When we first started Black Box almost a decade ago, we had a vision of what we wanted to see covered by Upstate business media. At that time, with only one other business publication in the Upstate, we believed we could be a catalyst for the Upstate media to consistently cover business news of another sort—that of innovation…small business…entrepreneurship…economic development….growth….diversity….culture… and more. Back then, the Upstate was a different place.
Today, with four business publications serving the Upstate, you can see the difference: stories of the entrepreneurial community, its diversity, and its rapid growth. Entrepreneurs have become popular topics of reporting. In short, Black Box has been able to help set a different set of expectations over these years, both in what we expect to be covered and how we expect it to be covered. But we certainly didn’t do it alone. In reality, we were only one piece of a much larger puzzle—of people working tirelessly to grow the Upstate into the fantastic place it is today.
In short, we did what we came to do.
While we’ve loved Black Box and everything that it meant to our readers and partners, there are other branding and Publishing projects calling our name, and things that we, as a team, feel we are meant to follow. Fortunately, we also realize that we’re luckier than most cities in that we have a great offering of business publications doing a great job, and we will continue to support them in their mission to continue to grow the Upstate brand and to shine the light on our local entrepreneurs and leaders.
Thank you, readers, supporters, and friends. We have been honored to be a part of this thriving business community for the past nine years and are grateful for every single moment we’ve been able to share with all of you.
From all of us here at Black Box, to all of you across the Upstate…Thank you.