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Irmo Town Park

February 6, 2017 - Posted in Making it Grow by Sean Flynn
Irmo Town Park

Clemson Extension Agent and Host of "Making It Grow" Amanda McNulty travels to Irmo, SC and talks with Public Services Director Whitt Cline about the Irmo Town Park. This park features walking trails, an amphitheater and picnic areas.

VIDEO | Cupcakes for a Cure Brings Sweetness to Lexington

August 22, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
A cupcake made by Cupcakes for a Cure

It is not often that you will see a fully functional business run by three 6th-graders. But that's exactly what Charlie, Katelyn, and Mattie are doing. These three eleven-year-olds won't let their age stop them from running a thriving cupcake business. Check out how Charlie...

Columbia Nearly Fails in Small Business Friendliness According to Recent Survey

June 22, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Columbia Skyline

Something is making small business owners and entrepreneurs unhappy with how things are run in the city of Columbia. Just a year ago, Thumbtack —a website dedicated to helping people hire professionals for a variety of projects—conducted the Small Business Friendliness...

Big Changes for Carmike Locations in Columbia

March 14, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Krishna Thakker
Movie theater seats

AMC Entertainment Holdings has announced its merger with Carmike Cinemas. This means big changes for the two Carmike locations in the Columbia area. According to Coladaily.com , the merger will be completed at the end of 2016 and is valued at $1.1 billion dollars. This will...

Q&A | A Conversation with Loni Rikard, Owner, Rocky Wells Agri-Services, and Co-Owner, Rocky Wells Farm

March 14, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
Loni Rikard looking at the camera

Loni Rikard was one of the 2016 Palmetto Center for Women Honors recipients. The PCW Honors recognizes women whose outstanding achievements distinguish them as leaders and role models in the community. Rikard is the owner of Rocky Wells Agri-Services, LLC, and co-owner of...

Q&A | A Conversation with Kiosha Boyles About Social Media Use for Small Businesses

March 3, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
Kiosha Boyles headshot

Kiosha Boyles is the owner of Digitize Marketing , a web marketing firm specializing in inbound marketing and digital media. Boyles is a Columbia College and University of South Carolina graduate with a master’s degree in mass communications. She is an active member of the...

Richland and Lexington Counties Get Federal Aid for Flood Recovery

March 2, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Krishna Thakker
Houses under water, result of the 2015 flood

South Carolina has received $157 million in federal aid to help fund flood repairs. Government agencies will receive 62 percent of the funds and the rest will be split between Lexington County, Richland County, and the city of Columbia. The U.S. Department of Housing and...

Flood Recovery Efforts Continue in the Midlands

February 29, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
House destroyed by the 2015 flood

Since 1996, Home Works of America , a Columbia, S.C.-based nonprofit, has been providing free home repairs to elderly, disabled and disadvantaged home owners across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Their goal is to repair homes, while assisting youth in their...

Millennials More Likely to Cohabitate Before Marriage: Crunching the Numbers

February 15, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Kaitlyn Park
Couple buying their new home

Several studies in recent years have found that millennials are more likely than previous generations to live together and even buy a home before marriage. The Pew Research Center finds that while only 22 percent of millennials are married, compared to 29 percent of...

Fresh Market and Ulta Coming to an Expanding Town of Lexington

February 8, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Kaitlyn Park
Two construction workers looking at a construction paper

The Lexington Planning Commission has approved a site plan for a new commercial center in the Town of Lexington on Sunset Boulevard, reports ColaDaily . Expected to join the development are Hobby Lobby, Ulta, a cosmetics store, and The Fresh Market, which previously...

Positive Impact of Foreign Investment in the Midlands

December 16, 2015 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
world globe

Foreign investment has been key to economic development efforts of the Midlands of South Carolina. Just in 2015, nearly twenty-four economic development projects, many of them announced by foreign-based companies, were announced. The projects are expected to create 2,200...

How Should Salespeople Respond to Increased Price Sensitivity Among Consumers?

December 15, 2015 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
Salespeople meeting

Take a look around your friendship circle. How many people are willing to pay a few extra cents per gallon for gasoline if a lower-priced station is nearby? How many people are willing to pay $70 dollars for a shirt if they can buy that same type of shirt of shirt for $20...

Understanding Small Businesses and Their Impact on the State

December 14, 2015 - Posted in Carolina Money by Kaitlyn Park
Woman at Desk

Just by walking or driving down many streets in Richland and Lexington counties, it is easy to see that small businesses are growing, alongside the South Carolina economy. In fact, according to the Small Business Association , small businesses employed about half or 728,770...

Q&A | A Conversation with Todd Lewis about IT-oLogy's Initiative CoursePower

December 9, 2015 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
 Todd Lewis about IT-oLogy's Initiative CoursePower

Research shows that South Carolina will experience a shortfall in tech talent in the next decade. This comes at a time when technology jobs are expected to grow significantly. According to CoursePower.org , the Midlands of South Carolina will need 3,000 IT professionals...

Midlands Technical College Committed to Building a Diverse Workforce

December 9, 2015 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe
Diverse group of people

One of South Carolina’s largest two-year colleges, Midlands Technical College, has demonstrated its commitment to minority and non-traditional students throughout the years. Last year, Midlands Technical College ranked 64 in the top 100 colleges in the United States by...

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