Engenius intern program draws students into digital world

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Web marketing firm Engenius welcomes Rachel Robinson and Reagan Thompson as spring semester interns.

Robinson, originally from Spartanburg, is a junior Marketing major at Anderson University. Thompson, a Lancaster, S.C. native, is a senior Communication Studies major at Furman University. Post-graduation, she hopes to work for a nonprofit.

As interns, both students will learn about the unique challenges faced by entrepreneurs and small businesses, both generally and from a marketing perspective.

The Engenius intern program offers business, marketing, and communications students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and digital communications, while also focusing projects on the intern’s area of study. The intern program is currently accepting applications for the fall 2015 semester. To apply, visit http://www.engeniusweb.com.

About Engenius: With a hallmark of unparalleled service, Engenius is a premier web design and marketing company. The Engenius team provides strategic, focused campaigns aimed at driving traffic, sustaining exposure and solving problems for businesses, nonprofits and entrepreneurs. Learn more at http://www.engeniusweb.com.

ReWiGo welcomes Gilstrap to Board of Directors

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – ReWiGo (Ready, Willing, Going) Ministries has added Lisa Gilstrap to the Board of Directors.

As a Residential Mortgage Executive with Southern First Bank, Gilstrap brings experience in home ownership challenges from both a commercial and volunteer perspective. She is an active volunteer with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and serves on the community service committees for both the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors and the Home Builders Association of Greenville.

In addition to her volunteer work with ReWiGo, Gilstrap has also worked with Goodwill Industries, Junior Achievement, United Way, Meals on Wheels, and Hands on Greenville.

ReWiGo Ministries exists to create safe, healthy, sustainable home environments for elderly, disabled, and impoverished people in Greenville, Anderson, Pickens and Oconee counties.

About ReWiGo:

For seven years ReWiGo (Ready, Willing, Going) Ministries has served the upstate through their mission of creating safe, healthy, sustainable home environments for elderly, disabled, and impoverished people. Serving in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens Counties of Upstate South Carolina, the target populations include children, families, and seniors.   ReWiGo Ministries focuses only on home repairs and ramp construction.  Last year, more than 1,200 phone calls came into ReWiGo Ministries on the 24-hour call line from persons needing assistance. To find out how you can become involved with ReWiGo Ministries and help change lives in your community visit us at rewigo.org

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Boyd hosting sports camp in Greenville

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GREENVILLE, SC- Newly signed Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Tajh Boyd is hosting a youth football clinic at the Kroc Center in Greenville on April 4.

The goal of the camp is to have the kids enjoy their time with Boyd and the other coaches as well as learn the fundamentals of how to play each position of football safely. It is a no-contact approach that is intended to teach the game at a high level to all ages. The camp is open for ages 6-18 and will feature six stations that each teaches a different position group. On a rotational basis, all campers will have an opportunity to learn from and catch passes from Tajh Boyd.

Packages start at $85 a camper, which includes personal instruction from Tajh Boyd and an experienced coaching staff, a free Adidas camp T-shirt, and a photo opportunity with Tajh Boyd which each camper can access through www.crushrushphotography.com for free after the camp is completed.

There are also packages that include the above plus Tajh Boyd signed memorabilia such as photographs or footballs for $125 and $150 respectively. Proceeds from the camp are to benefit non-profit organizations, The Tajh Boyd Foundation and the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame Business Connect and Youth Football Scholarship Programs.

The camp will be held on April 4 at 1 p.m. at the Kroc Center in Greenville.

Spots are still available for the camp, but organizers, Wyatt Sports Academy (WSA) and Sinkem Sports Sports Marketing, expect a sell out before the camp kicks off on that Saturday afternoon. Michael Foster of Wyatt Sports encouraged everyone to, everyone to register online for the camp beforehand so day of check-ins can be quick. Registration can be done at www.wyattacademy.com/tajh-boyd-clinics or http://www.teamtajh.com.

In addition, Boyd will be at the Mauldin Chick-Fil-A from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the Simpsonville Chick-Fil-A from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday March 24. There will be opportunities to register for the youth camp at both locations. You can keep up to date on all Boyd related events on www.teamtajh.com or www.sinkemsports.com.

The coaching staff for the camp looks impressive as former Clemson football stars Roderick McDowell, Adam Humphries, and current Tennessee Titans assistant coach Nick Eason will be joining Boyd. Rounding out the staff is local quarterback guru Ramon Robinson, former Old Dominion defensive back Patrick Young, former college linebacker and college coach Josh Phillips, current offensive line coach Amos Lamb of the state champion Hillcrest High School, and former Western Carolina running back and high school coach Walter Gary. There is even a former Gamecock scheduled to be there as current Greenville Prep Head Coach Rod Lorick will be on site. He played briefly for South Carolina as he finished his collegiate career as a tight end for Gardner-Webb University.

