Andrea Esselman

Q&A | Making Columbia a Hub for Innovation

June 9, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Panelists discussing questions

What draws people to a city? What makes people stay? What really makes a city a great place to be? These questions and others were discussed in the recently renovated City Hall in downtown Columbia on the night of June 8 as a way to bring together the arts, business and...

PODCAST | Following Up with Fund My Pro

June 7, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Fund My Pro t-shirt

In August 2015, we met up with former NFL player Corey Jackson to learn about his newly started company, FundMyPro. This company connects fans with their favorite athletes, and it allows them to collaborate to positively impact communities in need. Corey founded the company...

Columbia Museum of Art Recognized at the White House

June 1, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Entrance to Columbia Museum of Art

Hard work and dedication truly do pay off. Eighteen years ago, the Columbia Museum of Art opened its doors at its current Main Street location. The move from its original site on Bull and Senate Streets was the beginning of Columbia’s revitalization of its downtown. The...

What Happened to Scootaway?

May 3, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Frank Scozzafava on his new scooter

They faded out quietly. No one really knows when they disappeared, but slowly people started to notice that the little orange Scootaway flags were nowhere to be seen. There were no news stories, no releases, not even rumors. Scootaway just sort of…disappeared. So what...

VIDEO | Revisiting 52inc

April 29, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
52inc new office

Shortly after Carolina Money started, we did a Q&A article with the founders of local startup 52inc. It has been about a year since then, so we decided to check out how the guys over at 52inc are doing. How have things changed? How have they grown? How has the past year...

Collaborative Demo Day Is a Success

April 25, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Entrepreneurship Club President Tony Klur and Computer Science Grad Student Steve Rubin

After a full semester of hard work and collaboration between the USC Entrepreneurship Club and the USC Computer Science program, it was time to celebrate all that had been achieved. On Thursday night, friends, fellow students, and news media crowded around twelve tables,...

Spirit Communications Park Welcomes Fans to Its Inaugural Game

April 15, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Entrance to Spirit Communications Park

Anticipation filled the air, as people milled around outside the stadium. The gates opened, and the pressure of all the months leading up to this moment was released. Spirit Communications Park was officially open for its first baseball game. Fans from all over came to...

Columbia's Riverfront Park Reopens

March 17, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Welcome Back Sign at Park

Columbia’s Riverfront Park is more than just a path by the river. It is a place that brings people together. After the canal was breached during the historic flood, the Columbia Riverfront Park was closed. However, portions of the park finally reopened this past Tuesday...

Columbia Ranked Among Top 50 Best Places to Live

March 4, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Columbia Skyline

The city of Columbia is a pretty great place to live, at least according to this year's U.S. News and World Report's Best Places to Live list. According to the report, "U.S. News analyzed the 100 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live." Columbia was...

Q&A | Economics and Education: A Conversation with Courtney Epting

February 24, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Courtney Epting

Courtney Epting works with SC Economics , a support system for South Carolina teachers that is partnered with the South Carolina Department of Education. SC Economics provides free professional development opportunities to teachers that help them to build confidence in what...

PODCAST | Meet the Founders of Voterheads

February 18, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Karl McCollester and Matt Hudson, founders of Voterheads

It's a big election year, and the campaigns for the Presidential election have been dramatic to say the least. There has been a general increase in interest in national politics, but once the election is over, will the interest remain? Karl McCollester and Matt Hudson are...

PODCAST | Getting to Know Ron Lieber, Columnist at The New York Times

February 12, 2016 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Ron Lieber

Ron Lieber, The New York Times “Your Money” columnist and author of the bestselling book The Opposite of Spoiled , recently visited the Midlands to talk about raising kids who are financially smart. The event was hosted by the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the...

Tiny Techz Brings STEM Education to Young Students

December 16, 2015 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Tiny Techz Brochure

Tiny Techz is a program designed to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education to young students. It works with schools to teach students fundamental skills that will help them have successful futures. Tiny Techz was created by Chris Williams and...

Global Entrepreneurship Week Brings the 2015 Proving Ground to USC

November 18, 2015 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Proving Ground event happening

What happens when a Shark Tank-styled event and Columbia entrepreneurs come together? Proving Ground Happens. The 2015 Proving Ground was the culmination of three months' worth of competition between local entrepreneurs, trying to jump-start their ideas. It was the final...

PODCAST | Recovering from the Flood: Lexington's Old Mill

November 11, 2015 - Posted in Carolina Money by Andrea Esselman
Recovering from the Flood: Lexington's Old Mill

Laban Chappell is the co-owner of Lexington's Old Mill, along with his father-in-law and brother-in-law. He lives in Charleston and travels to Lexington frequently to maintain the mill and work with the businesses that are located there. The Old Mill is home to many local...

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