Business Generation For Community Transformation

BGEN /biˈɡin/


to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of some action; commence; start:






“Going back to the traditional office seems like a thing of the past.   BGEN is a post-pandemic office alternative. Many new business owners underestimate the cost of owning or renting their own office space. With BGEN, memberships are month to month. The space is fully furnished. No utilities to pay. No supplies to buy. No repairs or maintenance and super-fast internet. You have one payment each month and BGEN takes care of the rest.” – Brian Ziegelheafer Co-Founder & Director

The Brew at BGEN


The Brew at BGEN happens monthly every second Tuesday morning at 8 am. This event is free and open to the public.

The plan is simple, one or two entrepreneurs will present their businesses to an audience consisting of YOU, mentors, advisers, business executives, and other entrepreneurs. Each entrepreneur will present for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience.

The program offers an opportunity to explain any hardships or challenges you’re trying to work through. Think of it as Shark Tank, but instead of trying to find funding, you are trying to find solutions. Not getting enough foot traffic? Not sure how to market your small business effectively? Needing advice on accounting or legal issues? This is the place to engage with a community that wants to engage and assist. It’s a vibe. Come and enjoy yourself while helping out at the same time.

What is BGEN?

BGEN (pronounced “begin”) works with start-up companies, entrepreneurs, freelancers, creatives, and the mobile workforce to help by providing workspace, mentorship, expertise, access to networking, educational resources, and sometimes capital (in the form of micro-loans via our community partners).



October 2022 – January 2023 is POP-UP Season. Join BGEN for reduced short-term rates during this season. For more detailed information visit


  • Coaching/mentoring
  • Access to outside network of mentors
  • Links to strategic partners
  • Collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs

Facility Based Services

  • Co-working office space
  • Internet/Wi-Fi
  • Conference Room
  • Shipping fulfillment station
  • Training space
  • Business mailing address

Business Services

  • Assist with business idea analysis
  • Business model/plan
  • Technology training
  • Marketing assistance


  • Business training programs
  • Links to higher education and resources
  • Group training
  • Workshops
  • E-Learning
  • Presentations


  • Accounting training/services
  • Financial management training
  • Access to commercial loan vendors
  • Assistance with grant availability

Brand Development

  • In-house assistance with graphic design
  • In-house search engine optimization training
  • In-house web design assistance and training
  • In-house professional photography and video services
  • In-house social media strategist
Senator Tim Scott visits Gaffney

Senator Tim Scott visits Gaffney

Senator Scott weighs in on the future Trump administration, the selection of Dr. Ben Carson as the new HUD secretary and the potential for running for governor.Source: Senator Tim Scott visits Gaffney

Scott tours bGen in Gaffney, Dollar General plant in Jonesville

Scott tours bGen in Gaffney, Dollar General plant in Jonesville

Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott visited two Upstate businesses Monday as part of his 46-county tour of South Carolina to meet people and hear their concerns.“A political rock star,” is how Brian Ziegelheafer described this state's junior senator during his visit to the...

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According to a 2010 study by the National Business Incubation Association:
The survival rate of startups using business incubators is 87% compared to 44% for startups that didn’t use incubators.


Our partners:
City of Gaffney
Spartanburg Community College
Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
Timken Foundation