Living in Greenville TX - It’s Pretty Sweet
It's not the place, it's the people that make the place.
My wife and I moved from Kalamazoo, MI to Greenville on December 1, 2016. Since moving here and opening a business, I want to write a few things about how wonderful this city is and is going to be over the next few years. While we're still not totally settled in, the welcome has been outstanding. Here are some of my initial observations that I hope you will enjoy.
Stunningly Open and Friendly People
We came from a friendly community but it wasn't quite like this. In Michigan people were more on the fast track and really didn't take time to talk as much. Chatting with the cashier kind of just annoyed the people in line who'd appreciate it if you'd shut up and just move along. Conversations between strangers was more, "Just give me the baby, I don’t need the whole pregnancy." That's certainly not the case in Greenville. People generally look you in the eye, will open a conversation with you just to be friendly and are more than helpfull when you ask questions.
Here's a video about Greenville created by Derek Price at the Green Shoot Agency here. Derek does great video work, obviously:
Business People in Greenville
One of the first business people I encountered here was Gloria Jordan from Office Solutions. Starting a new business I knew I should hook up with the local Business Networking International (BNI) group. The local group is called Business Unlimited that meets at the Cotton Patch Mondays at 11:30. Gloria just took the lead to help guide me to how best to create connections for business in this new home on the range. She not only went the extra mile, she made sure I connected with the local Rotary as the next avenue for getting hooked up.
Having been a Rotary member it was a welcomed suggestion. In two days I'm in the Wednesday noon Rotary meeting that was equally as welcoming. This is where I meet Paul Kelley, President of the club and the owner of the Allstate Insurance Agency here. Paul could double as an auctioneer/square dance caller with his booming voice very easily. Getting to know some people can be tougher than a three dollar steak. Not Paul. With a great smile and welcoming manner he has that way of making everyone feel like they're the most important person there. People can forget what you say but they never forget how they make you feel. He and others said, "you know, you better get with the Chamber".
Greenville Chamber of Commerce
After hearing it from all directions, the next step was to see about joining the local Chamber of Commerce. I swung by and was greeted by Valorie Graves at the front desk with the now typical Greenville warmth, a trademark happy face. Where'd you find all these nice folks? Sometime you have to just hate your money to part with it and buying a new house sucks a lot of it up. She made me just want to write out the check and join.
The next day I met Byron Taylor. One of the warmest welcoming guys ever. He's the President and CEO of the Chamber, a recent arrival yet what a promoter of local business. Full of the facts and figures he is organizing the Chamber to be a powerful marketing rescource we can all use.
Greenville is expected to double in size over the next 5 years from somewhere around 28,000 people to well over 50,000. It This is boom city in these here parts. Businesses and houses going up as fast a developers and erect them.
I'm excited about what the future holds for Greenville and I think it's going to be a wonderful place to live and do business. I'll write more here as I get the itch. Lots more kudos to hand out.
What missing? Needs a couple more coffee shops and a craft brewry or two to open up (oh, please). Then it would be over the top.
Thank you, Greenville people, it's going to be a fun ride. I hope I can be of service to you.