For more information about the camps visit www.wyattacademy.com/tajh-boyd-clinics or contact Michael Foster of WSA at (864) 312-5828 or email him at foster@wyattsportsnfl.com.

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York Technical College to offer VSF scholarships

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – York Technical College is now offering a Veteran Scholarships Forever scholarship, which will serve as another resource for veterans looking to expand their skill base.

The scholarship will be offered through the school’s Corporate & Continuing Education division. York Technical College is the fourth school in South Carolina to offer aid from Veteran Scholarships Forever. It joins Greenville Technical College, Tri County Technical College and Spartanburg Community College.

Veteran Scholarships Forever is set up to provide funding for veterans and their spouses take vocational and skilled trades training programs that can lead to employment, said Ron Demonet, the scholarship program’s managing director.

The program provides funds for veterans, but relies on donations from individuals and businesses to fund the scholarships. People interested donated to the scholarship fund can contact www.scholarshipsforever.org.

Demonet started Veteran Scholarships Forever after learning about the high unemployment rates for veteran post the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Although there are government programs like the G.I. Bill, which help veterans get an education, these programs do not cover all types of training.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Veteran Scholarships Forever receives contributions from individuals and organizations. Once donations are received, Veterans Scholarships Forever establishes endowments at evaluated colleges where veterans can apply for these scholarships.

The college then manages the endowment and provides scholarships to veterans with the most need to obtain the skills needed to be qualified for a job placement that will allow veterans to provide for themselves and their families, he said.

Veterans are still eligible for other forms of financials aid, Demonet said. Veteran Scholarships Forever does not grant scholarships directly, but interested veterans and current spouses can contact the colleges’ financial aid or Veterans Affairs department to inquire about the program.

“We are proud to be able to help veterans in York County get the opportunity they need to better their lives,” Demonet said.

About Veterans Scholarships Forever:

Veterans Scholarships Forever is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the goal to help Veterans transition back to civilian life quickly and successfully. Learn more at http://www.scholarshipsforever.org.

Madness in March

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Ahhh yes. March Madness. That time of year when those smelly trees start to bloom, we’ve all got a little too much spring fever, and it all plays out to a background of nonstop basketball. It’s an exciting time of year. But around the office and out with clients, we’ve experienced a very different type of madness in March – the best kind, the one where every time you turn around there’s a new project. It’s exciting to be working with so many clients, new and old, who are making big changes or maybe just trying new things with their businesses. Around here, creativity and innovation are basically caffeine for the soul. But all of these projects also take incredible time management skills, organization, and focus. Hence the madness.

We know we’re not alone in this fast-paced hustle and bustle we call spring. We’re not the only ones looking forward to getting our creative juices flowing with walks around Falls Park and outdoor coffee meetings. We’re not the only ones ready to move on from the early sunsets, chilly mornings, and icepocalypses (good riddance!)

So enjoy your weekend, Greenville. Enjoy the weather, enjoy the Madness, and rest up for the madness that will begin again Monday morning.

South Carolina Football Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2015 and First Annual SCFHOF Golf and Gun Event

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GREENVILLE, S.C.- The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) is proud to announce the new Class of 2015. The Class of 2015 vote was selected over three separate voting periods over the past six months by the sports media of South Carolina, registered SCFHOF members, as well as its committee and board members. The four person Class of 2015 inductees are as follows.

