Andrea Esselman

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...

Spirit Communications Park Welcomes Fans to Its Inaugural Game

By Andrea Esselman

Entrance to Spirit Communications ParkAnticipation 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 Thursday’s inaugural game at the brand new Spirit Communications Park, located off of Bull Street. They were greeted with a wide variety of festivities, including a live band, balloon artists, stilt walkers, a play area for children, and a host of all-American food. The stadium itself gleamed with newness, although the...

Columbia's Riverfront Park Reopens

By Andrea Esselman

Welcome Back Sign at ParkColumbia’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. Already, the stories of how it is drawing people from all over are flooding in. George and Pat Flammer are from New York. They own a home here in Columbia that they visit a few times during the year, especially during the winter when it is cold further north. “We’re very happy that it’s open again,” says Pat. Sarah Parks and...

Columbia Ranked Among Top 50 Best Places to Live

By Andrea Esselman

Columbia SkylineThe 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 placed at number 46, with an overall score of 6.6 out of 10. The ratings looked at the value, desirability, job market, and quality of life in the cities analyzed. Columbia's strongest asset is its cost of living, which is considerably lower than the national average. This boosted the value ranking, which is calculated in the...

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

By Andrea Esselman

Courtney EptingCourtney 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 they teach, and a deeper understanding of how economics can be used in the classroom. SC Economics also focuses on students in grades K-12, providing games and competitions, which promote interest in economics and provide skills that are useful in life. Q: Why are financial literacy and economic education important in the...

PODCAST | Meet the Founders of Voterheads

By Andrea Esselman

Karl McCollester and Matt Hudson, founders of VoterheadsIt'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 the founders of Voterheads . This website is meant to help citizens stay up-to-date with local politics, and no matter what time of the year it is or if the presidential elections are around or not, Karl and Matt are dedicated to providing access to the politics that impact us every day. Local government covers a large...

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

By Andrea Esselman

Ron LieberRon 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 Jewish Federation and the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center. Carolina Money had the opportunity to talk to Lieber about his career, life, and of course, money. Check out our conversation! To find out more about Ron's visit to the Midlands and his tips on raising kids who know their stuff when it comes to money,...

Tiny Techz Brings STEM Education to Young Students

By Andrea Esselman

Tiny Techz BrochureTiny 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 Ricky West as a way to mentor students and introduce valuable knowledge to them early on.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Brings the 2015 Proving Ground to USC

By Andrea Esselman

Proving Ground event happeningWhat 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 round of competition, featuring eight teams of entrepreneurs competing for $80,000 in prize money. The categories included Maxient Innovation, which featured undergraduate business students at USC; Avenir Discovery, which featured graduate and undergraduate students, as well as alumni; and Fluor Social Impact, which focused...

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

By Andrea Esselman

Recovering from the Flood: Lexington's Old MillLaban 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 businesses, including: Old Mill Brewpub Creekside Restaurant Hank's Art Glass Keisler Hipkins & Associates The Pauley Law Firm Rainy Day Pal Used Books Watershed Fellowship Church The Old Mill was severely damaged by the historic flood. Learn more about Laban's story and how the mill is recovering.

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