The Greenville, SC Chamber's Blog

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Congrats to The Graphic Cow - July SBOM

The Greenville Chamber announced today that The Graphic Cow is the Chamber’s July 2009 Small Business of the Month.

Each month the Greenville Chamber recognizes a local small business for its accomplishments by honoring it with the Small Business of the Month Award. To view a complete listing of all 2009 Small Business of the Month award winners, visit There, you will also find a link to register an organization for this prestigious award.

For more information on this program, contact Claudia Wise at 864-239-3728.

About The Graphic Cow:
The Graphic Cow designs and produces custom screen-printed and embroidered apparel such as t-shirts, polos and caps. Typical customers are collegiate student organizations, companies, schools, churches, non-profit organizations and many others. The Company was founded in 1994 and has enjoyed revenue growth in each of the past 15 years. The total number of employees working in Greenville and Liberty has increased by over 40 percent in the past 2 years to 40 total employees. The Graphic Cow’s success is simple to explain: They make it simple for their customers. By providing innovative services such as Cow Tagging and T-Banker, The Graphic Cow has changed the way people buy custom apparel.

When customers choose to have their shirts “Cow Tagged,” each shirt is delivered folded, bagged, and labeled with each individual customer’s name and size. This makes distribution of shirts after delivery much easier. Organizations that take advantage of “T-Banker” are able to focus on the fun aspects of the work, like choosing designs, since The Graphic Cow’s software collects all size and order information, then collects payment from each individual customer through PayPal. These services eliminate countless hours of collecting information, payments, processing, and distribution.

Need shirts in a hurry? The Graphic Cow also boasts of industry best lead times, which comes standard with competitive pricing and truly extraordinary customer service.

CEO David Carter explains that “Enhancing the customer experience is our top priority. Our company culture is built around that concept.”

While the commitment to the customer is impressive, the commitment to the community should be recognized as well. The Graphic Cow has made financial and in-kind contributions to 9 different local non-profit organizations in the past 12 months, and employees are encouraged to make an impact. A great example of this community spirit was on display on June 11, at Flour Field, when Andy Coyne, director of corporate sales, broke the World Record for most t-shirts worn at one time by a human being (the new record is 229). The Guinness Book of World Records sanctioned the successful attempt, and all the proceeds were split between The Ronald McDonald House and the Greenville Chapter of The Special Olympics.

For more information on The Graphic Cow, visit or call 800-472-3269.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Chamber's 2010 Legislative Survey

By Sunnie Harmon
Sometimes it is hard for one to realize what an impact a business owner or an employee can have on the state legislature, but when a constituent calls his legislator, that phone call makes a difference. Though each member of the General Assembly is aware of who your public policy team represents, it truly hits home when they hear from you, the “real people,” working day in and day out to be successful.
Over 90% of the Chamber’s membership is made up of small businesses. Many large businesses and corporations have in-house lobbyists to act as their voice at the SC State House. Small businesses are not afforded that luxury. That is where your public policy team comes in. We can act as your voice at the SC State House.
Now is the time we begin shaping our 2010 Legislative Agenda. Please complete our legislative survey by visiting the link below. Because the Chamber membership is made up of predominantly small businesses, it is those businesses that determine what issues the Chamber addresses.