  • Brian Dawkins: Jacksonville, FL native made his mark in South Carolina football by solidifying the back end of the Clemson defense as a free safety from 1992-1995.  He went on to be drafted in the second round in the NFL Draft and play in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos in a stellar 16 year career. He was named to the Pro-Bowl nine times and an NFL All-Pro six times.  On January 11, 2013, Clemson University established the Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award to annually honor a former Clemson player for their performance on the field, contributions in leadership and community service.
  • Dan Reeves: Rome, Georgia native made his mark in South Carolina football as a quarterback for the University of South Carolina.  After his collegiate career he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys.  He played in the NFL for 8 years being part of two Super Bowl (VI, XII) winning teams.  He became a full time assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys under Tom Landry in 1972.  After a year off he returned as an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys from 1974-1980. His success under Tom Landry led him to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos for 11 seasons, followed by a four year stint with the New York Giants, and a seven year stint with the Atlanta Falcons.  All in all Coach Reeves’ nine Super Bowl appearances as a player and coach is more than anyone else in NFL history.
  • Jerry Richardson: This North Carolina native made his mark in South Carolina football as wide receiver for Wofford College in the mid-1950s.  He was drafted in the 13th round by the Baltimore Colts in 1958.  He played two seasons in the NFL, earning Colts Rookie of the Year honors in 1959.  He used the money made from a bonus from the NFL Championship game in 1959 to launch a successful business career that became Spartan Foods based in Spartanburg, SC. A career that led him to being the sole owner of the Carolina Panthers franchise in 1993. He was the first former NFL player since George Halas to become an owner of a NFL franchise.  During his business career he has given back significantly to his alma mater Wofford College and has had the Carolina Panthers hold their training camps on campus providing great economic impact to the Spartanburg, SC region.
  • Art Shell: Born in Charleston, SC, he attended the former Bonds-Wilson High School of North Charleston, and played his collegiate ball at Maryland State as an offensive tackle.  From there he was drafted in the third round by the Oakland Raiders where he was named to eight Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls (XI, XV).  He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.  He became the second-ever African American head coach in the history of professional football, and the first in the sport’s modern era, when he was hired by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1989. In seven years as a head coach he had a .518 winning percentage and made the playoffs three times. He spent time as an offensive line coach with the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, before serving as a Senior Vice President for the NFL, in charge of football operations. He is listed on the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team, won 1990 NFL Coach of the Year, and has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame (2013) as well as the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. He is the great uncle of current South Carolina Gamecock offensive lineman Brandon Shell.

The Class of 2015 Induction ceremony will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Greenville at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 16, 2015. The 2014 SCFHOF Collegiate Player of the Year, Clemson DE Vic Beasley will also be recognized on that night. Limited tickets for the ceremony are available for $150.00 per person or $1500.00 per table (10). On April 17, 2015 the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame will be hosting its first annual Celebrity Golf and Gun Event. The Celebrity Golf Tournament will be held at Pebble Creek Country Club in Taylors, SC. People interested in participating in the tournament can register as an individual for $125.00 or $500.00 for a foursome. The Celebrity Skeet Shoot is being held at the River Bend Sportsman’s Resort in Inman. Cost is $165.00 per player and that includes everything needed plus a ticket to the celebrity auction and after party at Pebble Creek. The after party starts at 3:00pm with the auction followed a performance by the Marcus King Band w/ special guests you will not want to miss! A limited number of tickets are being sold to the public. Register for these events at www.scfootballhof.com Sellout projected.

The Greenville based SCFHOF, and the Charleston based, Medal of Honor Bowl (MOHB) aims to bring the South Carolina athletic, entertainment, and military communities together to celebrate each respective event and provide awareness for their causes such as the Wounded Warrior Project (MOHB), The Medal of Honor Museum (MOHB), the SCFHOF Business Connect Program, and the SCFHOF Youth Football Scholarship Fund. You can find out more about the MOHB at www.mohbowl.com. The SCFHOF is honored to have representatives from the MOHB attending the Induction and the Golf and Gun event.

The SCFHOF honors athletes, coaches, business and media professionals from the Palmetto State who created a historic and significant impact on college and/or professional football and helps promote and preserve the game of football and those who play it. Plans are in the works to build a SCFHOF Museum in Upcountry South Carolina.

Complete Public Relations named Chamber Small Business of the Month

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Complete Public Relations was named the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Month.

Founded in 2012, Complete Public Relations strives to provide its clients with amazing media relations, governmental relations and social media services, strategies and campaigns. With clients ranging from global powers to non-profits to entrepreneurs, Complete Public Relations believes in dedicated and motivated client relations. The company’s motto is “We Get Results” and the firm’s successes show that.

However, Complete Public Relations is about more than just business. President John Boyanoski is a dedicated Chamber volunteer. He has served as Chairman of PULSE, as a Leadership Greenville project mentor, as a Youth Leadership Greenville mentor, on the Small Business Council and chairs the Small Business Owners Forum, served three years on the LEAD board (including  playing a key role in the rebranding efforts) and served on the Board of Advisors. He also is a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 40. CEO Tim Brett also has been long involved in the Chamber having served numerous leadership roles in the 1990s and currently is on the Transportation and Legislative Committees. In addition, staff members Sarah Moore and Kaitlyn Hudson are both PULSE members.

Complete Public Relations received the award at the Chamber’s monthly board meeting Thursday. The Small Business of the Month award recognizes extraordinary businesses in the Upstate.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the Greenville Chamber,” said John Boyanoski. “To receive the Small Business of the Month Award is truly a great honor.”

About Complete Public Relations:

Complete Public Relations isn’t your average firm. Our unique skills, experience, talent and expertise, make us the company you need when it comes to media relations, governmental affairs, crisis communications, and long-term public strategy. Learn more at www.completepr.net.

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