Andrea Esselman

EPA To Help Columbia To Develop Sustainable Design Strategies

By Andrea Esselman

The Mills at Granby and OlympiaThe Capital City Mill District is finally gearing up for a much-needed facelift. The city has been meeting with residents of the area to gain insight as to what needs to change. According to WIS-TV , there has not been a plan for the neighborhood since the 1980s. Some efforts have already begun, with some of the old mills being renovated for student housing. Furthermore, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected Columbia as one of six cities to receive assistance with sustainable design strategies under the Greening America’s Communities (GAC) program for 2016. The program...

The SAVVY Musician in Action Teaches Business to Artists | Carolina Money

By Andrea Esselman

Musicians singing at SAVVYThe arts and business tend to not intersect, especially in education. However, USC professor Dr. David Cutler is working hard to change that. For the past few years Cutler has directed a six-day workshop called The SAVVY Musician in Action, which helps artists from across the globe create and develop business ventures that could be financially viable in the real world. At the end of the workshop, the teams pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges, much like Shark Tank . Check out our video to see what happened at the 2016 SAVVY Musician in Action workshop. Perhaps you will be inspired...

Columbia Nearly Fails in Small Business Friendliness According to Recent Survey

By Andrea Esselman

Columbia SkylineSomething 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 Survey and found that participants rated Columbia as a good place for business and entrepreneurship. The city got an overall grade of a B+ and ranked #19 out of 78 cities. This year's survey results plummeted drastically. Participants gave Columbia an overall grade of a D+, and the city was ranked #69 in the nation, making it...

How Columbia Has Changed over the Past Decade | Carolina Money

By Andrea Esselman

Main Street in Columbia facing the State HouseColumbia is one of only five American cities that is home to both the state capital and the state university. Toss in a pinch of Southern charm (and cuisine), plus the nation’s largest U.S. Army training facility in nearby Fort Jackson, and you have a lively stew of ideas, commerce, and innovation. Columbia has always drawn its influences from the coastal Lowcountry and the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Upcountry to create South Carolina’s most diverse architecture. And the city is continuing to improve with all the new development that’s been going on in the last few years. So what growth has...

Q&A | Making Columbia a Hub for Innovation

By Andrea Esselman

Panelists discussing questionsWhat 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 technology, and government communities, in collaboration, to make Columbia a better place for innovation. Hosted by local entrepreneur and community builder Greg Hilton, the panel discussion was part of the SAVVY Musician in Action program, a five-day event meant to build an entrepreneurial mindset in local musicians. The...

Following Up with Fund My Pro | Carolina Money PODCAST

By Andrea Esselman

Fund My Pro t-shirtIn 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 to fulfill his dream of helping communities find solutions to tough issues. The mission: "impact the world, many communities at a time." The motivation: "giving is the greatest human experience." It's been some time since Carolina Money last spoke with Corey, so we touched base with him to see how the company is doing. How...

Columbia Museum of Art Recognized at the White House

By Andrea Esselman

Entrance to Columbia Museum of ArtHard 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 museum was meant to serve as the cultural anchor on Main Street, and it has served its purpose so well that now, nearly two decades later, it is receiving national recognition. The Columbia Museum of Art is a recipient of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. According to the museum’s website , this is the...

What Happened to Scootaway?

By Andrea Esselman

Frank Scozzafava on his new scooterThey 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 happened to the rental moped company that made such a huge entrance into the city of Columbia just last summer? Carolina Money sought out Frank Scozzafava, the creator of the company, and he was able to provide a lot of answers. “People think I haven’t been working on it, but there wasn’t a day that I’ve stopped working on it,...

Revisiting 52inc | Carolina Money

By Andrea Esselman

52inc new officeShortly 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 treated them? To get a quick refresher on where 52inc was last year, check out our Q&A with co-founders Christopher Thibault and Brendan Lee.

Collaborative Demo Day Is a Success

By Andrea Esselman

Entrepreneurship Club President Tony Klur and Computer Science Grad Student Steve RubinAfter 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, showing off the apps that had been created during the semester. Hosted by One Million Cups owner Greg Hilton, the demo day featured twelve apps that had come to life through the collaboration of business and computer science students. The event began with food and a meet-and-greet session, where participants could come up to...

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