I wouldn’t have a business if it wasn’t for the Greenville Chamber. I can say that truthfully and honestly. It has taken me to places I never expected.
Let me tell my story.
I spent my first 10 years in the Upstate working as a writer for various newspapers, and of course covering the Greenville Chamber. I knew what it was, but really didn’t know what it really
was. To me, I went there when I needed an answer on economic development. I never paid attention to the other programs. Looking back, I wish I did pay attention to the other programs – especially Small Business.
This was the group that was shaping the actual backbone of business in Greenville.
When I first left my newspaper job, I went to work for a public relations firm in town. Owning a business was not on my radar. I became active in the Chamber and began attending Small Business events. The idea, for me, was to get clients and contacts. Help the business. However, through meeting small business owners and entrepreneurs, I gained insight into what it takes to run a successful business. I learned I could do the same thing for myself. So, in January 2012, I opened Complete Public Relations. I owe that impetus to the Chamber because it opened doors for me. I served on boards with other business people, who began to seek out my firm for work. I learned the ups and downs of business. I got ideas – not just leads. It let me learn I had what it takes.
So, celebrate Small Business Week at the Chamber. You never know where it may take you.
John Boyanoski is the President of Complete Public Relations, a Greenville-based firm specializing in press relations, governmental affairs, social media strategy and grassroots efforts . He is also the co-author of Reimaging Greenville with Mayor Knox White. He was the 2013 chair of the Greenville Chamber’s PULSE Advisory Council and was named the Greenville Chamber's 2014 Young Professional of the Year. He also sits on the Chamber’s LEAD Executive Committee, the Chamber's Board of Advisors, and the Chamber's Small Business Council.
Many thanks to John for his hard work and dedication to the Greenville business community.