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Down to Earth of the Upstate

Posted by: Nika White on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Greenville Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator Program helps accelerate the development of high potential minority business enterprises (MBEs) to strengthen and expand the regional minority entrepreneurial community. Occasionally, we spotlight the participating companies and their success stories or other MBA news of interest.

Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) is a program of the Greenville Chamber which actively seeks to improve the capacity of minority owned firms by increasing recognition of the value of minority businesses as suppliers, strategic partners, and, ultimately, as effective engines for job growth, economic development and wealth creation. MBA prepares high potential minority-owned businesses for accelerated growth and expansion through business development services, mentoring, targeted training, access to large corporations for partnership opportunities and custom roadmap to sustainable growth. MBA helps MBEs overcome growth barriers creates access to new opportunities for ethnic diverse businesses, connecting them with the right resources and results-driven strategies to fuel their growth and build capacity.

MBA Facts:

  • 1 of 6 Chambers in the country to offer a Minority Business Accelerator program
  • Approximately $15.5 MIL in contracts awarded since inception
  • Approximately 203 jobs created since inception

Down to Earth of the Upstate, Inc.

            Nancy Davis is the co-owner of Down To Earth of the Upstate, Inc., a landscaping business that was established in 2005 by her and her husband. Down To Earth of the Upstate, Inc. is a full lawn maintenance business servicing the Greenville and Spartanburg area. They offer services to residential and commercial properties, landscape installation, and provide irrigation repair.

                What makes Nancy’s business stand out from their respected competition is that they are honest, hard-working, and consistent. Nancy said, “We like making customers happy and working with people in the community and a sense that we are contributing.”

In five years Nancy can see the business growing in profitability with a shift to an increased number of commercial accounts. What she wants to get out of the MBA program is learning different avenues at which she can build her business from all the resources and make long-time connections. One piece of advice from Nancy to other entrepreneurs is simply, “Love what you do.”


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