Tap House, located at 197 E. St. John St., Spartanburg, SC.  

After week one, each 1st Wednesday morning of each month, 1-2 entrepreneurs will tell their business story to a community audience of mentors, advisers, and other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. 1 Million Cups Spartanburg invites for-profit as well as non-profit entrepreneurs, ideally between the start-up phase to the five-year point in the life of their endeavor, to present and tell the story of their idea or enterprise. Applications are now being accepted at

Spartanburg’s inaugural 1 Million Cups gathering will feature two local entrepreneurs—Joseph McMillan of Atlas Organics ( and Chris Jefferson of B.A.R.S Academy (

Local sponsors support the event. Hub City Tap House will provide the venue each month. Krispy Kreme and Little River Roasting will provide free coffee on alternating months. The Small Business Development Center and the GreenHouse Business Incubator at The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, USC Upstate, USC Upstate as well as the Economic Futures Group will provide audio visual support and student interns.  

“Being an entrepreneur can be emotionally taxing,” said 1 Million Cups Spartanburg organizer and President of Pryor Diversified LLC, Reggie Pryor Jr. “I believe it comes with the territory. That’s why having a support structure made up of other entrepreneurs and the community as a whole is so important.”

View the Spartanburg microsite at and learn more at the national website at

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